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
1145 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
BART: Civic Center
MUNI F, J, KT, L, M, N Lines: Civic Center
Opens at noon on Sundays during football season
SoMa, San Francisco –
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.
Young neighborhood loft owners, preppy post-grads, hip cocktail lovers, Downtown office workers, hotel guests, and pre-clubbers, mid-20s to late 30s+.
Jukebox spits out everything from Willie Nelson to indie rock. Pool table. Big Buck Hunter arcade game. Free Wi-Fi.
No food. ATM on site. Happy Hour daily 4–7pm.
Beer $3–$8, wine $7, cocktails $7–$9.
Casual: jeans, t-shirts, vintage wear, polos, khakis, trendier styles on the weekends.
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.
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.