Thursday, October 2, 2014

First Visit to Smuggler's Cove.

     When you talk about Rum and Tiki Bars in the United States, there is nothing to compare with Martin Care's Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco.  I finally had the opportunity to stop by his place and I was not disappointed.  Unfortunately Martin had an appointment and was not able to be there, but my first impression of the place was one of awe.   The three story bar from the out side is easy to miss, but once you get inside the door and see all of the decorations and memorabilia you won't ever forget the place.

     The huge selection of rums and the eclectic collection of unique artifacts make the place come alive in the true tiki tradition.  Located on  Gough Street in San Francisco, and very hard to find, the sigh on the door is the only that you see as you drive down the street.  I had to park my rental car and walk down the street and still almost missed it.
   The decorations will draw you back again and again.   Every where you look there is a series of unique and fun decorations that will blow your mind.  The place is located at 350 Gough Street in San Francisco.  This is one of the don't miss places in San Francisco.

     The visit was a very short one, but I was really impressed with the vibe and the decor of this iconic place just a couple of blocks from the Civic Center in San Francisco.   If you get some time to spend in San Francisco, this is a place you don't want to miss.  It is one of the best rum bars in the world as well as a fantastic tiki bar.  Martin Cates is a fellow rum judge and a good friend, so if you have some time to burn in San Francisco, you need to visit Martin's establishment.