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With three floors of dark corners, pirate memorabilia and a proper indoor waterfall, the decor at Smuggler’s is straight out of an adventure book. The bartenders are true tiki fanatics, and their drinks are expertly crafted, esoteric dives into tiki history. And while it began as a hidden tiki oasis, Smuggler’s Cove has become something of a victim of its own success; today you’ll find the bar perpetually crowded and swarming with scenesters. It can all be very un-tiki. Still, if you have a love for all-things tiki, Smuggler’s Cove can’t be beat. Big drinkers should try the very strong Jet Pilot—the mix of Jamaican and Guyanese rums, lime, grapefruit, cinnamon, herbsaint and a sweet spiced Caribbean syrup known as fulernum goes down all too easily.
650 Gough St
|Cross street:||at McAllister St|
|Transport:||Metro to Van Ness/BART to Civic Center/bus 5, 21, 92|
|Opening hours:||Daily 5pm–2am|
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