Bamboo Hut

San Francisco, CA
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479 Broadway
San Francisco, CA
Opened in 1999
Mon-Tue 7pm-2am
Wed-Fri 5pm-2am
Sat-Sun 7pm-2am
(415) 989-8555

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Bamboo Hut



by 39 people



Everyone You
Decor 7.4
Drink Quality 5.8
Drink Selection 6
Mood 6.1
Music 2
Service 6.7
Tikiness 6.5
Tilt 6.6
Vibe 2.9

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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
Coral Reef
Sacramento, CA
Bar & 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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Atomic Tiki Punk
Atomic Tiki Punk has visited Bamboo Hut.
December 28, 2016, 2:25 PM
Visited here with friends around 2000, it was more on the cheesy side, but we had a great time, it was during the Swing scene period in San Francisco, the music was more Rockabilly, Swing, 80s etc.

It has a dive bar mood & nothing wrong with that, don't know what is like now.
Dr Allbright
Dr Allbright is a semi-regular at Bamboo Hut.
January 25, 2016, 3:36 PM
As far as tikiness goes, this place has a great look and vibe, and the drinks, although not nec, are alright, The drinks are pretty good albeit a little on the sweet side. They are also reasonably priced. so this place is great for a party with friends or whatnot. The bartenders are super friendly , as well. So if you don't mind being constantly in the middle of off - duty strip club employees, this place is cool.
Sneaky Tiki
Sneaky Tiki has visited Bamboo Hut.
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.