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Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego's Questionable Past

Location San Diego
Departure Wednesday to Saturday
From €47.90 per person
Departure Date
Wednesday to Saturday

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  • Walking tour
  • Food tasting
  • Drink samples
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

The Brothels, Bites and Booze culinary tour of San Diego's 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 sample fabulous food and drinks at five of the most quintessential restaurants in San Diego.

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

  • 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

Conditions of Sale:
Once you have booked and received your travel voucher, the contact details for the travel service operator will be on this voucher under the heading 'Important Information'. Where applicable, you are required to call the travel service operator directly to advise of additional information such as:
  • Hotel for pick up
  • Weights for helicopter tours
  • Choice of times for tours
  • Special dietary requirements, meal choices etc.

Reviewed by Lou P , February 2017

High energy, knowledgable guide. A great way to learn not only some of the history of San Diego, but see many beautiful historic buildings. Our food stops were varied and the bites just right. Having a larger group 16 proved to be a plus as we got to know other folks from different states. And China! A great way to spend a few hours.

Reviewed by Joseph S , January 2017

HAD A BLAST!!! If you live here or not, go on this tour! FOOD FUN AND COCKTAILS! BIANCA IS AH-MAZING!! We are native San Diegans and learned so much about our awesome city! Took a group of 8 of us for my hubs 50th birthday, soooo much fun!!! Don't hesitate!! BOOK IT DAN-O!!!

Reviewed by djjc1 , January 2017

A great evening!

Reviewed by Gayle M , June 2016

Adriana did a great job and the food and drink was delicious!

Reviewed by janet s , April 2016

We really enjoyed the tour! San Diego has an interesting past and a promising future! I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning about the history of San Diego while enjoying good food and drinks.

Reviewed by Ann G , March 2016

Lots of fun. Weather was iffy, but we managed ok. Guide was very knowledgable
native. Cupcake place was the least successful. Other restaurants were very good as were drinks.

Reviewed by Barbara H , March 2016

Definitely worth it. The guide was knowledgeable and the food/drink was perfect. We did not need supper afterwards.

Reviewed by Teri W , December 2015

The tour guide did a great job - she was fun, friendly, and informative. I plan to stop in for longer visits at more than one of the places we visited on my upcoming trip.

Reviewed by Paul G , November 2015

the tour was great, the food was great and the tour guide was terrific. Highly recommend the tour.

Reviewed by Irene P , November 2015

This was a great tour. It was a walking tour but the guide was really excellent. We were with a small party which made it better because we could all hear everything well. The food samples were very good, quesadilla and sangria to begin, then on to an Irish pub for mince and potatoes with a small Guiness, then thirdly a slice of pizza and small beer. Finished off in fourth establishment, The Melting Pot for fondue and cocktail. It was good to learn the history of the area too.