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 175 people



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Decor 9.6
Drink Quality 9
Drink Selection 8.8
Mood 9.2
Music 9.2
Service 9.1
Tikiness 9.3
Tilt 8.9
Vibe 8.1

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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.


beachleech has visited Pagan Idol.
October 21, 2018, 3:49 PM
This might be my favorite tiki bar. The drinks were slightly better at smugglerís cove but the atmosphere at Pagan Idol is better. There are a million tikis and itís decorated so well. You can actually hear the music. There are random volcanic eruptions. Itís wonderful.
NeilSmith has visited Pagan Idol.
July 25, 2018, 12:54 PM
We visited Pagan Idol two years ago, this time is was a much different experience, maybe we made an error of going on a Saturday night, no Doc or Jeanie.
jackalacka has visited Pagan Idol.
May 20, 2018, 8:11 AM
We were there May 11, 2018 and Rick, our bartender was pure awesomeness!! It was our first time there and were blown away by the decor, drinks and vibe.
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