barleymash is the fun, high-energy downtown restaurant and bar that celebrates the richness of American culture through its appetizing and progressive bar fare. Both the restaurant philosophy and menu offerings draw heavily from two barroom staples: beer and bourbon. The name, in fact, refers to the typical grain mixture used in the brewing and distillation process of both beer and bourbon. What results from this pairing is a uniquely American dining experience and aesthetic that remind all patrons of two simple ideas: life is meant to be sipped and savored, and good times should always be shared. barleymash is the downtown place-to-be for locals and tourists alike. Set amidst reclaimed wood from the original foundation and a warm modernist design, the restaurant and bar support San Diego’s best micro- and nano-breweries. (The bar is also fully stocked to suit any other distinguishing palate.) The garage-door style windows open up the interior space to the Gaslamp’s sunny disposition. And, rooted in the idea that we are indeed a community, three large communal tables foster a sense of gathering where deliciously innovative food, conversation and drink can be shared amongst friends and neighbors. Best of all, though the evening may get started in barleymash, this top-notch eatery also encourages patrons to visit ginger’s, located downstairs. ginger’s is a sophisticated, yet laid-back lounge where vodka takes center stage. For martinis, mixing and mingling, this ultra-hip lounge is where it’s at.