This was a fascinating tour!! We had 3 more days in town, so we started with it in order to get the lay of the land. Our guide, Kevin, was so incredibly knowledgeable & was a perfect fit for what we wanted to accomplish. We traveled to & learned about places that we never would have thought of to check out. I can’t say enough about this great city & tour guide. It completely exceeded our expectations!!!



This tour was great! I wish we did it on our first day in SF instead of our last day, because our tour guide, Kevin, gave us so many suggestions for dinners & things to check out. I loved how we were able to take all the different forms of transit and see so many different things that you wouldn’t normally, if you were exploring on your own.



Our tour with Kevin was GREAT! He is a fabulous tour guide & shared all sorts of fun facts & hidden SF favorites. He didn’t rush us, but made sure the tour ran smoothly. His personality was extremely engaging & made the group feel like old friends. The tour was strategically designed to cover maximum highlights & built in breaks when we took public transit. This tour could not be any better!



Tour is amazing. Our guide, Kevin, was knowledgeable, friendly, courteous & fun. He knows the insider tricks to get the best out of SF – from hidden stairwells, to lost tunnels, to the best street art. Also free fortune cookies :-). 
We got to ride historic cable cars, MUNI & BART. 
We got amazing views of the bay, hills, Golden Gate Bridge & many must-see sights, from unique vantage points beyond the reach of a bus tour. 
This tour is really good value – all transport is included.

Notorious SF: Scandal & Crime Tour

Notorious SF Scandal and Crime Tour


$45 / pp


2 miles
An easy walking distance


6pm – 9pm (3 hours)
A night of crime & cocktails

On our Notorious SF: Scandal & Crime tour we visit the sites of old Hollywood scandals, red light districts, opium dens, gang violence, Gold Rush era lynchings and kidnappings – and enjoy cocktails in one or two historic bars.

We start with the Fatty Arbuckle affair at the St Francis Hotel, a huge scandal that changed the public's perception of celebrity forever. Then we walk 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, which was the site of opium dens and other criminal activity in days gone by. Next you'll learn about Gold Rush era SF, as things got so out of control that public lynchings were held on Portsmouth Square. Then we dive down to Barbary Coast San Francisco, with its brothels and dance halls - and shanghaiing. During the tour we stop at a couple of historic bars, so guests have the chance to get a drink. We finish the Notorious SF: Scandal & Crime Tour at the oldest continuously operating bar in San Francisco, the Old Ship Saloon, which dates all the way back to the 1850's.

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: $45 pp.

*Walking distance: 2 miles.

*Tour starts 6.00 pm Saturday, Union Square, opposite St Francis Hotel (meeting point photo).

*Tour finishes 9.00 pm, Old Ship Saloon.

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

*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.

You can book this as a private tour starting at just $280 for up to 10 guests

Private tours can be booked for any time between 9am-6pm


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.

Drinks are not included.

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

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.

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

You must book in advance.


Subject to change at our discretion.