Smuggler's Cove

San Francisco, CA
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650 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA
Opened in 2009
Daily from 5pm
(415) 869-1900

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Smuggler's Cove



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Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 10
Drink Selection 10
Mood 9.6
Music 9.1
Service 9.1
Tikiness 9.4
Tilt 9.4
Vibe 8.8

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Smuggler's Cove was opened in December 2009 by Martin Cate, a renowned rum expert and longtime tikiphile who was one of the founders of Forbidden Island
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge
Alameda, CA
in Alameda. Smuggler's Cove specializes in all varieties of rum and rum drinks, with a particular emphasis on historic and exotic cocktails. Cate has attracted some of the top bartender talent in the talent-rich city of San Francisco. Smuggler's Cove regularly appears on the lists of the best bars in the world. It has proven incredibly popular: if you go on a weekend, be prepared to possibly wait in a line for entry.
The decor is a blend of nautical and tiki. The dimly-lit bar spans three floors: the main and lower levels each have their own bars, and an upper half-level is a tiki hut that overlooks the main floor. There is a waterfall between the main floor and the lower floor, with a small pool at the bottom. The construction was led by Ignacio "Notch" Gonzalez, of San Jose's Top Notch Kustoms
Top Notch Kustoms
San Jose, CA
The offerings can be overwhelming in scope: over 500 rums, and more than 75 cocktails. If you're intent on trying as many as possible, consider entering the Rumbustion Society; those who complete the list are rewarded for their efforts.
In September 2016, Martin Cate opened False Idol
False Idol
San Diego, CA
in San Diego.


TikiTikiDC has visited Smuggler's Cove.
January 2, 2019, 5:57 PM
This space is clean and fun, but I think the cocktails are not up to standard for a true tiki-lover -- no garnishes, not swizzle sticks, and expensive compared to other tiki bars in the area.
WanderingWill is a semi-regular at Smuggler's Cove.
December 31, 2018, 10:11 PM
A tiki masterpiece. It hits all the marks. The outside is appropriately dull and unassuming which makes the transition even more special. No TVs playing sports or karaoke to attract the bachelorette parties, just overproof tiki goodness! There is no better drink selection to be found and everything is created to the highest standard. The events are great and the Rumbustion Society brings people together. Everything has a tiki focus and the decor has Disney-level detail (thatís high praise from me). I just wish it didnít attract the Hayes Valley bros and the SoulCycle chicks. But the true fans are great and everyone keeps a solid vibe. Highest recommendation.
Tikisteffie has visited Smuggler's Cove.
November 30, 2018, 5:26 AM
we love to come here !!!!
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