Date(s) - 07/08/2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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On our Notorious SF: Ghost & Crime tour we visit the sites of old Hollywood scandals, red light districts, opium dens, Gold Rush era lynchings and kidnappings, haunted (and haunting) locations and stop to enjoy a drink in one or two historic bars.

We start with the Fatty Arbuckle affair at the St Francis, the first Hollywood sex scandal, a moment that changed the public’s perception of celebrity forever (and lead to the ‘morality clause’). Then we stroll down Maiden Lane, which is lined with designer boutiques now, but a hundred years ago was the city’s main red light district. After that we visit Chinatown, a neighborhood that was full of opium dens and gambling hellholes in days gone by, but now a fun place to visit.

Next you’ll learn about Gold Rush era SF, when public lynchings were held on Portsmouth Square. Finally, we head to historic Barbary Coast, which was once full of brothels and dance halls, often used to Shanghai unwary sailors (which is where the term originated). During the evening we’ll regale you with some scary San Francisco ghost stories that we know. We end the tour at the oldest continuously operating bar in the city, the Old Ship Saloon, which dates all the way back to the 1850’s.

Join our Notorious SF: Ghost & Crime tour and be haunted by these tales from San Francisco’s lawless past for weeks!

Our tours can sell out. If you can’t make a booking email [email protected], telling us when you want to go and how many guests are in your party. If we can squeeze you in we’ll let you know.


*Cost: $50 pp.

*Walking Distance: 2 miles.

*Tour starts 6 pm, Union Square, opposite St Francis Hotel (meeting point photo).

*Tour finishes 9 pm, Old Ship Saloon.

*We can go into two different bars for cocktails on this tour, each for about 15 minutes. You do have to be over 21 y.o. to order an alcoholic drink – but you don’t have to be over 21 y.o. to do this tour.

*We donate $1 for every guest to Climate Cents, a climate change organization.


This tour is in English. If your English isn’t fluent this may not be the best option for you. We do not offer this tour in any other language at this time.

This is a walking tour and we move at a reasonable pace. If you have mobility issues please book a private tour.

Drinks are not included.

This tour is not recommended for children under 15 y.o.

We never cancel tours in advance due to the weather conditions. Be sure to wear warm clothing, nights are usually cool in SF.

Aim to get to the meeting point 10-15 minutes early. If you’re late you may miss the tour.

Contactless payment for gratuities available, please allow 15-20%.

Full refund or exchange available up to 48 hours before tour start time.

You must book in advance.


After making a booking you’ll receive an automatic confirmation email (separate from the receipt). If you don’t see the email in your inbox please check your junk mailbox.


Bookings are closed. Please email us at [email protected] to enquire if we can fit you onto the tour.