Bloodhound

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Bloodhound There's no shortage of dance clubs and gritty dives in the SoMa district, but Bloodhound – at least by last count – is the area's only hunting lodge. San Francisco United States 37.775825 -122.408847
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Party Earth Review There’s no shortage of dance clubs and gritty dives in the SoMa district, but Bloodhound – at least by last count – is the area’s only hunting lodge. Tucked beneath a budget hotel, the simple venue could easily be missed... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    BART: Civic Center
    MUNI F, J, KT, L, M, N Lines: Civic Center

  • Phone:

    415-863-2840

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  • Hours:

    Daily 4pm–2am
    Opens at noon on Sundays during football season

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bloodhound Review

The Scene

There's no shortage of dance clubs and gritty dives in the SoMa district, but Bloodhound – at least by last count – is the area's only hunting lodge.

There’s no shortage of dance clubs and gritty dives in the SoMa district, but Bloodhound – at least by last count – is the area’s only hunting lodge. Tucked beneath a budget hotel, the simple venue could easily be missed by inattentive passersby, but inside, the place looks like a barn and a speakeasy gave birth to a rec room.

Despite the wild taxidermy glaring from down from perched corners, early evening hours are tame as a mix of office types and hip SoMa loft owners gather around high-top tables or lounge on leather sofas.

Mood lighting from the antler chandeliers set into the reclaimed wooden walls and exposed bulbs over the old bar create a relaxed atmosphere, marred only by the occasional burst of gunshots from patrons playing Big Buck Hunter by the pool table in back.

Despite the testosterone-heavy implications of its name and the eerie flock of blackbirds painted on the ceiling, Bloodhound’s signature drinks trend on the fruity side, with orange bitters, Campari, and grenadine all featured prominently on the menu. Plenty of obscure beers and good ol’ Bud are on hand too, much to the relief of the young pre-clubbers and preppy post-grads who tend to dominate the scene on Friday and Saturday nights.

Whether for pounding punch or playing pool, chasing tail or shooting it, Bloodhound is a country bar that city folk will wish they grew up with.

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Tip from Lucas:

Getting hungry? Be on the lookout for the girl dressed as Alice in Wonderland – she’s known to pop in selling cookies. They won’t turn you into a giant or make you super small, but they’re damn tasty.

  • Crowd

    Young neighborhood loft owners, preppy post-grads, hip cocktail lovers, Downtown office workers, hotel guests, and pre-clubbers, mid-20s to late 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox spits out everything from Willie Nelson to indie rock. Pool table. Big Buck Hunter arcade game. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. ATM on site. Happy Hour daily 4–7pm.

  • Prices

    Beer $3–$8, wine $7, cocktails $7–$9.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, vintage wear, polos, khakis, trendier styles on the weekends.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early in the week to hang with the hipsters and casual cocktailers, or Friday and Saturday nights to get rowdy with a younger, preppier crowd.

  • Close By

    Butter (354 11th Street) has a similar hipster-to-frat star transition throughout the week, features some of the cheapest drinks in the area, and offers deep-fried fare like Twinkies and tater tots.

Bloodhound User Reviews

Average rating:
Taxidermy, Whiskey and Beats -- Oh My!
Rachel K. Apr 16, 2013
Folsom can be a quiet street from the outside. But head into one of its bars like Bloodhound, and you'll see the real meat and potatoes of SoMa. As I waited for my favorite whiskey drink, I noticed that the lighting was quite dim, the deer heads nailed high on the walls, and the unfinished wood floors, I thought, "I could stay here awhile." And stay there I did. All night, my friend and I wallowed over boys in the corner, enjoying drink after carefully handcrafted drink. we found Bloodhound to be inviting but not too loud, dark but not pitch black, and fun, but not too wild.
Favorite SF Bar
Bethany G. Apr 8, 2013
By far, Bloodhound is my favorite bar in San Francisco. Their craft cocktails are superb. I suggest either the Bloodhound No. 1, a delicious concoction of vodka, Campari, and grapefruit, or the bourbon-based Ward 8 that they mix with house-made grenadine. The beer list includes Belgians, local favorites, and even more obscure brews like Old Speckled Hen.
Bloody Souls
Rachel G. Nov 7, 2012
THIS IS THE BEST BAR AROUND. This is my go to bar on any average day. The style of this place is fantastic. Named Bloodhound, the decor is a hunting lounge decked out in wood with vintage knives and guns along the walls. You can also find taxidermy hiding around the bar as well as a shooting game next to the pool table. Often pouring some amazing beers, the beer taps are one of the best things about this bar.
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