Pagan Idol

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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

8.9

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Decor 9.6
Drink Quality 8.9
Drink Selection 8.7
Mood 9.1
Music 9.1
Service 9
Tikiness 9.3
Tilt 8.8
Vibe 8

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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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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.
Stacy
Stacy has visited Pagan Idol.
March 11, 2019, 10:25 PM
Fabulous atmosphere! Pagan Idol has fantastic decor spread across several themed areas, and for collectors, offers some great tiki mugs. The bartenders are friendly and drinks are solid. Would recommend friends to visit.
Monster A GoGo
Monster A GoGo has visited Pagan Idol.
January 31, 2019, 9:57 PM
Sometimes first impressions do NOT tell the full story. Case in point, my first to Pagan Idol a few years back. It was noisy and crowded and the service was seemingly awful (due, I am sure, to the crew being only human and having a horde of customers and orders to deal with),. I was so NOT impressed with the place that time. Jump ahead to the last October and my second visit. What a difference a 2nd chance can make on a place. I can now see why there are raves for this place.

The second trip was less chaotic. I was not only able to get my drink (made right on the spot--no waiting at all), but I was also able to chat with the bartender (who told me all about the then-upcoming Zombie Village! Oooo I can NOT wait to check it out!). The drinks were good and I actually got to enjoy myself in both the upstairs and downstairs bars. Amazing!

If you want to read more about this specific visit, you can read about it on my blog. There are photos and also details about LAST RITES and Emeryville's TRADER VIC's as well. You can read it here: https://monsterago-go.blogspot.com/2018/11/im-freaky-for-tiki-17-bay-area-tiki-x-3.html But really, this place was totally worth that second look.

CHEERS!
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