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Neighborhood Guide: Core-Columbia

Where to eat, drink, and play in the stretch of downtown between Little Italy and the Gaslamp


North Harbor Drive

Core-Columbia This Month:

Civic Theatre,
January 10–15

Changing of the Barrels
Karl Strauss Brewing Company,
January 28

Carnitas’ Snack Shack

The pork pros know meat, but their new all-outdoor Embarcadero location proves they know ambience, too. Stop by on weekends for live music and late-night happy hours (see page 42).
1004 North Harbor Drive

WestBean Coffee Roasters

The micro roaster has a well-edited list of espresso blends, teas, and a potent nitro cold brew available in a to-go growler.
240 Broadway

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

While the La Jolla location is being revamped, the downtown outpost will serve as the museum’s hub. On view currently is Dimensions of Black, a look at African American contributions to art. During the La Jolla renovation, perks include free admission for visitors 25 and younger anytime, and Downtown at Sundown, their monthly shindig with free admission for all, exhibit tours, and drink specials.
1100 Kettner Boulevard



The 40-minute Pilates workouts on a Reformer machine are shorter than average—but twice as hard. You’ll feel extra sore the next day, but tighter and toned, too.
1202 Kettner Boulevard

Extraordinary Desserts

Extraordinary Desserts

Located on the edge of the neighborhood, the sweets emporium has the decadent desserts of its Bankers Hill location as well as lunch, dinner, and a buffet-style brunch.
1430 Union Street


Pure Indoor Cycling

 The new studio has nightclub-style lighting as well as themed rides (Britney Spears Then and Now, Oldies but Goodies), along with free clip-in shoes, changing facilities, and monthly charity rides.
401 West A Street 

Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Before Stone and Ballast Point came along, Karl Strauss put SD on the map as a craft beer destination. Swing by the the original brewery and restaurant for indulgent eats like their popular baked macaroni and cheese plates.
1157 Columbia Street 

The Dailey Method

Classes combine ballet, yoga, and Pilates for full-body toning. Their Dailey Baby sessions offer parents the chance to tuck and squat with little ones in an Ergo carrier. They also host Wine Barre Wednesdays, where class is followed by happy hour at a nearby bar.
1230 Columbia Street 

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