No city is complete without a thriving bar scene. Great bars are indicative of vibrant social life in the city, and San Diego has some excellent examples. One of the best bars to experience is The Tipsy Crow. Located in the Gaslamp Quarter, The Tipsy Crow is a modern, high-quality establishment in a historical setting. The bar is housed in the Spencer-Ogden building which dates back to 1874. The bar is made up of three levels, the Main, the Underground, and the Lounge, each with its own style and personality. The Main is a traditional bar with craft beers and a selection of food to enjoy. The Underground is more focused on dancing, with DJs and live music regularly featured. With its two fireplaces, pool table, long marble bar, and law library, The Lounge, also known as the Nest, is a quiet sanctuary best suited for private events and small groups.
The Tipsy Crow hosts events as well, such as the independently operated Gaslamp Comedy Show, pre-game and pre-season parties for various sporting events, and local electronic music shows every Sunday showcasing up and coming talent. The venue is 21 and over only. There is also a dress code that seems designed to avoid discord among its patrons. Among the items not allowed are baseball caps, bandanas, and sports jerseys. Learn more by tapping the link to their website below.
The building has an interesting history. It is the oldest building still standing in the Gaslamp district and the same family continues to own it. A former tenant was a dentist who legally changed his name to Painless Parker to avoid being sued for false advertising. Most notably, the room where the Lounge is was once used to store firecrackers until an explosion occurred there in 1887. (Don't worry, it's much quieter now.)
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