SF Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a plethora of tiki bars, many of which are amongst the finest in the nation.

This page covers tiki bars in the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose Metro area, with other nearby destinations in Santa Cruz and Napa listed on the Tiki Travels: Central California page.

Last Update May 2024

Bamboo Hut (1)
479 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

Boo Loo Lounge (2)
2 Orinda Theater Square, Unit 103, Orinda, CA 94563

Dr. Funk (3)
29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose, CA 95110

Forbidden Island (4)
1304 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

Hawaii West (5)
729 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Hula Hoops (6)
2278 Westborough Blvd #203, South San Francisco, CA 94080

The Kon-Tiki (7)
347 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612

Kona Club (8)
4401 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

Last Rites (9)
718 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Luau Lounge (10)
Pier 39, 2 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Pagan Idol (11)
375 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94104

Smuggler’s Cove (12)
650 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Tiki Haven (13)
1334 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Tiki Pete (14)
23 N Market St, San Jose, CA 95113

Tiki Tom’s (15)
1535 Olympic Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Tonga Room (16)
950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Trad’r Sam (17)
6150 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

Trader Vic’s Emeryville (18)
9 Anchor Dr, Emeryville, CA 94608

Trader Vic’s San Jose Airport (19)
1701 Airport Blvd, San Jose, CA 95110

The Zombie Village (20)
441 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102



These are the destinations that every tikiphile needs to experience and your visit to the Bay Area would not be complete without seeing these. These venues are generally the most immersive tiki experiences, known for high quality cocktails and (for some) food.

  • Dr. Funk
  • Forbidden Island
  • The Kon-Tiki
  • Last Rites
  • Pagan Idol
  • Smuggler’s Cove
  • Tiki Tom’s
  • Tonga Room
  • Trader Vic’s Emeryville
  • Zombie Village

Worth a Look

These destinations have something interesting to offer, and are sometimes great for locals and for those tikiphiles looking for “extra credit” destinations. Some are more akin to “neighborhood bars with a tiki theme” and so the cocktails, music, and clientele may be reflective.

  • Bamboo Hut
  • Boo Loo Lounge
  • Hula Hoops
  • Kona Club
  • Luau Lounge
  • Tiki Haven
  • Trad’r Sam
  • Trader Vic’s San Jose Airport

Only for Completists

If you’re one of the crazy people who like to visit every possible tiki bar around, like I am, then here’s the list. These generally are much further away from a tiki theme, or have significantly bad reputations for service and quality.

  • Hawaii West

We Warned You

Don’t blame us if you visit and have a lousy time.

  • Tiki Pete


The Ultimate Mai Tai rating system for Tiki Bars based on the following four criteria:

Drinks: Quality, variety, price, consistency
Ambiance: Decor, immersiveness, seating, special features
Service: Hours, ease of service, friendliness
Tiki Aesthetic: Totems, Polynesian and/or nautical theme, music

  Drinks Ambiance Service Tiki Aesthetic Total
Smuggler’s Cove 10 7 6 10 8.25
Tiki Tom’s 7 8 7 9 7.75
Trader Vic’s Emeryville 7 7 8 9 7.75
Zombie Village 8 9 6 8 7.75
The Tonga Room 5 10 6 8 7.25
Forbidden Island 6 6 7 8 6.75
The Kon-Tiki 8 5 8 5 6.5
Pagan Idol 6 7 5 8 6.5
Dr. Funk 6 6 6 7 6.25
Last Rites 6 9 6 3 6
Hula Hoops 6 5 6 6 5.75
Trader Vic’s San Jose Airport 7 3 6 6 5.5
Boo Loo Lounge 6 5 5 6 5.5
Bamboo Hut 5 5 6 5 5.25
Kona Club 3 7 4 7 5.25
Luau Lounge 3 4 5 5 4.25
Tiki Haven 4 4 5 3 4
Trad’r Sam 2 3 4 4 3.25
Hawaii West 2 1 3 3 2.25
Tiki Pete 2 2 1 2 1.75

A few notes:

  • Kon-Tiki’s frequent playing of Yacht Rock and other retro-rock music hurt it in the last category, though I happen to love their fun vibe.
  • Hula Hoops, Tiki Tom’s, Trader Vic’s, and The Kon-Tiki all got a boost in the service category for their excellent food offerings. 
  • The cocktails at the Tonga Room have improved, but are now priced far above average so hurting the overall rating. We’ve found the cocktails at Last Rites aren’t as good as they used to be. Dr. Funk has had quality control issues with cocktails, and a smaller menu, so their rating is down from in the past.
  • More about our Tiki Bar Rating System

Visitors Guide

Bamboo Hut

Bamboo Hut originally launched in North Beach in 1997 and  re-opened after an extensive renovation including a refreshed approach to cocktails in 2019. This is best characterized as a “dive bar with a tiki theme” but crowds are well-mannered and friendly. The cocktail menu can be hit or miss, and is not quite the complete craft orientation of others in the city. The large tiki head just inside the door dates from the 1940s.

Tiki Head inside Bamboo Hut

Boo Loo Lounge

Located in the sleepy suburban community of Orinda, the Boo Loo Lounge recently opened  next to the landmark Orinda Theater and is just a four minute walk from BART. The venue is small; there’s room for just over 20 inside with additional seating on the patio.  The dark and windowless venue features decor with heavy nods from Creature of the Black Lagoon and nautical/pirates but has a few tikis and some cheeky and fun signage. The namesake cocktail is served in a portion for two people in a pineapple! The space is cozy and fun with a few bar stools, a half booth, and loungy tables, but be aware there’s only one service well so at times the orders can sometimes back up.

Intimate confines at Boo Loo Lounge

Dr. Funk

San Jose finally has a world-class tiki bar with Dr. Funk. Located downtown near San Pedro Square, Dr. Funk features a cohesive medical and tiki theme with interior decor by Notch Gonzalez and Mporium. The cocktails are high quality and we think their Mai Tai is one of the best in the world. There’s plenty of seating inside including  a long bar and seven booths, with a patio space outside as well. Open seven days a week with a formidable food menu available every day.

Cohesive theming at Dr. Funk

Forbidden Island

A seminal location in the resurgence of tiki in the last decade, Forbidden Island originally opened in 2006 and still going strong. There are high quality cocktails and service, with light food options (fryer only) and some great merchandise items for sale. The interior features immersive decor in a neighborhood bar layout, plus a large outdoor patio that’s open during daylight and early evening. Forbidden Island is known for strong hospitality and a large rum selection; the Kill Devil Rum Club is popular with regulars.

Sharing a bowl at Forbidden Island

Hawaii West

One of the most sketchy dive bars you’ll ever encounter. Known for having an unpleasant bartender and borderline hygiene, there are a few tropical drinks served amongst a few tikis. Beware…

Does this look inviting to you?

Hula Hoops

A strong suburban tiki location in the Bay Area, thanks to a small but high-quality cocktail list and innovative food offerings. Live music is available many nights, and the family style layout lends itself to private parties and watching sports on the TVs. Check out the small but immersive tiki room built by Bamboo Ben for a more intimate tiki experience. Features cocktails by local luminaries Doc Parks and Buz Deadwax (try the Buz Tai).

Tiki room at Hula Hoops

The Kon-Tiki

Strong cocktail program, innovative food offerings, and friendly service are the hallmark of this downtown Oakland tiki bar. We’ve loved Kon-Tiki since they opened in 2017. Conveniently located a block from the 12th Street BART station, Kon-Tiki is a fun hangout bar that is large enough to usually guarantee a place to sit. Check out the artwork and signature mug by local artist Woody Miller, and meet Woody and the other “Oakhana” regulars on Wednesday nights. They have a large rum selection and the Kon-Tiki Expedition rum list is popular as well. The music is always groovy and retro, though does lean into Yacht Rock and other genres more than the typical tiki bar (we love this but you might not). The best thing in the entire building is their famous Cheeseburger that everyone says is the best anywhere.

The Kon-Tiki Burger



Kona Club

This neighborhood bar features an incredible interior by Bamboo Ben and is a large space with pool tables and a nicely appointed lounge. The hula girl statue with the swaying hips is a key focal point. Drinks are free-poured and not craft-inspired, and music is more likely to be classic rock than classic tiki. Service often lacks hospitality.

Kona Club

Last Rites

An immersive adventure awaits you at Last Rites. This is themed to a plane crashing in the jungle, including the bar made out of a plane’s fuselage. The menu is designed like a manifest and seems to be covered with blood. Purists will note there aren’t actually any tikis here, but in our opinion the large skull idol serves a similar purpose. But this is otherwise one of the best tiki bars you’ll ever visit. There is a good cocktail program here, including their signature Last Rites cocktail available in a special glass. Join the rum club if you’re a local.

Rock feature at Last Rites

Luau Lounge

When you’re looking for an escape from the tourists on Pier 39, check out this bar in the back of the Players Sports Bar and Arcade. The offerings here have historically been hit or miss, but you can tell from the menu’s nods to Trader Vic and Don the Beachcomber that they are trying. They have a surprisingly large rum collection and some great views of the bay. Music is available some nights and the menu is Hawaiian-leaning bar food.

Luau Lounge

Pagan Idol

Popular with Financial District workers at quitting time, Pagan Idol is a top destination for tikiphiles as well (pro-tip – go on the weekends at opening and it’s a superbly relaxed time). The front room has a nautical theme with some amazing wood and glass features, along with a fish tank and front bar. The back room is themed to a tiki island and features large tikis, another bar, and a couple tiki huts that are available for reservation only. Live music is available some nights, so check their social media for updates. The cocktail list is relatively small and leans towards originals, but they do have a very extensive rum selection. Some of the most highly trained bartenders work here, so asking for something off menu is always okay. Music is always exotica.

Tropical Drinks at Pagan Idol

Smuggler’s Cove

This is the place for high-quality cocktails and an immersive tiki bar experience. The venue is relatively small, so be sure to get there early before opening if you can. There are bars on the main level and in the basement, plus more seating on the upper level. Drinks are all ordered at the bar, which can lead to logjams on crowded nights. Smuggler’s Cove has an extraordinarily large rum collection and their Rumbustion Society rum club is legendary. The cocktails are truly amazing here, and there is a cocktail tasting program too. They offer one of the best Mai Tais anywhere. Every tikiphile needs to visit Smuggler’s Cove.

Immersive Decor at Smuggler’s Cove

Tiki Haven

Friendly and safe neighborhood bar with tiki leanings in the Sunset District. Some cocktails do come in mugs, but you then have to deal with all the neon beer signs and the classic rock playing. Decor is “tacky tiki” and while the Mai Tai is Island-style at least it was pretty decent.

Tiki Haven

Tiki Pete

When it takes more than 45 minutes for your Mai Tai to be delivered

This downtown San Jose restaurant renamed themselves after the owner a couple years ago, while keeping the Hawaiian leaning menu that had previously drawn praise in the press. In theory, the cocktail menu does the right thing, featuring several different kinds of historically accurate Mai Tais. But our drinks haven’t been prepared to spec very well, and we had a nightmare experience where the food orders came out at different times and it took over 45 minutes for our cocktail order to be delivered. Then the owner called us out on social media for being “rude” to our server, before then outing the server as trans! We were definitely “terse” (not rude) with the server, as we think anyone would if it took 45 minutes for cocktails to be delivered.

Dr. Funk is a block away and a thousand percent better, so…

This is the only place we actively discourage people from visiting.

Tiki Tom’s

Tiki Tom’s reopened after their COVID shutdown with a completely refreshed and immersive interior by Bamboo Ben and an overhauled menu that now includes the Ultimate Mai Tai. We’ve found the cocktails and food to be quite good, though prices are a little higher than average. The interior is absolutely gorgeous and music is Hawaiian-leaning exotica, so the mood inside is perfect. Some of the paintings on the walls are screens, so the artwork cycles every few minutes. There’s plenty of room at the bar, in the various cozy booths, or in the lounge section that features a rain/thunder window. There are fun tiki mug displays related to The Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island, The Big Bang Theory, and more, plus two large tiki mug displays.

Eye candy at Tiki Tom’s

Tonga Room

One of the oldest and grandest tiki restaurants still in existence, the Tonga Room is in the basement of the famed Fairmont Hotel. The experience is breathtaking as the large room is filled with tikis, nautical pieces, and a large pool where rain falls regularly. The Hurricane Bar is in a sort of subsection of the room and offers bar bites only at specific tables in the bar (so ask when you arrive). Cocktails were revamped in October 2023 and we think the new cocktail menu is a hit, though they are very expensive. Service in the restaurant is decidedly old-school, with the waiter addressing you formally. We’ve liked our food here, and though it isn’t cheap there are some interesting fusion dishes. There’s a small stage in the pool that floats out around 7 pm when the band plays music that leans toward 60s-80s pop. The band plays fine and we like when the tunes go tropical or lounge, but do note that when the band plays there’s a $15/person cover charge.

Trad’r Sam

Likely the oldest tiki bar still in operation, this neighborhood bar has fallen into disrepair. Best to stick to beer rather than the cocktails that all seem to be the same regardless of what you order. Worth visiting, but be aware of the drink quality and possible clientele issues. The venue shuttered for a few weeks in Fall 2023 due to a family and lease dispute, but the venue has reopened with a refreshed interior.

Trader Vic’s Emeryville

Built under the guiding hand of Trader Vic Bergeron himself, the Emeryville location opened in 1972 and remains the franchise’s flagship location. Still family owned, Trader Vic’s sits on the bay and is famous for sunset views, extensive tikis, and signature food and cocktails. We love this Vic’s location and it’s the place where we had our first really great Mai Tai back in 1997. The visit won’t be cheap but we do think the quality of the food lives up to the price. For the cocktails, these are slightly less of a good deal, but with a wide selection of palatable drinks it’s a great place to take tiki newbies.

Special events are held frequently and the not-to-be-missed Tiki Bazaar comes around a few times a year. Clear your calendar for the annual Mai Tai Day celebration on August 30 (or the nearest Sunday).

If you’re doing the Trader Vic’s history tour, head over to 65th and San Pablo Ave in Oakland to see the vacant lot that used to be the original Trader Vic’s location. Then go over to Mountain View Cemetery (near the Kona Club) and view Victor Bergeron’s final resting place in the Main mausoleum, Garden Terrace, Column 357, Tier 3.

Plenty of Tikis at Trader Vic’s

Trader Vic’s San Jose Airport

We might be biased in saying this, but this might be the best airport bar in the world. Only for those on the inside of security in Terminal B near Gates 22-23. There is a restaurant with a few food selections and bar featuring a very large selection of Trader Vic’s favorites (including the Mai Tai, of course). Cocktails can be ordered to go (but must be consumed before you board the plane). An adjacent Outpost location across the hall features grab’n’go food and Trader Vic’s merchandise. 

Expanded seat at Vic’s SJC

The Zombie Village

Produced by the same bar group that launched Pagan Idol a few years earlier, Zombie Village is a large venue with something to will appeal to any tikiphile. There are extensive tiki art and carvings, and there are special lighting effects that make some of of the art come alive. The cocktail menu among the best you’ll find anywhere. A row of differently sized huts are available for reservation and provide a more intimate experience. There is a smaller second bar upstairs that’s open some nights. Zombie Village isn’t in a great neighborhood, but if you start your walk at nearby Union Square it is better than from any other direction.

The original Tiki Bob location and statue is a couple blocks away at corner of Post and Taylor.

Tiki Huts at Zombie Village