20 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2015
From a quick bite to full-on fine dining, you’ll find
what you’re looking for in downtown’s Gaslamp
Quarter and East Village. Hot new spots include
Double Standard (527 Fifth Ave.) for innovative
Italian-California cuisine; Le Parfait Paris (555 G
St.) for elegant French desserts and baguette sandwiches; and Halcyon/Stella Public House (1429
Island Ave.), a dual-concept neighborhood hangout with killer coffee and wood-fired pizza topped
with gourmet meats and house-made cheese.
Rejuvenate your wardrobe at Westfield Horton
Plaza (324 Horton Plaza), or visit hip, indie
boutiques in the East Village like 5&A Dime
(701 Eighth Ave.), Amy Rae Boutique (833 Market
St.), Ma Cherie Boutique (425 10th Ave.), Bespoke
Cut and Sew (726 Market St.) and Blends (719
Eighth Ave.). Guys can complete their new look
with a fresh cut and close shave at Debonair
Barber and Shave Parlor (620 Eighth Ave.).
Budget-friendly booze and bites abound in
the Gaslamp Quarter, where restaurants and
bars roll out discounts as early as 3 p.m. A few
standout steals include half-price beer, wine,
spirits and select appetizers at Barleymash (600
Fifth Ave., 3 to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday); 21 tapas
priced at $5 apiece and sangria specials at Café 21
(802 Fifth Ave., 3 to 6 p.m. daily); and beer flights,
wine flights and half-price cocktails at Jsix
(616 J St., 4 to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday).
PARTY AFTER DARK
Parq (615 Broadway) and Bang Bang (526 Market
St.) are prime spots for dinner and clubbing
under one roof, or head directly to Bassmnt (919
Fourth Ave.), where top EDM DJs spin tunes for
a packed house. For a more laid-back vibe, The
Deck at Moonshine Flats (344 Seventh Ave.) has
backyard-style games like shuffleboard, Ping-Pong
and air hockey, and potent Mason jar cocktails.
Don’t miss the Prosciutto Bruschette with
fluffy house-made ricotta, candied figs,
toasted pistachios and chestnut honey at
Double Standard in the Gaslamp.
FIT TO SIP
IN THE EAST
Historical buildings, eclectic boutique shopping and a booming dining scene infuse
Juice Saves / Coffee &
downtown with endless energy. By day, it’s family-friendly. Later, the area’s many
bars and clubs draw an animated crowd of nighttime revelers.
beverages are on offer inside
this hip, modern space with
communal, bar-top seating.
871 G St.
Half Door Brewing Co.
The rooftop deck of this new
family-run brewpub housed in
a refurbished, turn-of-the-century home is a great spot
to sip a pint and enjoy unobstructed views into Petco Park.
903 Island Ave.
SOL CAL Café
Get your health fix at this
vegan café that serves a bevy
of beverages, including
ayurvedic elixirs, blended coffee
drinks, cold-pressed juices,
herbal teas and smoothies
packed with fresh fruit.
910 J St.
Fresh beans flown in weekly
from Vancouver, B.C., are
crafted into all manner of
espresso beverages at this
semi-industrial coffee shop
across the street from the new
Central Library. Don’t miss
the fresh, flaky pastries from
Sugar & Scribe Bakery.
1068 K St.