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New Restaurant: The Nolen


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Photo by Paul Body

The neighborhood long known for boozy revelry and tourists en masse is getting a splash of sophistication thanks to The Nolen. Perched atop the new Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Gaslamp/Convention Center hotel, the rooftop lounge has views of downtown, Coronado, and Point Loma and a strong craft cocktail program. The menu spans seven categories, from barrel-aged cocktails to craft beer “hop-tails,” and savory bites, including truffled tuna melts. Designed by Bluemotif Architecture (Juniper and Ivy, Catania), the space is decked out in fire pits and original graffiti-style artwork, like a large-scale piece featuring Balboa Park’s Cabrillo Bridge. We’ll drink to that!

453 Sixth Avenue, Gaslamp 

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