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 103 people



Everyone You
Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 8.8
Drink Selection 8.7
Mood 9.6
Music 9.5
Service 9.3
Tikiness 9.7
Tilt 9.2
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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Robin has visited Pagan Idol.
June 26, 2017, 1:41 PM
What a great bar with such a keen eye for details. It must have cost a fortune to built this. We were lucky to have a hotel just two blocks from Pagan Idol, so we have spent almost every night in this wonderful place. (Say hi to the lovely puffer-fish in the fish-tank when you're there!)
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.
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