Bamboo Hut

479 Broadway
San Francisco, California, United States
Ph: (415) 989-8555 - Website
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Wed & Sat 8pm-1:30am
Thu & Fri 5pm-1:30am
Opened in 1999
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Hawaii West, San Francisco 0.2 mi
0.4 km
Tonga Room, San Francisco 0.5 mi
0.8 km
Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco 1.6 mi
2.6 km
de Young Museum, San Francisco 3.9 mi
6.4 km
Trad'r Sam, San Francisco 4.6 mi
7.3 km
Large tiki at the Bamboo Hut in San Francisco
July 2006, photo by Humuhumu
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Humuhumu’s description:
When Bamboo Hut opened in 1999, it was at the very front of the wave of modern bars inspired by the resurgence in interest in Polynesian Pop. It's more of a nightclub than a bar, with DJed '80s pop music setting the soundtrack, but it's full of spot-on details. There is lots of bamboo and thatch, pufferfish lamps and glass floats, and an outrigger canoe hung from the ceiling. The lighting is appropriately dim and moody. Drinks are served in tiki mugs and bowls, but are on the sickly-sweet side.

Near the entrance is a dramatic waterfall feature, topped by a massive tiki head. The tiki started life as a road sign for the Coral Reef Restaurant in Sacramento, and the Bamboo Hut website says it dates from 1947.

How to find it:
Bamboo Hut is on the south side of the street, east of the major intersection of Columbus Ave, between Kearny and Montgomery. Look for the sign painted on a tan awning.
Parking in the North Beach neighborhood is a challenge. Street parking is very hard to come by, but there are a number of paid lots in the neighborhood. The lot I use is a few blocks north-west, on Vallejo St. on the other side of Columbus.
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May 9, 2011, 9:48 AM
This place is the best! Where to start...First of all this is the only somewhat regular bar in a very long street filled with strip clubs and porn shops so the regular clientele seemed to be off duty strippers and suited up club managers but the vibe was VERY friendly and laid back.

As for decor you will NOT be disappointed. There is tiki, dim lighting, even real burning torches on the walls in a little back room.

We have been to many places that might have some tiki design but don't really serve up the drinks but this place has a huge and changing menu of really neat drinks and not just your same old Grog and Mai Tais but some more creative stuff. The best part was CHEAP. We had a flaming frozen concotion that was enough for three and another tiki drink (so we could take the mug) and it was $12. That was a steal and the bartender was really great!

If you want a laid back divey tiki joint with fun drinks and a variety of mugs it's a must see.
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