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

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Overview
Taste a variety of bites from favorite local restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter on a San Diego walking tour that also explores the district’s seedy origins. Expect to stroll at a leisurely pace, passing historical landmarks and making stops at four eateries for food and drink tastings. As you sample delicious foods, your guide shares stories about the neighborhood’s colorful history and its lively restaurant and bar scene.
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209 Fifth Ave
209 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USAWe meet guests under the Gaslamp Quarter Sign on the Hard Rock Hotel side of the street (209 5th Avenue)
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    Gaslamp Quarter
    Stop: 90 minutes -
    Often called the Historic Heart of San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter is the main dining and entertainment district of the city. With more than 150 bars and restaurants and 94 registered historic buildings, this nightlife playground has a lot to see and do, as well as a fascinating past. The Brothels, Bites and Booze tour will introduce you to the beginnings of San Diego as a port town – learn why it became one of the more notorious red light districts of its time, and find out how this once-undesired neighborhood became a fun and vibrant nightlife destination for both locals and visitors. After meeting your guide, you’ll embark on a journey of scandalous tales, unique cocktails and local cuisine. On the tour, you’ll make new friends, hear interesting stories, sing karaoke and explore new tastes at local restaurants*. *Restaurants are not guaranteed and are subject to availability. Tours may include stops at Meze Greek Fusion, Patron's Corner, Ciro's Pizzeria, The Field, El Pulpo, Le Parfait and CrunchTime
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Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101, USAThe tour will end at the last stop somewhere in the Gaslamp Quarter neighborhood.
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Highlights
  • Includes food and drink tastings
  • Walking tour suitable for most adults
  • Combine a food tour with an overview of the district's history
  • See Victorian architecture in this historical San Diego neighborhood
Important Information
Departure Point
209 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Inclusions
  • Food tasting
  • Drink samples
Exclusions
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Paul M wrote a review Mar 2020
Aberdeen, South Dakota1 contribution
We enjoyed dining and sampling at places we never would have visited on our own. Our guide Stephano was high energy and well informed. We were well treated by each establishment and the food and drink was memorable. The highlight was desert, something we seem to never have room
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from bmj10, Owner at Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego's Questionable Past
Responded 16 Mar 2020
It's great to find you had a great time! Thank you for joining us on tour! -Bianca
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SantaCruzFamily wrote a review Mar 2020
Santa Cruz, California4 contributions3 helpful votes
Super fun tour! Guide Amanda knew her history and was an excellent story teller keeping us all entertained and laughing. We loved the variety of places, eats and drinks.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from bmj10, Owner at Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego's Questionable Past
Responded 16 Mar 2020
It's great to find that you had such a great time on our tour with Amanda. We appreciate the review!
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Susie06824 wrote a review Mar 2020
Fairfield, Connecticut11 contributions2 helpful votes
Amanda our tour guide was wonderful. She enhanced out tour by telling us wonderful details about the Gas Lamp district's past and present. The food we ate was delicious and the beverages were delicious. The Greek Sangria was new to us and really good fun to try. I highly
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Responded 16 Mar 2020
Thank you for coming on tour with us! We are thrilled you had a great time!
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Diane S wrote a review Mar 2020
Franklin, Tennessee48 contributions7 helpful votes
A great way to start any trip to San Diego! You get to learn about the shadier past of San Diego...PLUS, eat and drink along the way. Stefan was our guide....he was a little bit (maybe a lot) crazy! And, he was enthusiastic and fun! Super guide! We got to hop around to
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Richardlbailey wrote a review Mar 2020
117 contributions28 helpful votes
This was a nice tour. Some of the history provided is questionable. However, I took this tour for the food. We had some Greek, Irish, Mexican and finished up with French pastries. All of the food was delicious and was paired with an adult beverage, minus the pastry stop. If you
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Cute little town
I enjoyed myself at Old Town San Diego. Cute little town. We didn't do the tour, but we did walk around and had a g
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geneva0215
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Knowledgeable guide, delicious tacos
I was traveling by myself for work when I found this tour. I love tacos, I love tequila, and cemeteries are fascina
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Camper716911
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Tour of Old San Diego restaurants
Overall the tour was great. The first two restaurants were delicious. The tequila tasting stop was not what i expec
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Raymoel
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TEQUILA, TACOS, AND TOMBSTONES CULINARY TOUR
I participated in this tour on Valentine's Day which may have skewed the experience a bit. The food was mixed in qu
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JULIE B
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Fun and Interesting Tour
Had a really fun time on this tour. Our tour guide, Angela, was great! She had lots of interesting stories and fact
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SherA925
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Fun way to see Old Town
This was a fun little walking tour. We enjoyed our guide Angela, she was entertaining and fun to chat with. The tou
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RobertZ7855
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Very nice walking tour of Old San Diego...and some great food.
We love this tour. We had great fun with our tour guide going from restaurant to restaurant trying tequila and taco
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dolphin55Arlington
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Good restaurant selections with good food.
The variety of food and restaurants selected were very good. Walking wasn't more than 3 blocks at the most for any
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Curious638987
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Disappointing but interesting
We live in California and know that there are way better tacos than this. These felt like middle America chain rest
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PatKong
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Fun! We had a good time
We had fun wandering around Old Town San Diego. All three restaurants supplied tasty tacos and half size margaritas
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Adrian K
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Old Town Tour 8th of December 2019
A very enjoyable tour with Kurt, who was very knowledgeable and good fun. Heaps of food, do not need to eat beforeh
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Karamia M
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So much fun!!
We had a blast! Our tour guide was wonderful. I would highly recommend this to anyone. We enjoyed the Cafe Coyote t
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acahillmd
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Great evening
Angela is full of energy and gets you to some great places. We ate later at two of the places we visited with the
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JimG588
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Great way to Learn about Old Town
We decided to try a food tour in San Diego and glad we did, had some good Mexican food, good Tequila and a interest
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Nicole C
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Great Tour
We did the brothels, bites and booze tour in the Gaslamp District. We really enjoyed our tour guy, he was funny and
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