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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.
Large tiki at the Bamboo Hut in San Francisco
July 2006, photo by Humuhumu
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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.