Brothels, Bites and Booze
Daytime tour available on Fri and Sat @ 11:00 am.Please don't forget your Photo ID. Guests must check-in 30 minutes prior to tour time.
Tour Participation Requirements
Over its long and colorful history, the Gaslamp Quarter has been called the "Stingaree" and the "sailor's entertainment district." It got its start as one of California's largest red-light districts, and its reputation for salaciousness reached well into the 1980s. In this place where brothels, drug dens, and gambling halls once dominated commerce, it's only fitting to set off on a food and drink tour that celebrates scandal.
Your guide will regale you with the history of the district as you hop from restaurant to restaurant and bar to bar, whetting your appetite for cuisine and gossip. You'll learn, for instance, that the Stingaree (as it was called at the end of the 19th century) once boasted more than 120 brothels. Gamblers and prostitutes had the run of the place, while the law turned a blind eye (for a price, of course). Even lawman Wyatt Earp got a piece of the action, opening three gambling halls in the district.
In the years after WWII, peep shows, massage parlors, and seedy bars drew sailors and Marines looking to blow off a little steam. A call for “rehab” in the mid-'80s led to a whole new Gaslamp Quarter. But as you'll see on this tour, it's a lot of fun to revisit the bad old days.
No gunfights here, but probably plenty of quick draws
The lawman who shot it out at the O.K. Corral was hardly a standup citizen. Wyatt Earp was also a gambler, brothel owner, and pimp, among other pursuits. When he opened the Oyster Bar in the Stingaree, it became one of its most popular saloons – largely because of the Golden Poppy brothel upstairs. Each room was painted a different color, and prostitutes dressed in matching colored garments.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.