Kozy Kar

Dive Bar
Kozy Kar It's conceivable that someone could walk into Kozy Kar and never notice the Lite-Brite sign, the waterbeds, the Ford and Chevy truck grilles, the shag-covered benches, the mirrors, the pinball and arcade machines, the back... San Francisco United States 37.7912819 -122.4208106
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Kozy Kar - Dive Bar in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review It’s conceivable that someone could walk into Kozy Kar and never notice the Lite-Brite sign, the waterbeds, the Ford and Chevy truck grilles, the shag-covered benches, the mirrors, the pinball and arcade machines, the... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Tu–W, Sa 7pm–2am, Th–F 3pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Kozy Kar Review

The Scene

It's conceivable that someone could walk into Kozy Kar and never notice the Lite-Brite sign, the waterbeds, the Ford and Chevy truck grilles, the shag-covered benches, the mirrors, the pinball and arcade machines, the back...

It’s conceivable that someone could walk into Kozy Kar and never notice the Lite-Brite sign, the waterbeds, the Ford and Chevy truck grilles, the shag-covered benches, the mirrors, the pinball and arcade machines, the back room with its vinyl van seats, or even the wall-sized sunset beach scene...

...but even the most hard-jonesin’ alkie would notice the tits.

The place is plastered with centerfold spreads, from the shellacked bathroom floors to the bar’s countertop – and not the glammed-up, Photoshopped, modern-day centerfolds either, but classic 70s-era beauties in all their wooly glory.

As much as their Breakfast Club cliques may have hated each other in high school, the patrons at this dive are finally getting along, with hipsters, grunge rockers, gearheads, and horny frat boys alike crowding into the old vans-turned-booths for a turn on the CB radios.

Although most of the crowd is too young to remember the 80s, let alone the 70s, the venue’s old-school vibe doesn’t curtail the long lines of pubescent twenty-something partiers that form outside every Friday and Saturday night.

Regardless their age, however, guests know the good times roll on at Kozy Kar, where Chrome is for fenders, Twittering is for the birds, and the only Bush to worry about is on the bar, under a thick coat of varnish and attached to Miss September 1972.

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Tip from Emma:

Two queen-size waterbeds are hidden away in different corners, perfect for your last-call hookup. Don’t worry about it – you know they’ve been cleaned…at least once.

  • Crowd

    Art students, youthful rock and rollers, blue-collar hipsters, preppy types, and vintage junkies, early 20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Mostly classic 70s and 80s rock and pop tunes with some 90s mixed in. Pinball and arcade games.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Beer $3–$6, wine $3–$7, cocktails $5–$9.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: vintage t-shirts, plaid, leather jackets, patterned tops, zip-up hoodies, sneakers, button-downs.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for the largest crowds of young revelers looking to do the hustle.

  • Close By

    The Wreck Room (1390 California Street) has a ton of games including shuffleboard, Skeeball, darts, pool, and a punching machine.

Kozy Kar User Reviews

Average rating:
Over-the-top Oasis in Nob Hill
Austen F. Aug 8, 2013
This place is all eye candy. Kitsch sits on kitsch, from the retro TVs over the nude centerfolds behind the counter to the shag carpeting covering the bar's two waterbeds. That's right, two waterbeds. Other highlights include a jacuzzi that's been sawed in half, yielding two surprisingly comfy booths in the back. TVs alternate between surreal children's programming and hardcore porn everywhere you look. Even the floor is plastered with nudie mag cutouts. Despite all the bizarre decorations, Kozy Kar maintains a low-key atmosphere, owing to the dim red light, expert bartenders, and reasonable drink prices. The pace is far from slow, though, and on the weekends it's hard to move, especially in the narrow corridor by the bar. Stopping by on weekdays is a pretty good bet, as Kozy Kar is still lively after happy hour. The crowd is mostly Nob Hill's native young professionals, but they're the unbuttoned kind who aren't fazed by a little nudity. Or, you know, a lot. THE VERDICT: If there's a better way to end your night than with a drink on a shag-covered waterbed (ideally with that person you were eying when you walked in), I want to know what it is.
There was a time before the Brazilian wax
Rikki R. Apr 8, 2013
A filthy water bed in the far corner, technology from 1980 sprinkled around the room, and posters of naked woman who could possibly be your mother decorate the walls. What sounds like the set design of a bad porno, is in fact the decor for Kozy Kar bar. The moment you walk in, you feel as if you've time travelled to the 1970s. A young Burt Reynolds runs on the bulky, squared-colored televisions, and every so often a random sex scene appears. The centerfold wallpaper bares women who lived in a time prior to breast implants, and the brazilian wax. Talk about ALL-NATURAL beauties. The bar does get crowded, so show up early. The wait for drinks can get tedious, but the humidity created by the abundance of bodies only enhances the disco porn theme. Talking about Kozy Kar is one thing, but it's also another to experience. So wear your best t-shirt and tight pants, and make a night of sipping a PBR next retro fabulous centerfolds, on top of an overly-used, fringed lined waterbed.
Kozay Kars
Rachel G. Dec 10, 2012
One of the weirdest yet coolest bars I have ever been to. The name of the bar is really what's going on inside. Your bar tables are kozy little kars! A good example of a bar to compare this place to is Butter. I get the same feel when I roll into Kozy Kar like I do when I see the RV's in Butter! But this bar is such a fun place to go with friends because of it's quirky features! The inside is sort of cramped, but I think that has a lot to do with the idea of it being cozy. It bugs me a little, but not much to say it's not a great bar. The bar isn't anything special, but the ambiance is worth the trip over. Fun place for birthdays or parties.
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