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San Francisco North Beach Walking Pub Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Discover San Francisco’s hidden pubs with a local guide
  • Relive the genius of the Beat generation at Vesuvio Café
  • Stroll through the colourful streets of North Beach
  • Enjoy a traditional Italian café
  • Thrill to stories of derring-do by seafaring legends
  • Try an Anchor Steam ale or the famous local wines
  • Learn about North Beach’s colourful history
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Jan - 31 Dec: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

    Duration

    2 hours 30 minutes

    Start time

    Start time: 7:00pm
    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

    Meeting Point

    In front of Vesuvio Café, 255 Columbus Avenue.
    Please report at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    Washington Square

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Discover San Francisco’s best bars, pubs and cafes during this laid-back walking tour of North Beach.

    During a 2 ½ hour evening excursion, you’ll sample some of California's finest ales and wines while learning about the unique history of North Beach and its colorful characters, ranging from literary masters to seafaring legends.

    From 1 Jan 2016 onward, you will sample an award-winning Northern California craft brew.

    Explore a neighborhood that was built on the remains of ships abandoned after the gold rush of 1849! And enjoy the bohemian ambience of Vesuvio Café, which nurtured writers of the Beat generation!

    If you are brave enough, you can even try your hand at serenading the house at a local karaoke bar! And don’t forget to ask your guide for hot tips for exploring this vibrant district further on your own.

    Itinerary

    Your relaxed North Beach Walking Pub Tour gets underway when you meet your guide at Vesuvio Café, 255 Columbus Avenue. On this walking tour of 2 ½ hours, you’ll discover the fascinating history of North Beach, the heart of San Francisco's Italian district. You’ll explore the best bars, pubs and cafés, and sample some of California’s finest ales and wines!

    From 1 Jan 2016 onward, you will sample an award-winning Northern California craft brew.

    At Vesuvio Café, you’ll learn about its famed literary gatherings, which inspired several Beat generation writers. This local favorite has a marvelous collection of photos of writers, actors and artist adorning the walls. You’ll sample Anchor Steam ale, brewed since 1896, or one of the world-class wines from Sonoma and Napa Valley.

    Next, you’ll head into North Beach, once home to fortune seekers, local fisherman, international sailors and writers. No longer a beach this neighborhood was settled upon landfill, including the hulks of ships abandoned after the 1849 gold rush. You’ll explore the bars, including one decorated with trinkets left behind by sailors! And visit the city’s oldest watering hole with its colorful mix of locals and thriving big blues music scene. In a traditional Italian café, complete with red leather booths and a classic jukebox spinning 45s, you can down an espresso.

    Your tour ends at Washington Square,a local hub that’s well connected to public transport. This is the ideal spot to independently explore North Beach’s wealth of cafés, bars and restaurants. Your guide will be happy to provide some excellent suggestions to assist your exploration.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • English speaking guide
    • 1 drink

    Exclusions

    • Additional food and beverages
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.

    Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.


    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 trip will not be permitted to travel on the trip.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have