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Hot Halloween Headliners in the City

Hot Halloween Headliners in the City

San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter isn’t a stranger to ghost stories, with over 100 historical buildings, several of which have been featured in Haunt World Magazine and the television show, My Ghost Story. With a colorful past filled with gambling halls and a red-light district, there’s no wonder spirits have decided to stick around.

Nowadays, there’s no lack of entertainment when you visit our neighborhood, and if there’s one thing our community knows how to do well, it’s how to throw a party big enough to wake the dead! This year is no exception as Gaslamp venues amp up for the most thrilling Halloween yet featuring A-List headliners, extravagant themes, and exclusive VIP experiences.

Headliners: Trey Songz, T-Pain, LA Riots, & Donald Glaude

If you’d like to spend your Halloween walking the haunted streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, WCKD Village is right up your dark alley. Trey Songz, T-Pain, LA Riots, and Donald Glaude headline this haunted outdoor event on Saturday, October 26, from 6 p.m. to midnight. With three stages, escape rooms, a virtual-reality haunted hospital, lounges, scare experiences, photo opps and more, this street party will be sure to drum up some paranormal activity! Step up your costume game for this one…there’s a $3,000 cash prize for the contest winner!

Headliners: DJ Snoopadelic & DADA LIFE

If you’re looking for something a bit more on the crazy side, take a ride down the rabbit hole for Hard Rock Hotel’s Mad Tea Party with headliners Snoop Dogg aka DJ Snoopadelic and DADA LIFE on Saturday, October 26th from 9pm to 2am! One of the biggest indoor Halloween events in Downtown San Diego, this party spans across seven rooms and three floors with different music genres and experiences in each one! As a special VIP twist, you get to choose the room you want to party in! From hip hop to EDM, it’s like choosing your own adventure…and the white rabbit is your host!

Headliners: Benny Benassi & Lil Jon

For those of you who just can’t get enough Halloween treats, Omnia is bringing in some talented heavy hitters with headliner Benny Benassi on Friday, October 25th and Lil Jon on Thursday, October 31st. Missing out on entertainment this good would be sure to scare anyone!

Headliners: Stafford Brothers

Halloween is sure to bring out the freakiest partiers, and they are all heading to Parq on Saturday, October 26th! This horror story features The Stafford Brothers along with a haunted maze spanning across five rooms with five distinct experiences and the largest HD LED wall this side of the world. The freaks are on their way and they’re ready to put on a show, so consider booking a VIP table to this party!

Pick your poison – this incredible Gaslamp Quarter lineup has something for everyone!

For more information on these events and more, visit https://www.gaslamp.org/halloween

Cafe 21 is Pretty in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Cafe 21 is Pretty in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cafe 21 is donating 12% of their Pink Pig drink sales now through the end of the month to benefit Susan G. Komen® San Diego. These “Pretty in Pink” drinks include the Pepped Up Pig, Pink Lemonade, and Spiked Pink Lemonade.

Let’s all celebrate the breast cancer warriors we know and help Susan G. Komen® San Diego towards their 2019 fundraising efforts as they race towards a cure! These cocktails are available at their Gaslamp and University Heights locations.

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Pepped Up Pig:

Tito’s Vodka, Cucumber, Celery, Jalapeno, Pineapple, and Parsley.

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Pink Lemonade:

Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Cranberry, Shaken and Topped Off with Soda Water

downtown san diego gaslamp quarter october breast cancer awareness month cafe 21

Spiked Pink Lemonade:

Seagram’s Vodka, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Cranberry, Shaken and Topped Off with Soda Water

Cafe 21

Cafe 21 serves breakfast/brunch, dinner and a complete line of craft cocktails every day of the week. They only use locally grown organic ingredients for a socially conscious farm-to-table dining experience and hormone-free meats and yeast-free bread to accommodate all dietary restrictions. Experience live local music seven days a week.

Hours:

  • Sunday – Thursday: 8AM – 10PM
  • Friday – Saturday: 8AM – 11PM

Location: 802 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

White Claw cocktails and more debut at El Chingon!

White Claw cocktails and more debut at El Chingon!

El Chingon, GBOD Hospitality Group’s “Bad Ass” Mexican restaurant located in the Gaslamp Quarter at 560 Fifth Avenue, has introduced three new cocktails to the menu: Bad Ass Claw-rita, No Laws and Manny Machadolada.

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Adding to El Chingon’s line-up of “Bad Ass” over-the-top cocktails served in goblet glasses, the new selections include:

  • Bad Ass Claw-rita, made with tequila, lime juice and a mango White Claw, served with a chamoy and Tajín rim and topped with a mango paleta ice pop, priced at $26;
  • No Laws, a combination of Jägermeister and black cherry White Claw, priced at $27;
  • Manny Machadolada, inspired by San Diego Padres’ third baseman, Manny Machado, and made with Bacardi banana rum, fresh pineapple, lime juice, cream of coconut and dry Curaçao, served with a coconut rim and topped with a frozen chocolate banana and a miniature baseball bat straw, priced at $25.

More information about El Chingon and the complete menu is available at www.ElChingon.com

Sophisticated Craft Cocktails at Rendezvous

Sophisticated Craft Cocktails at Rendezvous

Rendezvous, nestled inside THE US GRANT hotel, is a craft cocktail experience everyone should try. Paying homage to the bar that existed there 90 years ago during Prohibition called Rendezvous, The Wonder Bar, this beautiful venue has a French theme to its design, an elegant atmosphere and a sophisticated craft cocktail menu. The romantically lit, lounge-like space is filled with sofas and communal tables along with art from the masters and local artists. 

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GQA Picks:

When Sherry and I sat down in the French speakeasy lounge, we were greeted by a mixologist who concocted one of the most beautiful cocktails I have ever held in my hand. We were first brought two of their most popular cocktails, the Femme Fatal and Le Coq.

  • The Femme Fatal is made with Blanche Armagnac, Dijon cassis, sparkling rose and citrus. This cocktail was served in a delicate martini glass and garnished with a sparkling diamond made of ice. Yes, their mixologists are also ice artists. Ice is made at the property and formed into special shapes that complement each cocktail.
  • Le Coq was served in a highball glass featuring a heady blend of French thyme and rosemary liqueurs, La Fee absinthe Parisienne, Domaine Sante “All-Sass” Riesling nectar, and crémant de Loire. The theatrics of the cocktail were stunning. Not only was the highball glass crystal but a shimmering gold ribbon was neatly tied around the glass along with a red rooster feather and gold straw garnishing the cocktail. Normally the ice in the drink is a large block with blue, white and red stripes resembling the French flag, but their ice saw had lost one of its blades when we were there, so the ice in the drink did not have the color.

The other cocktails on the menu each have a distinctive theme, look and a specialized grouping of spirits. And get this, they are only $10-12 each! The ice artistry really sets this cocktail experience aside from any other. There is even a cocktail made with gin, Lillet Blanc, and yellow chartreuse, topped with an impressionist painting in ice hovering like magic in its foam!

Rendezvous is strictly a craft cocktail bar so not a lot of food is available. However, they do serve a beautiful nibbling plate with Chartreuse jam, Riesling-absinthe nector, calvados-infused apples, brandied berries, and gourmet cheeses.

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Insider Tips:

  • Enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday starting at 9:30PM
  • Guests who would like to share spirits can choose unique punch bowls like “The Sword of Excalibur,” presented with a sword embedded in thick ice or an Absinthe fountain.
  • Along the side of the venue is a hard to miss old safe that contains very exclusive curated spirits. Guests can enjoy clear spirits like vodkas and gins, Cognacs, Aged Grain Spirits, French Sippers, Warmer Climate Spirits, Calvados, or Armagnacs. The reason these spirits are kept in a safe is because they are not cheap. The Remy Martin Louis XIII is $240 for a 1.5oz pour!
  • Rendezvous also has an extensive curated list of French wines, craft ciders and ales.
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Rendezvous

Hours: Thursday – Saturday 5:30PM- 1:30AM

Location: 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

For More Information, Please Visit: Rendezvous

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Creative Mexican Cuisine at Volcano Rabbit

Creative Mexican Cuisine at Volcano Rabbit

The Gaslamp Quarter has been the host to many top end dining experiences. Volcano Rabbit, located at 527 Fifth Avenue, has the look of a dazzling and rustic taqueria with downtown’s largest tequila selection and a menu with creative salads, tacos and appetizers. The eatery features south-of-the-border favorites as well as modern dishes with a chic imaginative flair.

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GQA Staff Picks:

  • Sherry and I started off with the creamy Queso Fundido made with melted manchego, jack, and sharp cheddar and topped with house chorizo, poblano peppers and served with homemade thick corn tortillas to dip into it.
  • We sipped a colorful and beautifully garnished margarita flight with three different flavors: basil peach, strawberry pomegranate, and mango habanero.
  • Sherry enjoyed 3 different tacos:
    • Carne asada taco with marinated skirt steak, black garlic aioli, queso a la plancha, topped with crispy fried yams and onions, and drizzled with a lime jalapeno chimichurri on a flour tortilla
    • Blackened lime shrimp taco with tender shrimp, chipotle yogurt, shaved white cabbage, radish, cotija cheese, tomatillo salsa, red onion and cilantro served on a corn tortilla
    • Mushroom carnitas taco served with citrus braised king oyster mushrooms, fried jack cheese, cabbage, pickled red onion, and spicy aoli on a flour tortilla.
    • All were tasty and complex in their flavor profiles, but her favorite was the mushroom carnitas taco.
  • I had the beet and pepita salad complete with pickled red and golden beets, jicama, arugula, queso fresco, and crunchy pepita seeds dressed perfectly with a creamy lime, cilantro guacamole vinaigrette.
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Insider Tips:

  • Volcano Rabbit has over 200 different Tequilas, Mezcals, Comiteco and Raicilla spirits all curated specially by bartender and tequila enthusiast Marshal Emerson. Guests can get their very own personalized locker to store their tequila and spirits in while receiving half-off all their bottles along with invitations to exclusive events and tastings throughout the year.
  • Every Tuesday starting at 3pm you can celebrate taco Tuesday with taco specials and ½ off their large tequila selection along with $5 drink specials all set to the beat of a live DJ.
  • Host your next private party at Volcano Rabbit and enjoy private tequila tastings, and special food pairings.
New Menu at Parq Restaurant!

New Menu at Parq Restaurant!

Parq Restaurant, located at 615 Broadway, transformed their menu for the warmer seasons! The moment we walked into the restaurant, we noticed that the venue was brighter than when we visited during the Winter season. The roof of the restaurant was open letting in natural sunlight and trees with vibrant green leaves and lights adorned the venue. The menu also went through a transformation that reflects the Spring and Summer seasons.

GQA Staff Picks:

My friend Jordan, being a Whiskey fanatic, ordered the “Eastern Remedy,” featuring Kikori, Yzaguirre, Luxado Maraschino, Grand Marnier, and Disarrono. She said this cocktail had a strong citrus flavor and a nice bite. This is the drink for you if you like whiskey and citrus.

I (Sherry) ordered the “Looking like a Snaq-iri,” featuring Cutwater rum, strawberry Lychee, and Passoa passionfruit. This cocktail was fruity and candy-like, perfect for those like me who prefer sweeter cocktails.

From the Farm section of the menu, we ordered the Peach & Prosciutto Flatbread with goat cheese, red onion, arugula and candied walnuts on a very soft bread. This flatbread was an equal balance of sweet (candied walnuts), savory (prosciutto) and bitter (arugula).

From the Stock & Stable section, we tried the Pork Carnitas with fried green tomato and smoked onion vinaigrette. This dish was a nice mixture of textures with the soft carnitas and fried green tomatoes that are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

From the Ocean section, we ordered the Grilled Octopus with romesco sauce, potato, turnip, olive, and herb salsa. The octopus was very tender, and the sauce had a spicy and sour taste to it that complimented everything very well.

From the Big Plates section, we ordered the Pan-Roasted Sea Bass with coconut green curry sauce, charred carrot, bok choy and jasmine rice. We could tell the Asian inspiration in this dish with the curry, bok choy and jasmine rice. The sea bass was very soft, and the curry sauce was slightly spicy bringing a nice kick to the dish. The bok choy was nicely cooked so that it still had a crunch. Overall this dish was flavorful, but still light.

For Dessert, we ordered the S’mores Crème Brulee. The crème brulee was a yummy chocolate flavor and the marshmallow was nicely melted for you to create your own s’more of your liking. This was a fun, sweet end to our dinner.

The dishes in the menu reflects the Spring and Summer seasons with a lighter and more vegetable forward approach. We felt that this new menu is perfect for dinner during the hot weather. Come try this new menu and see for yourself! Parq Restaurant is open for dinner every Friday and Saturday from 6:30-10PM with happy hour from 6:30-8PM.