Bars & Restaurants Put Tables In The Street Along Fifth Ave.
The street dining that debuted in Little Italy has expanded to the Gaslamp Quarter, as San Diego is embracing this new style of dinner and drinks experience as result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Curbside Gaslamp, as it is called, is both bigger and smaller than the one on Little Italy. It’s bigger in that it is three days, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; Little Italy’s is only on Saturdays. It is smaller because there are not – initially, anyway – as many restaurants participating in it.
PubClub.com conducted “boots on the ground” research and has this review with everything you need to know about Curbside Gaslamp.
• Bars and restaurants on Fifth Ave., are invited to participate. Only a half dozen took part on the opening weekend with more restaurants planning on taking part in the coming weeks (Greystone Steakhouse is one, for example)
• The event runs evenings on Thursdays and afternoons and evenings Fridays and Saturdays until midnight.
• Fifth Ave., is blocked off to traffic from the arched Gaslamp Quarter sign to G Street, with an eventual expansion planned to F Street and eventually up to Broadway
• Cross streets (G, Market, Island, etc.) are open to traffic
• The two most popular spots are Barleymash (5th & Market) and El Chingon. If you’re single, these are the places to be and part of the reason is they they have (wisely) make part their spots Vegas lounge-ish by putting down couches rather than tables. Expect lines at both places at night.
• Masks are required to get into an establishment, but not while you are seated.
• This is not a temporary situation. It is expected to last at least through the end of the year. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer wants to have street dining expanded to several parts of the city. A sudden outbreak of coronavirus could curb those plans but currently San Diego is experiencing at 2.5% of the those tested having positive results.