Hidden Bars & Craft Cocktails: A Selective Pub Crawl of North Beach & the Barbary Coast

San Francisco, CA

  • The ever-refreshing Pimm's Cup.
  • The bocce court at The Hidden Vine.
  • The birdcage chandeliers at Barbarossa.
  • The x-rated wallpaper in the bathrooms.
  • The bar at the Comstock Saloon.
  • Boot the Head with a shot of Jameson and an Anchor Steam.
  • Three Sworn Enemies: Cyrus Noble bourbon, grand poppy, vanilla syrup, angostura and orange bitters and gold dust.
  • The almanac of restorative libation.
  • Look for the illuminated sign outside.
  • On display: the punch of the day.

2 hours and 30 minutes
0.5 mi
Guided by Jason
Jason Donahue


Come explore the inventive cocktail lounges, hidden bars and historic saloons that celebrate the Gold Rush-fueled debauchery of the "Barbary Coast" neighborhood. This jaunt reveals five insider establishments in today's North Beach neighborhood. It should go without saying that this is a 21+ crawl through some of the most immersive and experiential bars in San Francisco.

About Your Guide

I am all about exploring local history, architecture, food and art to learn about how places came to be. You can find me in search of hidden places, tasty dim sum, high-design speakeasies, skyline vistas and other ingredients to build the perfect day.

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Guide Points

  1. The Hidden Vine

    We kick off the night with a wine bar, because wine before liquor... ummm, never mind.

  2. Barbarossa Lounge

    Barbarossa Lounge is located in the former jail of the Barbary Coast district. The bar honors its provenance with a dark, bondage-themed, …

  3. Comstock Saloon

    The Comstock Saloon celebrates the romantic Victorian era with antique mahogany bars, the original 1907 tile floors, a wood-burning stove a…

  4. The Devil's Acre

    Continuing our 1850s Gold Rush theme, let's visit the pharmacists behind the bar of an apothecary. The Devil's Acre provides alcoholic con…

  5. 15 Romolo

    Follow the illuminated sign for the Basque Hotel and you will stumble upon one of the best kept secrets in San Francisco.

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