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Opened in 1937
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Jul 25, 2006
Neon sign in front of Trad'r Sam
March 2003, photo by Humuhumu
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Trad'r Sam is the oldest, longest-operating tiki bar in the world. This small and very old bar actually pre-dates the appearance of actual tikis in tiki bars, and is an extremely rare example of the bamboo bars that were in some cities in the '30s. The bar has a series of seating areas around the perimeter of the bar which are each named after islands, and are framed in rattan. The bar itself is a large, horseshoe-shaped structure, also encrusted in rattan. There are tropical drinks available, but this bar is now more of a loveable dive than anything.
Cocktail enthusiasts shouldn't miss the world famous tequila destination bar across the street just a block and a half away, Tommy's Mexican Restaurant.
How to find it:
Trad'r Sam is between 25th & 26th Avenue, on the north side of Geary Blvd. Look for a green sign and awning.
Street parking is available, some of it metered.