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Gaslamp Quarter is one of San Diego's historic neighborhoods. It is a popular area of approximately 16 blocks which has some of the city's best shopping, dining and nightlife.
The development of Gaslamp Quarter began in 1867 after real estate developer; Alonzo Horton arrived in San Diego and bought the land in the area for $256. The neighborhood at the time was known as New Town in contrast of the Old Town where the Spanish Colonials settled when coming to San Diego. Horton hoped to create a new city center and chose Fifth Avenue as the neighborhood's main street. Gaslamp Quarter was named after the many gaslamps which existed all over San Diego during that time.
Gaslamp Quarter became popular with many gambling halls and saloons and later in the Twenty First century it was known as the Sailor's Entertainment neighborhood and a red light district. It consequently faced a lot of decay as a result. In the 1970s there as increasing public interest in preserving the old buildings in Gaslamp Quarter, many of which were built during the Victorian era. After 1982, there were concerted efforts in redeveloping Gaslamp Quarter as a major city center, and the neighborhood was later declared a National Historic District and was listed in the U.S National Register of Historic Places.
Today, Gaslamp Quarter is a major tourist attraction and a very popular neighborhood for locals. People come here to discover the delicious restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world. There are over a hundred places to eat at Gaslamp Quarter, but some of the best restaurants are Oceanaire Seafood and Bice Ristorante.For a great steak, head over to Donovan's Steak & Chop Houseor George's on Fifth.
If you're in Gaslamp Quarter, you will find that shopping here is a blast. You will find stores selling everything from apparel, home furnishings, travel gear, accessories, gifts, books, music, jewelry, tobacco and more. There's also Horton Plaza if you want to browse stores in a mall-like setting. If you like art, there are several galleries in the neighborhood such as the Chuck Jones Gallery, Alexander Salazar Fine Art Gallery, and Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts.
Gaslamp Quarter is well known in San Diego for its incredible nightlife. With over 35 pubs and nightclubs in the neighborhood, there is no chance of ever being bored. For a great night out, drop by Field Authentic Irish Pub & Restaurant, Café Sevilla, Stingaree, Side Bar, or 207 at the Hard Rock Café. Be sure to enjoy some live music at Croce's Restaurant and Bar, Dick's Last Resort and Henry's Pub.
Gaslamp Quarter is also home to some great events and festivals which take place throughout the year. Check out the fun Mardi Gras celebrations in Gaslamp Quarter or the annual Film Festival which takes place in late September of every year. Don't miss out on SHAMRock on St. Patrick's Day and the Comic Con Convention in July. In June, be sure to discover the Taste of Gaslamp, an urban food extravaganza which allows you to get samplings of some of the best restaurants in the neighborhood.
If you want to soak in some of Gaslamp Quarter's incredible history, the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation offers a guided walking tour of the neighborhood recreating its history from the late 19th Century until today. You can also tour the city with Another Side of San Diego Tour using Segways.
Gaslamp Quarter is located on 4th and 5th Avenue between Broadway and Harbor Drive.