Guided tour

San Diego: Brothels, Bites and Booze Gaslamp Quarter Tour

4.4 / 5

44 reviews

Activity provider: So Diego Tours

San Diego: Brothels, Bites and Booze Gaslamp Quarter Tour

Activity provider: So Diego Tours

From US$ 75 per person

Experience the atmosphere of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter on our 2.5-hour guided walking tour. You’ll have a chance to sample lots of tasty ethnic cuisine, along with some alcoholic beverages!

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Stroll through San Diego’s famous Gaslamp Quarter
  • Visit 4 restaurants and sample tasty ethnic cuisine - and some alcoholic beverages
  • Learn about the history of the former red light district
Full description
Join us on a tour of the Gaslamp Quarter and we’ll tell you about the infamous Stingaree District, once a center of scandal and debauchery. We’ll walk along streets that featured 120 brothels at one point, and served as one of Southern California’s major red light districts. On our Brothels, Bites, and Booze Tour you’ll hear tales from the past that are funny and some that are hard to believe! During our 2.5-hour excursion you’ll see how this area has been restored and is now home to San Diego’s main nightlife and dining destinations. The Gaslamp Quarter now features more than 100 restaurants and bars. We’ll take you to some of the best restaurants in the area so you can taste a variety of popular ethnic cuisines and some alcoholic beverages as well! Most guests find that the samples on the tour are quite filling and are at least as much food as a full meal. You might want to eat no more than a very light snack before the tour – or nothing at all!
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    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    17:30 at 207 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 At the Gaslamp Quarter signpost, next to the Hard Rock Hotel.

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    • Enough tastings are provided on the tour that most guests are quite full afterwards! You may want to come hungry!
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    Overall rating

    4.4 /5

    based on 44 reviews

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    We loved the tour! Our guide Angela was very knowledgeable and engaged with every participant of the group. We also liked that they don’t let the groups get too big. The restaurants and bars they picked out were perfect and even able to accommodate my food allergy. I had no expectations that they would be able to, but the guide called in advance and every restaurant was able to present me with a drink and snack that was suitable for me. Very impressive. If I could give six stars I would!

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    September 20, 2021

    Great tour guide, but I would have liked even more facts and info.

    Stefan was great, full of energy and made everyone feel at ease. The food was good, but I would have prefered if there was something typical or special about it, besides being local restaurants. Also, even if it was nice interacting with the rest of the group while stopping for each of the food stops, I would have enjoyed having more of the actual "tour" side of things and less time to eat.

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    October 23, 2016

    We have done numerous food tours in many cities around the world. This one is one of the worse ones. The information during the tour was very poor. The same goes for the appetizers. A small pita bread, a slice of pizza and a mini pot of Irish stew. The best part was the ice cream at the end. We spent most of the time waiting for the food. What was typically Greek about the watery sangria was not revealed to us either. All in all, unfortunately, it wasn't worth the money. By the way, our guide was very nice.

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    May 1, 2022

    Product ID: 8005