Tenderloin bar crawl will hit up five neighborhood bars on June 15th — and includes a treasure hunt

Indoor space of Shovels Bar and Grill | Photo via Facebook
By Matt Charnock - Published on June 07, 2021.

In celebration of California’s Big Reopening Day next Tuesday, a Gold Rush-themed bar at 460 Larkin Street is teaming up with four other Tenderloin watering holes for a joint bar crawl that will be held the same day. And yes, there will be treasure maps involved.

With San Francisco expected to align with the state’s looser reopening restrictions (sans a few restrictions) next week, Shovels Bar and Grill (460 Larkin St.) is hosting a bar crawl, which is officially called the “Tenderloin Treasure Hunt,” that will parade drinkers from one pub to the other. Participating bars will begin serving drinks to treasure seekers simultaneously; all five bars — Emperor Norton’s Boozeland (510 Larkin St.), Amsterdam Cafe (930 Geary Blvd), Ha-Ra (875 Geary St.), The Geary Club (768 Geary St.), and Shovels Bar and Grill — will start pouring libations, draft beers, and wines come 6 p.m. on June 15.

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Each bar visited will get you a stamp on your given treasure map. Participants are encouraged to begin their crawl/hunt at Shovels, but attendees can choose to start their treasure-map-stamping voyage at any of the participating bars. No RSVPs are required.

“Start at any bar, and end at any bar,” says Shovels staff member Sean Taylor in an email to Hoodline. “But drink at every bar.” 

Even if it’s just a diet soda or tonic-and-bitters. And tip generously nevertheless, of course.

“It’s going to be an epic brawl crawl and celebration,” Taylor adds.

As for the treasure itself: some 250 pieces of fortune will be given out throughout the evening, each item varying in type and value.

Drink responsibly, embrace rideshares. Tip at least 20%. Go out and support the Tenderloin bars that have weathered the pandemic; they need your support (i.e. your business) more than ever before.

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