The sixteen and a half block development in downtown San Diego dates back to the mid 1800s when it was the center of “off color” entertainment for sailors and fisherman. Today, the large number of historic buildings have been restored and re-purposed as restaurants, shops and bars. The Gaslamp Quarter has San Diego’s largest concentration of bars, and it’s the ideal place to experience the world famous San Diego nightlife.
You can design your own pub crawl, and experience the best of the Gaslamp all day long. Book your cheap downtown San Diego hotel and be sure to hit up these five bars when planning your DIY Downtown pub crawl:
Need an eye opener? The Star Bar at 423 E Street opens at 6 AM. Often referred to as “the best dive bar in San Diego,” the Star Bar has cheap pours and busy pool tables. The friendly bartenders accept cash only, but there is an ATM on site. This is a great place to talk to bar regulars with colorful stories of “the good ‘ol days.”
The Taste and Thirst probably has the earliest happy hour in San Diego, with bottomless mimosas until 2 PM and a delicious breakfast menu. Their more traditional happy hour runs from 3 PM to 8 PM with half price drinks and half off selected appetizers.
Dick’s Last Resort will provide you with a bar experience like no other. A 3PM – 6PM daily happy hour brings great prices on appetizers, select bottles and drafts. Try the deep fried alligator bites or a bucket of wings. Dick’s, located at 345 5th Avenue, is not for the sensitive type. Servers and staff are known to playfully pick on customers, throw straws and wait tables with sarcastic sense of humor in tow.
A favorite with locals, Hennessey’s at 708 4th Avenue, has a happy hour that runs from 4 PM to 7 PM. A $5 bill can get customers well drinks, wine by the glass, jumbo drafts and their famous Irish coffee. Appetizers are only $5 as well, and they offer a great selection of Buffalo chicken bites, Teriyaki chicken skewers, and meatball sliders. If you’re hungry later, swing back to this location as Hennessey’s has the only kitchen in the Gaslamp open until 1 AM.
Wrap up the night with tequila, tacos, and tunes at La Puerta, at 546 4th Avenue, open until 2 AM daily. Hand crafted cocktails with the freshest ingredients and juices are the pride of La Puerta, and they take the same approach and pride with their food menu which includes street tacos, tortas, burritos, and their very special “Surf and Turf fries.”
No matter your taste in food, beverages, or entertainment, a do-it-yourself pub crawl will give you an insider’s experience of San Diego nightlife. You can either map out your destinations in advance or start at your cheap San Diego convention center hotel and work your way north through Downtown’s 4th and 5th avenues.
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