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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 Jackie Nissim
29 events 10 reviews

Tour was great but it would be best to specify where exactly to meet. We waited at the corner of Union and Columbus and finally saw a group under the Fireman statue in the opposite corner.
I learned lots more about SF and to walk through the area...continued

reviewed Nov 02 2013 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 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 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

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