Summer’s end is around the bend and many of us are headed into another cold winter. Those who live in the colder areas of the world may be looking for a nice and relaxing place to kick back before the cold rain and snow starts.
Look no further- San Fransisco not only has a nice temperature during fall, but also, an awesome nightlife scene. According to U.S. News, September is actually the warmest month in San Francisco. The cultured and diverse city has a ton to offer with an exceptional nightlife scene. Finding a great, central place to stay has never been easier.
News flash: You don’t have to be on the Islands of Hawaii to hit an authentic and exciting Tiki Bar.
Whether you are looking to sip on a delicious Mai Tai, or looking to dip your toes in a sandy bar, Vacation Renter has you covered and SF is the place for you! Before the party starts, we need somewhere to leave our stuff and (maybe) sleep. If you have visited San Francisco, you’ll know, the hills are pretty intimidating.
Top Picks for a Tiki Bar Crawl
Now that we found an awesome place to stay in, let’s get this party started. Let’s find that SF tiki bar for you!
First things first, head over to Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar as fast as you can.
What to Drink
The Jungle Bird: This crafty, bitter & sweet mixture is actually something to write home about. The craft cocktail is simple but packs a punch by containing Blackstrap Rum, Italian Aperitif, pineapple, and lime.
What to Eat
Our favorite dishes that stay directly on theme, are the Tonga Pupu Platter (Fried veggie egg rolls, tuna poke tostadas, garlic chicken wings and seasoned spam) and the super tasty Mushroom Fried Rice.
This exciting Drinkery is located in the Fairmont Hotel at 950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108, and is open for business Thursday- Sunday. The bar also has a great selection of mocktails for those who don’t drink alcohol.
Do not miss this place! Situated on the cross streets of Jones and O’Farrell, the bar is separated into four areas and features a private event room. This authentic drinkery features over 250 four-star reviews on Yelp and is known as one of the most authentic Tiki Bars in San Francisco.
What to Drink
Bird of Paradise: This crafty cocktail contains cachaca, mezcal, passionfruit, lemon, vanilla, passionfruit, whip, and passionfruit whip. The awesome blend and high-quality liquid ingredients pack a mean punch and the drink is well worth the price.
Pain Killer: This strong cocktail is simply made of dark rum, orange, pineapple, and coconut. The delicious citrus blends and compliments the flavor of coconut and dark rum which results in a perfectly crafted drink that will make you feel like your toes are in the sand.
What to Eat
No food is served at this bar, and it may be hard to find a table at some points over the weekend. The bar also offers an option to book a private event room for parties and get-togethers!
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.
What to Drink
First things first, order the book that features recipes to all of their awesome mixtures. Second, check out our recommendations.
The Fog Cutter: This drink is an absolute must. The delicious, bold, and fruity mixture contains rum, pisco, gin, orange, lemon, homemade orgeat, and oloroso sherry. This is hands down one of our favorite tropical drinks of all time.
Kona Cocktail: We love the fruity, toothy vibe of this yummy sweet drink which consists of rum, muddled pineapple, fresh lime, passion fruit, and honey.
The bar serves soup (delicious), is open 6 days a week, and opens at 5 pm. Smugglers Cove also delivers. We recommend taking public transportation or rideshare as parking in this area is pretty hard to find.
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.
What to Drink
Everything. Here. Is. Delicious. But if you must pick, check out one of these:
La Catrina: Soak in the vibe with this Mexican inspired cocktail. Taste the Mexican rum & Joven blends, match perfectly with seasonal fruit grenadine, lime, feijoa, a homemade habanero tincture, and aromatic cacao bitters. We feel like we are hanging out on the Lost set already.
Slim Pickens: Trust us and order this. We are obsessed with the house secret Jamaican rum blend, summer fassionola granada-vallet, rhubarb, cinnamon syrup, absinthe, allspice, and dragon fruit. This wild concoction only costs $14.
Open Tuesday thru Saturday starting at 5pm, no food, strong drinks, usually a wait on weekends, so arrive early.
Li Po Cocktail Lounge
With so many options, for so many tropical style establishments, it’s hard to pick. When it comes down to the winner, our favorite Tiki Style in San Francisco cocktail is actually in Chinatown.
Head on over to the Li Po Cocktail Lounge for a Chinese Mai Tai that is out of this world. The bar, located in the heart of Chinatown at 916 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108 was featured by Anthony Bourdain on the Travel Channel. Li Po Cocktail Lounge, is a definite staple when it comes to fusion mixology as the lounge opened in 1937.
What to Drink
Without a doubt, the Chinese Mai Tai is a must! The secret recipe is famous and widely known by locals around the city.
This classic Asain SF Tiki Bar is open 7 days a week. Bring a sense of humor because the bartenders are a riot.
The SF Tiki Bar Crawl Begins!
Now that we are ready to soak in what this awesome city has to offer. Let’s get this bar crawl started!
Remember, Uber & Lyft are readily available, and public transportation is very well equipped to get you where you need to go. For other awesome and informative articles about San Francisco, check out our blog. Plan your final summer escape to San Francisco with VacationRenter now!
Where should I stay?
San Francisco is an action-packed, major city that stretches seven square miles. It’s pretty easy to get around and the public transportation BART system is very advanced.
Foodies: If you are into the food scene, SoMa (South of Market) is a must. With endless authentic restaurants, any foodie will be in heaven.
Pro tip: splurging on the tasting menu at Birdsong is absolutely worth it. The BBQ Carrot is out of this world.
LGBTQ+: The Castro District is a great place for anyone to visit but is an exceptionally great location for anyone involved in the LBTQ+ community. The rich history in the 415 area code has many locations that commemorate the LGBT history including Pink Triangle Park and Rainbow Walk.
Check out awesome places to stay in this area here.
Life is hard, man. But finding a rental in Haight-Ashbury is not. Grateful Dead, Hippy Hill, Legalized dispensaries, you name it. Have a cup of coffee, head to Golden Gate Park, and enjoy the vibe!
Catch live music, rent a bike while soaking in the peace and love vibe of this historic neighborhood. San Francisco has a place for everyone. Whether you are hanging out at the Fisherman’s Wharf, hearing sea lions by Pier 39, or taking in the Jazz in the Western Addition.
If you are visiting San Francisco for the first time, check out our awesome article about everything you need to know about visiting The Golden City.