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Smuggler's Cove

Smuggler's Cove

Tiki Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Civic Center, San Francisco
  • The folks at Travel + Leisure and Eater like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Tagel S.
    "Unique pirates' atmosphere, great cocktails."(21 Tips)
    Shelly Z.
    "Get the hot buttered rum, drink it through the cinnamon stick."(14 Tips)
    Michael M.
    "Try the Puka Punch - For a rum drink, this is really good"(9 Tips)
    Gregory K.
    "So many different rum drinks."(7 Tips)
316 Tips and reviews
  • pirate
  • rum
  • cocktails
  • hot butter
  • lively
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  • Alex L.
    Alex Lobov16 hours ago
    The Jungle Bird here is excellent - faithful to the original.
  • Ceasar B.
    Ceasar BautistaDecember 18, 2017
    Get the Painkiller with 3oz of rum.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MaceyDecember 16, 2017
    Great tiki drinks. Grab a hurricane!
  • Chris C.
    Chris CarterNovember 23, 2017
    Be sure to get a rum specialty beverage!!!
  • Adelia C.
    Adelia Curtis duarteNovember 18, 2017
    Can't go wrong with the classics! Love their menu & vibe. Totally worth the wait.
  • Maykel L.
    Maykel LoomansNovember 5, 2017
    Painkiller #3, please.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SilarajsNovember 3, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Skip the rum ;)
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsNovember 2, 2017
    Love the rum cocktails here
  • Lulu T.
    Lulu TangSeptember 28, 2017
    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, 2017
    So many different rum drinks. Hard to choose at first, but they are all expertly made
  • Piper
    PiperSeptember 17, 2017
    Come on a weekday to get the full menu with details about each rum.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissSeptember 8, 2017
    A classic. The Zombie is their strongest drink and very delicious.
  • Arni G.
    Arni GunnarssonAugust 25, 2017
    Worst drink and service ever and management also
  • Shayan S.
    Shayan SanyalJuly 30, 2017
    Really extensive menu. Sometimes just having a daquiri is ok.
  • Shayan S.
    Shayan SanyalJuly 30, 2017
    Really extensive menu. Sometimes just having a daquiri is ok.
  • Pavan K.
    Pavan KulkarniJuly 30, 2017
    Terrific cocktails and pirate ambiance
  • Linda Y.
    Linda YangJuly 16, 2017
    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.
    Lauren TownsendJune 23, 2017
    Super fun but takes forever to get a drink
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussMay 4, 2017
    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
    Rally by EventbriteMarch 29, 2017
    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, 2017
    All of the rum.
  • Benjamin G.
    Benjamin GrønvoldMarch 14, 2017
    Really well-crafted drinks. The El Draque is well worth a try!
  • Dustin S.
    Dustin SenosFebruary 8, 2017
    Weird pirate themed bar. Fun if you're up for something different.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaJanuary 26, 2017
    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.
  • 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!
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