Pagan Idol

San Francisco, CA
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375 Bush
San Francisco, CA
Opened in 2016
Mon-Fri 4pm-2am
Sat 6pm-2am
Closed Sun
21+ only
(415) 985-6375

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Pagan Idol

8.9

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Everyone You
Decor 9.6
Drink Quality 8.8
Drink Selection 8.6
Mood 9.1
Music 8.9
Service 9
Tikiness 9.3
Tilt 8.7
Vibe 7.9

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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.

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November 10, 2019, 5:49 PM
A great tiki experience should be immersive and relaxing. This is neither. I recognize there's not much a bar can do about their guests, but this is just a flood of young FIDI kids yelling at the top of their lungs like it's a club. The drinks were good, and the decor of the back bar was nice. But what's with the smoke? It was clear that people were taking advantage of the smoky environment to vape in the bar and it made it very unpleasant. The only saving grace from these people is that you can barely make out what they are saying because the music is turned up to 11. It's a battle of noises and the tiki bar seems to be the battleground. Might be better on a slow night, but when does SF ever have one of those?
Ssutor
Ssutor has visited Pagan Idol.
October 18, 2019, 6:18 AM
If sitting along side financial district yuppies slurping down saline laced prebatched corn syrup drinks is your thing, enjoy!
JeniSprang
JeniSprang has visited Pagan Idol.
August 8, 2019, 8:53 AM
It looked great, but not much seating built in. I would rather sit at a table and enjoy my drink and environment than stand next to a ledge. The night we went was a Wednesday night, and it was pretty busy in there... (Wait, there was an upstairs? I didn't see that! Unless by "Upstairs" you mean up the 3 steps... ) Anyways, they were out of the 2 mugs I wanted, and it seemed to be a short drink menu. We left without getting a drink so we could go somewhere chill out and sit down.
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