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Craft Spirits Carnival 2016

Sample Tasty Creations from Independent Distillers

Experience the taste of over 100 ultra-premium spirits at this year's Craft Spirits Carnival. The 2016 event features all types of beverages including absinthe, bourbon, vodka, rum, tequila, whiskey, and more.

This popular Grand Tasting is from 5:30pm to 9pm on both Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10. All activities are at the City View at the Metreon in downtown SF.

Craft Sprits Carnival

The best part about this event is that you can sample as many different flavors as you want. All are handcrafted, premium spirits from independent distilleries.

In addition, your ticket will also gain you entry into the Craft Beer Saloon. This area offers unlimited tastings from craft breweries from the Bay Area and beyond.

If you find something you love, you can buy a bottle or two from the brands right on the spot.

As you enjoy your beverages, you will also be entertained by a variety of dancers and entertainers. It's a fun and unique way to spend the evening in San Francisco!


You can purchase tickets for either Friday, Saturday, or a VIP ticket for each day. General admission tickets for Friday start at $100 per person. The VIP tickets are $120.

On Saturday, you can buy general admission tickets for around $100 per person. The VIP passes start at $150 per person.

The 2-Day VIP Pass starts at $175 per person. It includes access for both days.

All ticket prices quoted above also include a small service charge.

Click here to buy your tickets on the official Craft Spirits website.

How to Get to the Metreon

The best way to get to the Craft Spirits Carnival in the Metreon is public transportation. There are numerous options that drop within a few blocks of the event.

BART: Take BART to the Powell Street Station. From here, the event is about two blocks away.

Bus: The buses you can use to get here include the 5, 6, 8, 14, 21 30, 38, 41, 45, 54, 72, 91, 92, 93.

F-Street Car: The F-Street Car stops just a few blocks away from the event. Hop off at

Light Rail Trains: The light rail trains also stop nearby. You can take any of them to the Powell Street Station which is two blocks away.

Places to Stay Nearby

If you want to stay near the Craft Spirits Carnival, your best bet is to stay in Union Square. It's close to the event (many hotels within walking distance or a quick bus or cab ride away) and is where you will find the largest concentration of hotels in SF. Click here for my recommendations in Union Square.

You will also find some great options all around the Metreon in the South of Market (SoMa) district. Click here for more recommendations nearby.

If you are still looking for hotels, make sure to check out the deals on TripAdvisor. This is the best way to save on your stay. Click here to learn more.

Other Fun Things to Do this Fall

Beach Blanket Babylon: This funny musical is a San Francisco classic. It includes outrageous costumes and characters. It pokes fun at pop culture including politics, celebrities, and other current events. It's reworked each week, so it is always up-to-date. It's a must see for anyone spending time in San Francisco. Click here to learn more.

A Taste of Greece: In September, make sure to check out SF's only Greek Food Festival, A Taste of Greece. Not only does it include traditional Greek food, but you can also sample their wines and listen to fun music. It's Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the Mission District. Click here for more.

Discounted Tickets: Add to your San Francisco experience by finding additional events at up to half-off on Goldstar. On their site, you will find tickets to tours, cruises, and other events. It's a great way to see and do even more. Click here to check out their current selection.

Oktoberfest by the Bay: The biggest Oktoberfest in the Bay Area is also this fall in San Francisco. Head over to Pier 48 for German food, beer, music, and fun. More details here.

Latino Film Festival: If you love independent films, then make sure you catch at least one of them at the Latino Film Festival. All shows are by Latino filmmakers and discuss the local cultures and events that shaped them. See their full schedule here.

Other Fun Things to Do in SoMa and Union Square

SF MOMA: One of the most popular museums in San Francisco is the Museum of Modern Art. This lovely museum features thousands of pieces from around the world. You will find everything from photography to statues inside. Click here for additional details on visiting this famous SF museum.

Museum of African Diaspora: Another great museum nearby is the Museum of African Diaspora. This high-tech museum features interesting interactive displays, audio exhibits, and a theater where you get to select which movies to view. The top floor of the museum also includes exhibit space and hosts popular traveling exhibits throughout the year. Click here to learn more about visiting this SF gem.

Are you planning on visiting many of SF's top museums? If so, then make sure you check how you can save with the CityPASS. It includes admission to the California Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium, and the Aquarium of the Bay. You will also receive a 7-Day Muni pass as well as a ticket on a 60-minute SF Bay Cruise. Save up to 47% on San Francisco's Muni and 4 other attractions with CityPASS. Shop Now!

Shopping: One of the biggest draws to the Union Square area is the shopping. You will find top brand name stores such as Macy's, Tiffany's, and Louis Vuitton. Walk a few blocks off the square and you will find great deals at places such as H&M and Zara. Click here for more details about shopping in Union Square.

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