Beer + Good Food + Gaslamp + After 9 Friday
I'm looking for a place to have good beer and good food in the Gaslamp at 9 p.m. on a Friday. Is this a pipe dream? I was thinking of The Bondi. Any other suggestions?
Why would you even want to be in the Gaslamp on Friday at 9?
Anyway, if you're insistent on this, and you're not looking for fancy food, The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole on 4th, just north of Broadway (and hence, somewhat removed from the Gaslamp tomfoolery), has a great selection of local craft brews. Their food isn't bad, though it's also nothing special.
Cafe Chloe, also a short walk from the Gaslamp, has a surprisingly good beer selection, and their food is great, too.
Can you tell me more what The Local is like on a Friday? it looks like from the website that there is a band and dj on Friday nights -- will that make it hard to get a table and some food? I like the idea of a place with good local beers -- one of the reasons for the trip is pay respects to Stone and Pizza Port.
Depends on what kind of scene you want. As Josh mentioned, Cafe Chloe has great food and a really interesting beer list, but it's a bit like sitting as a cafe in Paris...not sure whether this is what you're looking for or not. The Field is also a great place for a beer, although it's about 90 percent male on Friday nights (mostly yuppie frat boys). I'm also not sure what time they stop serving. The food is decent pub grub. Other than that I've had bad experience with the food in the Gaslamp (very overpriced for the quality).
Yeesh, people! Lighten up! The Gaslamp isn't the epicenter of everything overpriced and nasty ... it is what it is: San Diego's downtown nightlife. There's good food there, and there's mediocre food there. There are dance clubs (some hipper than others) and loud bars and the kind of clientele you would expect at all of these places. And guess what?! For some people, that's actually the CHARM of the place.
Beer + late food service + Gaslamp = The Yardhouse. Yes, yes, it's a bit of a chain (I think there are 5 or 6 around the country), but they have 100 beers on tap, and even after they stop serving the full menu, the late night menu is still pretty extensive (not just burgers).
The Field is good, but you may be challenged to find a seat after 9 on a weekend (you know, all of those frat boy, erm, young urban professionals?). If you can find a spot, the food is good - boxtys and meat pies and all. And the only place I've been able to find Smithwick's on tap, which is a plus if you love those Irish ales.
Dussini has okay food but the bar on the top level is pretty cool - lots of pool tables but still hip. I can't speak to the beer selection, but the late night bar food hits the spot.
Over by the ball park, Basic does a seemingly very simple menu - just pizza. But good pizza, with toppings like mashed potatoes (seriously, it's good) and other "exotic" toppings. Good beer selection. And they serve late - you can get a pizza at 11 if you want one.
I haven't been to Bondi yet (but am looking forward to it). It's getting good responses on this board, though, so I guess there are others out there who aren't Gaslamp haters! =)
Happy eating and have a smashing Friday night!