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  • Pouring Pisco Punch at Cantina

    Taste handcrafted cocktails from three historic bars in Downtown Union Square
  • Avital Cocktail Tour. Cheersing Pisco Punch at Cantina

    Sip on a Pisco Punch at Cantina and learn about it’s South American origin
  • Avital Cocktail Tour. Will work for Pisco at Cantina

    Grab a seat at the bar with the country’s most complete selection of Latin spirits
  • Danny serving Pisco at Cantina

    Experience VIP treatment  in the Craft Cocktail Capital of the World
  • Ian Tuttle for Avital Tours. Avital Cocktail Tour Cheersing Shot Glasses

    Take a shot at this unique experience

Craft Cocktail Tour

Highlights:

  • Stories from bar managers, owners and master mixologists
  • Delicious drinks as you bar hop around Downtown Union Square (3 stops with tastings)
 

Retail price: $77*

Web price: $72*

Internet savings: $5

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*Advance Tickets are required
*Must be 21+ and bring valid ID

prepping cocktails avitalGo behind-the-scenes on a San Francisco craft cocktail tour to meet bar owners, bartenders, and industry experts for a unique cocktail experience at three Union Square cocktail havens. Drink delicious, well-balanced libations from the nation’s top mixologists. Learn about San Francisco’s integral role in the revival of the cocktail culture, as well as the origins and back-stories of the spirits in the cocktails. What a delicious way to be a cocktail insider. Cheers!

Craft Cocktail Tour

Tours: Saturdays at 5pm
Departs: Meets Downtown Union Square inside the Serrano Hotel lobby located at 405 Taylor Street at the corner of O’Farrell Street
Duration: Approximately 2 hours
Transport: Walking
Activities: Photography, Food Tastings, Cocktails, Beer, Sightseeing, History
Included: Cocktail tastings (3)
Not Included: Guide Gratuity (optional)

PLEASE READ: Our terms/conditions and cancellation policy

Sample Itinerary

Cantina: San Francisco’s most storied drink, the citrus Pisco Punch at bartender-owned vivacious bar boasting the country’s most complete selection of Latin spirits. Sample Pisco on the side to learn about this Peruvian spirit from its makers.
Tradition : The famous Tradition Cocktail at Bourbon & Branch’s newest trendsetting bar with barrel aged spirit program. Sip Whiskey on the side.
Burritt Room: Taste a spicy Tequila-based Poquito Picante cocktail at charming historic speakeasy. Taste Aperol on the side and understand its many uses

**Sample Itineraries: Each tour has 3 stops and rotate based on tour date and time. While we love the diverse ways our guests choose to eat, we can only accommodate vegetarians, pescatarians, or pregnant guests. We unfortunately cannot accommodate any other dietary restrictions, allergies, gluten-free, dairy-free or other food preferences at this time, as there simply isn’t always a “next-best” option.**

What to Bring:

  • Camera
  • Comfortable footwear.
  • An extra layer of warm, wind resistant clothing.
  • Government issued I.D. (must be +21)


Craft Cocktail Tour

Awesome Union Square Cocktail Tour!


Zev was our guide for the night and was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He did a great job of keeping us entertained while giving us some insight and history about the cocktails we were drinking. We visited three different bars around the Union Square area and each one offered something different but equally as good. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone for a fun night out in San Francisco.

- Victor G.
traveled December 2014
Craft Cocktail Tour

5.0
2015-07-27T13:40:42+00:00
Awesome Union Square Cocktail Tour! Zev was our guide for the night and was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He did a great job of keeping us entertained while giving us some insight and history about the cocktails we were drinking. We visited three different bars around the Union Square area and each one offered something different but equally as good. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone for a fun night out in San Francisco. - Victor G. traveled December 2014 Craft Cocktail Tour

Craft Cocktail Tour

Well Worth It


This tour exceeded my expectations. I was braced for a kind of tourist-friendly but not very deep survey of standard SF cocktails, but instead I learned a lot, visited locations I never heard of, and was exposed to drinks and ingredients I had read about but never actually tried. And we'll be returning to some of the spots featured on the tour.

We had a party of six celebrating one person's birthday, and afterwards at dinner everyone kept commenting on what a great idea it was. Our tour guide, Zev, was energetic and passionate about his subject, but also stepped aside at the different locations to let the representatives of the venue hold the floor. Most tasting tours I've taken have a very brief spiel given by a staff person, but in some of these spots the owner or mixologist was a kind of guest lecturer, providing interesting history, tips, and Q & A. We went to three locations, starting at 4 pm, and although I pretty much expected to get small samples, in fact we got the full cocktails, plus samples of key ingredients, so three stops was more than adequate for anyone not shooting to get seriously inebriated. The tour also hit a historical balance between ancient and modern – one of the cocktails featured was from the 19th century, but we also covered some of the advances in the recent cocktail renaissance of the last decade. Highly recommended.

traveled November 2014
Craft Cocktail Tour

5.0
2015-07-27T13:57:38+00:00
Well Worth It This tour exceeded my expectations. I was braced for a kind of tourist-friendly but not very deep survey of standard SF cocktails, but instead I learned a lot, visited locations I never heard of, and was exposed to drinks and ingredients I had read about but never actually tried. And we'll be returning to some of the spots featured on the tour. We had a party of six celebrating one person's birthday, and afterwards at dinner everyone kept commenting on what a great idea it was. Our tour guide, Zev, was energetic and passionate about his subject, but also stepped aside at the different locations to let the representatives of the venue hold the floor. Most tasting tours I've taken have a very brief spiel given by a staff person, but in some of these spots the owner or mixologist was a kind of guest lecturer, providing interesting history, tips, and Q & A. We went to three locations, starting at 4 pm, and although I pretty much expected to get small samples, in fact we got the full cocktails, plus samples of key ingredients, so three stops was more than adequate for anyone not shooting to get seriously inebriated. The tour also hit a historical balance between ancient and modern – one of the cocktails featured was from the 19th century, but we also covered some of the advances in the recent cocktail renaissance of the last decade. Highly recommended. traveled November 2014 Craft Cocktail Tour

Craft Cocktail Tour

Craft Cocktail Tour


I had a really fun time on the Union Square cocktail tour with our awesome guide Zev! It was a great experience and I learned a lot about SF's cocktail history as we spoke to the mixologists at each cocktail bar we visited. The cocktails were some of the best I have had!

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to experience true craft cocktails. SF definitely has the best cocktail culture.

- David D.
traveled April 2015

5.0
2015-07-27T14:04:47+00:00
Craft Cocktail Tour I had a really fun time on the Union Square cocktail tour with our awesome guide Zev! It was a great experience and I learned a lot about SF's cocktail history as we spoke to the mixologists at each cocktail bar we visited. The cocktails were some of the best I have had! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to experience true craft cocktails. SF definitely has the best cocktail culture. - David D. traveled April 2015

Craft Cocktail Tour

Craft Cocktail Tour


As a resident of SF I am always looking for fun new ways to experience the city, because I love well crafted cocktails a friend suggested I check out Avital's Union Square cocktail tour and I am so glad I did.
Zev was one of the best tour guides that I have ever had, he was knowledgeable, engaging, funny and was able to keep us on schedule and interested for the whole time
The venues we went to were diverse in style but all excellent bars with great cocktail programs and at every stop not only did we have a great drink but we learned the history of San Francisco, cocktails and of the drinks we were served and all about the alcohols used in them.
The tour was a blast and I enjoyed every minute of it!

- Lisa B.
traveled October 2013

5.0
2015-07-27T14:07:27+00:00
Craft Cocktail Tour As a resident of SF I am always looking for fun new ways to experience the city, because I love well crafted cocktails a friend suggested I check out Avital's Union Square cocktail tour and I am so glad I did. Zev was one of the best tour guides that I have ever had, he was knowledgeable, engaging, funny and was able to keep us on schedule and interested for the whole time The venues we went to were diverse in style but all excellent bars with great cocktail programs and at every stop not only did we have a great drink but we learned the history of San Francisco, cocktails and of the drinks we were served and all about the alcohols used in them. The tour was a blast and I enjoyed every minute of it! - Lisa B. traveled October 2013
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