Four Things to Know about Mauna Loa Club
At Mauna Loa Club’s half-circle bar, amicable bartenders pour craft and domestic brews from a line of taps while, further in, the sounds of clacking pool balls and arcade games reverberate off weathered wood-paneled walls. Here’s a few tips to keep in mind before your visit to this friendly and unpretentious neighborhood bar.
Credit cards are no good here. Fortunately, there’s an ATM available for patrons who forgot to bring cold, hard cash.
There’s plenty to do besides warm the stools. In addition to watching the big game on TVs above the bar, guests can settle scores at the pool table, or venture further into the cozy confines to play foosball, basketball, arcade games, or Metallica pinball.
There’s more to the building than the bar. Though the bar area dominates the club’s front entrance, guests who delve deeper into the Mauna Loa Club will find a wealth of places to cozy up with a beer or cocktail, from a secluded booth on the side to a small beer garden out back.
There’s no need to be a stranger. The space is long and narrow, which makes it easy to grab a stool next to a stranger and make a new friend or pool partner.
Narrow, wood-paneled and shaped vaguely like a train car, the Buccaneer is Russian Hill's most notorious dive. A shot of Fernet with a beer back is almost obligatory as this pirate-themed watering hole fills up on weekend nights, when Abercrombie-clad twentysomethings from the Polk and the Marina converge to shoot pool, drink Franziskaner watch the Patriots or the Red Sox. A Bostonian spot through and through, the Buc is also dog-friendly, putting out treats and water bowls for furry friends – but your pooch has to play nice with Bullitt, the house black lab, which certainly shouldn’t be a problem, given his affable disposition.
Craving finger food? Head to Cresta's Twenty Two Eleven Club and chow down on classic pub fare.
TVs are also on hand in the bar to keep up with the latest scores.
The bar's popularity is at an all-time high during the week.
If you've got the car, then we've got parking for you.
Cresta's Twenty Two Eleven Club makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Cresta's Twenty Two Eleven Club's menu is decked out with all your pub favorites, so you won't need to worry. There's definitely something for everyone!
In Focus: Route 101
What it is: a cozy Tenderloin dive bar
What regulars like about it: cheap drinks, quick service, and Jager on tap
Best place to take a load off: one of the bar’s couches
Entertainment options: There are two pool tables and a handful of TVs.
If you like entering bars to your own theme music: There’s a jukebox.
Only payment accepted: cash
Visit San Francisco's Kozy Kar Bar for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
Catch the game at Kozy Kar Bar, a local restaurant with TVs.
Dine with fellow dancing machines — the bar is stocked with a lively, open floor.
A relatively loud bar, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Weekend diners, beware! The bar is busiest on Friday and Saturday, so getting seated will take some time.
We're happy to report we have parking available onsite. We'll meet you here.
Travel by bike to Kozy Kar Bar and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Kozy Kar Bar certainly does set the standard for the best barbecue in town.
In Focus: R Bar
Atmosphere: a cheery neighborhood dive
Focus: beer and liqueur
Liqueur of choice: Fernet Branca
Team affiliation: the Oregon Ducks and New York Jets
Soundtrack: provided by jukebox