Horton Happenings :: Event Extravaganza August 2015

tonight in san diegoTonight in San Diego: Monday night’s in August we will still have our Tonight in San Diego talk show. Doors open at 7:30pm, tickets are $7.00. Find out all the details regarding guests, show times etc. here.

mix tape 80Mix Tape 80’s: Our anchor tenant at the Horton Grand Theater, Lamb’s Players brings back the much loved Mix Tape 80’s musical next month for another run. (show is currently scheduled to run till the end of November and may be extended)  Find all the details here.

del mar racesDel Mar Racing: Now through September 7, 2015. Catch thoroughbred racing five days a week (dark Monday and Tuesdays). Post time most days is 2 p.m. and special events include the Four O’Clock Friday concert series, beer festival, family weekends and the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 22. Check out the website for event dates and times. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1141. More information on races and concerts here. 

old town logoStagecoach Days: Now through August 22, 2015. Old Town celebrates the history of San Diego on seven consecutive Saturdays with living history activities, demonstrations, stories and songs. On August 8 – “Soldiers and Citizens”– The military has been part of San Diego since its inception. Following the Mexican American War, dragoons, the Mormon Battalion and the Boundary Commission all had an impact on life in San Diego.  Attendees can do a self-guided tour of the state park and sample tastes of history along the way, while learning about the food preparation and cooking techniques of the 1800s. 12-4 p.m. San Diego Ave and Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.220.5422. For a list of Stagecoach events and weekly themes visit the San Diego visitors guide here.

maya hidden worldsThe San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) – Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed: theNAT welcomes guests to explore ancient Maya. Their newest exhibition Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed opened on June 12 and will run until January 3, 2016. The exhibit showcases hands-on activities, immersive environments, large-scale replica monuments, bilingual text panels and more than 200 authentic Mayan artifacts. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.3821. More information here.

night fightNight Flight: Every Thursday night through Labor day, visitors can catch a free performance from pro flowboarders at Belmont Park’s WaveHouse. The Night Flights start after sunset with a backdrop of bright neon lights. Viewers can enjoy drink specials and adrenaline fueled entertainment. 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.228.9283. Find out what else is going on at Belmont Park here. 

little italyLittle Italy Summer Film Festival: June 27-Sep. 5. Starting Saturday, Little Italy kicks off its weekly tradition of showcasing an Italian film at the Amici Park Amphitheater. On June 27, guests will enjoy We have a Pope about a man’s confrontation with the great responsibilities of the papacy in the Vatican. English subtitles. 8 p.m. $5/pp. W. Date & State Streets, Little Italy, 619.233.3898. Find out more information here. 

kiss me kateKiss Me, Kate: Now through August 9, 2015. The beloved classic performance transports audiences into the wings as a touring company gets ready to open a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, starring a divorced couple whose offstage battles threaten to bring down the curtain. Featuring dance numbers, Shakespeare-quoting mobsters and a musical score that leaves everyone singing along, The Old Globe delivers another summer performance favorite from its stage. (Photo Charles Erickson) 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623. Learn more here. 

urban adventure questAmazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- San Diego: Mar 14, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015 09:00 AM until 07:00 PM. Turn San Diego into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Start when you want and play at your pace. Save 20%- Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: SDMAG. Sign up online here! 

horton musiciansThe Palace Bar: Whether you’re closing a business deal in the early hours of the day, looking for a drink after work or looking for a night on the town, the Palace Bar provides the perfect location to unwind. Join us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for live and local entertainment between 7-10pm. Below is our musician lineup for the month of August 2015. To find out more or listen to music samples from each musician, click on the artist’s name below. 





Saturday, August 1, 2015 Jay & Keri
Thursday, August 6, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, August 7, 2015 Sophisticados
Saturday, August 8, 2015 Jimmy Dean/Phil Diorio
Thursday, August 13, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, August 14, 2015 Sophisticados
Saturday, August 15, 2015 Ryan Brolliard
Thursday, August 20, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, August 21, 2015 Sophisticados
Saturday, August 22, 2015 Lele Rose
Thursday, August 27, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, August 28, 2015 Sophisticados
Saturday, August 29, 2015 Lele Rose


Most Wedding Memories Are Made Around the Table, Not at the Altar

Horton Grand Hotel Warm weather, long days, no school… and lots and lots of weddings! Summertime is on full swing, and with it comes wedding season. Always a blissfully happy event, and full of delicious cuisine, weddings are one of the most exciting aspects of summertime.

Each wedding season is host to a variety of new trends, and this season has illuminated some truly delectable wedding cuisine trends!

Hot off The Farm
Similar to the restaurant craze, having a farm to table type of dinner is sweeping through the wedding industry. Couples are now opting to provide locally sourced, organic food to their guests, promoting sustainability and health. This also results in having seasonally themed dishes, since local farmers typically only grow seasonal produce.

Horton Grand Hotel Home on the Range
The whole concept of “rustic” is very popular among weddings right now. In regards to food it means more of a buffet style, rather than multiple courses served to each individual. Food served family style creates a more intimate affair, allowing the guests to better get to know one another.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Would be Proud
Ever since the film, Great Gatsby inspired weddings have been a huge hit. Exquisite garden parties featuring champagne cocktails, tea sandwiches, and more are all examples of the cuisine.

Horton Grand Hotel America’s Favorite Breakfast Desert
As donut bar restaurants have been popping up all over, donut bars at weddings have been making a frequent appearance as well. Sometimes donut bars take the place of an actual wedding cake, or in other scenarios, they are an addition to the cake, adding more color and excitement to the dessert table.

No Guest Left Behind
In addition to the farm to table craze, providing vegan dishes and gluten free options is becoming widely popular as well. Some couples are opting for entire vegan meals, or a simple vegan or gluten free option.

Shock and Awe With Unconventional Cuisine
There are quite a few breakfast loving couples out there, and they’ve chosen to serve breakfast foods for dinner, or even having a breakfast reception instead. Pancake bars, waffle bars, cinnamon rolls instead of a cake, and parfait like appetizers are just a few of the breakfast cuisine trends.

Cuisine is one of the most exciting and fun aspects of a wedding, and experimenting with new innovative ideas keeps an age old tradition feeling fresh! In the end, it’s your big day, and it’s all about the beginning of your happily ever after. Whichever cuisine trend you choose, it’s sure to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

To help you create a wedding unlike any other, consider having it a historical, iconic location, where the weather is reliable nearly everyday out of the year. The Horton Grand Hotel, in San Diego, California, can help you create your dream storybook wedding, that will leave your guests in awe for years to come.

Your dream wedding is more attainable than ever with an incredible promotion offered by The Horton Grand Hotel. For a limited time only, book your wedding between 11/1/2015 – 4/15/2016 and receive $10 off their per person wedding package price on a weekday, or weekend.

To take advantage of this unique opportunity, please contact Jennifer Nauta, the sales and wedding coordinator. You’re on step closer to having the most legendary day of your life!

Your Storybook Wedding Diary Starts at The Horton Grand Hotel

Horton Grand Hotel Congratulations! It’s finally happening – the ring has been given, the answer was a resounding YES, and a lifetime of happily ever after awaits. All that’s left to do is have a wedding, piece of cake right? After the dust settles you may realize that you still have a wedding to plan, or a wedding planner to pick out, and an increasingly long list of to-dos before you can say “I do.”

You’ve been dreaming of your very own storybook wedding since you were young, and now you’re prepared to turn dreams into reality.

First you must choose your storybook dream destination. Magnificent weather, stunning scenery, and lots of engaging activities to do and sights to see, for example.

America’s Finest City certainly fits the bill perfectly, offering immaculate weather, splendid views of the bay, ocean, and cityscape, and a never ending array of attractions to visit. Weddings can take place in nearly any month of the year due to the average temperature being 70 degrees. Rain is essentially nonexistent, but when it does rain, it lasts for about five minutes. San Diego weather is always ready for a storybook wedding.

Horton Grand HotelThe question now remains, where in San Diego can a picturesque, beautiful storybook wedding take place? A storybook wedding requires a venue that emulates class, timelessness, and elegance.

The Horton Grand Hotel is one of San Diego’s most iconic and historical buildings, dating back to the 1800s. Nestled within the picturesque and exciting Gaslamp District, the Horton Grand Hotel captures the historic charm of San Diego, while offering elegance and class.

Imagine, candlelit tables draped in timeless cloth, guests clinking sparkling champagne glasses while dining on superb food.

Horton Grand HotelWedding photos taken against the backdrop of velvet furniture and dark paneled wood. Picture yourself gazing out from your New Orleans styled balcony, at the cobblestone road beneath you, a warm breeze gently embracing your skin.

Eventually, after all of the celebrations have been completed, stepping into your horse drawn carriage for a ride into your happily ever after.

We don’t all marry actual princes, but storybook weddings aren’t reserved for royalty alone. Weave your story into the web of romantic history within the Horton Grand Hotel. Leave your mark in time in the elegant Gaslamp District. The perfect storybook wedding awaits you, no magic wand or fairy godmother required, just your vision and happiness is needed.

Horton Happenings :: Event Extravaganza July 2015

tonight in san diego logoTonight in San Diego
: July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th we have our Tonight in San Diego talk show live tappings. Find all the details regarding guests, show times etc. here.

Lone Star and Laundry & Bourbon by James McLure: Limited dates: Friday July 17th 8:00pm – Saturday July 18th 8:00pm AND Sunday July 19th 2:00pm – Sunday July 19th 6:00pm. Tickets available here.

San Diego County Fair: June 5-July 5. San Diego’s largest annual event becomes “A Fair to Remember: A Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition, and features car shows, animals, games, exhibits, carnival rides, arts and crafts, food vendors and concerts. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1161. Fair ticket information and more here.

san diego comic conSan Diego Comic Con: Comic-Con International: San Diego returns to the San Diego Convention Center in 2015, beginning with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 8 with the four days of the event running Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12. 2015 marks the 46th year for the show, making it the country’s longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention. Find out about all the action here.

The San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) – Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed: theNAT welcomes guests to explore ancient Maya. Their newest exhibition Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed opened on June 12 and will run until January 3, 2016. The exhibit showcases hands-on activities, immersive environments, large-scale replica monuments, bilingual text panels and more than 200 authentic Mayan artifacts. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.3821. More information here.

Night Flight: Every Thursday night through Labor day, visitors can catch a free performance from pro flowboarders at Belmont Park’s WaveHouse. The Night Flights start after sunset with a backdrop of bright neon lights. Viewers can enjoy drink specials and adrenaline fueled entertainment. 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.228.9283. Find out what else is going on at Belmont Park here. 

Little Italy Summer Film Festival: June 27-Sep. 5. Starting Saturday, Little Italy kicks off its weekly tradition of showcasing an Italian film at the Amici Park Amphitheater. On June 27, guests will enjoy We have a Pope about horton musiciansa man’s confrontation with the great responsibilities of the papacy in the Vatican. English subtitles. 8 p.m. $5/pp. W. Date & State Streets, Little Italy, 619.233.3898. Find out more information here. 

The Palace Bar: Whether you’re closing a business deal in the early hours of the day, looking for a drink after work or looking for a night on the town, the Palace Bar provides the perfect location to unwind. Join us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for live and local entertainment. Below is our musician lineup for the month of July 2015. To find out more or listen to music samples from each musician, click on the artist name below.

Thursday, July 2, 2015 Lele Rose
Friday, July 3, 2015 Jimmy Dean/Phil Diorio
Saturday, July 4, 2015 Jimmy Dean/Phil Diorio
Thursday, July 9, 2015 Lele Rose
Friday, July 10, 2015 Ryan Brolliar
Saturday, July 11, 2015 Joseph Luna
Thursday, July 16, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, July 17, 2015 Joseph Luna
Saturday, July 18, 2015 Sophisticados
Thursday, July 23, 2015 Lele Rose
Friday, July 24, 2015 Ryan Brolliar
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Sophisticados
Thursday, July 30, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, July 31, 2015 Joseph Luna

Share an Experience with the Likes of Cowboys, Outlaws and Mad Men

Palace Bar Horton Grand Hotel Whiskey is woven deep within the American tapestry. Venture into nearly any decade within the late 1800s and early 1900s, and there’s at least a subset of the population very attached to whiskey. Whether it be the American Wild West with whiskey slugging cowboys, businessmen in the early 1900s sipping scotch, or the 1960s Mad Men getting sloshed at the office, whiskey has been the drink of choice for many a time.

Oh, and in the middle of all that there were the dark ages of prohibition, from which moonshine was born.

Now we’ve arrived to modern times. It’s 2015 and a whiskey revival is upon us. Whiskey didn’t die, prohibition didn’t happen again, but even so, whiskey seemed to fade out of the limelight for a while. Now it’s back, and better than ever with a whole new culture. A culture that’s an homage to all the epic periods of history whiskey has been a witness to.

Palace Bar Horton Grand Hotel Finding an establishment to enjoy the luxurious liquid can be challenging, for it’s not every bar that understands the art of the whiskey experience. Whiskey can be best enjoyed surrounded by lavish furnishings, sparkling glasses, and served by a top-notch bartender.

For that, you’ll need to saunter into the Palace Bar at the Horton Grand Hotel. The Palace Bar is one of San Diego’s best kept secrets for drinkers of any type, but especially whiskey admirers. Offering a seemingly endless array of whiskeys, you would be hard pressed to request a whiskey the bar doesn’t have. Causing even more interest – the hotel it’s attached to is drenched in San Diego’s most interesting, and even seedy, history.

If you’re lucky, the exquisite bartender, Danielle Lovette, will not only pour you a drink, but she may even tell you Horton-grand-Danielleher startling ghost story while you sip. Having traveled all over the U.S., and worked in a wide variety of restaurants and bars, Danielle is a wealth of knowledge regarding whiskey and the proper ways to present, and enjoy it.

If you’re a whiskey connoisseur already, or a burgeoning one, a trip to the Palace Bar is just what the doctor ordered. Enthrall your taste buds with sensational whiskey. Excite your imagination with historical surroundings and tales of the Stingaree and ghosts. Feel a connection as you drink alongside other whiskey enthusiasts. All the while prepare to be impressed by the unmatched skills of the Palace Bar’s finest bartender. Oh, and do all of this while listening to live music, each and every weekend. Who says you can’t have it all?

This Iconic San Diego Hotel was Once Home to Infamous Wyatt Earp

Horton Grand Hotel A fearless lawman, the deadliest man in the Old West, a lawman and an outlaw, a murderer, a gambler, a pimp. Wyatt Earp was all of those things and more. Since his day, there have been films, TV shows, and books made about him, yet he still remains a fairly mysterious historical character. One thing’s for sure, though, Wyatt Earp lived a colorfully dangerous life during an iconic time in U.S. history.

Mostly infamous for two main events in his life – his handling of the Fitzsimmons-Sharkey fight and the O.K. Corral gunfight, what’s slightly less well-known is that he, and his wife Josephine, spent quite a few years living and working in San Diego.

Horton Grand Hotel Oh yes, Earp, always one on the lookout for the next big money maker, headed to San Diego around 1887 after hearing of the new railroad that was to be built, and the likely real estate boom it would bring with it.

So after traversing throughout the Midwest, San Francisco, and San Bernardino, Earp moved to San Diego and began immersing himself in the colorful Stingaree lifestyle.

The Stingaree, as it was called back then, was block after block of saloons, gambling halls, and brothels. Except, Earp was very intelligent, and instead of opening up his gambling halls and saloons within the Stingaree, he opened them up in the respectable part of town. Earp, by this point in his life, was quite the gambler, and it’s said that on a good night, one of his gambling halls made up to $1,000 a night in profits.

Horton Grand Hotel Eventually Earp opened up the Oyster Bar, which became a very popular saloon within the Stingaree, mostly because the infamous Golden Poppy brothel was upstairs. The Golden Poppy, owned by the clever Madam Cora, offered many rooms, each painted a different color with each prostitute dressed in matching attire.

Never one for boredom, Earp also began to try his hand in boxing and horse racing. Always an adventurer, he referred boxing matches both within San Diego, and Tijuana. Sadly the exciting real estate boom in San Diego wasn’t to last, and around 1890 the population within the city had fallen drastically.

Always one to abandon a sinking ship, Earp departed San Diego to begin anew in the next boom town. His legacy lives on, though, especially at the Horton Grand Hotel, where he lived with his wife the entire time they resided in San Diego.

To learn more about the notorious Earp, venture to the Horton Grand Hotel any day of the week and see firsthand what his life may have been like. Take a walk through the streets of the Gaslamp and envision the colorful ladies of the Golden Poppy. Eventually you may even make your way over to the Tivoli Bar, where it’s rumored Earp was a regular.

While Earp lived in San Diego it was a riveting time in America’s Finest City, and the Horton Grand Hotel was home to quite a few fascinating characters, and a witness to the shady events that took place.

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Legendary Chef Meets Iconic San Diego Institution

Horton Grand Hotel After leaving a trail of cities mouthwatering after him, Chef Ken Haupt has settled down in San Diego for the time being, and the culinary scene has certainly changed for the better.

Originally from San Francisco, Ken received his formal training at Le Cordon Bleu California Culinary Academy, which is one of the top culinary institutions in the nation. Within San Francisco he worked his magic at Roy’s and Yoshi’s. Always on the lookout for a new adventure, Ken moved to Sacramento where he worked at the world renowned Thai/Vietnamese restaurant – Lemongrass. Though he was quite young, he was chosen to open up Lemongrass’s first restaurant extension. After deciding corporate management wasn’t his cup of tea, he worked at Kru, and then opened up Red Lotus. Eventually Ken was brought on as chef at Sacramento’s oldest restaurant – The Broiler Steakhouse.

Ida Bailey RestaurantSeeking new scenery, and a warmer climate, Ken picked up and headed south to America’s Finest City. Upon arrival to San Diego he began working at Cowboy Star, which was awarded Southern California’s best steakhouse award. After his stint there, Ken began working at Kettner Exchange, which was awarded San Diego’s Best New Restaurant.

Those were all just appetizer gigs for Ken, who has now began his entree – Chef at the Horton Grand Hotel’s Ida Bailey Restaurant. Not only is the Horton Grand Hotel one of the oldest and most elegant hotels in San Diego, it’s also historic, and has been present throughout the many chapters of the Gaslamp’s colorful history. Not just anyone is skilled enough to navigate a restaurant with such a strong historical context, while keeping at pace with the tastes of modern times.

“Live life according to what makes you happy, as cliche as that may sound,” says Ken Haupt. “I always cook with happiness with the hope that, after just one bite, people can taste happiness, whether they’re aware of it or not.”

Ida Bailey’s has been an iconic Gaslamp institution for quite some time, and under the tutelage of a chef with an immense amount of experience, it will be exciting to see what comes out of the kitchen!

You have the opportunity to taste the excellence yourself any day of the week either by making a reservation of trying your luck with with a walk-in. The menu is excellent everyday, and look out for some exquisite events on the horizon that will be absolutely incredible.

Father’s Day is just around the corner, which will be a perfect opportunity to both celebrate dad’s, and taste Ken’s creations.

Summer is Calling. Time to Honor Our Heroes and Plan to Getaway.

Memorial Day San DiegoWarm evenings, patio furniture, outdoor concerts, trips to the beach, lazy bike rides and more, are calling out to us more and more each day. Summer is rapidly approaching and the excitement of warm weather and fun times is in the air.

We know for certain summer is nearly here, and it’s not just over-excitement getting to us all –  Memorial Day is right around the corner. For many of us, Memorial Day weekend, a weekend typically filled with barbecues and family gatherings, has represented the onset of the summer season each year.

More than representing the beginning of Summer, Memorial Day is an important holiday that is rooted in classical American history.

Decoration Day

First observed on May 30, 1868, Decoration Day, Memorial Day as it’s now known, originated to commemorate the sacrifices of the Civil War soldiers.

On the first observance, James Garfield spoke at Arlington Cemetery, and 5,000 people decorated over 20,000 graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers, thus giving the holiday it’s name.

In 1873, New York designated Memorial Day as a legal holiday, and shortly thereafter other states began to do so as well.

After WWI, Memorial Day became a day about honoring all of those who have died in America’s wars. From that point on, Memorial Day began spreading more widely as national holiday throughout the U.S.

Memorial Day as we know it today, was first formally established in 1971, when congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The Act established Memorial Day as a national holiday to be observed on the last Monday of May each year.

To this day, there is still a ceremony every single year at Arlington National Cemetery. Each grave receives a small American flag, and the President, or the Vice President, lays a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Memorial DaySo, while we are all out picnicking, swimming, eating, and enjoying the long weekend with our friends and families, we can remember our fallen heroes across all time periods and wars, and honor their sacrifices. Kick off this summer season surrounded by loved ones, while thanking those who have sacrificed to allow our freedom and legacy to continue on.

America is a patriotic country everywhere, but there is one city in particular that has been a military town practically from the beginning – San Diego. Though it may be a “younger” city by many standards, San Diego is full of history, much of which is accessed through fun adventures.

Between a visit to the USS Midway, Cabrillo National Monument, Liberty Station, the Kissing Statue, and more, there are plenty of historic military sights to see and stories to be told. So, if you’re planning on a summer getaway, be sure to venture to San Diego, stay at the historic Horton Grand Hotel, take advantage of the USS Midway Getaway Package, honor our heroes, and make memories to last a lifetime.



Some Things Get Better With Age. A Spirited Revival has Begun

Palace Bar Horton Grand Hotel Fermented grain mash. That doesn’t sound remotely appetizing, but those three little words actually create an entire world, lifestyle even, around a delicious liquid. A liquid that has been celebrated, prohibited, and revitalized over the course of history. We’re talking whisky, or whiskey depending on your preference.

It’s commonplace within San Diego to hear about wine and craft beer, but whisky? Oh yes, whisky is quickly becoming the hottest drink around town, and it’s no surprise that whisky bars are popping up all over to accommodate the developing thirst.

Scotch, bourbon, Tennessee, rye, Irish… what’s the difference? With whisky popping up all over the place, it’s a good idea to know some basic facts about the differences among whisky’s. That way, next time you order a drink, you won’t have to pretend like you know what you’re talking about, you’ll be a whisky pro.

Scotch is simple whisky produced 100% in Scotland, from malted barley.

Bourbon is made from a grain mixture, with at least 51% from corn, and must be made in the U.S.

Tennessee, if you can’t already guess, is a bourbon that must be made in the state of Tennessee. What makes Tennessee so special? Not sure, except they make excellent whisky.

Rye, is made with rye, but the Canadians, who were the first to make the stuff, didn’t set particular rules about it, so there are few regulations. In the U.S., it must have at least 51% rye in it.

Irish whisky is produced in Ireland, but other than that has no real rules concerning its development, so there’s much diversity among the drink.

Palace Bar at Horton Grand Hotel Fantastic, now you’re acquainted with the types, but are you acquainted with the culture? Of course, you could drink whisky wearing whatever you want, in any type of glass, anywhere, but that’s like saying you’re going to drink wine in a mug, while eating pizza in a junkyard. It’s possible, but it doesn’t quite honor the experience the way you could.

Tweed coats, lace gloves, pressed pants, crisp dresses, are among some suggestions for attire. Of course this isn’t the roaring ‘20s anymore, but still, classy is always an elegant choice.

It’s imperative to note, that whisky is not for chugging. Rather, whisky is for leisurely sipping. One’s intention should be to savor each flavor, the way the craftsmen intended. It’s up to you if you prefer to drink your whisky neat, meaning no ice, on the rocks – with ice, or mixed with other liquids. It’s always fun to drink whisky with a whisky stone, basically just one large ice cube that keeps the drink nice and cool, without watering it down due to melting quickly.

That’s quite enough information to get you started, now you just have to pick out a place to go enjoy some whisky.

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough,” well said, Mark Twain.

Well, good thing there’s a never-ending supply of not only good, but excellent, whisky at the Palace Bar. It’s only fitting that the romantically historical Horton Grand Hotel, where the Palace Bar resides, should house a bar befitting its class and style. To go along with the classical ambiance and satisfying drinks, there’s also live music to be enjoyed every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 7-10 p.m. at the Palace Bar. Grab your cigars, don your favorite whisky attire, and join us any night of the week for the ultimate whisky experience.

Ida Bailey: The Most Infamous Madame of the Stingaree

Historic Stingaree District Strolling through the streets of the Gaslamp today, you’ll experience exquisite dining, gorgeous shops, spectacular hotels, and fitness studios. Travel back in time to those same streets about 115 years ago, and quite a different experience you will have.

Welcome to the Stingaree in the late 1800s and early 1900s. What is known today as the Gaslamp District, was the Stingaree, the red light district, back then. You’re much more likely to get “stung” here, in the Stingaree, than by an actual stingray in the Pacific. You’ve now entered the realm of the gamblers, thieves, and prostitutes. Around each corner is an opportunist looking to make easy prey of you.

Throughout this time there were many well-known law-breakers, outlaws, swindlers and more, but none were as infamous as Madame Ida Bailey. Feisty, red-haired, Ida Bailey was the Madame of a pale-yellow cottage, dubbed the Canary Cottage, at 530 Fourth Street.

Prostitutes at this time were plentiful, but Ida Bailey and her ladies were the aristocracy of the Stingaree. These women dressed as if they were going to an opera every evening. They spoke with sophistication and class, and had parlor conversations with their “gentlemen callers.”

The “fat cats” as they were called, the wealthy, well-known business men of San Diego at that time, were Ida Bailey’s most frequent customers. Being frequented by wealthy and powerful men is what enabled the success and continuation of the Canary Cottage for so long.

Another factor in Ida Bailey’s success was her knack for marketing at the time. She would hire a carriage every Sunday, and take her girls for a drive through residential San Diego. This drive horrified and enraged the decent housewives, but the men thought it was quite entertaining. Some even claim Ida Bailey was the forerunner of outdoor advertising in San Diego.

Raids happened frequently in the Gaslamp, but Ida Bailey was always tipped off in advance. Both the Mayor and the Chief of Police were frequent customers of the Canary Cottage, so it’s no wonder Ida Bailey made it through unscathed most of the time.

Horton Grand Hotel As time always proves, no one is indestructible, and eventually, as more and more citizens became upset, the Stingaree began to get shut down. From the mid 1900s all the way up until the 1970s, slowly but surely, the Stingaree began transitioning from the infamous red light district, into the incredible Gaslamp District it is today. We’ll always have the colorful and entertaining stories from the height of the Stingaree, and we can enjoy them while strolling through the lovely streets of the Gaslamp. In fact, if you find yourself strolling past 311 Island Avenue, venture into the Horton Grand Hotel, and learn all about the historic Gaslamp Quarter. You can even eat at Ida Bailey’s restaurant, although food and drinks are the only items available for purchase nowadays.