5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

VIP Happy Hour Tour of Union Square

Go behind the scenes of the swanky happy hour scene in San Francisco’s famous Union Square on this adults-only cocktail tour. Walk to three cool cocktail lounges and feel like a VIP with tables reserved just for you at each place. Plus, you’ll get a true insider perspective by talking to the owners and bartenders! Try classic and unique cocktail creations from top mixologists and learn all about the city’s lively bar and cocktail culture from your local guide. Cheers!

This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a more personalized experience.


  • Late-afternoon cocktail walking tour in Union Square
  • Check out three cool cocktail lounges around this buzzing San Francisco plaza
  • Feel like a VIP as you’re escorted to specially reserved tables, plus meet the owners and bartenders
  • Savor three unique and classic, expertly crafted cocktails paired with delicious small bites
  • Learn about the city’s bar and cocktail culture from your knowledgeable local guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

VIP Happy Hour Tour of Union Square

Try the Unique Hudson Whiskey Torched for a Smoky Flavor

Your tour departs from Serrano Hotel in Union Square, a public plaza and vibrant shopping, dining, hotel and culture center in downtown San Francisco.

Follow your local guide on an easy, flat half-mile walk to three of the area’s most talked-about cocktail lounges. At each place, you’ll feel like a VIP as you’re ushered to a table reserved specifically for you, plus you’ll get the inside scoop on the city’s cherished bar and cocktail culture by meeting with the owners, bartenders, mixologists and industry experts.

Enjoy one drink at all three places, which vary depending on the day of the tour. Savor San Francisco’s most storied drink, the Pisco Punch, or sip high-end Hudson Whiskey from applewood-smoked snifter glasses torched right beside your table. Pucker up for a spicy tequila cocktail at a historic speakeasy, or head to Clock Bar for a Chartreuse Swizzle, once voted one of America's top 10 cocktails!

While your Union Square cocktail lounge tour ends a few blocks from Serrano Hotel, your guide will gladly point you in the right direction to continue your evening with more drinks, dinner or entertainment nearby.

Please note: Stops are subject to change based on availability.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

It was a lot of fun to take the tour and meet others. The guide had great energy and was very knowledgeable with regards to the cities history and where to go for what.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This is a great tour, and Zev both knows his stuff and love his city, and job, which is infectious. My mum and I did this as a last night fun thing before we flew the next day. Would def do the tour again if head back the SF. Thanks Zev.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Enjoyed the tour. Our guide was personable and knowledgable and made the outing fun and lively. Would highly recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The tour was great! Recommend this to anyone visiting the area!! It was an awesome experience learning about the history of spirits as well as tasting some amazing drinks! Zev was the best tour guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

My boyfriend and I did this tour last Wednesday. It was extremely fun and well organized. We toured three different local cocktail bars. At each stop we met with the owners or managers and learned about the history of cocktails in SF and a very specific drink. We then tried the drink and an additional shot of whatever spirit was in the beverage and were told about how the tastes were combined. It was both fun and educational and they even emailed us the bar names / locations and recipes for the drinks we tried afterwards.

I would caution that if you are looking for a "party event," then this probably isn't the right tour for you. This was more about trying a variety of cocktails and learning their history and how they fit into SF's history. Don't get me wrong, we had a nice buzz by the end of the tour. But if you are looking to rip shots and get drunk, then you would be better off signing up for a party bus or bar crawl.

However, if you are looking to learn about the city, cocktails and learning a few cool new bars and recipes you can make - I would highly recommend this tour. Made for a fun start to the night.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This tour was great!!! Our guide was upbeat, interactive, and very informative. I will definitely repeat the tour when my daughter and I visit San Fran. Thanks so much for a memorable evening!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Great bars, great cocktails and a super guide. I learned a lot and found a couple of new favorite spots and drinks. Perfect tour for locals or visitors.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Fabulous tour! From start to finish, this tour was so much fun. We went to total hidden gems, tried amazing cocktails, and learned a lot about what we were drinking and how it tied into SF history and the cocktail revitalization in downtown. I have lived in San Francisco for almost 10 years and all of the bars we visited were new to me - and I'll definitely be going back to them. Our tour guide was not only super personable and enthusiastic, but also incredibly knowledgeable.
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