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

9.2

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Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 8.7
Drink Selection 8.8
Mood 9.6
Music 9.5
Service 9.3
Tikiness 9.7
Tilt 9.3
Vibe 7.8

Upcoming Visits

  • Robin
    visiting on
    Tuesday, June 6, 2017
    for the first time
    April 26, 2017, 8:21 AM
    Aaaah, this is so exciting, I get to finally meet you! I don't know yet which of the days/places will work best in my schedule, but this one is most likely. Let me know once you firm up times!
    April 26, 2017, 8:28 AM
    Cool! Well, we'll be arriving in SF on Monday (but we'll probably be jet-legged) and leave on Friday. It would be really nice to meet you while we're in town! I'll keep you posted.
    April 26, 2017, 8:30 AM
    If we can work it with your schedule and my schedule, I'd love to host you for a visit here at Balhi Ha'i, too. Daytime is probably best.
    April 26, 2017, 8:34 AM
    Oh, wow, that sounds wonderful. Thank you!
    We're on holiday, so we can be flexible :)
  • KeithH
    visiting on
    Friday, June 9, 2017
    for the first time
    Still working out the details
    April 13, 2017, 3:54 PM
    Dang, we'll be out of town! Sad to be missing you!
    April 24, 2017, 4:42 PM
    Change of plans -- turns out we'll be in town after all! I'll try to meet up with you. Let me know when you've got the details sorted!
  • IITYWYBMAD
    visiting on
    Thursday, October 12, 2017

Regulars & Visitors

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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

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Pagan Idol is on Bush Street, just east of Kearny, in downtown San Francisco.

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Upcoming Visits
Robin
visiting on
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
for the first time
April 26, 2017, 8:21 AM
Aaaah, this is so exciting, I get to finally meet you! I don't know yet which of the days/places will work best in my schedule, but this one is most likely. Let me know once you firm up times!
April 26, 2017, 8:28 AM
Cool! Well, we'll be arriving in SF on Monday (but we'll probably be jet-legged) and leave on Friday. It would be really nice to meet you while we're in town! I'll keep you posted.
April 26, 2017, 8:30 AM
If we can work it with your schedule and my schedule, I'd love to host you for a visit here at Balhi Ha'i, too. Daytime is probably best.
April 26, 2017, 8:34 AM
Oh, wow, that sounds wonderful. Thank you!
We're on holiday, so we can be flexible :)
KeithH
visiting on
Friday, June 9, 2017
for the first time
Still working out the details
April 13, 2017, 3:54 PM
Dang, we'll be out of town! Sad to be missing you!
April 24, 2017, 4:42 PM
Change of plans -- turns out we'll be in town after all! I'll try to meet up with you. Let me know when you've got the details sorted!
IITYWYBMAD
visiting on
Thursday, October 12, 2017
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mikehooker
mikehooker has visited Pagan Idol.
April 5, 2017, 3:16 PM
I freakin' loved this place. We did a whirlwind tiki tour of the bay area and this is the bar that stood out the most for me. I was told by many to arrive early cuz it gets packed. Well we went on a Monday around 8 and were surprised to see it was pretty much empty.

We took two seats at the front bar and studied the menu. I began with the Sparkle N Froth served in their very large signature tiki mug which I also purchased. Wife liked the sound of the Rum Monkey which is a bowl drink and the bartender was gracious enough to make her a single serving of it. Both drinks were excellent with the Monkey being similar to the Planet of the Apes at Forbidden Island, but more boozy and interesting.

Round two I had the Planters Punch and wife got the Pineapple Express with Stiggins rum, egg white and a pineapple stenciled on top with bitters. Nice presentation, and again, we both very much enjoyed our drinks.

Finally, we shared a Banana Life, a snifter full of rum, freshly blended banana, multiple sweeteners and topped with plantains.

At this point we hadn't even left our stools so we got up to look around and the bartender, JP, came out to give us the grand tour. The back room, which is much larger, has two bars and a totally different feel than the front. The idea is the front bar has more of a nautical feel like you're traveling on a ship across the sea and then the back bar is when you've landed at an island paradise. There were some really fantastic and large carved tikis along with some less than stellar generic ones. But the big boys were quite impressive.

The walls all around, and even in the bathrooms, were covered in tapa print, bamboo and matting. The ceilings were black with shimmering stars, there were thatched huts for patrons who want privacy. I was really impressed with the decor and layout.

They also have a big volcano scene that erupts. Oh, and the plant life and foliage was quite nice. Music selection was great as well. A mix of classic exotica and newer revival bands.

It's a great tiki bar all around. Service, decor, drinks, everything was top notch.
TikiJoe
TikiJoe has visited Pagan Idol.
February 21, 2017, 4:53 PM
Most awesome! Staff friendly and decor splendidly authentic. Great atmosphere.
tongueincheeky
tongueincheeky has visited Pagan Idol.
December 23, 2016, 10:22 PM
Pagan Idol was our last stop in our grand California tiki tour - and I love everything about it. It has the whimsy and kitsch of Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, amazing craft cocktails, and perfect period appropriate music and ambience. In this one visit, it easily became my favorite tiki bar. Looking forward to coming back!
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