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Venture into the bars of North Beach — San Francisco’s historically Italian district — on this 2.5-hour pub crawl with a knowledgeable guide. At local hot spots such as Vesuvio Cafe, discover the legendary nightlife scene that harkens back to the Beat Generation. Stroll the streets of this bohemian enclave and taste local wine and beer (one complimentary drink included). This small-group walking tour is limited to 12 people to ensure a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Pub crawl in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood
  • Check out bohemian hangouts and off-the-wall pubs
  • One alcoholic beverage included
  • Led by a friendly, professional guide
  • Small group of maximum 12 people ensures personal experience

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco North Beach Pub Crawl

Try One of San Francisco's Locally Crafted Beers

Begin your San Francisco pub crawl in the heart of North Beach at Vesuvio Cafe, a historic saloon situated across from City Lights Bookstore. Learn about Beat poets like Jack Kerouac who used to frequent both locations, and soak up the eclectic atmosphere that inspired the Beat Generation. Enjoy an Anchor Steam Ale, which has been locally produced since 1896, or a glass of wine from the California wine country. One complimentary drink is included.

Next, stroll past North Beach bars and sidewalk cafes as your guide highlights the Italian neighborhood’s history. You'll stop at venues such as a watering hole decorated with forgotten maritime paraphernalia and at the city's self-proclaimed oldest pub.

Later, sip an espresso in a traditional Italian cafe where you can listen to classics on the jukebox, or serenade your fellow travelers at a local karaoke bar.

As you wind your way through North Beach, you’ll conclude at Washington Square, site of Saints Peter and Paul Church. While the night is still young, you can continue exploring North Beach on your own or settle in at a sidewalk eatery for an Italian dinner.

Customer Reviews

Lori B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Beautiful evening exploring North Beach. Our guide Jim was very knowledgeable and I enjoyed his stories about the area and the buildings. It was easy walking and we were able to customize the tour to our interests and tastes.

Jane L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Enjoyed this tour. It was interesting and I enjoyed the Steam ale. Great last evening to my holiday. There was only two of us plus the guide but I enjoyed the evening, good company.

Michelle W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

This pub crawl was perfect for a springy San Francisco evening. Our guide was friendly and informative- had a real passion for what he does. We enjoyed drinks in Jack Kerouac's old watering hole, learned about City Light's bookstore, and enjoyed drinks with our group at two other historic dive bars that I otherwise wouldn't have known to attend. Great to do with a friend/group, or if you're looking to meet some new people and enjoy laid-back bars full of history!

Julie-Ann H

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. She took us to great bars that I probably would never have normally went to. A great tour

Roland M

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

Claire was a great guide and the experience was relaxed and fun. We would certainly not have found the bars on our own....each one was totally unique!

Allison D

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

Tour was a lot of fun. Thought I was getting into more of a pub crawl rather than history lesson but the guide was awesome and so were the others in our group. Overall a good tour if historical sites are your thing. Also good way to meet people and swap city experiences and info.

mikeythistime

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2015

Guide had a lot of knowledge but tour would have been more interesting in a larger group.

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