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Li Po Cocktail Lounge

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Address: 916 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108-1302
14:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 14:00 - 02:00

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Cool dive bar in China Town

Dimly lit dive bar seen by Anthony B on his San Francisco layover. The Mai Tai packs a bunch, the Budda Beer cold and tasty. Locals and a few tourists enjoy this bar. A good... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rob S
Langley City, Canada
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Langley City, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dimly lit dive bar seen by Anthony B on his San Francisco layover. The Mai Tai packs a bunch, the Budda Beer cold and tasty. Locals and a few tourists enjoy this bar. A good place to get local views on where to go, what to see and where to eat and drink.

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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Mai Tai was suggested by a friend and it was great. Small little vintage bar in Chinatown. Highly recommended.

Thank Don J
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Our friend recommended this place for a Mai Tai while we were in town. We liked it. Not your run of the mill bar, but more a loval dive bar in China Town. The Mai Tai was $11, but what the heck, why not? Tasted good. Family owned and run and we loved it.

Thank Lily A
New York City, New York
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878 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 346 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Shockingly, an older gentleman serves as the only bartender is this very cool bar in Chinatown. Known for his killer Mai Tai's somehow this gentleman serves everyone in the bar semi efficiently. Good drinks. Cash only! Smart man!!!

Thank Sockster
Dayton, OH
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Good Service, excellent bar tender on super busy Chinese New Year night. Do research on the history of the place. Cheers

Thank DAYMark
Huntington Beach, California
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Historical establishment in Chinatown offering a variety of cocktails and beer for a reasonable CASH price. There is an ATM at the front that charges a few bucks for the transaction should you be a plastic payer by habit like myself. We had the trademarked Chinese Mai Tai and a few Tsingtao's and spoke to the bartender while watching football... More 

Thank Jeff P
Watford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Buddha taking centre stage behind the bar. Friday night at 9.30pm and bar was getting busy with a youngish crowd. The bouncer at the door checking ID’s of the customers of youngish appearance. Music was good and not too loud. Drinks and cocktails were reasonably priced (other than water which was US$2 a glass – first place that we found... More 

Thank mingle888
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is a cash only bar. Just a heads up before you go, which you should for a drink if you're in the area. We went because we had to see the little dive Anthony Bourdain enjoyed. It's small and could use some sprucing up but it has that Asian charm for a little hole in the wall place that... More 

Thank Breana M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Where Kerouac drank and discussed the meaning of life beneath the Golden Buddha. A must for every fan of beat poetry. Go there, have a cold beer and think of where next on your road trip.

Thank Henwr
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Went here for drinks after dinner at House of Nanking. Once inside, we found out that Anthony Bourdain has visited and given his stamp of approval. My husband may or may not have a man crush on ol' Tony, so he definitely thought that was cool! Great atmosphere, yummy (slightly pricey) drinks, awesome people watching! We had fun and would... More 

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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighbourhood decorated with colourful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighbourhood.
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