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Washington Square Park
Meets under the Benjamin Franklin statue Intersection of Filbert and Stockton San Francisco, CA 94133
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3.6 / 5 Rated by 5 members
Review from Jennifer Azevedo
1 event 1 review

We bailed out on the tour after another group of people did the same thing. It may be more interesting for tourists, but as a local I was looking for more details about specific buildings rather than stories about the earthquake and fire that...continued

reviewed Jul 26 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from David Grenewetzki
18 events 1 review

Great tour -- lots of fun and new information about a neighborhood that we though we knew. Our guide, AJ, was a hoot.

reviewed Jul 26 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
3 events 1 review

Relatively boring. Might be better attended in the early evening hours where one can get a bit of the flavor of Northbeach. We were the first to bail.

reviewed Jul 26 2010 report as inappropriate
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Originally called the Latin Quarter, North Beach (which actually did have a beach some 150 years ago) was a mix of all nationalities until the laying of an “off-the-grid” avenue (later rechristened Columbus Avenue) sent many citizens scattering to other neighborhoods. But not the Italians — they stayed and turned North Beach into Little Italy.

Highlights of this tour include:

  • Washington Square Park, one of the country’s “perfect parks”
  • The oldest bar in town (unless they build an older one)
  • The Condor, home of topless dancing. And bottomless dancing. 
  • The Killer Piano story
  • The Hippodrome, the city’s remaining dance hall from the Barbary Coast era
  • The only downtown district to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire** **
  • City Lights

The Naked Magicians <em>Heroes & Villains Fan Fest</em> <em>Pee-Wee's Burlesquehouse</em> San Francisco Ballet's <em>Swan Lake</em> Yoshi's Oakland <em>Into the Woods</em>