Bullitt

Bar / Restaurant
Bullitt 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... San Francisco United States 37.797084 -122.422119
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Bullitt - Bar | Restaurant in San Francisco.
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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

  • Hours:

    M–F 11am–2am, Sa–Su 10am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bullitt Review

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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...

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.

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Tip from Lucas:

Make it to Happy Hour during the week and get a free beer with the purchase of any shot. It’s a perfect addition to a round of Tot-chos!

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    iPod playlist of everything from classic rock to bumpin’ techno. Multiple TVs tuned to local sports, big games, and international tournaments.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to preppy: striped button-downs, polos, dark jeans, fitted sweaters, flats, designer V-necks, plaid shirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    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.

Bullitt User Reviews

Average rating:
Two words... Bottomless Mimosas
Hollie M. Jun 11, 2013
I have gone here a few times for the night scene, but have recently checked out their brunch. Not only was the food more than decent, but the friendly bartenders made sure our glasses were at a constant high. I really enjoyed music and the fact that they had the game playing as well. It's a good location if you want to roam around to other bars as well, which is nice to bring visiting friends. Definitely a place that I will be returning to!
I enjoy this place
Gor G. Jun 8, 2013
I actually enjoy Bullitt the most at around 7PM when I'm hungry for dinner. The food is surprisingly good for a bar and the menu has lots to offer. A variety of proteins for their burgers, as well as big, hearty salads. I actually got a bonus when I ordered a cobb salad with the bacon on the side - I got a few strips of bacon on the side AND crumbled bacon in the salad. Instead of complain about the inability to follow directions, I will just accept it as my good luck. I also love all the options for sides - mac and cheese, sweet potato fries, tatchos, tater tots, french fries...the list goes on, really. I also enjoy their specialty drinks. Affordable and special - these drinks may get you tipsy faster than you think. Although, I must say, the drinks are not always consistent - sometimes they can be a little spicier than others. The one downside is when it does fill up - this place gets really hot and humid, which is disgusting. And, the tables and seats are all really close together, so it gets especially tight in here when it is busy.
TOTCHOS.
Alison B. Apr 17, 2013
Bullitt has totchos (think delicious nachos... but tater tots instead of chips), and Maker's Mark on tap. If that's not your thing, you can drink a 40 out of a brown paper bag and have one of their delicious burgers instead. Do I really need to say anything else to convince you that Bullitt is awesome? It's a casual bar, usually filled with 20-somethings who are looking to have a good time. When it gets too crowded, you can wander off to Shanghai Kelly's or Buccaneer down the street.
I'd take a bullet for the Bullitt's Totchos
Megan H. Apr 4, 2013
The Bullitt is an eccentric combination of marina prep, fun sporty vibes, and savory bar food. It is high energy and loud on the weekends, and an oasis of comfort food during the day. Especially savory are the famous Totchos: everything you love about nachos, with the classic potato tatter-tot at the base. Burgers, grilled cheese, pulled pork sliders and phenomenal happy hour specials draw in a dinner crowd, and home-cooked breakfast (did I mention the bottomless mimosas?) continue the party on the weekends: a combination you cannot ignore. The Bullitt balances "sports bar" with "chic:" it is equal parts pre-game, party and repeat.
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