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Hemlock Tavern

Dive Bar, Bar, and Rock Club$$$$
Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco
  • Ron A.
    "Fun place - Tall Boy PBR's for 4.50."(3 Tips)
    Travis L.
    "Best Bar on Polk."(2 Tips)
    Benjamin R.
    "A Polk street refuge."(2 Tips)
    Brittany C.
    "... best! Come for the $3 PBR tall can during Happy Hour and stay for the..."(4 Tips)
64 Tips and reviews
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • happy hour
  • tall boy
  • live music
  • bar on polk
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  • Rob R.
    Rob RottenJuly 31
    Tecate Tall Cans 🍻🍻🍻
  • Caro S.
    Ok for a quick drink....
  • Doug P.
    Doug PageFebruary 3
    Here once a week or so with friends who love this place so I've been visiting the Hemlock more this year. Everyone's nice, great drink prices and smoking room a +
  • Krystal G.
    Krystal GilhamJanuary 26
    The gin lizzy is amazing if you like Gin 😍
  • Brodie O.
    Brodie OlmsteadDecember 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great spot for a cheap drinks. Live music in the back most nights. Can't go wrong with a tallboy and a shot.
  • Santosh B.
    Santosh BhadriJuly 5, 2015
    hipstery!! dont walk in with a white collar attire if you want to avoid the looks!! tattoo is a must, so as the beard 😀
  • Matt L.
    Matt LewJune 29, 2015
    Meet your friends here.
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MJune 1, 2015
    Love this bar! It has a little bit of an older vibe compared to the crazy young bars near it on Polk street
  • Carina A.
    Carina AndersenMay 26, 2015
    Live music, relaxed place, smoking section.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WoodmanMarch 3, 2015
    dice games and cheap beers
  • Gerard R.
    Gerard ReyesNovember 17, 2014
    Get seating near the front or near the pool table
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Interesting variety of shows, smoking area.
  • Dan C.
    Dan CarewAugust 27, 2014
    Dive bar feel with nightly punk rock.
  • Maddie Mae
    Maddie MaeAugust 20, 2014
    Pay no attention to the woman peeing behind the curtain.
  • Food G.
    Food GnomeApril 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best bartenders! !
  • Andrew r.
    Andrew rileyMarch 11, 2014
    Try the alcohol.
  • Greater Sirens
    Greater SirensJuly 29, 2013
    Don't miss our show at Hemlock Tavern on Thursday, August 22nd! Show starts at 8:30 PM / $6 cover / 21+
  • Loretta S.
    Loretta SultenfussJuly 6, 2013
    Yay! Pony Fight!
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LucasJune 21, 2013
    Two words... Pickle back
  • polynesian m.
    polynesian metalJune 9, 2013
    Tall can Tecate: $6 bucks.
  • polynesian m.
    polynesian metalJune 7, 2013
    This used to be the Giraffe.
  • Shan
    ShanMay 20, 2013
    Sunday bartender is super unfriendly and slow ;( head next door to blur for great prompt service :D
  • David B.
    David BellonaMay 12, 2013
    best bar bathroom in SF
  • Neal J.
    Neal JosephMarch 29, 2013
    Superb bar layout - love the feel here (and a good enough variety of beers on tap).
  • Brian B.
    Brian B.February 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The jukebox is free!!!!!
  • Erin R.
    Erin ReaJanuary 9, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Second Friday of every month, from 6 to 9, come for Vegan Happy Hour. Bring a vegan dish to share, enjoy drink specials and a DJ, meet new people and try new food!
  • 🐍Ssstephanie
    🐍SsstephanieDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Watch out for the heavy ass plastic meat locker curtain.
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin RoodmanDecember 3, 2012
    A Polk street refuge.
  • Loic C.
    Loic CHOLLIERDecember 1, 2012
    As a french guy, pinot noir is not that bad.. !
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™November 26, 2012
    Smoke a stoge. Enjoy.
  • Amber C.
    Amber Carson MillerNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    $5 happy hour beer an Jamo. Awesome!
  • nancy t.
    nancy t.October 11, 2012
    I love coming here on weekday nights.
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 25, 2012
    Before you catch some music, grab one of Hemlock's Bloody Marys. It’s a pint glass loaded with cheese-stuffed olives and pickled beans – and it’s only $6 during Happy Hour! Read more
  • Phil M.
    Phil MavesJuly 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great for rocking out, making out, or blacking out.
  • Bre L.
    Bre LambertJune 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Respect the bartenders & they'll remember you forever. If you like what you hear from upstairs, slap down a few bucks & you may discover your next favorite band.
  • Jaci H.
    Jaci HodgesJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The only cool place on Polk!
  • Donald
    DonaldJanuary 25, 2012
    This super chill ad cutesy alley spot is a great place for a dimly lit spot maybe for an after dinner drink with a date on an off night (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Rachael L.
    Rachael LynnJanuary 21, 2012
    One of the only tolerable bars on Polk. See Chris for good drinks.
  • Tollef
    TollefJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Coldest beer in town, Really!
  • Ron A.
    Ron A.January 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Fun place - Tall Boy PBR's for 4.50.
  • Dava G.
    Dava GuthmillerDecember 27, 2011
    What happened to the cool padded swivel chairs and pool table :(
  • Ben R.
    Ben RussoOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    For great indie rock tunes, check out the Hemlock Tavern every first Saturday of the month for happy hour! Read more
  • Francis K.
    Francis KulagaSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A cool smoking "cage" and plenty of hipsters
    TenderKnob.comAugust 20, 2011
    Huge Smokers section, Live tunes & very apt bar tenders.
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina CAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Fuzzfest 2011 :D
  • Gabriel S.
    Gabriel SuitsJuly 26, 2011
    Hipster bar that I'm not afraid to love. Read more
  • PUMA
    PUMAJuly 12, 2011
    A great place with a good vibe. A great combo for a good time!
  • Mo G.
    Mo GoltzJune 28, 2011
    Porchlight story telling show is here from time to time.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RussoJune 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Scrimshaw pilsner on tap! Read more
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 19, 2011
    SF Weekly's Best Of 2011 Winner - Reader's Poll - BEST PICKUP BAR
  • Fox B.
    Fox BarrelMay 12, 2011
    The Fox Barrel Pacific Pear is fantastic! Fermented using 100% pure pear-juice and Gluten-free!
  • Tyke L.
    Tyke LewisMarch 25, 2011
    No matter what you order, make sure to get some peanuts
  • Hotel F.
    Hotel FrankMarch 7, 2011
    Rock n roll. Beers. And live music in the back sometimes. Cash only. We love it tho!
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 15, 2010
    The Hemlock features a newly expanded live music performance room, physically separate from the main bar, that hosts 5-6 nights a week of local, national and international touring entertainment.
  • Todd B.
    Todd BarnhartSeptember 12, 2010
    Great space and vibe. FREE jukebox (obscure, but good rock/alt - Wanda Jackson playing now). Tall boy PBRs a plus!
  • Crystal P.
    Crystal PAugust 27, 2010
    This is pretty much my favorite bar. Tip the bartenders well here. They are FABULOUS!
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica A.July 14, 2010
    Tall boys of pbr!
  • Timothy W.
    Timothy WagnerMay 28, 2010
    This place was spectacular on a Wednesday night. Friendly bartenders and free zwack shot samples the night we showed up. Fun place.
  • Brittany C.
    Brittany CareyMay 24, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Monday during Happy Hour with Ravi is the best! Come for the $3 PBR tall can during Happy Hour and stay for the $4 PBR tall can after :D
  • Andrew J.
    Andrew JarvisMarch 20, 2010
    Just saw this girl take her BC in the bathroom. (@ The Hemlock - Back Room w/ 3 others) The best part: it was an IUD
  • Travis L.
    Travis LarimerDecember 29, 2009
    Best Bar on Polk. Be on the lookout for their Club Chuckles comedy series.
  • Gregory T.
    Gregory TomlinsonOctober 5, 2009
    total sausage fest. bring your own girl on Sundays
  • PJ K.
    PJ KhalilAugust 1, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    get a hot nut sack
  • Dave H.
    Dave HurwichMarch 31, 2009
    Drink an English beer, hit on girl with mohawk
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