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Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego's Questionable Past

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    What to Expect
    After meeting your guide in the Gaslamp Quarter, set out on your food and walking tour of this vibrant nightlife district, which covers 16 square blocks in the the historic heart of San Diego.

    Your guide outlines the scope of the impressive local restaurant and bar scene, and takes you into top eateries to taste their delicious fare. As you stroll at a leisurely pace, pass some of the 150 bars and restaurant, and 94 registered historic buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter. Hear about the origins of this neighborhood, including its notoriety for its red light district when San Diego started out, and illegal booze-running during Prohibition. The area has undergone significant renewal in the past two decades after falling into disrepair in the mid-1900s.

    Expect to walk at an easy pace, stopping frequently to try various dishes at up to five eateries with enough samples to make up a full meal. Some of the places that you might visit include: Tin Fish, Meze Café and Grill, Bolillo Tortas, Rock Bottom, Heavenly Cupcake, El Pulpo, Cremolose, Bare Back Bar and Grill, and the Melting Pot.

    Please note: restaurants may change and are subject to availability.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    209 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
    • Food tasting
    • Drink samples
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    • There is a minimum of 4 passengers to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews irish pub greek fusion gaslamp quarter parfait taco tour guide fun stories slice of pizza ice cream place filet mignon full size final stop historical information the gas lamp district enjoyable tour would highly recommend this tour lots of fun
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    My wife and I took this toor Saturday evening and it was fantastic. Mark was our guide and this man was funny, knowledgeable, and you could tell he truly enjoys his job. He made the tour very entertaining and a pleasure to go on. We...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Hendricks118
    bmj10, Owner at So Diego Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Hi there! It's so nice that you had a good time with Mark! We appreciate you choosing So Diego Tour for your Saturday night, and thank you for the love on Tripadvisor!

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Kirk was an AWESOME tour guide! Loved the tour.....so much fun....& LOVED learning all the history! LOTS of food....enjoyed all 4 stops! Loved that we finished off with yummy ice cream.

    Date of experience: October 2019
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    bmj10, Owner at So Diego Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for joining us on tour! I'm so pleased to find that you had a great time with Kirk. We love him and his energy. Hope to see you again soon! -Bianca

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Tour guide made it a fun night out. Friday night tour was group of 15. Good opportunity to meet people. Three restaurant stops, each include a shot and small appetizer. Last stop is a dessert place. Spend about 20 minutes at each place. Good history...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank LTraveller3
    bmj10, Owner at So Diego Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    I'm so happy to find that you enjoyed our tour. The Gaslamp is certainly a fun place to explore with a lot of history and many, many bars and restaurants. We are happy to offer tours like this! Enjoy the rest of your time in...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Amanda was great. Very knowledgeable about the area. The portions were adequate, plenty to fill you up. I would definitely take this tour.

    Date of experience: September 2019
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    bmj10, Owner at So Diego Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thank you for joining us on the Brothels, Bites and Booze tour! Amanda is awesome, isn't she? I'm glad you had a great time...thanks for leaving a great review! -Bianca

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    For my first time in San Diego I wanted to do mostly 'touristy' type things and this tour definitely filled that requirement. Our guide was Ali and she was very knowledgeable of the Gaslamp Quarter and history. The food portion at the first stop, Mez...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank misssysourath
    bmj10, Owner at So Diego Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hi there! I'm happy to find that you had a nice time on our tour and with our guide Ali. She's such a great compliment to anyone's experience in San Diego, so it's nice that you feel the same way we do about her. Thank...More

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    4 March 2019|
    Response from MMartist1954 | Reviewed this property |
    I'm not sure about the age limit. My guess since they serve alcoholic beverages at every stop would be why they have that restriction. As far as content that the guide shares I'm sure any 17 year old has read or heard... More
    Judi F
    9 February 2019|
    Response from Meandering_Kris | Reviewed this property |
    Hello There, There are different tours, so depending on which you select, they start at different times as well as run on different days. Check their website for the calendar. Hope this helps!
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