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 101 people



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Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 8.8
Drink Selection 8.7
Mood 9.5
Music 9.5
Service 9.3
Tikiness 9.7
Tilt 9.3
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.

How to find it

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


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June 5, 2017, 3:39 PM
After your finished checking out Chinatown in downtown San Fran, walk a couple blocks down to Pagan Idol. It will totally be worth it! Here is my full review....
LetThereBeRums has visited Pagan Idol.
May 22, 2017, 9:10 PM
I was absolutely blown away with the thought that went into creating an experience for customers. I'm glad I arrived just before 5pm, so that I was present for the "Land Ho!" call that opens the back room (thanks for the tip, Humuhumu).
The decor is top notch. They chose to do every option available (thatch booths, giant Tiki's, volcanoes, starlit ceilings, fog, aquariums, sound effects, etc.) but it never feels over-the-top.
Daniel Park and his staff showed the utmost in hospitality, engaging tikiphiles and Financial District locals alike (someone ordered a skinny-dirty martini while I was at the bar) but they make sure everyone is having a great time.
mikehooker has visited Pagan Idol.
April 5, 2017, 3:16 PM
I freakin' loved this place. We did a whirlwind tiki tour of the bay area and this is the bar that stood out the most for me. I was told by many to arrive early cuz it gets packed. Well we went on a Monday around 8 and were surprised to see it was pretty much empty.

We took two seats at the front bar and studied the menu. I began with the Sparkle N Froth served in their very large signature tiki mug which I also purchased. Wife liked the sound of the Rum Monkey which is a bowl drink and the bartender was gracious enough to make her a single serving of it. Both drinks were excellent with the Monkey being similar to the Planet of the Apes at Forbidden Island, but more boozy and interesting.

Round two I had the Planters Punch and wife got the Pineapple Express with Stiggins rum, egg white and a pineapple stenciled on top with bitters. Nice presentation, and again, we both very much enjoyed our drinks.

Finally, we shared a Banana Life, a snifter full of rum, freshly blended banana, multiple sweeteners and topped with plantains.

At this point we hadn't even left our stools so we got up to look around and the bartender, JP, came out to give us the grand tour. The back room, which is much larger, has two bars and a totally different feel than the front. The idea is the front bar has more of a nautical feel like you're traveling on a ship across the sea and then the back bar is when you've landed at an island paradise. There were some really fantastic and large carved tikis along with some less than stellar generic ones. But the big boys were quite impressive.

The walls all around, and even in the bathrooms, were covered in tapa print, bamboo and matting. The ceilings were black with shimmering stars, there were thatched huts for patrons who want privacy. I was really impressed with the decor and layout.

They also have a big volcano scene that erupts. Oh, and the plant life and foliage was quite nice. Music selection was great as well. A mix of classic exotica and newer revival bands.

It's a great tiki bar all around. Service, decor, drinks, everything was top notch.
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