Brothels, Bites And Booze: A Culinary Tour Of San Diego's Questionable Past

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    11am or 5:30pm
  • Departure Details :
    209 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
  • Return Details :
    Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


The Brothels, Bites and Booze culinary tour of San Diegos 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 sampleflavors at 4 local establishments.


  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Free drinks included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour

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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, youll embark on a journey of scandalous tales, unique cocktails and local cuisine. On the tour, youll 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 Caf and Grill, Bolillo Tortas, Rock Bottom, Heavenly Cupcake, El Pulpo, Cremolose, Bare Back Bar and Grill and the Melting Pot



Food tasting

Drink samples



Hotel pickup and drop off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 18 years

There is a minimum of 4 passengers to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 19-Feb-2020

    What a fun afternoon- a little history, great bites, and some fun beverages! Dana was a great leader with interesting stories.

  • 24-Jan-2020

    Our original food tour of The Gas Lamp District was cancelled so we were re-booked on the Old Town Food Tour, which we really enjoyed. Angela is a wonderful tour guide. We enjoyed her enthusiasm and knowledge of the area.

    The food tastings were pretty good and we enjoyed the variety of restaurants we visited. My only disappointment was for the dessert. Our dessert was rootbeer floats. The ice cream was so frozen that it was hard to get to it with the plastic spoons. And, I would have preferred a pastry, cake or perhaps a churro instead of ice cream.

  • 22-Jan-2020

    Dana was very knowledgeable about the seedy history of San Diego. She gets 5 stars hands down. But the pizza place (Ciro’s) that was substituted for another spot, was crappy. They were rude, had mediocre pizza, but served an excellent local brew. But back to our guide...her personality was delightful and her patience was appreciated. And the coup de grace was Dana’s magic tricks. Awesome bonus!!!

  • 20-Jan-2020

    Stephan was a great tour guide. We enjoyed the food and his very animated stories! We learned a bit about the city.

  • 24-Oct-2019

    I which the young lady were more knowledgeable about the area and given us more history, The food items were not all that great.

  • 11-Oct-2019

    What a great food tour. We have go on this type of tour many times in other states. This was one of the best tours yet. The guide was so informative and gave us a great history lesson on San Diego up to its present revitalization. The food was fabulous and, as a person who does not eat meat, I was given the option for a vegan version of the offered dish at each stop. It was unusually hot weather and our guide made sure we were on the shady side of the street or in an air conditioned building. Very thoughtful of her. I would recommend this tour for everyone. Yes, there is walking involved but if I could do it anyone could!

  • 07-Oct-2019

    Amanda was our tour guide for our BBB tour on October 3, 2019. She was very knowledgeable and focused on key elements of history, architecture and historical personalities. I enjoyed the tour and appreciated her attention to key facts and details. She was very engaging with the 4 tour participants.
    Restaurant selection was good. Meze had the best food and good ambiance. Irish pub food was not good, but ambiance was fun.
    Walking pace was good; side walk lighting was problematic.

    We were fortunate that the group size was small (4). Street noise, 5th Avenue music from company street party was very loud and distracting. Amanda's voice level made it difficult to hear her commentary.

  • 07-Oct-2019

    This is an easy walk around the Gas Lamp District while learning the history of the area and sampling food/beverages of the local establishments. Our guide, Kirk, was a lot of fun and gave many recommendations for the rest of our trip. We enjoyed the food and beverage samples. A great tour!

  • 16-Sep-2019

    Stephan was energetic, fun, and personable. He had sufficient knowledge on the brothels of San Diego. The first restaurant was great. The other two were, well, lousy. One was an empty dive bar, which if the fish taco had been good, who cares. But it wasn’t. The next was an Irish Pub. They served us a tiny dish of salty Shepard’s Pie. I enjoyed the people and the talk. I was disappointed in the “bites”.

  • 03-Apr-2019

    Our guide was fun and shared a lot of interesting information about the city. It was a great way to see the sights on foot.

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