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  • Location:San Diego, California
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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

The Brothels, Bites and Booze culinary tour of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter will take you back to a time of scandal and debauchery. Marvel at the antique architecture, learn about the early red light district, and sample fabulous food and drinks at five of the most quintessential restaurants in San Diego.


  • Culinary tour in San Diego
  • Discover the seedy history of the Gaslamp Quarter
  • Enjoy food samples at five restaurants
  • Drink samples at three stops
  • See where the early "women of the night" worked

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's fun to learn about San Diego's exciting nightlife and scandalous history while eating some delicious food!

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What You Can Expect

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

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

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. Restaurants visited 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

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

the tour was great, the food was great and the tour guide was terrific. Highly recommend the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a great tour. It was a walking tour but the guide was really excellent. We were with a small party which made it better because we could all hear everything well. The food samples were very good, quesadilla and sangria to begin, then on to an Irish pub for mince and potatoes with a small Guiness, then thirdly a slice of pizza and small beer. Finished off in fourth establishment, The Melting Pot for fondue and cocktail. It was good to learn the history of the area too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Best tour ever! Miranda was an incredible tour guide informative, conscientious and gracious. We had a large group and she made everyone feel like a friend. I would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Katie, was a great guide. She explained historic and fun facts about the Gaslamp district while stopping in four different locations where we tested food and drinks. I would do the tour again, it was fun and the food was really good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour is a must for everyone visiting San Diego!! Our tour guide Katie is very knowledgeable as well as witty and fun! The restaurants were great and information shared was very interesting. Highly recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I give this a great review because we did eat at some places we probably would not have stopped at otherwise. Our guide was enthusiastic but got some of the history scrambled which was amusing. We have been to San Diego many times and taken this tour previously especially for the walking and the new restaurants we stop at each time. Our favorite this trip was The Field an Irish pub where we had shepherds pie. We do not drink alcohol so the guide had non liquored beverages for us at each stop which was nice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing and would recommend it to all my friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Good food and drinks. Our guide Katie made the tour great! She was very personable and knowledgeable about San Diego's history, and she gave us helpful tips for the rest of our trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Kate was a great guide.... Very knowledgeable with fun stories. The food and drinks were excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great tour! Our guide Stephan was funny, informative it was just a nice fun night. We learned a lot while eating and drinking good food. The restaurants were very accommodating and welcoming!

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