The San Francisco Dungeon renowned for its interactive history tours, featuring enthralling special effects and live actors, is opening its Rat Bar.
San Francisco would like to show you its alarming past by making you imbibe with live rats. Fisherman’s Wharf’s The San Francisco Dungeon is launching an engaging experience about the Bay City’s “weird, twisted, dark” history — and that entails having live rats “scurry all over you” for whatever reason. The Dungeon had before provided a tour with something dubbed a “Rat Café.” “Let’s be honest — pastries and coffee were nice and all when we hosted the Rat Café but that was a lot of work. We thought, ‘F it. This time, get drunk, see our show, touch rats and get drunk some more,’” states Matthew Clarkson, regional head of marketing for West Coast Midway Attractions, Merlin Entertainments Group (parent company of The San Francisco Dungeon), North America.
The odd pop-up will start June 13 and run through June 15, offering visitors an hour “journey into the dark place where live rats run free and the booze flows like water.” Those who buy tickets will be furnished “Ama-RAT-o Sours” formulated with Amaretto, a citrusy blend and a “rat’s tail” garnish, prior to being taken on a ride educating about the gold rush, shanghaiing, Chinatown gangs, Alcatraz and, fittingly, the plague. Following the history lesson, attendees are hauled off to the Rat Bar where they are able to hold and touch live rodents, offered by nonprofit Ratical Rodent Rescue, for 30 minutes. San Francisco or rat-enthusiasts will want to purchase their tickets asap, however, as the company said their previous rat pop-up sold out in less than a hour.
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