Smuggler's Cove

San Francisco, CA
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650 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA
Opened in 2009
Daily from 5pm
(415) 869-1900

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Smuggler's Cove



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Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 10
Drink Selection 10
Mood 9.5
Music 9.1
Service 9.2
Tikiness 9.3
Tilt 9.4
Vibe 8.8

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Smuggler's Cove was opened in December 2009 by Martin Cate, a renowned rum expert and longtime tikiphile who was one of the founders of Forbidden Island
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge
Alameda, CA
in Alameda. Smuggler's Cove specializes in all varieties of rum and rum drinks, with a particular emphasis on historic and exotic cocktails. Cate has attracted some of the top bartender talent in the talent-rich city of San Francisco. Smuggler's Cove regularly appears on the lists of the best bars in the world. It has proven incredibly popular: if you go on a weekend, be prepared to possibly wait in a line for entry.
The decor is a blend of nautical and tiki. The dimly-lit bar spans three floors: the main and lower levels each have their own bars, and an upper half-level is a tiki hut that overlooks the main floor. There is a waterfall between the main floor and the lower floor, with a small pool at the bottom. The construction was led by Ignacio "Notch" Gonzalez, of San Jose's Top Notch Kustoms
Top Notch Kustoms
San Jose, CA
The offerings can be overwhelming in scope: over 500 rums, and more than 75 cocktails. If you're intent on trying as many as possible, consider entering the Rumbustion Society; those who complete the list are rewarded for their efforts.
In September 2016, Martin Cate opened False Idol
False Idol
San Diego, CA
in San Diego.


jackalacka has visited Smuggler's Cove.
May 20, 2018, 8:14 AM
We finally got to SF to visit this bar and loved the decor, drinks and staff but were surrounded by douchy bros and their “oh my gawd” girls screeching so loudly in the basement that we gave up our table to just stand on the main floor.
Eastcoastdoug is a semi-regular at Smuggler's Cove.
March 30, 2018, 4:32 AM
The glass front with a guy sitting on a chair is a sure sign of something but, you’re not sure what????? Take a chance, approach like you know what’s up!!! Show some ID then open a door that leads to a short black curtained tunnel, pass through the dark cloth and you walk into an amazing multi level tiki drenched three level heaven!!! That’s all I can give, a must visit to understand!!
nightonfire has visited Smuggler's Cove.
February 25, 2018, 3:28 PM
Over all an amazing visit, When we first walked in , just blown away. Everything great you have heard of. I have to say my first bartender ( downstairs female) snapped at me when I asked if she had some specialty drink with dark rum and banana that she liked to make "are drinks are on the menu" As a Restaurateur & bartender I was always excited to make something new and have fun; obviously not with her. Anyways flying to SF just to go to Smugglers; not about to ruin my time, so found some drinks, and chilled by the grotto; excellent and delicious. Went upstairs for what was a MUCH friendlier staff, and very conversational at that. Drinks again on point, and crafted as Martin intended. Planning to go back, and also check out Forbidden Island, and all the others up in SF.
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