Vacationing in San Francisco is always an appealing proposition, but now that California’s recreational marijuana laws are in place, it has become a much more stoner-friendly vacation spot. While many other states across the country have moved to legalize marijuana, not all of them are quite so friendly to cannabis tourism as California. In particular, San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area offer unique experiences that haven’t caught on in other recreational states yet. On top of your standard (and not-so-standard) dispensaries, the Bay Area is also home to some of the only cannabis lounges in the United States, making it an ideal stop for those that are interested in marijuana tourism.
San Francisco weed after the Amsterdam coffee shops and recalling San Francisco’s prohibition past, in normal times, this bar-like dispensary is doing its part to bring a little old SF glamor to the cannabis scene, while offering state-of-the-art smoking, dabbing, and vaping tools. Of course, none of the in-house amenities are available right now, but the most important part of the operation—high-quality flowers, pre-rolls, premium vape cartridges, concentrates, edibles, topicals, and accessories—are all still available.
Barbary Coast is very tourist-friendly and a great place to check out for first-time marijuana users. They offer a special experience among San Francisco’s dispensaries. Their budtenders are friendly and do their best to educate their customers and help them make confident purchases based on their needs. They offer a wide variety of high-quality products, including flower, concentrates, and edibles. Most of what they have on offer is sourced from the Bay Area, and some are even made in San Francisco. They also have some of the best deals in the city, and it’s not uncommon for them to invite vendors to showcase their products and offer product samples to customers. Barbary Coast is also an excellent spot If you’re looking for a casual experience in an upscale lounge. With all the hardwood and leather, it feels both comfortable and classy. Their smoke lounge is one of the best in the world, with smoking equipment available to rent and a dab bar for concentrates. On top of all of that, Barbary Coast is located downtown, right near major tourist spots like Union Square, Yerba Buena, SF MOMA, and the massive Westfield Mall. It’s also incredibly easy to access using public transportation like BART and MUNI. Its central location in the city and the ability to hop on a bus or train make it easy to include it in your schedule as you plan adventures to Golden Gate Park or other parts of the Bay Area after hitting the smoke lounge. You can also check out their visitor center if you’d like to elevate your experience and take advantage of their –5% off all merchandise.