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From Beatniks to Blues masters, drunken sailors, hardened fishermen, and karaoke kings, North Beach is full of colourful, local identities and fanciful folk heroes. Find out about them over an Anchor Steam ale on this San Francisco tour that will get you talking.
Discover San Francisco’s best bars with a local guide.
Rub shoulders with literary masters on of North Beach's best boho cafés.
Stroll through the colourful streets of North Beach.
Try an Anchor Steam ale or the famous local wines.
Learn about North Beach’s colourful history.
Local English speaking guide; 1 drink (choice of beer, wine or soft drink).
Food; Additional drinks; Tips or gratuities for your local guide.
Hours of operation
Available: Wednesday - Saturday; Start time at 7:00pm.
Approximately 2.5 hours.
Meeting point: In front of Vesuvio Café, 255 Columbus Avenue.
Finish point: Washington Square.
Kick off this San Francisco pub tour at the a hip little joint famous for its literary gatherings, which inspired several Beat generation writers. Get a taste of Anchor Steam ale, which has been made in the city since 1896, or try one of California’s world-class wines from the nearby Sonoma and Napa Valley. Still a local favorite, this bohemian café has a fantastic array of photos of writers, actors and artist adorning the walls.
Hit the pavement and head off into North Beach, one of San Francisco's most vibrant neighbourhoods. A beach no more, the area was settled upon landfill, including hundreds of abandoned ships left after the 1849 gold rush. Once home to fortune seekers, local fisherman, international sailors, and writers, North Beach still maintains a distinctly bohemian and Italian flair, which means it's nothing short of fascintating to take a walk through, especially with a local!
On this San Francisco night tour, we'll explore a number of local bars and cafes, from a bar decked out with sea faring trinkets left behind by sailors, to the city’s oldest watering hole with its colourful mix of locals and its thriving big Blues music scene. Sip on an espresso while experiencing the atmosphere of a traditional Italian café, complete with red leather booths and a classic jukebox spinning 45s. Later, there’s even a chance to serenade the house at a local karaoke bar!
End your San Francisco tour at Washington Square, a local hub that’s well connected to public transport, or an ideal spot if you want to continue exploring North Beach’s wealth of cafés, bars, and restaurants independently. Your guide will be happy to provide some excellent local suggestions to continue exploring, or give you some directions back to your accommodation.
All participants must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid photo ID. Any traveler who cannot produce ID proof of age at the beginning of the tour will not be permitted to travel on the tour.
This tour is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
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