Take the train to these tropical tiki taverns

Photo courtesy of Pagan Idol’s website.
 
Sometimes you just want to see a little paper umbrella floating atop your drink. Or maybe a blue flame dancing on rum-tinged flavors. Because you can’t always jet off to da islands, local tiki bars bring the fruity comforts of da islands to you.
 
Bartenders peeling, dicing and dealing citrus amidst those infamous volcano bowls for group gatherings, or singular concoctions for solo sipping, have got your untanned city back covered when it comes to flower-laden cocktails that make you feel like you’re lounging on the beach. You might not be floating on water, but these BARTable SF tiki bars will have you feeling like it by the end of the night.
 
Pagan Idol

Enter an alternate world of tiki huts, a fog machine, aquarium and endless party decorations dangling from the ceiling for a tropical Mardi Gras-like feast for the senses.

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Pagan Idol

Montgomery St. (SF)
Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

The Polynesian-fusion cuisine, cocktails, live dancing and music have kept this place an SF institution since the 1940s.

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Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

Powell St. (SF)
Smuggler’s Cove

Feel like you’re in the Caribbean where rum endlessly flows and the purple flowers adorn more than few drinks at this three-level tiki bar.

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Smuggler’s Cove

Civic Center/UN Plaza (SF)
Holy Mountain

More subdued than the typical tiki bar, enter this discreet, divey-yet-tasteful bar for a menu of drinks that do the tropical trick.

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Holy Mountain

16th St. Mission (SF)

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