Brothels, Bites and Booze walking tour
Brothels, Bites and Booze walking tour

Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own town. I’ve always heard about the Stingaree District downtown—a former red light district—but didn’t know any of the colorful history until going on a walking tour called Brothels, Bites and Booze. Organized by So Diego Tours, the 2.5-hour tour covers much of the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village, and is about 1.5-miles along flat terrain with several stops. The $50 ticket (oh, hey Groupon!) includes food and drink samples from various restaurants. The tour guide was very knowledgeable – telling us about San Diego’s early history, stories behind many of the popular buildings that were former brothels, and some Prohibition-era shenanigans for good measure. I learned a lot, and even discovered a few new restaurants.

The following restaurants are currently participating in the tour:

If you didn’t get enough to eat during the tour, head to Rustic Root afterward to check out the Gaslamp’s only rooftop restaurant. Rustic Root opened last summer, and is a great place to grab a drink and watch the sun set. But the rustic American restaurant also has a tasty menu – try the Firecracker Shrimp, Rustic Fried Chicken, or Lobster Pappardelle. Cheers to the women who once ruled the streets below you!

The view from the rooftop of Rustic Root
The view from the rooftop of Rustic Root
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