The start of 2022 has signaled a new year for nightlife in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.
There is a new bar open in a familiar location, a locals’ favorite has closed and there’s some potentially huge things happening along a normally quiet stretch of Fourth Ave. Here’s a rundown of the nightlife news in the Gaslamp.
Auld Dubliner Now The Patricios
Irish bar Auld Dubliner has been replace by a new place, The Patricios. The exterior of this building on lower Fourth Ave. (next to Las Hadas and La Puerta) remains largely unchanged but the interior is more open and there’s actually space to sit at the bar. It is a hybrid Irish bar and Mexican cantina.
If this sounds like an odd mix it is, but it is a nod to the heritages of the owners, who also own Dobson’s restaurant. Now open, like its predecessor, it will have live music Thursdays thru Saturdays once it gets rolling.
Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub Sold
Local favorite dive-ish bar Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub (F Street between Fourth & Fifth) has been sold to the owners of Bubs and Blind Burro, two bar/restaurants by Petco Park. A lot of long-time locals loved going to Patrick’s to hang out with their neighbors and for the live music seven nights a week. Opened in 1933, it was dark and decades of smoking by its local customers could be detected in the air.
Big Things For Tropical Savour?
You probably never heard of this place because it was poorly managed and promoted thus, never busy. Fortunately, it has been sold and the new owners are working on turning it into a new bar. Located on Fourth Ave., between F and G streets, it had a tropical theme (thus the name) and from what a couple of the people who actually went in there told me, pretty good food. This could be a new bar/restaurant or a refurbishing of the existing one.
Taste & Thirst Expanding?
Next to Tropical Savour is Taste & Thirst, a low-key, simple bar with cheap drinks – $4 beers almost all the time – that only really gets loud whenever the New York Jets fans are there and that team scores a touchdown. In other words, not very often. The building has been sold and tenants living upstairs have been asked to move. This could mean anything from nothing changing to big changes.
Horton Campus Plaza
There was a time when Horton Plaza was a destination with restaurants and shops, and new developers have all but leveled the place in an attempt to bring it back to its former glory. Now called the Horton Campus, its opening is much anticipated by locals.
“Everything you need is here,” is its slogan and while that is doubtful, one has to like the enthusiasm.
The campus is more than the former shopping center and will cover seven city blocks when completed with offices and retail in an open-air setting. The main public part will be the Horton Plaza area at Broadway between Third and Fourth avenues and will feature restaurant/bars and concerts in and around its centerpiece outdoor park.
So when will it open? Stay tuned but it’s been two years in the making so it shouldn’t be too long from now. Website: hortonsd.com
Much of this information is from the “Queen of the Gaslamp,” PubClub.com’s inside source to all happening things in this happening area of San Diego.
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