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Celebrate the Cable Car’s 150th anniversary. Take a cable car crawl—experience legendary businesses.

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Tony Bennett once sang about the little cable cars climbing half-way to the stars; but did you know they’d been climbing those hills long before he stepped up to the mic? It’s true! First put into service by inventor Andrew S. Hallidie in 1873, San Francisco’s cable cars are celebrating their 150th anniversary this year—and we’ve got a fun way for you to join the party.

Visit San Francisco and Take the Cable Car Crawl

From Aug. 1 to Oct. 30, 2023, several legacy businesses will celebrate the magic of San Francisco and our beloved cable cars by offering visitors special prizes, including overnight stays, meals, and rounds of cocktails. This is a fun, interactive way for you to experience some of San Francisco’s most iconic businesses, all while traveling aboard its most recognizable landmark!

Stops Along the Cable Car Crawl

Visit these legendary San Francisco establishments along the cable car lines for unforgettable experiences and special offers.

1965 Al Scoma Way, Pier 47

Scoma’s Restaurant

Special Offer: Ask one of Scoma's seasoned bartenders for the SF Cable Car Crawl Cocktail.

Scoma’s Restaurant, family-owned since 1965, serves the freshest local seafood daily.  Located on the waterfront in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, Scoma’s is just a short stroll from the Hyde Street Cable Car line.


  • Sun. - Thurs.: 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. & Sat.: 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Bar opens at 11:00 a.m. daily

Instagram Handle: @scomassf

Nearest Cable Car Stop: Hyde St. & Beach St.

2765 Hyde St.

The Buena Vista Cafe

Special Offer: Receive a complimentary world-famous Irish coffee by showing your tagged Instagram post and cable car ticket.

First established in 1891 as The Buena Vista Saloon, The Buena Vista Cafe has been an enduring hub of hospitality at Fisherman’s Wharf, serving local workers, residents and visitors from around the world. As rich in history as the City itself, “The BV” is one of San Francisco’s longest continuously operating businesses, witnessing the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, surviving the Great Depression and Prohibition, as well as the ebb and flow of ever-changing eras. Its world-famous Irish coffee, introduced In 1952, became an instant favorite, complementing the hearty fare served at lunch, dinner and all-day breakfasts.


  • Mon. - Thurs.: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Fri.: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Sat.: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Sun. 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
    Kitchen closed daily at 9:30 p.m.

Instagram Handle: @thebuenavistasf

Nearest Cable Car Stop: Hyde St. & Beach St.

Buena Vista Cafe
950 Mason St.

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

Special Offer: Crawlers should be sure to order the commemorative Cable Car Cocktail at the bar. The cocktail will also be available in the Laurel Court in the Fairmont San Francisco.

Delightfully nostalgic, the iconic Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar at the Fairmont San Francisco exudes atmosphere in spades. No wonder, since it was a Hollywood set designer who created the themed look and feel. Guests gather around a large central “lagoon,” once the hotel’s indoor swimming pool. Tropical rain, thunder and lightning storms blow through from time to time, while a band plays from a floating boat.


  • Wed. & Thurs.: 5 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Fri. & Sat.: 5 - 11 p.m.
  • All Ages: 5 - 10 p.m.
  • Adults 21+: 10 p.m. - Close

Instagram Handle: @tongaroom

Nearest Cable Car Stop: California St. & Powell St.

Tonga Room
335 Powell St.

The Westin St. Francis

Special Offer: The Westin St. Francis will have a special cocktail to celebrate the Cable Car Anniversary at Clock Bar.

A stimulating fusion of current and classic San Francisco, The Westin St. Francis offers a timeless respite for the modern guest. Stunning original architecture dating back to 1904 is seamlessly blended with contemporary design and state-of-the-art technology throughout the 1,195 guest rooms and suites and 56,000 square feet of meeting space.


  • Clock Bar: 4 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Instagram Handle: @westinstfr

Nearest Cable Car Stop: Powell St. & Geary St.

Westin San Francis
View from inside a cable car.

Win Cable Car Crawl Prizes!

Enter before Oct. 30, 2023, to win one of two incredible San Francisco prize packages, including:

  • 2-night stay at Fairmont San Francisco
  • Buena Vista Irish Coffee Gift Set with extra Glasses and Dining Certificate for two


  • 2-night stay in a Deluxe Room at Westin St. Francis
  • Dinner for Two at Scoma’s and a special Scoma’s Gift Bag

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Share Your Crawl Photos

Snap a selfie or two at all the participating business and while riding on the cable car. Follow these legacy businesses and share the fun on social media using the following hashtags—#SFCableCarCrawl and #AlwaysSF— and tagging the participating establishments.

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