Smuggler's Cove

Smuggler's Cove

Cocktail Bar and Bar · Civic Center
650 Gough St (at McAllister St), San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 5:00 PM–1:15 AM
$ $ $ $
Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

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    Ali A.
    "A unique cocktail bar dedicated to the pirate theme."(17 Tips)
    Anish B.
    "you can't go wrong with the hot buttered rum or a batida"(11 Tips)
    Shirish S.
    "My favorite has been smugglers rum barrel"(7 Tips)
    Michael M.
    "Try the Puka Punch - For a rum drink, this is really good"(6 Tips)
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  • pirate
  • rum
  • hot butter
  • cocktails
  • puka punch
  • lively
  • good for a late night
  • casual
  • cozy
  • authentic
  • trendy
  • off-menu items
  • good for dates
  • hidden gem
  • happy hour
  • Swizzle
  • kitschy
  • piña coladas
  • tiki drinks
  • great value
  • Mikahla V.

    Set fire to your night out with the Volcano.

    Mikahla Vicino · 5 days ago
  • Ryan O.

    Get the Fog Cutter if sweet isn't your thing

    Ryan Ota · 6 days ago
  • awwa w.

    Take the beer quiz. Get $500 in beverages! Read more

    awwa wa · 1 week ago
  • Clara B.

    The Aku Aku is delicious

    Clara Bayarri · 2 weeks ago
  • Friedrich

    Very authentic place, try the Mojito.

    Friedrich · 2 weeks ago
  • Chuck R.

    The creamy, nutmeggy drinks are lovely.

    Chuck Roslof · 3 weeks ago
  • Dmitry K.

    Probably the City's best cocktail bar. Try Billionaire Cocktail - and many more. Incredible!

    Dmitry Kovalev · 3 weeks ago
  • Simon C.

    Amazing theming and drinks options. Very friendly staff.

    Simon Cheadle · 3 weeks ago

    As per Athens mag the world's best 50 bars in 2015.

    SOPHIE PERLY · October 11
  • David S.

    The hot buttered rum is amazing on a cool day.

    David Stein · October 10
  • Beto

    Great drinks - if you don't mind waiting 15-20 minutes to get one. Why does it have to be SO SLOW? EVERY. TIME.

    Beto · October 2

    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

    PUNCH · September 24
  • Dave C.

    A volcano is probably an efficient allocation of funds but it's fun!

    Dave Cummings · September 22
  • Sanjay S.

    All the drinks I've tried are flavorful and nuanced. Watch out because it's easy to get drunk here..

    Sanjay Sugarek · September 6
  • Sherry L.

    Good, strong drinks here. Takes a long one to get one but worth the wait!

    Sherry Li · September 6
  • Christine W.

    It was crowded when we went on a Saturday evening, but the staff were sweet! It seems like a fun place for a chat or small party!

    Christine Wu · August 17
  • Chris H.

    Some of the best cocktails in the city in one of the more classy tiki bars in the city. The line is worth it for the puka punch.

    Chris H. · August 16
  • Alex S.

    Come early to get a table. They are prime real estate and some drinks can only be ordered at a table.

    Alex Stern · August 15
  • magenta

    Best rum selection and cocktails evaaarh

    magenta · August 14
  • Noah W.

    One of my favorite bars in America. Amazing tiki drinks that aren't overly sweet. The puka puka served in a huge goblet is always great. Perfect for a date or a group of friends.

    Noah Weiss · August 6
  • Doug d.

    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.

    Doug de Wet · July 25
  • SFist

    The Zombie, made with three different rums, falernum, absinthe, grapefruit, lime, grenadine, and cinnamon syrup, is one of the shining examples of how Smuggler's Cove does Tiki perfectly right. Read more

    SFist · July 20
  • Amanda S.

    Drink them all for a prize!

    Amanda Schneider · July 19
  • Steve F.

    All cocktails are awesome! Order at the end of the bar (the side nearest the restroom).

    Steve Fadden · July 19
  • Chad C.

    Rum. Barrel.

    Chad Cuddigan · July 12
  • Kevin S.


    Kevin Shay · July 8
  • Carol B.

    Awesome drinks! The bartenders are so fast they are like wizards!

    Carol Barg · July 5
  • Shinal L.

    Drinks are on point. Let your eyes adjust before you step inside or you'll tumble down the stairs. Enjoy your tiki drinks!

    Shinal L · June 20
  • Bre R.

    Very unique atmosphere!

    Bre Roz · June 16
  • Easy S.

    Rum is great, but only in moderation. Do you know someone who hits the rum too often? Easy Spy puts the easy in cell phone monitoring. Read more

    Easy Spy · June 15
  • Zack S.

    Definitely one of the best Tiki bars in the world, the competence with which they blend divey with quality is jaw-dropping. Try their Mai Tai or the Smuggler's Secret Barrel cocktail.

    Zack Sheppard · June 13
  • heidi h.

    Quality coctails in the basement. Do try the Ake Ake if you fancy a anis aftertaste.

    heidi harman · June 11
  • Rewan P.

    A hidden gem in SF! This place has a wide array of rum selection. Do try the Norwegian Paralysis.

    Rewan Parti · June 10
  • V A.

    I LOVE this bar! Amazing drinks, chill and unique atmosphere, easy parking if you get there early. 👍👍

    V A · June 7
  • Christopher M.

    Come for the rum drinks. Can get crowded.

  • Iain J.

    Great vibe on a Friday night - good selection of Rum...

    Iain Jardin · May 12
  • Craig A.

    Bartender was a tiki expert

    Craig Austin · May 2
  • Chris H.


    Chris Hemphill · April 12
  • Kevin R.

    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.

    Kevin Ripper · April 1
  • Bjørn R.

    One of the best rum cocktails in the world. Come on a Sunday or Monday.

    Bjørn Rostad · February 6
  • Trent O.

    Go for the Captains Grog. Full of delicious rum. These guys know their stuff! (also try the painkiller #5)

    Trent Ostrander · February 3
  • Shirley T.

    Painkiller No. 4!

    Shirley Tsang · January 25
  • Craig V.

    They really know their rum here. Let the bartenders educate you on different rums instead of just going for the giant volcano shaped drink with 6 straws in it, though that's good too.

    Craig Villamor · January 19
  • Emily G.

    The coconut juice drink is awesome

    Emily Gould · January 12
  • Jacob B.

    This might be the best rum bar on earth. The brilliant staff are fast and friendly. Try a Tiki drink, or keep it simple with a classic Daiquiri or a Rum Old Fashioned with Bacardi 8

    Jacob Briars · January 11
  • Tera D.

    get painkillers

    Tera Doan · January 7
  • Brad T.

    Menu has been reduced to two pages but prob for the better for all of us given the crowds. Over 200 rums and really no bad drinks here. Don't be afraid try a flight!

    Brad T · January 4
  • Elliot W.

    Great tiki drinks on par or better than Tonga or Trader Vic's. Very chill

    Elliot Wehner · January 3
  • Alie S.

    You better like rum if you plan on coming here

    Alie Sobczak · December 28, 2014
  • Myriam B.

    Awesome place to explore many delicious rum cocktails. Please be patient and mindful, it's a human being making your drink, not a robot! It takes time. Relax and enjoy!

    Myriam Boutin · December 18, 2014

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