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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 Eater: Queensborough Unveils 6,000-Square-Foot Underground Social Club

The Gaslamp cocktail bar has a luxe new companion

By: Candice Woo | Published: September 15th, 2017, 2:35pm PDT

Phillip Silverstein

Phillip Silverstein

The “downtown” companion to Queensborough’s “uptown” cocktail parlor is now welcoming drinkers into its subterranean 6,000 square-foot lounge which offers a fresh option for Gaslamp revelers. Continuing the 1920s New York City-theme of the upstairs cocktail bar, which launched in July, the just-opened downstairs social club is a sleek space designed by partner Matthew Ellis of Bluemotif Architecture (Juniper & Ivy, Crack Shack, Kettner Exchange) with white tiled walls, vintage mosaic subway signs and a white marble-topped bar.

Reservations are encouraged at Downtown Queensborough, open Thursday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until late night, which will also offer the menu created for the Uptown Queensborough space by executive chef/partner Taylor Houseman (Lionfish, Ironside Fish & Oyster). The venue has a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system for the visiting roster of DJs that will take the stage, and future entertainment options may also include a live jazz night.

Paul Body

Paul Body

Traditional bottle service will be available, as well as a dedicated list of classic craft cocktails, but a new feature that will rolling out soon is a build-your-own barrel aged cocktail option, developed by Mike Vizcarra (Seven Grand Whiskey Bar, Searsucker, Bang Bang), whose hospitality group Brethren Collective, co-founded with Shane Brennan (Holsem, Omnia, Stingaree, Searsucker) is part of the team behind the two-level space. Guests will be able to work with bar staff to customize a 5-liter barrel filled with a drink of their choosing, which will rest for four to six weeks before it is tapped for each party; prices will start at one hundred dollars and go up depending on the spirits used.