Pagan Idol

San Francisco, CA
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375 Bush
San Francisco, CA
Opened in 2016
Mon-Thu 4pm-1am
Fri 4pm-1:30am
Sat 6pm-1:30am
Closed Sun
21+ only
(415) 985-6375

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Pagan Idol



by 70 people



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Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 8.8
Drink Selection 8.8
Mood 9.6
Music 9.5
Service 9.5
Tikiness 9.7
Tilt 9.4
Vibe 7.8

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Humuhumu’s description

Pagan Idol opened in San Francisco's Financial District in February 2016. The bar is owned by the Future Bars group, which owns a variety of craft cocktail bars around the San Francisco Bay Area.
Pagan Idol has a front bar, which is designed to look like the inside of a wooden ship, complete with porthole views of swimming fish, and blown glass tentacle light fixtures.
Red-lit stairs lead to the back bar, which is where the full-on Polynesian Pop experience can be found. A second bar is lined with zebrawood and backed by lava windows. Overlooking the bar is a massive tiki carved by Crazy Al Evans, and a large outrigger canoe hangs overhead. A tangle of ropes and fishing floats decorates the bar. The walls are lined with Tongan tapa cloth designs.
Just beyond, the room opens up, and a night sky of twinkling stars hangs overhead, with a volcano waterfall and two cozy booths. Looming over this room is a second large tiki, this one carved by Ivan Lee Mora. Periodically, the volcano "erupts" and a fog creeps along the starry sky, adding to the moodiness of the room.
The soundtrack is all Exotica and hapa-haole music. The drink menu is all original tropical drinks, but a full array of classic tiki drinks can be ordered off-menu.

How to find it

Pagan Idol is on Bush Street, just east of Kearny, in downtown San Francisco.


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TikiJoe has visited Pagan Idol.
February 21, 2017, 4:53 PM
Most awesome! Staff friendly and decor splendidly authentic. Great atmosphere.
tongueincheeky has visited Pagan Idol.
December 23, 2016, 10:22 PM
Pagan Idol was our last stop in our grand California tiki tour - and I love everything about it. It has the whimsy and kitsch of Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, amazing craft cocktails, and perfect period appropriate music and ambience. In this one visit, it easily became my favorite tiki bar. Looking forward to coming back!
KevinCrossman is a semi-regular at Pagan Idol.
November 20, 2016, 2:26 PM
Pagan Idol is most definitely another great addition to the Bay Area tiki scene, and for SF in particular. We visited at opening on Saturday night, when only the front room is open (the back room opens an hour later at 7 pm). There has been a lot of thought and $$ put into this bar, and it's a great visit for sure.

Their Mai Tai was very good (but not excellent) and some of their originals such as the Daywalker and Dawn Patrol were also very good. Variety is sort of limited - they say they will make other standard drinks (I got a Painkiller).

Decor here is outstanding and this is a big place too, though the decor is not overdone which in a way isn't as great as it could be. Cool special effects every 30 mins with volcano smoke and some really cool aquatic features. Music was OK - to much surf and 60s pop for my taste, though I did near one from Robert Drasnin's classic Voodoo album.

It's a testament to the Bay Area scene that this place ranks below Trader Vic's, Forbidden Island, Tonga Room, and Smuggler's Cove. Still a great option.

To: the other commenter about Millennials with backpacks. Yep, several at our visit too.
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