Brothels, Bites and Booze: A culinary tour of SD’s questionable past.

Brothels, Bites and Booze: A culinary tour of SD’s questionable past.

Scandalous stories of the Wild West!

The historic Gaslamp Quarter

The historic Gaslamp Quarter is famous for its entertainment, shopping, and nightlife, but most people don’t realize the historic district was once home to one of the most anticipated red light districts in the West. On this guided Gaslamp tour full of cuisine, culture, and curiosities, we’ll take you through the scandalous post-Gold Rush history of the heart of downtown San Diego.

About:

Brothels, Bites and Booze is a fun way for you explore the Gaslamp Quarter, the historic heart of America’s finest city. Experience what makes this neighborhood one of the top destinations for dining, entertainment, and nightlife. Learn the secrets behind the district’s historic buildings, and travel back in time to when thousands arrived in the port town of San Diego. This popular Gaslamp Quarter food tour will not only satisfy your taste buds, but your curiosity, too!

  • A walking history tour of San Diego’s thriving “New Town”
  • Indulge your senses and taste original flavors from 4 restaurants
  • Drink samples at 3 of the 4 locations
  • Listen to stories about the scandals of the Stingaree District
  • Learn some of the history that they don’t teach you in a classroom
  • Enjoy enough delicious food for a light meal

Rates:

Adults (Ages 13+): $75.00

Duration:

2.5 hours

Private Groups:

Do you have a group of 10 or more guests?  Contact us to book a private tour.

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BROTHELS

In what was once the infamous red-light district of San Diego, your guide will give you an in-depth look at what life was like for the women who once ruled the streets, complete with scandalous tales of the most famous brothels and Prohibition-era gangsters!

BITES

Satisfying not just your curiosity, but your hunger too, this guided walking tour takes you to four popular restaurants for a memorable dining experience full of worldwide cuisine, always brought to you by our favorite locally-owned establishments.

BOOZE

The best match for delicious food and fascinating stories? A satisfying drink. To top off the Gaslamp Quarter experience, all of your food samples will be paired with the perfect “spirited” beverage.

Explore + Experience

Our Restaurant Partners

345 Sixth Ave,
San Diego, CA 92101

Meze is known for their tasty Greek-fusion dishes and selection of Greek wines.

702 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Whiskey Girl is a staple in the Gaslamp for fun, American-classic and unique fusion dishes, full bar and great cocktail list, and live music.

1061 La Mirada Ct
Vista, CA 92081

This Downtown location is one of 3 locations, and the decor represents the elements of the West Coast.  Their beers represent and are named after the owner and his wife’s favorite places in California.

544 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

They are a family owned restaurant that wanted to bring the essence of a traditional Irish Pub to San Diego, when the founders settled here from Ireland.

702 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Whiskey Girl is a staple in the Gaslamp for fun, American-classic and unique fusion dishes, full bar and great cocktail list, and live music.

842 Market St
San Diego, CA 92101

They offer 100 local, domestic and international beers in addition to 20 of their own beers brewed right next door. The food is sourced locally from San Diego farms, and crafted to invoke the comforts of a british pub for a place to come, be welcomed in, and enjoy quality food and drink

425 Market St
San Diego, CA 92101

A local ice cream shop with shops in Downtown and Encinitas. They make all of their ice creams in house, and create fun and unique flavors in addition to seasonal flavors with ingredients they source locally.

411 Market St,
San Diego, CA 92101

A beautiful restaurant that celebrates craft cocktails and rotisserie.

310 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Rockin Baja is a local restaurant that is inspired by the coastal town of Puerto Nuevo, Baja CA, Mexico – about an hour south of the San Diego/Mexico border from Downtown.

Join Us In

the Heart of Downtown San Diego

BOOK YOUR TOUR

Whether you’re with a corporate group or looking for a unique birthday celebration, all it takes is a few simple steps to start hitting the streets of the heart of San Diego.

Meet Your Guide

Meet us at the Gaslamp Quarter Sign near the Hard Rock Hotel and get ready for hours of food, fascination, and a whole lot of fun. (Tip: park at the 6th and K Parkade).

Discover The Secrets

Explore historic buildings and uncover the San Diego history you won’t learn about during your average walking tour!

Enjoy!

When we’re not discussing the secrets and scandals of the Gaslamp Quarter’s past, we’ll be indulging in local flavors for a one-of-a-kind San Diego experience.

Join Us In

the Heart of Downtown San Diego

BOOK YOUR TOUR

Whether you’re with a corporate group or looking for a unique birthday celebration, all it takes is a few simple steps to start hitting the streets of the heart of San Diego.

Meet Your Guide

Meet us at the Gaslamp Quarter Sign near the Hard Rock Hotel and get ready for hours of food, fascination, and a whole lot of fun. (Tip: park at the 6th and K Parkade).

Discover The Secrets

Explore historic buildings and uncover the San Diego history you won’t learn about during your average walking tour!

Enjoy!

When we’re not discussing the secrets and scandals of the Gaslamp Quarter’s past, we’ll be indulging in local flavors for a one-of-a-kind San Diego experience.

YOU LOVE UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES

Sure, we could take you through the same-old history you’ll hear about everywhere else, but we prefer the more adventurous side of life. That’s why we centered our Brothels, Bites, and Booze tour around the questionable yet oh-so-interesting parts of San Diego’s history.

YOU WANT TO DO MORE THAN JUST SEE THE SIGHTS

We love sightseeing as much as anyone, but for a fully immersive experience, you need to indulge more than just your sense of sight. Luckily, we combine scandalous story-telling and historic explorations with booze and bites that are always local—and always delicious.

YOU’RE HUNGRY FOR LOCAL FLAVORS

The Gaslamp Quarter is famous for its dining, so to make sure you really get the most out of your time in the historic heart of San Diego, we’ve partnered with restaurants that serve up local dishes inspired by worldwide cuisines for a dining experience you won’t find anywhere else.

You’re traveling in a group! You can amp up the excitement on any of our tours by booking a private tour with 10 or more guests!

Large groups can book private tours whenever they want, as long as there’s availability, and can get an even more indulgent downtown experience with add-on stops, full drink options, or a speakeasy of choice to end up in.