Trad'r Sam

San Francisco, CA
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6150 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA
Opened in 1937
Daily 10:30am-2am
(415) 221-0773

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Trad'r Sam



by 52 people



Everyone You
Decor 7.3
Drink Quality 4.5
Drink Selection 7.5
Mood 6.3
Music 3.9
Service 6.9
Tikiness 5.8
Tilt 5.9
Vibe 4.1

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Humuhumu’s description

Trad'r Sam is the oldest, longest-operating tiki bar in the world. Trad'r Sam opened in 1937, and as originally owned by Sam Baylon. This small and very old bar actually pre-dates the appearance of actual tikis in tiki bars, and is an extremely rare example of the bamboo bars that were in some cities in the '30s. The bar has a series of seating areas around the perimeter of the bar which are each named after islands, and are framed in rattan. The bar itself is a large, horseshoe-shaped structure, also encrusted in rattan. There are tropical drinks available, but this bar is now more of a loveable dive than anything.
Cocktail enthusiasts shouldn't miss the world famous tequila destination bar across the street just a block and a half away, Tommy's Mexican Restaurant.

How to find it

Trad'r Sam is between 25th & 26th Avenue, on the north side of Geary Blvd. Look for a green sign and awning.


Street parking is available, some of it metered.


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tongueincheeky has visited Trad'r Sam.
December 23, 2016, 10:30 PM
Trad'r Sam is sadly a shell of its former glory, with some of the original interior details still intact. We had a terrible Zombie while football replays play on the tv on the back wall - it's a lovable local dive, and I suppose for many that's better than Sam's doors closing for good.
Shop99er has visited Trad'r Sam.
October 5, 2016, 9:10 PM
One other thing. This is a cash-only bar.
Shop99er has visited Trad'r Sam.
October 5, 2016, 8:49 PM
A full-on dive bar, and no mistake. But a very friendly one. We rolled in, and a couple of regulars were promptly moved so we could sit at the bar.

Naturally, we had "tiki" drinks, and they were excellent.

Don't let the dive bar description keep you away. This joint is well worth the visit.
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