What should never be overlooked when heading out for a night in the Gaslamp? Where you’ll grab something to eat when those late-night cravings hit. Whether you’re looking for a cozy diner or a chill lounge, these restaurants have got you covered. One thing they all have in common: fun-loving, hungry crowds
The vibe: Upscale lounge with plenty of sports
Your order: 1919 fries or fried chicken skins if you just need a snack, or the beast burger (topped with short rib, bacon and crispy onions) if your appetite needs to be seriously tamed.
“We wanted our quality product to be served to all customers, even the late night foodies,” said Rachel Barnett, manager at 1919. Pair your midnight meal with one of their specialty cocktails, like The Vodka (Ketel One, Vermouth, smoked bleu cheese-stuffed olives) or The Whiskey (Jack Daniel’s, homemade vanilla cola and sarsaparilla bitters) to keep your night going strong.
560 Fifth Ave., downtown. 1919sandiego.com
The vibe: Your favorite family diner
Your order: If it’s after midnight, it’s time for breakfast. Go big with country-fried steak & eggs, biscuits & gravy plus, chicken & waffles, buttermilk hotcakes...or their famous pizza tots.
“Our ABC Burger and Machaca con Papas Burrito are both the perfect meals for after a night of partying in the Gaslamp,” said Andrea Epstein, co-owner. Brian’s 24 sees a mix of both locals and out-of-towners, which guarantees a fun crowd every night, whether it’s Tuesday or Friday. As the only restaurant in the Gaslamp that never sleeps, they’re ready to serve the night owls and the super early birds...at the same time.
828 Sixth Ave., downtown. brians24.com
Union Kitchen & Tap
The vibe: The friendly neighborhood spot that’s equally perfect for mingling or a private party
Your order: The UNION wings or Alesmith nut brown beer cheese burger. “Both seem to trigger some closed eyes, ‘oh my God’ moments,” said Jamie Houtman, general manager. The pastrami burger pairs well with just about any of their drafts.
“Being on the West Coast, there are so many sporting events that don’t end until 10, 11 or sometimes even midnight,” Houtman said. “We want to be able to offer the sports fans some great late night food.” You won’t miss a single second of any action here: they’ve got the MLB, NHL, NFL and NBA packages. If you want something other than craft beer, you’ll find an impressive but not overwhelming wine list and some seriously delicious specialty cocktails.
333 Fifth Ave., downtown. gaslampunion.com
The next time you’re in the Gaslamp around midnight, don’t give up and search for the nearest fast food joint. Keep the party going while getting a delicious meal.