Hemlock Tavern

1131 Polk St (at Hemlock St.), San Francisco, CA 94109, United States
Open until 2:00am (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 4:00 PM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
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  • "Best Bar on Polk. Be on the lookout for their Club Chuckles..." (2 tips)
  • "Fun place - Tall Boy PBR's for 4.50." (3 tips)
  • "... stop into on a rough day at work for a quick beer and a shot." (2 tips)
  • Mazda

    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.

    Mazda · November 15, 2010
  • SF Weekly

    SF Weekly's Best Of 2011 Winner - Reader's Poll - BEST PICKUP BAR

    SF Weekly · May 19, 2011
  • PUMA

    A great place with a good vibe. A great combo for a good time!

    PUMA · July 12, 2011
  • Jessica A.

    Tall boys of pbr!

    Jessica A. · July 14, 2010
  • Francis K.

    A cool smoking "cage" and plenty of hipsters

    Francis Kulaga · September 2, 2011
  • TenderKnob.com

    Huge Smokers section, Live tunes & very apt bar tenders.

    TenderKnob.com · August 20, 2011
  • Tyke L.

    No matter what you order, make sure to get some peanuts

    Tyke Lewis · March 25, 2011
  • Erin R.

    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!

    Erin Rea · January 9, 2013
  • PJ K.

    get a hot nut sack

    PJ Khalil · August 1, 2009
  • Crystal P.

    This is pretty much my favorite bar. Tip the bartenders well here. They are FABULOUS!

    Crystal P · August 27, 2010
  • Timothy W.

    This place was spectacular on a Wednesday night. Friendly bartenders and free zwack shot samples the night we showed up. Fun place.

    Timothy Wagner · May 28, 2010
  • Brittany C.

    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

    Brittany Carey · May 24, 2010
  • The Bold Italic

    Did you know Hemlock used to be one of SF's most popular gay bars? It's Lower Polk location explains its queer-friendliness, and now it's the LoPo Microhood's most hoppin' bar and show space. Read more

    The Bold Italic · May 9, 2012
  • Dave H.

    Drink an English beer, hit on girl with mohawk

    Dave Hurwich · March 31, 2009
  • Benjamin R.

    A Polk street refuge.

    Benjamin Roodman · December 3, 2012
  • Francis K.

    A cool smoking "cage" and plenty of hipsters

    Francis Kulaga · September 2, 2011
  • Kelly S.

    stage in the back, smoking room up front, heard they're shady mean, but yet to see it. Good lower stop on Polk Gulch. One of the less broey venues in that stretch. Read more

    Kelly Strodl · June 27, 2011
  • Travis L.

    Best Bar on Polk. Be on the lookout for their Club Chuckles comedy series.

    Travis Larimer · December 29, 2009
  • Andrew J.

    Just saw this girl take her BC in the bathroom. (@ The Hemlock - Back Room w/ 3 others) The best part: it was an IUD

    Andrew Jarvis · March 20, 2010
  • Phil M.

    Great for rocking out, making out, or blacking out.

    Phil Maves · July 22, 2012
  • Rachael C.

    One of the only tolerable bars on Polk. See Chris for good drinks.

    Rachael C · January 21, 2012
  • Ben R.

    For great indie rock tunes, check out the Hemlock Tavern every first Saturday of the month for happy hour! Read more

    Ben Russo · October 11, 2011
  • Gabriel S.

    Hipster bar that I'm not afraid to love. Read more

    Gabriel Suits · July 26, 2011
  • Diego R.

    There are so many things to do between beer and beer! Read more

    Diego Rufo · March 23, 2011
  • Todd B.

    Great space and vibe. FREE jukebox (obscure, but good rock/alt - Wanda Jackson playing now). Tall boy PBRs a plus!

    Todd Barnhart · September 12, 2010
  • Greater Sirens

    Don't miss our show at Hemlock Tavern on Thursday, August 22nd! Show starts at 8:30 PM / $6 cover / 21+

    Greater Sirens · July 29, 2013
  • Stephanie T.

    Watch out for the heavy ass plastic meat locker curtain.

    Stephanie Thai · December 30, 2012
  • Donald W.

    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

    Donald Wilson · January 25, 2012
  • Hotel F.

    Rock n roll. Beers. And live music in the back sometimes. Cash only. We love it tho!

    Hotel Frank · March 7, 2011
  • Food G.

    Best bartenders! !

    Food Gnome · April 24
  • Andrew r.

    Try the alcohol.

    Andrew riley · March 11
  • Loretta S.

    Yay! Pony Fight!

    Loretta Sultenfuss · July 6, 2013
  • Amanda L.

    Two words... Pickle back

    Amanda Lucas · June 21, 2013
  • polynesian m.

    Tall can Tecate: $6 bucks.

    polynesian metal · June 9, 2013
  • polynesian m.

    This used to be the Giraffe.

    polynesian metal · June 7, 2013
  • Shan

    Sunday bartender is super unfriendly and slow ;( head next door to blur for great prompt service :D

    Shan · May 20, 2013
  • David B.

    best bar bathroom in SF

    David B · May 12, 2013
  • Neal J.

    Superb bar layout - love the feel here (and a good enough variety of beers on tap).

    Neal Joseph · March 29, 2013
  • Brian B.

    The jukebox is free!!!!!

    Brian B. · February 15, 2013
  • Loic C.

    As a french guy, pinot noir is not that bad.. !

    Loic CHOLLIER · December 1, 2012
  • Mucho C.

    Smoke a stoge. Enjoy.

    Mucho Comida™ · November 26, 2012
  • Amber C.

    $5 happy hour beer an Jamo. Awesome!

    Amber Carson Miller · November 24, 2012
  • nancy t.

    I love coming here on weekday nights.

    nancy t. · October 11, 2012
  • Mitch L.

    Great place to stop into on a rough day at work for a quick beer and a shot.

    Mitch Lopez · August 6, 2012
  • Party Earth

    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

    Party Earth · July 25, 2012
  • Bre L.

    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.

    Bre Lambert · June 5, 2012
  • Jaci H.

    The only cool place on Polk!

    Jaci Hodges · January 28, 2012
  • Tollef

    Coldest beer in town, Really!

    Tollef · January 15, 2012
  • Ron A.

    Fun place - Tall Boy PBR's for 4.50.

    Ron A. · January 9, 2012
  • Dava G.

    What happened to the cool padded swivel chairs and pool table :(

    Dava Guthmiller · December 27, 2011

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