Bamboo Hut

Tiki Bar
Bamboo Hut Located right on the border between Downtown and North Beach's seedy heart – an area that's catered to sexual indiscretion since the 1800s – Bamboo Hut is a tropical refuge from the titty bars and porn shops that still populate... San Francisco United States 37.79797 -122.405117
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Bamboo Hut - Tiki Bar in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Located right on the border between Downtown and North Beach's seedy heart – an area that’s catered to sexual indiscretion since the 1800s – Bamboo Hut is a tropical refuge from the titty bars and porn shops that still... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    MUNI F Line: The Embarcadero & Broadway‎

  • Phone:

    415-989-8555

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Tu, Sa–Su 7pm–2am, W–F 5pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bamboo Hut Review

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Located right on the border between Downtown and North Beach's seedy heart – an area that's catered to sexual indiscretion since the 1800s – Bamboo Hut is a tropical refuge from the titty bars and porn shops that still populate...

Located right on the border between Downtown and North Beach's seedy heart – an area that’s catered to sexual indiscretion since the 1800s – Bamboo Hut is a tropical refuge from the titty bars and porn shops that still populate Broadway Street today.

A giant tiki head marks the entrance, but that’s just the beginning of the island décor, which continues with jungle plants, grassy awnings, and walls covered in thatched panels.

Happy Hour specials make the venue one of the cheaper places in this part of town to snag an after-work drink, enticing young Financial District professionals to unwind with a shot, a PBR, and a Giants game, while soft red booths offer space for the groups of party animals and college students who inevitably show up later.

Visitors who don’t like beverages garnished with plastic mermaids and monkeys will be sorely disappointed, but they usually fall in line after guzzling a few flaming volcano bowls and piña coladas served in coconut-shaped mugs.

Outgoing patrons generally not known to keep quietly to themselves get loud, rowdy, and sweaty once fueled by enough rum and pineapples, especially when the DJ or live band draws giggling girls and their tipsy booties to the tiny dance floor.

Uncontaminated by city fog or the sleaze across the street, the anything-goes, hard-partying vibe of the old days lives on at Bamboo Hut.

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Tip from Emma:

DJ nights, live bands, and special events here are a blast, so check Bamboo Hut’s Facebook page for the next event – there’s something scheduled just about every week.

  • Crowd

    Young party types from all over the Bay Area, backpackers from the hostel across the street, after-work young professionals, and anyone in need of an island escape that doesn’t require a boat ride, early 20s to mid-20s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Eclectic playlist of rock, funk, dancehall, and soul that varies more toward hip-hop, pop, and dance tunes later in the night. DJs M, Th–Sa and the occasional live band. Music ranges from country and rock to hip-hop and metal. TVs tuned to major sporting events, movies, and music videos.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No Food. Happy Hour M–Tu, Su 7–10pm, W–F 5–8pm.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $5 F–Sa. Beer $3–$5, beer buckets $12, shots $5–$10, cocktails $5–$10, tiki drinks $8–$20.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: Hawaiian shirts, club wear, polos, jeans, flip-flops, khakis.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Late night Fridays and Saturdays for wall-to-wall twenty-somethings having their first legal drink, second legal drink, third legal…

  • Close By

    Nizario’s Pizza (279 Columbus Avenue) is open until 2am every night, serving up hearty slices to placate the volcano bowl munchies.

Bamboo Hut User Reviews

Average rating:
Great Service
Gloria V. Jun 10, 2013
Friendly and fun guy to have serving you drinks.
Tiki Bar in NB, Great place
Laryn P. Jun 7, 2013
This place has been around forever. I hope it never goes away. I started going there when I was a little 23 year old. It's still the same good ole bar. Bartenders are super friendly (if you've read any other reviews from me, you'll know this is key for me). Literally is a little tiki bar hidden on broadway between the strip joints and newbie clubs. You can find singles, couple, groups anywhere from 20 to 40 (okay, I've only seen a few 40 somethings in there). Mix of locals, tourists, B&T peoples. Go in there, have a volcano / scorpion drink (think 151 in a huge bowl) and get crazy. Great place to start or end up at. Middle of the night, seems to take away from the place.
Slushy lushes this is your mecca
Ariel K. Apr 12, 2013
First of all: one of the previous reviewers said that you can share a Volcano with five people, I’m just wondering how that works? I mean can five heads even reasonably get that close to the bowl without knocking into one another? Also, that is definitely not enough booze for five people drinking in a Tiki themed bar in North Beach. Have I mentioned the strippers yet? If you want to hit on strippers and get sloshed on bowls full of boozy juice, this place is choice. I’ve only been twice but both nights we spotted some definite just got off from work/ just about to go to work strippers, all decked out in their skintight jeans, baby tees, and luscious hair extensions. When the bar isn’t very crowded it feels a little strange to be sitting in a booth guzzling Volcanos, but when there’s a decent sized crowd it feels very appropriate. Very appropriate and very delicious. Be careful though: it’s extremely easy to overdo it when you can hardly tell the difference between your cocktail and a caprisun! Go here late at night to ensure that your friends have to carry you home and watch you vomit all over Broadway, you are guaranteed some epic stories from a night out here.
Tropical Treat!
Julia M. Mar 30, 2013
Love the interior with the hawaiian touch and the drinks! Volcano is a must since you can share with at least 5 people. The pizza place across the street is delicious! Great place for meet-ups and a rest point in between bar hopping. Highly recommended for a great hangout/lounging with spouse and/or friends!
Volcano Bowl: 1. Me: 0
Jayson M. Sep 4, 2012
You either love kitschy island-themed bars or you don’t. There’s no middle ground, the Tiki gods won’t allow it. This was my go to in college. It kind of has to be, because the drinks are so strong I’d be dead if I tried to go there with the same regularity again. The crowd is usually a mix of rowdy young kids, unpretentious boozers, and sorry fatties drowning sorrows endemic to not getting in to the club down the street. Sorry honey, but spandex is a privilege, not a right. It’s a place for big birthday bashes and sharing a mammoth-sized bowl of alcohol, preferably on fire, before one of you tries to do that backflip you haven’t tried in a decade and end up in the hospital. True story. They actually do some pretty stellar martinis here too, believe it or not. No, wait, that was the place we stumble to afterwards…I think.
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