Chinatown Alleyway Tours
Neighborhood teens lead two-hour community nonprofit tours for up-close-and-personal peeks into Chinatown's past (weather permitting).
Chinatown's unofficial living room is named after John B Montgomery's sloop, which staked the US claim on San Francisco in 1846. San...
Drag Me Along Tours
Explore San Francisco's bawdy Barbary Coast with a bonafide legend: Gold Rush burlesque star Countess Lola Montez, reincarnated in drag...
Wedding banquets in Shanghai got a lot less lavish when Chef Nei moved to San Francisco and opened Jai Yun, where he serves 12- to...
742 Commercial St · interesting places nearby
Commercial Street information
Back when the red lights of Commercial St could be seen down by the waterfront, this strip provided many provocative answers to the age-old question: what do you do with a drunken sailor? Conveniently located across Portsmouth Sq from San Francisco’s City Hall, this hot spot caught fire in 1906. The city banned its 25¢ Chinese brothels in favor of white-run ‘parlor houses, ’ where basic services were raised to $3 – watching cost $10 at the faux-French Parisian Mansion. Today that much gets you a couple of hot dishes – of dumplings, that is, at City View .