Queensborough Brings 1920s-NYC To San Diego's Gaslamp

July 26, 2017

Debuting tonight within the space that last-housed longtime tenant Maloney's Tavern in San Diego's historic Gaslamp District is Queensborough - a cocktail bar, restaurant and lounge from longtime industry pros.

From the minds of San Diego hospitality industry veterans Shane Brennan (Omnia, Enlightened Hospitality, Comun, Holsem Coffee), attorney James Kaen, designer Matthew Ellis (Bluemotif Architecture), and Mike Vizcarra (Comun, Seven Grand, BangBang), Queensborough will open at 9pm tonight and offer patrons 1,800 square-feet of bar and dining space decorated with red leather booths, a marble bar and tables, a subway-token-studded floor, a vintage phone booth, library walls, plush lounge seats and subway turnstiles. Inspired by Prohibition-era New York City, specifically the borough of Queens, the new drinking destination aims to bring an upscale cocktail lounge experience to downtown San Diego.

Queenstown will offer a full bar with a handful of specialty cocktails, as well as a curated wine list and craft beer on draft. From the kitchen, Executive Chef Taylor Houseman, who previously spent time at Comun and Ironside Fish & Oyster, has designed a menu of share plates. Highlights include the Surf & Turf sliders - with fresh scallops, Hanger steak, Sheblehorn Swiss cheese and chimichurri on a brioche bun, and the Albondingas - smoked pig head meatballs with seasonal vegetables, long grain rice, broth, mint crystals and cilantro microgreens. 

Debuting later this month in the basement space below is a 6,000 square-foot nightclub-style lounge that will certainly become a Gaslamp nightlife hotspot. Queensborough is located at 777 5th Avenue and will open daily at 4pm starting tomorrow. For more information, visit queensboroughsd.com and peruse the menus below.