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If you’re still hanging on to that last bit of summer, and want one final escape for the season, San Francisco is the place to be. Yes, the city is notorious for its ever-changing weather and frequent appearances by Karl the Fog, but according to U.S. News, September is the warmest month in San Francisco.

With a reported average temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and a very slim chance of rain on the ninth month of the year, September is definitely the best time of year to visit. To keep that summer vibe going, you can even visit one — or all — of San Francisco’s tiki bars! Introducing VacationRenter’s complete guide to our favorite tiki bars in the city, in case you ever wanted to plan your own tiki bar crawl.

Pagan Idol

Starting with Pagal Idol on the outskirts of the Financial District, and just walking distance from Union Square, this tiki bar shares the same intimate ambiance as Disneyland’s Tiki Room, but with liquor involved. Once you start to hear the occasional thunder rumbling, lights flickering inside, and volcano erupting in the back, you’ll know exactly what we mean about its resemblance to Disney’s world-renowned tropical attraction.

Their cocktail menu upholds the tiki theme with drink names like Pineapple Express, Flex on the Beach, and Bird of Paradise. Plus, their $30 punch bowls literally pack a punch with a generous serving of rum. The knowledgable mixologists at either of the two bar stations can help you find the right drink for your taste buds!

Pagan Idol Hours
Monday to Friday: 4pm to 2am
Saturday: 6pm to 2am
Sunday: Closed

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

Heading west towards the Nob Hill neighborhood, you’ll find Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar on the terrace level of the Fairmont Hotel. Established in 1945, the Tonga Room was once a space for a 75-foot indoor swimming pool before being converted into the Polynesian paradise that it is today. Upon entry, you’ll notice that the swimming pool is still very much intact, serving as a lagoon in the middle of the bar. If you get lucky, you’ll also be welcomed by a live band, setting the stage for a carefree evening.

 

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Pop in for happy hour on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 5pm to 7pm to witness one of the oldest tiki bars in the city. Kids are welcome for dinner too, and we’re sure they’d have an enjoyable experience in this tropical escape. All ages are welcome to visit between the hours of 5pm and 10pm, but the bar is only open to adults 21 and over after 10pm.

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar Hours
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday & Thursday: 5pm to 11:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5pm to 12:30am
Sunday: 5pm to 11:30pm

Zombie Village

The latest addition to San Francisco’s collection of tiki bars is Zombie Village, found on the cross streets of Jones and O’Farrell. The bar is separated into four areas: the main cocktail area with twinkling stars overhead, a second bar called “Doc’s Voodoo Lounge,” a candlelit cave tucked away in the back, and a downstairs section with private tiki huts available for reservation.

 

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This up and coming tiki bar serves a wide variety of refreshing cocktails, in addition to an extensive rum selection — because in case you didn’t know, islanders love their rum! Since the space is less than a year old, it’s definitely worth checking out before word gets out and the crowds roll in.

Zombie Village Hours
Monday to Friday: 5pm to 2am
Saturday: 6pm to 2am
Sunday: Closed
 

Smuggler’s Cove

Smack dab on the border of the Fillmore District and the Civic Center neighborhood, Smuggler’s Cove celebrates ten years of tiki love. Over the years, Smuggler’s Cove has received an extraordinary amount of recognition, including earning the title of one of the World’s 50 Best Bars for six consecutive years since 2011. The cocktail menu boasts over 80 different recipes, and they pride themselves with an exclusive rum club called The Rumbustion Society.

 

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This bar is such a hit, that it even has its own book called Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki. See what all the fuss is about during happy hour, which runs every day between 5pm and 6pm. What are the happy hour specials, you ask? $2 off to every cocktail imaginable on the menu!

Smuggler’s Cove Hours
Monday to Sunday: 5pm to 1:15am

Last Rites

Leaving San Francisco’s downtown proper and approaching the Duboce Triangle, you’ll find Last Rites on 14th Street. A little less of a tiki bar, and more of a tropical jungle pub, the dimly lit interior resembles an abandoned plane that crashed on an island — fully equipped with airplane seats, skulls everywhere, and copious amounts of plants seemingly taking over the ceiling.

 

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Although there are no physical tikis present, Last Rites definitely earns a spot on the tiki bar crawl map for its tasty tropical cocktails and remarkable attention to detail for having in-theme decor. You can even pretend that the airplane crashed on what was once a tiki island, and it would all make sense.

Last Rites Hours
Monday to Sunday: 5pm to 2am

Trad’r Sam

Traveling to the complete opposite end of the city, in the middle of the Richmond District, you can find your way to Trad’r Sam. Unlike the other bars mentioned above, Trad’r Sam is a no-frills dive bar with a laid back energy. If we’re going to get technical, and pretend we actually found a local bar on a tropical island, this would be it. It’s a true neighborhood gem in the suburbs of the city.

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Are you ready for the best part? Every single drink on their menu is less than $10. Let’s be real — delicious cocktails for less than $10 in San Francisco sound like a myth nowadays, but Trad’r Sam’s secret hideaway is the real deal. The only downside is that the bar is cash only, but for the unbelievable price of these drinks in SF, and keeping in mind that this is what it would be like at a local bar on a tropical island, there’s not much to complain about.

Trad’r Sam Hours
Monday to Sunday: 9am to 2am

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