Nightlife & Dining Options Increase Along Fifth Ave.
Despite current COVID-19 restrictions the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is “charging” ahead with the opening of a new bar and two restaurants coming soon.
The bar is Toro, which has opened on the prized corner of G Street and Fifth Ave. Right now, it’s an open-space bar with a DJ and music videos playing on TV screens. There is one huge screen over a big stage. The music varies between rap and Latin.
Once it gets up fully running – and a lot of that depends on the pandemic plans for the county as mandated by the state – then it will be primarily a live music venue. The owner told PubClub.com of his penchant for 80s music and bands.
Toro is in the location of the former Tale of the Whale, which had just opened before the shutdown, and then closed for good. The building is next to Greystone steakhouse in a space that has a rich Gaslamp nightlife history. Long-timers will know it as the space of the rockin’ Jimmy Loves.
This is on the heels of Double Deuce bar (6th & F) announcing its re-opening on Facebook. Tho with the outdoor-only purple tier rules now in place, that is likely on hold for now.
There is more coming to the Gaslamp, too. A couple of blocks down Fifth Ave., just past J Street, two restaurants are going to open soon.
One is Carne Prima, an Italian steakhouse. It is replacing Machu Picchu, which struggled to remain open during the pandemic and eventually closed.
Next door to that, another restaurant preparing to open its doors. It is in the space of the former Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, which closed in March and never reopened. PubClub.com does not yet have any details on it.
At the same time, the hotel on Fifth Ave., between G and F streets is going up quickly now after months of construction.
Recently opened is Huntress, an excellent steakhouse, along with a beautiful new rooftop sushi restaurant (Lumi) in the same building, located on the western corner at Fifth and J.
Even in these challenging times, the Gaslamp Quarter continues to evolve.