Explore the old part of town from the days of the Wild West and Gold Rush and hear stories of buried ships, shanghaied sailors, famous bandits & more!
This tour takes you to some of the most notorious places and saloons from San Francisco’s past during the Gold Rush and Barbary Coast days, where the old waterfront with its infamous bars and boarding houses had the reputation of being one of the most dangerous parts of the United States. Includes historic cocktail tastings in three bars.
"I may not be a competent judge, but this much I will say, that I have seen purer liquors, better cigars, finer tobacco, truer guns and pistols, larger dirks and bowie knives, and prettier courtesans, here in San Francisco, than any other place I have ever visited; and it is my unbiased opinion that California can and does furnish the best bad things that are attainable in America." -The Land of Gold: Reality vs. Fiction
Age requirement: 21+
Highlights: Historic cocktail tastings in three period bars, exploring one of SF's oldest, most intact neighborhoods, the old waterfront, stories of Wild West San Francisco and more!
When: Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6pm.
Meeting Point: This tour begins in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel located at 750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108. Please look for the guide with a sign after entering the first sliding doors to your right but before entering the main lobby of the hotel.
Length of Tour: Approximately 3 hours.
*Please note: This tour requires a minimum of 3 participants to proceed. Your booking status will be shown as "pending" and confirmed manually should the requirement still need to be met. Your card will be refunded in the event that the tour does not proceed.
Please call us at 415-779-5879 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a private tour on other days of the week or if you have any questions.
"Gold & Guns in Downtown SF is the perfect mix of history and conversation. On one hand this is much more than an excuse to go bar hopping, and on the other, the specific streets we walked, bars we toured and cocktails we drank allowed us to peer into the origins of San Francisco's growth and prosperity. Well done and very worthwhile." -Mel
"As a local in SF, I learned things I never knew about this city. Our guide took the group to places I had never been in the city and I liked them all. The one part of the tour I especially loved was learning about Emperor Norton. The tour is the perfect length in time, not too long or short. I recommend this tour to locals and tourists; it's one of the best in the city!" -Megan
"I opted for Gold & Guns in Downtown SF mainly for its convenient timing, that it was a walking tour and that there was a touch of drinking involved. In a word? Fantastic. If you love cocktails (but not getting blind drunk) while learning about some of the seedier history of SF in a relaxed and informal atmosphere then I highly recommend this tour." -Mal