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

9.1

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by 111 people

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 8.9
Drink Selection 8.7
Mood 9.5
Music 9.4
Service 9.3
Tikiness 9.6
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.

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Raider273
Raider273 has visited Pagan Idol.
August 19, 2017, 10:28 AM
Wife and I went earlier in the week. Had a great time. Friendly bartender,Nick, had a couple of excellent rum recommendations and stayed engaged even when it got busy. As usual, walked away with a tiki mug for my collection. Recommended.
DoktorTiki
DoktorTiki has visited Pagan Idol.
July 6, 2017, 2:05 PM
At 2016's Tiki Oasis in San Diego, the management of Pagan Idol said that anyone who dropped in who still had their wrist bands on would get a free drink. There were several bay area places we wanted to visit so we made a change in plans and hopped a plane up to San Francisco where we did stop in a couple days later. Guess what happened? The staff blew us off as well as another couple who also had done the same thing. Yes the decor of the front and back rooms is nice, the drinks are good but when the staff acts like they are doing you a favor to serve you a drink...
Robin
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!)
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