Going Out in The Gaslamp: A Neighborhood Guide

With Comic Con 2009 upon us, The Gaslamp Quarter is the place to be for the next 5 days. Find out what's happening, from restaurant openings to the best dance clubs, and what we can't live without on Fifth Avenue.

Updated: July 21, 2009

Shopping, Spas and more in the Gaslamp

Urban Outfitters

665 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Trendy chain that models the latest fashions and bold home decor in a colorful, vivacious atmosphere.

Lucky Dog

415 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101

Upscale pet pampering boutique in the Gaslamp sells clothing, travel accessories, treats and more for your pooch.

Spa Velia

401 W A St Ste 180, San Diego, CA 92101

It's a bit outside the Gaslamp (near the W Hotel) but we think it's worth the hike. With just a handful of treatment rooms, and an intimate relaxation lounge, it's one of the most luxurious but comfortable spas downtown.

Extraordinary Desserts

2929 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Romantic dining room just off Balboa Park features gourmet, desserts-only menu.

Ghirardelli Soda Fountain

643 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Chain shop known for rich chocolate pieces delivers ice cream treats to tourists and small groups in the Gaslamp.

Massage Envy

1091 K St, San Diego, CA 92101

A full, one-hour massage for less than $50? Massage Envy's no-frills atmosphere makes it possible.

Top Gaslamp Restaurants

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

400 J St, San Diego, CA 92101

For an evening reminiscent of 1940's glamour and charm, dine on oysters and caviar paired with a glass of bubbly at this clubby, downtown spot.

Candela's Restaurant

416 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Strictly candle-lit after dark, this moody lounge is heavy on the romance factor and follows through with sophisticated Mexican cuisine.


901 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Hip downtown loft restaurant is cool by association to celebs, a locally renowned chef and top DJs spinning into the wee hours.

Red Pearl Kitchen

440 J St Ste 108, San Diego, CA 92101

Upscale downtown Asian eatery buzzes with well-heeled 92101ers at the bar and foodies sharing plates from the eclectic, spicy menu.

Blue Point

565 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Gaslamp destination serves up surf and turf favorites and Mediterranean-inspired seafood creations in a relaxing, supper club atmosphere.

Nobu San Diego

207 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

World class sushi spot 'rocks' into the Gaslamp with upscale Japanese and a swanky dining room.


327 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Zen-like peace sets apart the Thai food experience at Alex Thao's downtown hot spot.

Gaslamp Bars and Clubs

House of Blues San Diego

1055 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Rock out to headline bands and performers at this intimate, legendary live music and dance venue.


454 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Gaslamp hot spot has A-listers buzzing about the exclusive rooftop patio and top DJs spinning in the lounge.

Lounge Six

616 J St 4th Fl, San Diego, CA 92101

Poolside rooftop bar defines urban oasis in a Gaslamp boutique hotel.

Red Circle

420 E St, San Diego, CA 92101

A storied Gaslamp haunt is back to serve well-heeled nightcrawlers with an upscale, Asian menu and pulsing DJs.

Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Jnt

560 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Stiff drinks, simple snacks and no cover make for a darn good time at "The Godfather" of Gaslamp watering holes.

Ivy Nightclub At Andaz

600 F St, San Diego, CA 92101

The Ivy's exclusive, four-level nightclub with a cigar bar draws top DJs and a VIP clientele with Benjamins to burn.