The Tonga Room

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SUNDAY, WEDNESDAY - THURSDAY: 5 P.M. - 11:30 P.M. | FRIDAY - SATURDAY: 5 P.M. - 12:30 A.M. | CLOSED MONDAY - TUESDAY
415.772.5278 | WEBSITE

Descending into the Tonga Room, housed in the lower level of the stately Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill, feels simultaneously like entering another world and time period. From the dangerously sweet tiki cocktails to the periodic indoor “rainstorms,” the Tonga Room is all kitsch, all the time. Drinks are more balanced than you’d expect, though beware the shareable punch bowls. Try to score a seat by the indoor swimming pool from which the Island Groove Band, playing on a raft, will serenade you with Golden Oldies. You’ll probably take to the dance floor after the third round of drinks.

Known For
  • tiki
  • dancing
  • live music
  • lots of rum
  • full menu
  • historic
What to drink
The Smuggler’s Golden Punch Bowl, Pineapple Royale, Singapore Sling and, a true tropical staple, the Mai Tai.
Neighborhood
Nob Hill
ProTip
The band plays Thursday to Sunday, and starts around 8 p.m. (expect to pay a $5-7 cover charge). The Tonga Room is host to special events, including DJ sets from chef Hubert Keller.