Bamboo Hut

Bars, Dive bars Jackson Square
Bamboo Hut
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It’s hard to say whether Bamboo Hut is a dive bar that’s transforming into a tiki bar, or a tiki bar that's slowly eroding into another North Beach dive. Either way, it’s raucous, rowdy and often a little dirty. Don’t expect fireworks behind the bar, but if there was ever a place to order a volcano bowl then this is it. The bowls come in either pineapple or strawberry flavors and are meant to be shared between three or four people. Even when shared, they’re exceedingly strong—the flaming pool of 151 in the center should tip you off.  For $20 ($15 during happy hour) the bowls represent one of the best deals in the city, so drink up (note: Bamboo Hut has a famously high tolerance for bad behavior). For those of us who remember when North Beach was full of fun, anything-goes bars like “the Hut”, partying here can be an emotional experience. 

By: Charley Lanyon


Venue name: Bamboo Hut
Address: 479 Broadway
San Francisco

Opening hours: Sat-Tue 7pm-2am; Wed-Fri 5pm-2am
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