Party Earth Review It may get cold and damp on the city’s west side, especially way out in outer Richmond, but it always smells like sun-drenched pineapples and rum at Trad’r Sam, a tiki-themed dive that’s been serving up big bowls of sugary... ... read full review
6150 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94121
The Richmond, San Francisco –
It may get cold and damp on the city’s west side, especially way out in outer Richmond, but it always smells like sun-drenched pineapples and rum at Trad’r Sam, a tiki-themed dive that’s been serving up big bowls of sugary sweet drinks to a party-happy young crowd since the 1930s.
Surfboards, palm fronds, life preservers, and a stuffed parrot form the backdrop for the round bar that acts as focal point in the single-room venue, while bamboo booths provide ample space for the working-class locals who drop in during the week to catch a game or land a few summer cocktails.
Come the weekend – which apparently starts on Thursday in the tiki universe – the bar is packed to the gills with everyone from frat boys and newly minted twenty-one-year-olds to unapologetic cougars hell bent on guzzling slushies until they hit the sticky floor.
Folks who have wandered in out of the cold are quickly inducted into the rum lover’s scene through heavy-handed favorites like the Scorpion Bowl or the Zombie, though the loud whir of blenders is easily drowned out by the clamorous conversation and the focus on flirting.
Trad’r Sam’s fun-loving patrons know full well they’ll be feeling it in the morning, yet like a school of sand crabs, they keep crawling back, thirsty for more.
Frat boys, blue-collar types, party girls, young tourists, and a good sampling of young-at-heart older folks, early 20s to late 30s.
Jukebox with a wide selection of tunes. TVs tuned mostly to sports.
Snack food like chips and peanuts. Cash only. ATM on site.
Snacks $1. Beer $3.25–$4.50, cocktails $4–$7, Scorpion Bowls and other shared drinks $14–$16. Jukebox $1/two songs.
Anything goes: polos, khakis, sexy skirts, vintage duds.
Thursdays through Saturdays for a packed and rowdy scene that runs all night, or earlier in the week for a mellower vibe and more space to attack that Scorpion Bowl.
Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant (5929 Geary Boulevard) offers a full restaurant and a lengthy tequila menu, including margaritas and some of the rarest sipping tequilas in town.