Obscura Society SF: A Crook's Tour After Dark - Historic Chinatown - Atlas Obscura

San Francisco, CALIFORNIA

Obscura Society SF: A Crook's Tour After Dark - Historic Chinatown

Join San Francisco crime expert Paul Drexler for a tour through the historic underbelly of San Francisco's Chinatown

Join us at dusk for a 90-minute walking tour through mysterious Chinatown, once the most dangerous neighborhood in San Francisco.

Highlights include:

    Waverly Place, site of the largest Tong Battle in Chinatown history

    620 Jackson Street, home of the “Municipal Brothel”

    Washington Street, scene of the Golden Dragon Massacre

     Spofford Alley, home of the The Chee Kung Tong, the mother of all tongs

     Ross Alley, street of the gamblers

     Duncombe Alley, ground zero of the Opium trade

     Clay and Grant Street, site of Billy Mulligan’s last stand

     Bartlett Alley, center of Chinese slavery and prostitution

We will conclude our tour back where we began, at the oldest bar in Chinatown, Red’s Place. This is where the Chinatown Squad hung out and where we can hang out and chat over spirits about the spirits of the neighborhood's dangerous past.


  • Sunday January 26, 5pm-6:30pm
  • We will meet at Red's Place. Please arrive a few minutes early so that the tour can start on time.
  • Tickets for this exclusive Obscura Society tour are $25.00 and limited. Advance purchase is HIGHLY recommended. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing for this walking tour that may include hills and uneven sidewalks.