Gaslamp Quarter Insider

Fresh Gossip, Rumors & more! Gaslamp is brimming with a wide assortment of cool new things to check out in 2011! Hot this week? Gastro Pubs! We’ve got a great new one for you to try . .  The Hopping Pig! In the space that was Aqua Blu, the same creative owner takes on a new challenge. This is the stuff that makes downtown so fun, so Hop on it!  Perhaps you’re thinking it’s Confidential but honest Abe is being honored in the recently renovated space at the corner of 4th & E Street called The Lincoln Room. Penny for your thoughts on the Lincoln Log look and the glowing lanterns brought in by the same fun team that brought you La Puerta.  Ironically Revolver is loading the gun just a couple blocks away with “Food to Die for” inside the Voyeur Lounge. Chef Kari Rich is using local, sustainable and organic ingredients whenever possible to create an upscale but casual space with delicious and inventive tapas style dining. Edgy and urban, it’s sure to be one of the coolest new downtown hotspots.


Gaslamp Insider cafe21Pasha Lounge on Market Street is almost ready to open. It promises an upscale hookah lounge under delicate Moroccan lights. This beautiful, happy and sexy lounge was designed by Davis Krumis (Stingaree, Bar West, Universal & Kress) with his intent being to delight the senses.  Cafe 21 is another cool opening to check out this January. The owners of the Adams Ave eatery are taking a crack at enticing downtown diners with their casual but delectable fare. Husband & Wife owner operator team, Alex and Leyla are both from Azerbaijan, which I challenge any reader to point out on a map.  Suffice to say, they come from another world entirely and their creative menu reflects that.


The Insider now wonders if the next big thing might be tucked behind the familiar Cesar’s Cigar & Coffee Lounge at 503 5th Ave at the corner of Island Ave. They are right smack dab in the middle of transforming the place out back into a taco lovers hideout called  The Broken Border Bar & Grill – looks like they are cooking up some smoking new fun!  At 6th & J Street look for the new Rendezvous! A Cafe Bar & Bistro open for breakfast and lunch. Smells like Crossiants and Coffee are on the menu.  We also have a couple of proprietors in downtown that are just hitting their stride after being open for just a few months.  Looks like 2011 is the year they strut their stuff.  Top Chef Malarkey is now serving fabulous lunch at Searsucker Restaurant. Don’t let the casual and quick service fool you. We have some Serious Cuisine going on here, now available in daylight hours.  Shoppers will want to visit our most recent retail addition, The Bettie Page store located at 430 5th Avenue.  They’ve just opened up here in our National Historic District. You’ll find them to be super stylish and timeless. . .just like us!   Around the corner from them on J Street, you’ll find more fun & unique women’s shops. . . The Lingerie Lounge and Lady Asher Boutique. Gaslamp’s no boring old shopping mall with the same brand name shops on every corner. We feature lots of independent operators. We strongly encourage you to Shop Local – Shop Gaslamp! We even host a monthly shopping night that features special sales, demonstrations and tours – Check out Gaslamp’s own Local’s Night.


When those dogs start howling and your throat is parched head on over to “WET WILLIE“ – Don’t fret. . .Nobody is sticking a wet finger in your ear! It’s a new slushy drink place on the corner of 6th & Market! They promise delicious foo-foo concoctions with a kick! So if you’d like to support some global cooling – go check them out! And. . . If the stock market is your game, you might like the challenge set out at The Tipsy Crow, thier Drink Exchange involves the same principles with tastier outcomes. The Gaslamp Insider’s final dining tease is on new (extremely local) owners taking over the space that was Sin Nightclub, and a springtime re-open of Cafe Sevilla in their new 5th Ave location! Stay tuned.


The New year will also host a ton of sporting excitement.  We have both basketball & hockey season kicking up, and of course football is stumbling, rumbling and bumbling down the grid iron!  As a big sports fan I can tell you finding the right spot to watch THE BIG GAME is an artform.  Scope the Gaslamp Sports Page for your perfect spot and thank me later for having such a great resource available for you. Yes UFC, Rugby and Soccer fans – we have info on there for you too.


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and you’ll be relieved to know that the Gaslamp location ofAllen’s Flowers & Plants offers gorgeous floral arrangements for speedy delivery in Downtown San Diego.  They also have a huge selection of exotic and seasonal flowers including a large selection of the finest roses available on hand at all times. No panicking required, we’ve got you covered. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, San Fransico’s favorite chocolate provider, is also located in Gaslamp! Offering premium chocolate products, while keeping the heritage and quality in tact, they provide the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts! Check out some love-ly tips on our Valentines Day Guide and if you’re up for a good cry you can read some Gaslamp Love Stories too.


If you’re looking for activities a bit tougher than elbow bending you might like a local tour. We have a couple of fun Historic tours as well as both shopping and Segway Tours. Check our tours page for info on the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation’s tour, where the docents will teach you about our neighborhood’s past life during a beautiful walk through the district or try the new Brothels, Booze & Bites tour from So Diego, if you’d like to do so sampling as you go. Both provide a glimpse into our fascinating but checkered past.