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Smuggler's Cove

Smuggler's Cove

Tiki Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Civic Center, San Francisco
298 Tips and reviews
  • pirate
  • rum
  • cocktails
  • hot butter
  • lively
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  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtDecember 12, 2014
    Come dressed as a pirate ARRRRR
  • Ellen C.
    Ellen C.July 1, 2012
    drink the hot buttered rum out of the cinnamon stick.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FriedAugust 9, 2014
    Scorpian bowl
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 22, 2014
    Yes, most of the drinks at this tropical-paradise bar contain rum. Yes, some of them include coconut, pineapple or allspice, too. No, they are not cloyingly sweet. They're quite excellent, in fact. Read more
    Upvoted May 4
  • Keith W.
    Keith WeisbergMay 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Royal Port is fire. Very spicy and very good.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RipperApril 1, 2015
    The absolute standard for Tiki Bars and one of the largest collections of rum in the world. Martin Cate's love for all things rum oozes through and surrounds you. Noteworthy experience.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 22, 2016
    Great craft cocktails and great atmosphere.
  • Scott W.
    Scott WilsonJuly 6, 2014
    smuggler's rum barrel
  • Rachael L.
    Rachael LynnJanuary 21, 2012
    Cool bar, but beware: very crowded, slow and no air circulation on busy nights.
  • Katie F.
    Katie FayramAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Daisy de Santiago is the shit.
  • Danny Z.
    Danny ZlobinskySeptember 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing cocktails, get Dane to make you his take on the Jamaican Milk Punch.
  • Christopher M.
    Come for the rum drinks. Can get crowded.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityMarch 8, 2011
    With a staggering assortment of over 200 rums on hand (including Smuggler’s exclusive, handcrafted variety, distilled in the East Bay), you're bound to find one (or three) you love.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 4, 2013
    A haven for rum lovers; be sure to chat up the bartender if you're at all interested in tiki history. These guys know their stuff.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroDecember 1, 2011
    If you are a fan of Rum, park it here for the evening and enjoy!
  • Nader F.
    Nader FarzanAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The best bar in San Francisco. Can get pretty crowded, with a line on weekends. Pro-tip: Go at 4:59pm and grab a seat at the bar and chat with the super friendly staff. Order a Jet Pilot or Pupule!
  • Rally by Eventbrite
    Walking in is like walking onto a movie set. And the drinks, while tiki and tropical, aren’t those sugary sweet hangover-in-the-making concoctions you get at so many other bars with a similar theme. Read more
  • Laura C.
    Laura CaputoNovember 2, 2016
    Every drink I tried was fabulous!
  • Kat W.
    Kat WittJanuary 14, 2012
    The Zombie here is as true as any you'll ever find.
  • Sarah A.
    Sarah AJuly 15, 2014
    This place is a GEM
  • DPK
    DPKJanuary 17, 2011
    One of my favorite barrrrrs! Too bad the barrrrrrrrrr keeps be jerrrrrrrrks! Get the level 4 painkiller
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongNovember 30, 2014
    Known for their amazing rum drinks. The Leilani is my favorite!
  • E M.
    E MartinezFebruary 29, 2012
    Try the Volcano
  • Dom V.
    Dom VenegasJune 30, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Quit crying and complaining and drink damn it!
    TINY BONESDecember 10, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
  • Roman N.
    Roman NurikAugust 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pain killer #4 and a scorpion bowl ... and you're done.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeeNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Puka punch YES. Volcano totally overrated
  • EJ F.
    EJ FaustJanuary 14, 2014
    Arrive before the doors open to get your pick of the seats.
  • Nici G.
    Nici GMay 12, 2010
    Get here before 7pm and head downstairs to relax near the end of the waterfall and peruse the fabulous rum cocktails that await you. Read more
  • A G.
    A GMarch 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Buttered Rum is great on a cold day.
  • gail.
    gail.October 19, 2014
    I got the Barbados rum punch & I loved it! If only there was the Bajan sun & sand to go with it.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DempseyAugust 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing tiki bar in terms of menu and appearance. If you want the bartenders to experiment, don't go on a weekend. Completely unique cocktail experience either way. Must-go for tiki fans.
  • Mikey M.
    Mikey MizrahiSeptember 20, 2014
    Great rum based drinks, a cool atmosphere and no tourists.
  • Bo L.
    Bo LiebmanJanuary 18, 2014
    Cool atmosphere, but takes forever to get service
  • James A.
    James AguilarJune 8, 2013
    It was cool. I liked the flights. The bowl drinks tasted a little thin -- I left without a buzz. Only go if you are into rum, because there's little else being served, but of rum there is plenty.
  • Steve F.
    Steve FaddenJuly 19, 2015
    All cocktails are awesome! Order at the end of the bar (the side nearest the restroom).
  • Kathy M.
    Kathy MatthiesenJune 27, 2016
    Awesome Tiki bar that doesn't serve excessively sugary drinks. Highly recommend the Volcano if you're looking to share between friends or the Jet Pilot if you're drinking for one
    PUNCHSeptember 24, 2015
    Smuggler’s Cove has all the trappings of Polynesian paradise: rum, skulls, & a babbling brook. It’s one of the few tiki bars that perfects the traditional formula while establishing its own style. Read more
  • Matt L.
    Matt LabenzAugust 24, 2014
    Enjoyed this place when it wasn't busy, but on a weekend night, good luck finding a place to sit and don't expect to have a conversation without yelling.
  • Jackie W.
    Jackie WoodsFebruary 11, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Great place to get a delicious cocktail, especially if you love rum. Go early it's a small bar and will fill up fast. Worth the wait. Try a El Draque or Smugglers Cove signature drink in a Rum Barrel.
  • V A.
    V AJune 7, 2015
    I LOVE this bar! Amazing drinks, chill and unique atmosphere, easy parking if you get there early. 👍👍
  • Eva G.
    Eva GiselleMarch 30, 2013
    The Apple of Alcoholism.
  • Brian N.
    Brian NguyenJune 11, 2011
    find the five skulls
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiSeptember 6, 2015
    Good, strong drinks here. Takes a long one to get one but worth the wait!
  • Ted G.
    Ted GrubbDecember 19, 2010
    Try the The Twenty Seventy Swizzle - Yummmmmmm (via Foodspotting)
  • Doug d.
    Doug de WetJuly 25, 2015
    Ask one of the highly skilled, knowledgeable barmen to select an aged rum for an Old Fashioned. Though not on the menu, this simple, delicious tipple was one of our favorites of the evening.
  • Ben W.
    Ben WhelchelSeptember 2, 2011
    Ask for Marco! He makes the best drinks and is fast! One of the best bartenders ever!!!
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy MelulFebruary 9, 2013
    Go on... Be a pirate. I bet Dave McClure would go nuts in here
  • Molly H.
    Molly HaydenJanuary 30, 2013
    Dean, Nick & Justin were solid dudes. If you're complaining about the bartenders, you shouldn't be drinking here.
  • Brooke
    BrookeSeptember 20, 2011
    go for the fog cutter
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