15 Romolo

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15 Romolo Only halfway up a small alley but worlds away from the neighboring North Beach strip clubs, 15 Romolo – inside the extended-stay Basque Hotel – is a hard-to-find bar that entices crowds with intricately crafted cocktails and... San Francisco United States 37.798182 -122.406347
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15 Romolo - Bar | Restaurant in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Only halfway up a small alley but worlds away from the neighboring North Beach strip clubs, 15 Romolo – inside the extended-stay Basque Hotel – is a hard-to-find bar that entices crowds with intricately crafted cocktails... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    MUNI F Line: The Embarcadero & Broadway‎

  • Phone:

    415-398-1359

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  • Hours:

    M–F 5pm–2am, Sa–Su 11:30am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth 15 Romolo Review

The Scene

Only halfway up a small alley but worlds away from the neighboring North Beach strip clubs, 15 Romolo – inside the extended-stay Basque Hotel – is a hard-to-find bar that entices crowds with intricately crafted cocktails and...

Only halfway up a small alley but worlds away from the neighboring North Beach strip clubs, 15 Romolo – inside the extended-stay Basque Hotel – is a hard-to-find bar that entices crowds with intricately crafted cocktails and a hipster vibe not exactly prevalent in this touristy part of town.

A dark saloon décor forms a stylish backdrop for the flannel-chic clientele that stops in to socialize and sip rounds of specialty drinks that actually take minutes – not seconds – to devise, and many patrons cluster around the warmly lit bar just to witness a concoction’s creation.

Latticed wall fixtures and subtle lamps cast soft light over the lovey-dovey couples cozying up on the old-fashioned leather banquettes, as girls in flowing tops join packs of mustachioed men in the high-backed booths for small plates like brisket sliders.

On quieter weekday nights, an easygoing casual crowd chats up the barkeeps over Pimm’s cups and bite-sized burgers, while Fridays and Saturdays often see a shoulder-to-shoulder scene of cocktail connoisseurs engaged in clamorous conversation or deep critiques of the latest tracks blasting from the retro jukebox.

15 Romolo is both the name and address of this artisanal hideaway; a hip underground haunt that can be hard for it’s cool cat patrons to find – and ever harder to leave.

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Tip from Emma:

If nothing on the menu suits your fancy, all of the bartenders have extensive mixology backgrounds and can create a new drink for you…though it’s hard to ignore a freshly made Pimm’s cup.

  • Crowd

    Hipster guys, talkative girls, casual punks, mixology fans, and lost strip clubbers, early 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox featuring classic and indie rock, folk music, and upbeat alternative tunes. Photo booth.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Dinner menu featuring contemporary American fare including brisket sliders, burgers, and other small plates. Weekend brunch options include French toast and buttermilk biscuit plates. Food served daily until 1:30am. Happy Hour daily 5–7:30pm.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $5–$9 (with free amuse-bouche waffle shot), small plates $5–$8. Beer $3–$9, wine $7–$9/glass or $22–$42/bottle, cocktails $10, sangria $9/glass or $32/pitcher, brunch punch $4. Photo booth $5. Jukebox $2–$5.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: bowler hats and beards to Urban Outfitters and heels, trending toward comfortable and casual chic.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday through Saturday nights after 9pm for a packed crowd of stylish (or style-free) twenty-somethings, and weeknights and Sundays for a much calmer vibe.

  • Close By

    Vesuvio (255 Columbus Ave) is an historic bar where writers, artists, and beatniks like Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady used to hang out.

15 Romolo User Reviews

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Food
Sylvano A. Jul 14, 2013
I simply love Hy's. Their food is amazing and their servers always impress. I never leave there feeling disappointed. I always get the filet and sometimes add the lobster, sometimes not. Their halibat special in the summer is delicious! Go for the cheese bread and the french onion soup too. it's very dark inside and for some people wouldn't be great ambiance. Parking is hard too, but if you love a good steak, go here.
Amazing, Great Time, Drinks
Laryn P. Jun 7, 2013
I don't say this about many bars as I've been there done that. Living in SF for over 11 years and growing up in the bay area, I've been almost every place imaginable. Love this place ! Everytime the location gets me. It's up an alley, and every time I go down the wrong one first. I hate to write about this place, because it's such a great locals place. I guess us locals need to make some room for others. :) Great lounge, old time bar. Huge bar at that, in a nice L shape where there are plentiful seating at bar. Plus tables. (very important so you aren't standing the entire time). The bartenders are great at making drinks, not so great w/ the personality. I judge upon the faces of the bars = bartenders. The people in there change w/ the times of the weeks. I'm usually in there Fri or Sat nights. One night it can be some bachelor parties, with some locals from other neighborhoods, then other nights it can be just some hipster techies. Then, throw in some 20 and 30 somethings, you've got a good bar scene. Great singles scene, but not obnoxious. Great just go to talk and hang out w/ your buddies with some energy. i.e. not completely boring place. Good tunes. Good peeps. Good drinks. And, sometimes you might check out a chick in a bet w/ a bachelor party crew of who is daring enough to take off their shirt or pants. I won ! Never know what you might find. Go, you won't regret it.
Great Food, Cocktails, And Crowd!
Katia R. Oct 29, 2012
15 Romolo is a small, speak easy-esque venue, just off Broadway, in North Beach. It is in a little alley but don't let it's smaller size venue and location deter you, this place is consistently crowded. From happy hours on Thursday to partying on Saturday to brunch on Sunday, this place is always happening and has some great dishes. The cocktails are unique to the point where they can make you your own custom drink as long as you tell them what alcohol to use and whether you want something sweet, sour, or fruity. There isn't really any dancing going on thought so if you're looking for a place to hang out and talk...this is it!
Best Pimm's in town
Jayson M. Aug 12, 2012
If you're a fan of Pimm's cups, this is where to go. Of course, the "secret" is long out on this place, and it can get ridiculously busy on weekends. But if you want to escape the more traditional North Beach party scene (strip clubs and fruity frat havens), this place is close to perfect. Love the bartenders here, super chill dudes who know what they are doing. They sometimes run out of waffle shots (don't ask, just try) and the food is top notch. Just know this is a place for slow-boozing, I've suffered waits upwards of 30 minutes for a drink on a busy night....but it's always worth it.
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