Buccaneer

Dive Bar
Buccaneer The Buccaneer in San Francisco's Russian Hill is a dog-friendly/Boston sports dive with cheap beer & a diverse crowd. Set sail to SF with Party Earth. San Francisco United States 37.796659 -122.422069
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Buccaneer - Dive Bar in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Anchored among a slew of Polk Street bars, the Buccaneer is a tiny watering hole that’s as casual as they come during the week and packed as a powder keg come Fridays. It doesn’t take long for patrons to notice the inspiration... ... read full review

  • Phone:

    415-673-8023

  • Hours:

    M–F, Su 5pm–2am, Sa 1:30pm–2am
    Often opens a couple hours early for Patriots games, call venue for details

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Buccaneer Review

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The Buccaneer in San Francisco's Russian Hill is a dog-friendly/Boston sports dive with cheap beer & a diverse crowd. Set sail to SF with Party Earth.

Anchored among a slew of Polk Street bars, the Buccaneer is a tiny watering hole that’s as casual as they come during the week and packed as a powder keg come Fridays.

It doesn’t take long for patrons to notice the inspiration for the venue’s name, as the walls and ceiling resemble the cabin of a colonial-era pirate ship.

Themes aside, the flat-screen above the bar is more likely tuned to TV Land than Pirates of the Caribbean, although the Buc is also an unofficial New England bar, so Bruins, Sox, Pats, and Celtics fans fare well despite the lack of any obvious sports trappings.

Casual locals drop in after work to catch a game or rehash Adult Swim over $2.50 Happy Hour beers, while low-key college kids with their dogs in tow chill beneath the glow of antique lanterns and admire the vintage memorabilia hung on the opposite wall.

Fog-frozen tourists, meanwhile, huddle around the wood-burning stove in back, as music fans get their rock fix from the jukebox and wannabe felt sharks bust a move on the worn pool table.

Weekends see the preppier Marina crowd piling in as they barhop down Polk – something they do in most bars along this stretch – but Sundays see a quick return to calmer waters.

A cozy port in which to take shelter and grab a pint, the Buccaneer makes it easy to kick back with friends or kick off a rowdy night.

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Tip from Jonah:

There’s no food on this ship, but the captain lets you bring in whatever you like from land.

  • Crowd

    Willie Nelson lookalikes, down-to-Earth young professionals from the nearby Financial District, New England fans, classic rock aficionados, budget-minded boozers, and young Marina barhoppers on weekends, 20s to 50s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    CD-powered jukebox with mostly lesser-known classic rock. Handful of flat-screens tuned to sports, news, TV Land, or whatever else the staff has in mind.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Happy Hour M–F 5–8pm. Dog friendly.

  • Prices

    Beer $3.50+, wine $6, cocktails $5+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to preppy: flannel, white t-shirts, basic jeans, button-downs, J.Crew staples, skirts, a few heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early in the week to relax with some friends over a pint, anytime a New England game is on to catch some Boston fever, or Fridays and Saturdays to join the rowdier Marina barhoppers drinking their way down Polk.

  • Close By

    Red Devil Lounge (1695 Polk Street) offers live hip-hop, rap, funk, indie rock, jazz acts, and more almost every night and serves up notoriously strong Long Islands that get lots of folks out on the dance floor.

Buccaneer User Reviews

Average rating:
Cheaper drinks and dive-y vibe
Katie M. Aug 27, 2013
The Buccaneer is the perfect dive bar to escape to when Bullitt becomes so packed that you can hardly turn around without spilling your $10 drink down someone’s pressed collared shirt. The drinks are cheaper, no matter how crowded it gets it never feels packed, and it’s dark enough not to care who’s there or who’s looking. It’s got the long and thin layout of most Polk Street places with the bar along the right side and a lone pool table in back. While it does get busy on weekends, you can almost always find a stool or two and room for friends to hover around. The crowd ranges from mid-twenties laidback professionals to trench coats with dreadlocks and the occasional gray-haired regular with his dog lounging below his stool. The bartenders are chill and friendly when you are. I like to start my night off at “The Buck” if I’m heading to a crowded club or show later so I can enjoy the relaxed vibe, cheaper drinks, classic rock, and actually hearing my friends when they speak to me.
Good place
Gor G. Jun 8, 2013
I really liked this bar, very chill and friendly atmosphere, they have a pool table in the back if that is your thing. For the first time in my life I was carded twice, once at the door and another time inside the bar. The doorman actually followed me in and asked to see a credit card, such was his disbelief in my magic azn genes. So if you are trying to sneak in with a fake id, this might not be the place for you. My roommate bought me a Greyhound here that tasted like it was 75% vodka which won instant points. We ended up meeting a guy named Cassidy that looks like Jason Schwartzman. After seeing Darjeeling Limited, it was mildly exciting. There are a lot of dudes at this bar, but it's a good vibe, lots of cool people to talk to.
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