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Smuggler's Cove

Smuggler's Cove

Tiki Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Civic Center, San Francisco
311 Tips and reviews
  • pirate
  • rum
  • cocktails
  • hot butter
  • lively
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  • Lulu T.
    Lulu Tang3 weeks ago
    Great drinks and awesome decor and atmosphere. Unfortunately gets REALLY loud and crowded on weekend nights. Your throats will hurt trying to talk to you friends.
  • Gregory K.
    Gregory KueblerSeptember 20
    So many different rum drinks. Hard to choose at first, but they are all expertly made
  • Piper
    PiperSeptember 17
    Come on a weekday to get the full menu with details about each rum.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissSeptember 8
    A classic. The Zombie is their strongest drink and very delicious.
  • Arni G.
    Worst drink and service ever and management also
  • Shayan S.
    Really extensive menu. Sometimes just having a daquiri is ok.
  • Shayan S.
    Really extensive menu. Sometimes just having a daquiri is ok.
  • Pavan K.
    Terrific cocktails and pirate ambiance
  • Linda Y.
    Linda YangJuly 16
    Don't love super sweet, tropical drinks. But the atmosphere is cool.
  • OkCupid Daters' Choice
    Smuggler's Cove was voted the Best Instagramable Date Spot by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in San Francisco. #daterschoice Read more
  • Lauren T.
    Super fun but takes forever to get a drink
  • Brian S.
    Well made cocktails but no table service. Cramped, dark bar = super cool? Drinks are good but super sweet and take forever to make. Feels like a spot to have round and the bounce to the next spot.
  • 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
  • Corey O.
    Corey O'NealMarch 27
    All of the rum.
  • Benjamin G.
    Really well-crafted drinks. The El Draque is well worth a try!
  • Dustin S.
    Dustin SenosFebruary 8
    Weird pirate themed bar. Fun if you're up for something different.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaJanuary 26
    All drinks are delicious and there is one hot toddy that's good for when it's raining. Great vibes and decor
  • Michael L.
    Michael LunøeDecember 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great tikki drinks, but wasn't positively surprised with their Mai Tai. Pro tip: For some reason I have found that the bartenders down stairs are makes better drinks.
    Upvoted Aug 29
  • Alex
    AlexNovember 6, 2016
    puka punch!!
  • Vincent A.
    Vincent AtilanoNovember 6, 2016
    Ambiance is amazing. Pirates of the Caribbean meets SF.
  • Laura C.
    Laura CaputoNovember 2, 2016
    Every drink I tried was fabulous!
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SOctober 14, 2016
    Be patient, grab a table, order the Volcano
  • DJ C.
    DJ CapobiancoSeptember 11, 2016
    Can't go wrong. Everything's good.
  • Ross W.
    Ross Webster-SalterSeptember 4, 2016
    Winner of "Best American Cocktail Bar" in the Spirited Awards (July 2016) - time to get your tiki on!
  • Katie R.
    Katie RawsonAugust 23, 2016
    Great place to entertain guest from out of town. Slightly Hidden and dark but worth the experience.
  • Anna S.
    Anna SellemAugust 13, 2016
    Not your typical cocktail bar. Great to party without going to club :)
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BedrickAugust 5, 2016
    The smugglers rum barrel, signature drink is fantastic.
  • Bennett H.
    Bennett HilesJuly 31, 2016
    Puka punch is fruity, boozy, and delicious!
  • Mark E S.
    Mark E Sackett.comJuly 24, 2016
    Everything here is good
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NewellJuly 12, 2016
    Get the Navy Grog. It's boozy.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RosenbergJuly 8, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Mai Tai roa ae
  • 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
  • Zuz
    ZuzJune 25, 2016
    Cool people and good drinks ✌🏻️ there was no music though.. I found it a bit weird
  • Brian T.
    Brian TranMay 26, 2016
    Batida tastes amazing!
  • Jonny Y.
    Jonny YoungMay 15, 2016
    a zombie or 2 and you'll be on one
  • Scott M.
    Scott MApril 23, 2016
    Ambiance is what's good! Place has a great concept, but service is very slow due to their success. Bartender 'handler' takes your order, but you don't realize you are 10 or more in line for drink.
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganApril 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    It's a good idea to limit yourself to no more than two Puka Punches.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MizrahiApril 16, 2016
    Up on the wall. To your left. See Dom and Lauren's names on that plaque? Bow down to their rum knowledge.
  • SFist
    SFistApril 14, 2016
    Tikis are no longer tacky so make your way to this contemporary Tiki temple that's been one of SF's most decorated bars for some time now. Read more
  • Christian B.
    Christian BakerApril 12, 2016
    Most people don't know what a Batida is, and most skip to the bowls and call it good (and they are!), but even if you only do it once, treat yo'self to a Batida. No one does'em better than Smugglers.
  • Shelly Z.
    Shelly ZordichApril 9, 2016
    Get the hot buttered rum, drink it through the cinnamon stick. So delicious.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah StrehlerApril 8, 2016
    So much rum!
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 22, 2016
    Great craft cocktails and great atmosphere.
  • Mat (Badger) L.
    Mat (Badger) LarsenMarch 20, 2016
    Wow. A place to go for the rum pro's. Non-pro's will enjoy the amazing variety of cocktails made by the incredibly knowledgeable staff. Awesome decor
  • Scott S.
    Scott SoenenMarch 19, 2016
    Great atmosphere and killer rum cocktails.
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmileyMarch 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask them for a checklist where you can check off all the drinks you've had.
  • Pierre A.
    Pierre A.February 27, 2016
    The Zombie is as good as the Parisian Dirty Dick's one.
  • Harry R.
    Harry RaymondFebruary 10, 2016
    Could be the best Tiki cocktails in the country.
  • Hani E.
    Hani ElgaaliFebruary 3, 2016
    love this place
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BrockJanuary 14, 2016
    This place is for tourists. Smells like a gym locker.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SmileyJanuary 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
  • Lefteris A.
    Lefteris AvramidisJanuary 12, 2016
    Best rum cocktails. I love the " hot buttered"
  • Sam
    SamJanuary 10, 2016
    Am I missing something? No music downstairs & 20min wait for drinks
  • vikas e.
    vikas erraballiDecember 14, 2015
    Super crowded and touristy feel on a Friday night. Kitschy yes.
  • Tagel S.
    Tagel Shaked ZingerDecember 7, 2015
    Unique pirates' atmosphere, great cocktails.
  • Zach N.
    Zach NegreyDecember 6, 2015
    Cool atmosphere and rum drinks. Can be crowded though.
  • George H.
    George HayesDecember 4, 2015
    Try the Hot Buttered Rum.
  • Mikahla V.
    Mikahla VicinoNovember 24, 2015
    Set fire to your night out with the Volcano.
  • Ryan O.
    Ryan OtaNovember 23, 2015
    Get the Fog Cutter if sweet isn't your thing
  • Clara B.
    Clara BayarriNovember 16, 2015
    The Aku Aku is delicious
  • Friedrich
    FriedrichNovember 15, 2015
    Very authentic place, try the Mojito.
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck RoslofNovember 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The creamy, nutmeggy drinks are lovely.
  • Dmitry K.
    Dmitry KovalevNovember 4, 2015
    Probably the City's best cocktail bar. Try Billionaire Cocktail - and many more. Incredible!
  • Simon C.
    Simon CheadleNovember 3, 2015
    Amazing theming and drinks options. Very friendly staff.
    SOPHIE PERLYOctober 11, 2015
    As per Athens mag the world's best 50 bars in 2015.
  • David S.
    David SteinOctober 10, 2015
    The hot buttered rum is amazing on a cool day.
  • Beto
    BetoOctober 2, 2015
    Great drinks - if you don't mind waiting 15-20 minutes to get one. Why does it have to be SO SLOW? EVERY. TIME.
    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
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsSeptember 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A volcano is probably an efficient allocation of funds but it's fun!
  • Sanjay S.
    Sanjay SugarekSeptember 6, 2015
    All the drinks I've tried are flavorful and nuanced. Watch out because it's easy to get drunk here..
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiSeptember 6, 2015
    Good, strong drinks here. Takes a long one to get one but worth the wait!
  • Christine W.
    Christine WuAugust 17, 2015
    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!
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.August 16, 2015
    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.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SternAugust 15, 2015
    Come early to get a table. They are prime real estate and some drinks can only be ordered at a table.
  • magenta
    magentaAugust 14, 2015
    Best rum selection and cocktails evaaarh
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissAugust 6, 2015
    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.
  • 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.
  • SFist
    SFistJuly 20, 2015
    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
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchneiderJuly 19, 2015
    Drink them all for a prize!
  • Steve F.
    Steve FaddenJuly 19, 2015
    All cocktails are awesome! Order at the end of the bar (the side nearest the restroom).
  • Chad C.
    Chad CuddiganJuly 12, 2015
    Rum. Barrel.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin ShayJuly 8, 2015
  • Carol B.
    Carol BargJuly 5, 2015
    Awesome drinks! The bartenders are so fast they are like wizards!
  • Shinal
    ShinalJune 20, 2015
    Drinks are on point. Let your eyes adjust before you step inside or you'll tumble down the stairs. Enjoy your tiki drinks!
  • Bre R.
    Bre RozJune 16, 2015
    Very unique atmosphere!
  • Easy S.
    Easy SpyJune 15, 2015
    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
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardJune 13, 2015
    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.
  • heidi h.
    heidi harmanJune 11, 2015
    Quality coctails in the basement. Do try the Ake Ake if you fancy a anis aftertaste.
  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiJune 10, 2015
    A hidden gem in SF! This place has a wide array of rum selection. Do try the Norwegian Paralysis.
  • V A.
    V AJune 7, 2015
    I LOVE this bar! Amazing drinks, chill and unique atmosphere, easy parking if you get there early. 👍👍
  • Christopher M.
    Come for the rum drinks. Can get crowded.
  • Iain J.
    Iain JardinMay 12, 2015
    Great vibe on a Friday night - good selection of Rum...
  • Craig A.
    Craig AustinMay 2, 2015
    Bartender was a tiki expert
  • Chris H.
    Chris HemphillApril 12, 2015
  • 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.
  • Trent O.
    Trent OstranderFebruary 3, 2015
    Go for the Captains Grog. Full of delicious rum. These guys know their stuff! (also try the painkiller #5)
  • Shirley T.
    Shirley TsangJanuary 25, 2015
    Painkiller No. 4!
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorJanuary 19, 2015
    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.
  • Emily G.
    Emily GouldJanuary 12, 2015
    The coconut juice drink is awesome
  • Jacob B.
    Jacob BriarsJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Lana D.
    Lana DSeptember 30, 2015
    Отличное место, очень атмосферно! 👍🏻 И да, здесь всё о РОМЕ!! Обязательно загляните
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