Hawaii West

San Francisco, CA
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729 Vallejo St
San Francisco, CA
Mon-Fri 2pm-2am
Sat-Sun noon-2am
(415) 362-3220

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Hawaii West

2.6

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 2.7
Drink Quality 1.9
Drink Selection 3
Mood 2.5
Music 1
Service 3.2
Tikiness 3.4
Tilt 2.7
Vibe 2.7

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Humuhumu’s description

Hawaii West is a pool bar in San Francisco's busy North Beach neighborhood, with a couple of tikis.

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KevinCrossman
KevinCrossman has visited Hawaii West.
October 19, 2019, 10:22 AM
Thank you Hawaii West for being Tiki Bar number 43 for me this year.

Letís start with the positive. I finally got around to visiting this place. It doesnít have a good reputation (reading bad Yelp reviews from upset patrons can sometimes be entertaining though) as being a good tiki bar or maybe even a good bar in general. Locals call this place very rough. The bartender is said to be bossy and rude. But, they have tropical drinks and a couple of tikis on the sign, so itís on the list.

We left Bamboo Hut and were looking around North Beach for a place to get a bite. The one place a local pointed us to had a long wait, so we decided to Uber over to downtown. From where we were standing, I could see Hawaii West in the distance, just a block away. I told Terra (who was hailing our ride) to give me a minute to step in and check out Hawaii West with my own eyes. So I ran over there and stepped into Ö well, not paradise thatís for sure.

There was one patron in there (unlike all the other bars we experienced last night that were all packed). I looked at the cocktail menu and considered a Mai Tai, but I knew time was ticking and honestly I didnít expect the Mai Tai to be very good. But, part of me does feel like if you step into a bar you should order. So I peered over the bar to look at their selection of rums. The only reasonable option I could see was Myersís so I asked for shot. It was quickly delivered and quickly devoured, and then I left. Quickly.

Meanwhile, Alex took advantage of the lull to use the restroom. The restroom with no doors whatsoever and with dim light if any. I definitely got the unfriendly vibe from the bartender, too. So, yeah, it was really that kind of place.

Suddenly, Bamboo Hut didnít seem so bad after all.
April 21, 2017, 12:18 PM
Not gonna lie, I used to live directly across from this bar, as in I could see into my bedroom from the entrance of the bar. It's not much as far as a tiki destination, but it was welcoming and not expensive. The drinks leaned more towards just dive bar drinks, with some nods to tiki, but not fresh ingredients or thoughtful recipes. Not a place I'd recommend to visitors, but it was a frequent stop for me when I was a neighbor.
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