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Li Po Cocktail Lounge

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Address: 916 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA
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One man and his bar.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sockster
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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!!!

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Thank Sockster
Dayton, OH
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

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Thank DAYMark
Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Thank Jeff P
Watford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank mingle888
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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 

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Thank Breana M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Henwr
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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Thank JenandTravis
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Great place to chat with other travellers and locals .. A couple of us were celebrating our birthdays and the Li Po staff made it so much fun for us. Li Po is famous for their Mai Tai cocktail, yes, but the bartender also introduced us to the WOO WOO cocktail, which was awesome. Now making my own version at... More 

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Thank Jackie P
Driftwood, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

I stop by overtime I'm in chinatown. I've been going here since 2010. The staff is just so friendly and the place is always fun. be sure and get the Chinese mai tai.

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Thank Idap_tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Became aware of the place on Anthony Bourdain's The Layover, so we popped in for a Mai Tai last Friday. The place is a little quirky and does have character in a divey Sino way. The drink was fine, the bartender was very weak, almost rude, in terms of conversing with people. There are so many great bars of all... More 

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