Open For Business But Differently: How 5 San Francisco Businesses Pivoted Because of Coronavirus

After three months of being almost entirely shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many San Francisco businesses are coming up with creative ways to safely re-open. SF residents are still supposed to only meet with others in small groups and outside, so restaurants that previously did not offer outdoor seating are pulling tables and chairs onto the sidewalk to accommodate patrons. Some restaurants with existing outdoor seating have put up plexiglass screens surrounding their tables to separate customers from those passing by. Bars all over the city are starting to offer to-go drinks for patrons to pick up and take to a nearby park (or enjoy on an open-air party bus – you’ll see what we mean in a minute!)

Mobile Bar on Open-Air Bus

San Francisco Sightseeing and Bar Crawl with To-Go Drinks

To help locals and visitors see the city while staying as safe as possible, Dylan’s Tours will be rolling out the opportunity to rent an open-air tour bus as a mobile bar experience! You and five of your housemates, friends, or family members can rent the mobile bar by the hour for a private drinking tour of San Francisco.

The mobile bar will take you around to bars in San Francisco serving to-go drinks (told you we’d come back to that!). The mobile bar can also take you up to Napa for wine tastings or just drive you around San Francisco to drink while you look out the window at the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and other iconic SF sights. To top off the mobile bar fun, every rental comes with a bottle of Hetchy Vodka to enjoy. Sounds like a pretty good weekend, right?! Contact us and reserve your day or night on San Francisco mobile bar!

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In addition to Dylan’s Tours mobile bar being ready to accommodate those looking to do something fun in San Francisco, here are five favorite local companies in San Francisco that are back open for business, but doing it a little different in these times to help their clientele be safe and healthy. 

  1. Mission Bowling Club
  2. Hi Dive
  3. Tammy Fox – Eden Fitness Studio and Bridal Fitness Coach
  4. Wayfare Tavern 
  5. Pacific Tradewinds Hostel

Mission Bowling Club

Although the popular Mission District bowling alley and bar isn’t open for bowling as usual, they are doing lots of other cool things to continue to serve the community! You can order a “party in a box” to help you and a small group of friends to enjoy a small celebration at home. The box comes complete with cocktails, cookies, cupcakes, and even a mini table-top bowling set! MBC also partnered with Greenleaf Produce Boxes in order to help customers avoid the long lines at grocery stores and provide them with fresh produce boxes. AND their awesome outdoor patio is open most days for brunch and drinks. Check out all the awesome things they’re doing on Mission Bowling Club’s Linktree site!

Hi Dive

Situated right on the water along at the scenic Pier 28, this classic San Francisco dive bar didn’t typically have outdoor seating pre-Corona. When the pandemic hit, they built a brand new window into their bar for to-go drinks. With the new addition to the bar, customers could get Hi-Dive’s signature cheap cocktails and brews and enjoy them on the benches along the Embarcadero. The bar has since also begun to offer outdoor seating at the patio behind the bar so customers have a choice in where they can sit and enjoy their to-go drinks. Hi-Dive is open every day Wednesday – Sunday, so take a leisurely stroll along the Embarcadero and stop for a drink or three!



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Tammy Fox – Eden Fitness Studio and Bridal Fitness Coach

Since the beginning of the lockdown, fitness coach Tammy Fox has been providing personal training sessions online for both of her companies, Eden Fitness Studio and Bridal Fitness Coach. She recently announced on the Eden Fitness Studio Instagram that she’s considering renting out the studio for one-hour time slots for solo sessions or people living in the same household, and closing the studio for cleaning between sessions. You can book Tammy for a bridal fitness coaching session here or a session at Eden here (still online for now)!

Wayfare Tavern 

Although Wayfare Tavern is now offering outdoor seating on the sidewalk, this Financial District lunch spot has also pivoted to include a food truck that delivers its signature sandwiches, salads, and cocktails all over the Bay Area. Check out details on how you can become a neighborhood host for their food truck here, or make a reservation for dining at their SF restaurant here!



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A visual reminder that we are available for pickup and delivery 📸@arsmith9 #findthefriedchicken

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Pacific Tradewinds Hostel

Before Coronavirus shut down San Francisco, Pacific Tradewinds Backpacker’s Hostel was a social, friendly traveler’s hostel with free events for guests almost every night. Since tourism to San Francisco is at an all-time low, the Chinatown hostel has pivoted to offering private quarantine rooms for travelers returning from abroad at the same price they’d typically pay for a private hostel dorm. Although the hostel is obviously not social these days (thanks, Corona!), guests still have shared kitchen and bathroom access, with social distancing enforced. Call 415-433-7970 to make a reservation, but please note that they don’t accept same-day bookings.



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We would also be remiss if we didn’t give a shoutout to Gorilla Arm Coffee, a.k.a. barista Ben Ramirez, who has been giving free coffee to essential workers out of the window of his house for the past couple of months. With, as the name suggests, a gorilla arm to avoid touching his customers. That’s what we call getting creative!


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