Queensborough

San Diego Cocktail Lounge

Aiming to open next week, Queensborough is the Gaslamp’s newest bar and eatery. Set inside a 1920s-era building on Fifth Avenue, the project is from group of industry vets who include nightlife pros Shane Brennan (Omnia, Searsucker) and Mike Vizcarra (Seven Grand Whiskey Bar, Bang Bang) and designer Matthew Ellis (Juniper & Ivy, Kettner Exchange).

The sleek 1,800-square-foot cocktail bar and dining area, which includes a marble bar and tabletops, a vintage phone booth, subway turnstiles and a floor studded with subway token, is the first element of Queensborough’s two-story downtown drinking and dining destination. The final component, 6,000-square-foot subterranean lounge that has been described as a “nightclub alternative”, is scheduled to be unveiled next month.

San Diego Magazine: Queensborough Brings 1920s New York to the Gaslamp

The two-story cocktail lounge is serving elevated pub grub and NYC classics

By: Troy Johnson | Published 2017.08.29 11:01 AM

Photo: Paul Body

Photo: Paul Body

Who doesn’t romanticize 1920s New York? The Great Gatsby, the great cocktails. Now the Gaslamp has an ode to the Roaring ’20s in Queensborough, a two-story cocktail lounge and social club. Designer Matthew Ellis (Cowboy Star, Kettner Exchange) imported original subway tokens to build a floor element, separated the upstairs from downstairs with an original subway turnstile, and turned an old wooden phone booth into a photo booth.

Chef Taylor Houseman (ex-Lionfish, Ironside) is elevating pub grub (dry-aged meat boards, burgers, designer popcorns), and bartender Travis Carter is riffing on classic NYC gems (a “Matcha Julep” has Woodford Reserve, matcha syrup, and mint). It’s a welcome bit of geographic whiplash from a team of San Diego nightlife vets.