Party Earth Review Named after the 60s-era Steve McQueen flick, Bullitt combines the modern design of a contemporary cocktail lounge with the comfort food of an upscale diner – though despite the moniker, there are no posters of McQueen... ... read full review
2209 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
M–F 11am–2am, Sa–Su 10am–2am
Russian Hill, San Francisco –
Named after the 60s-era Steve McQueen flick, Bullitt combines the modern design of a contemporary cocktail lounge with the comfort food of an upscale diner – though despite the moniker, there are no posters of McQueen on the bare polished walls.
During the day the venue caters to a crowd of social thirty-somethings who congregate around the handful of exotic hardwood tables set beneath sleek hanging lamps with frothy rounds of Hoegaarden.
Sports on the flat-screens fetch hot wing-loving Niners fans from the neighborhood’s more dedicated sports bars, while Fernet-Branca and Maker’s Mark on tap attract mixology snobs hankering for their favorite obscure cocktail.
Across the spectrum, Polk Street’s hard partiers and fratty Marina types come in search of forties of Old English – served in a paper bag with a condom – and pile in toward the end of the week as they make the rounds down Polk’s myriad watering holes.
Bullitt's popular Tot-chos – tater tots topped with cheese and guacamole – keep everyone’s beer munchies in check, while more refined fare like pulled pork sliders and sprouts mesh with the high-class-meets-lowbrow atmosphere.
Bottomless mimosas make the bar a popular weekend destination, with an equally diverse crowd proving champagne and orange juice just might be the secret to world peace.
In an area of the city where cosmopolitan joints share the block with gritty dives, Bullitt straddles the line between classy and crass – and makes macaroni and cheese a perfectly acceptable date-night dinner.
Frat boys, sorority girls, and a preppy party-happy young crowd on the weekends, and well-to-do hipsters and gainfully employed yuppies during the week, mid-20s to late 30s.
iPod playlist of everything from classic rock to bumpin’ techno. Multiple TVs tuned to local sports, big games, and international tournaments.
Standard pub grub with an upscale twist, including macaroni and cheese, tater tots, and sliders, served until 1:30am. Brunch menu includes breakfast-style burritos, chicken and waffles, and egg dishes. Upstairs private party room with private bartender, music, and TV available for rental.
Both Bullitt and sister bar Tonic provide a free taxi service to the bar from anywhere in the city F–Sa 8pm–1am. Call or text 415-830-7679 for a ride; tipping driver strongly recommended. Happy Hour M–F 11am–7pm.
Brunch menu $4–$10, appetizers and pub grub $6–$10, entrées $9–$13, fried Ho Hos $6.
Beer $4–$5.50, wine $8–$11, shots and cocktails $6–$11, Fernet and Maker’s on tap $7–$8, 40-ounce of Old English with condom $9, flaming scorpion bowl $22, bottomless mimosas $15, weekends only. Private party room rental $100 with no minimum bar requirement.
Casual to preppy: striped button-downs, polos, dark jeans, fitted sweaters, flats, designer V-necks, plaid shirts.
Early in the week to relax with a cocktail, Fridays and Saturdays for a late-night grub fix and a packed house, or Sundays for the bottomless brunch.
A number of bars along this stretch of Polk Street witness a similar transformation throughout the week, including Cresta’s Twenty Two Eleven Club (2211 Polk Street), a relaxed dive with a solid cocktail list that gets equally rowdy on Friday and Saturday nights.