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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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    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    Fun tour. Lots of info. Food and drinks were fabulous. Would recommend. Guide was knowledgeable and friendly.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Anne Y
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    I was in town for a conference so only had limited hours free to check out the city. This was a great way to get a feel for the Gaslamp District and try out the local restaurants. I was solo on this trip so it...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank jenhaught
    bmj10, Owner at So Diego Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Hi Jen! Your guide may have been Ali...I'm so happy to find that you had a great time with her. Thanks for the sweet review! :)

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Had a great time at 4 local establishments. Kirk was awesome! He included everyone and was very knowledgeable.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Randy M
    Reviewed 14 August 2019 via mobile

    Met up with guide Allie. There were 6 in our group. History was interesting. Four stops (3 drinks, 3 food and a dessert.) Allie was great, friendly and knowledgeable. I would suggest others try it.More

    Thank MDWiese
    bmj10, Owner at So Diego Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    I'm so happy you had a good time with Ali! She is one of our newest members, so it's so nice to find that she's not only having a great time, but that her hard work and practice is paying off in good reviews. There...More

    Reviewed 12 August 2019 via mobile

    We always try to take a tour like this when we visit a new city, and this was the best by far. Our guide was both hilarious and knowledgeable and the food stops were perfect. We recommended it to all the people at our convention.

    1  Thank 421jgf
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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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