San Francisco’s Best Hotels & Restaurants Team Up To Celebrate 150th Anniversary of Cable Cars

If you’re visiting San Francisco this summer, don’t miss out on entering this fun giveaway or taking part in some cable car-inspired action

It’s no secret that cable cars are a big part of San Francisco’s culture – the city’s cable car system is the world’s last manually operated cable car system and an undeniable icon, serving around seven million passengers per year.

Historic hospitality businesses including Scoma’s, The Westin St. Francis, Buena Vista, and Tonga Room, have joined forces with San Francisco Travel and Market Street Railway to commemorate the momentous 150th anniversary of San Francisco’s legendary cable cars with a dreamy competition.

From August 2 through to October 31, 2023, these venues will celebrate the magic of San Francisco and the anniversary of the city’s iconic cable cars with a special contest.

“San Francisco’s iconic cable cars are a living testament to the resilience and innovation that define our City by the Bay. A cherished symbol of San Francisco, cable cars allow visitors and residents to explore our beloved vistas and venues just as millions have done over the last 150 years,” said San Francisco Travel Association President & CEO Joe D’Alessandro.

“No other city in the world has street running cable cars. San Francisco was the first city with cable cars, and since 1957, we’ve been the only city to run them,” said Rick Laubscher, President of Market Street Railway.

“Our special 150th anniversary website,, is filled with cable car history and little-known stories. I cannot wait to join the group for the Cable Car Crawl and visit my favorite San Francisco legacy venues! It’s a great time to rediscover San Francisco and the cable cars.”

To enter, all keen locals and tourists need to do is visit before the end of October.

Here’s What’s Up For Grabs:

The exciting array of prizes includes:

  • Buena Vista Irish Coffee Gift Set with extra Glasses and Dining Certificate for two (valued at $300)
  • 2-night stay at Fairmont San Francisco (valued at $525)
  • 2-night stay in a Deluxe Room at Westin St. Francis (valued at $500)
  • (2) Drawings: Dinner for Two at Scoma’s and a special Scoma’s Gift Bag ($250 value for each prize drawn)

PLUS: Cable Car Crawl Special Offers

Those visiting the city can also ask bartenders at each business about special offers/commemorative 150th anniversary drink specials, which must-try activations including:

  • One complimentary world-famous Irish coffee when patrons show their Instagram post
    using #SFCableCar and their cable car ticket
  • Relaunch of the famed “Cable Car” cocktail at the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar (Cable Car
    cocktail also available in the hotel’s Laurel Court Bar)
  • Scoma’s drink special: “SF Cable Car Crawl” Cocktail
  • Cable Car Anniversary special cocktail at the Westin St. Francis’ Clock Bar

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 and tagging the participating establishments (#SFCableCarCrawl, #AlwaysSF)

Make it happen
When: Open from August 2– October 31, 2023. Winners to be drawn on or before November 5, 2023
How: This is a non-ticketed event; reservations may be required for some participating businesses. Residents and visitors can take advantage of an existing all-day, all-Muni pass for $13 to hop on and off cable cars. From July 1 to the end of 2023, a special $5 all-day pass will let riders hop on and hop off the California cable car line as well, to encourage exploration of neighborhoods along the route. More information at
Enter: To find out more or enter the giveaway, please visit

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