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Smuggler's Cove

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Address: 650 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102-3179
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+1 415-869-1900
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17:00 - 01:15
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 01:15

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Best Bar in San Fran

This place is unreal. Sets its self apart because of the dedication and love that went into building this concept. Over 70 cocktails and 400 rums. Hands down best tiki bar in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
lchez55
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Copenhagen Region, Denmark
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Copenhagen Region, Denmark
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is unreal. Sets its self apart because of the dedication and love that went into building this concept. Over 70 cocktails and 400 rums. Hands down best tiki bar in the world

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Get there early, or be prepared to stand in a queue. Even before the bar (Tiki-Bar) opened, there was already a line to get in. It is a small venue with three levels. All drinks are rum based. Wonderful atmosphere, a bit dark but intimate. This is a very popular after-work hangout.

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Thank Bill M
Arnhem, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow what a cool spot! Did not expect this! It's an all (rum) cocktail bar, there's also an upstairs and downstairs area. The staff is very friendly and helpful, they know their cocktails! A bit of a pirate vibe, a must go to bar!

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Thank Talitha M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pointless trip really as I'm not a cocktail fan. Strange place. Like a pirates bar. Doorman told me it's one of the best bars in the world. Lie. I can see it mainly being for tourists. Worth a visit. Not signed up well so keep eyes open.

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Thank BillbonesLondon
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I visited here for Tiki cocktails with my wife and my boss about a month ago, while we were visiting SF for vacation. Living in Chicago, I am a fan of Lost Lake and Three Dots & a Dash here, but Smuggler's Cove is even more "authentic" harking back to the early Barbary Coast and Trader Vic's days. Our bartender... More 

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Thank Mark L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

So, I have the Smuggler's Cove Cocktail book and have been wanting to check out the space for awhile now. It did not disappoint! I arrived about 10 min before it opened and there was already a small line at the door. The bar itself is very small so if that's where you want to sit get there early, about... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Small, but really cool Tiki themed spot with delicious drinks! Was in town with colleagues and we stopped in for a few rounds. We all enjoyed our different cocktails and shared a very instagrammable Volcano Bowl or 2. I'd go back for sure!

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Thank Alid0223
Wrexham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Visited mid week and wished we'd gone elsewhere; the concept is nice, the drinks are good but there was no atmosphere, packed full of tourists with nowhere to sit and nowhere to stand, waited 40 minutes for 4 drinks (one person behind the bar running orders and one making cocktails for 40 people in the downstairs bar).

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San Francisco, California
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

We heard about this place after trying the supposed partner's tiki bars in Chicago called 3 dots and a dash and lost lake. We loved those places and were not disappointed by this tiki bar in SF. The presentation of each drink was great and most of them were sufficiently strong! If you are looking for a show order the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

I love love love this place! I had a few drinks with my friends for my birthday and we had a really good time there. It's a two storage (both small) bar, tiki/pirate themed with good music and a great atmosphere.

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