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Hobson's Choice

Hobson's Choice

Haight Ashbury, San Francisco
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    John M.
    "The punch for reverse happy hour after midnight is perfect!!"(10 Tips)
    Natalie M.
    "The Victorian punch bowl is my favorite!"(8 Tips)
    "The Victorian punch I'd delicious, but the fruit flies gross me out."(8 Tips)
    wheat knee
    "The house punch will get you in trouble, in a good way!"(4 Tips)
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  • punch bowl
  • victorian punch
  • house punch
  • rum
  • happy hour
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  • Jason P.heart icon on user image
    Jason PorterMarch 16, 2018
    Kind of a divey place with a great bartender. Everyone seems to know one another and there was a great vibe. Could’ve stayed all day. Only problem, it did smell like sour feet.
  • Jennifer E.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer EvansFebruary 16, 2015
    Try the three different punches and if you're in a group, get the punch bowl. Great for people watching too!
  • Natalie M.heart icon on user image
    Natalie MJuly 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Victorian punch bowl is my favorite! Bring a bunch of friends & get a big bowl to share!
  • Troy F.heart icon on user image
    Troy FlintJune 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lovely bartenders, cozy, relaxed atmosphere that provides a refuge from frenetic Haight St. and one of the best rum selections around.
  • Margot S.heart icon on user image
    Margot SeetoSeptember 3, 2018
    Dem rum punch much bowls are dangerous, but a must. You can order food from Street Taco at the bar now, too!
  • Danielle W.
    Danielle WallisDecember 8, 2014
    Fun place for watching games. Be sure to get there early if you have a group and want a good seat!
  • Alex S.heart icon on user image
    Alex SilarajsAugust 11, 2017
    Been here 25+ times a sometimes good, and sometimes bad way. Locals during the week. USF / Bridge & Tunnel Thu. - Sat.
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    WhiskeyAvengerJune 14, 2018
    The bar is a bit brotastic. But if you like Victorian punch,this is your place.
  • J J.
    J JohnMarch 3, 2018
    Bahama Mama, House punch bowl. Lovely Haight St dive.
  • Caroline
    CarolineAugust 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Victorian dive bar with [a] punch. Be sure to bring your ID b/c they will card you immediately.
  • Andy J.
    Andy JiangSeptember 12, 2014
    Make your own bloody mary's! Plus extra seating on the second floor.
  • Sarah S.heart icon on user image
    Sarah SMarch 20, 2014
    Happy hour from 5pm to 7pm, Monday thru Friday. All punches are great 👍
  • Daniel Z.
    Daniel ZJune 8, 2014
    Caiprinha. They have 4 brands of Cachaça alone and like 50 different rums
  • Karlie N.heart icon on user image
    Karlie NietoDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Victorian punch is great! Get the seats up stairs if you can!
  • Stephanyheart icon on user image
    StephanyAugust 10, 2014
    Do *not* get the Victorian punch. Cranberry and coconut do not go together well.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.June 24, 2014
    The Bold Italic says to read in the lofted lounge.
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    RachelAugust 17, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Relaxed rum-focused bar that’s popular with people who live in the Haight.
  • Lisa K.heart icon on user image
    Lisa KrylovaMarch 19, 2017
    Bloody Mary bar on Sundays 😍
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HofffmanAugust 25, 2015
    Great dog friendly, dog-friendly bar!
  • Tobi W.
    Tobi WhaleySeptember 17, 2012
    All of their rum is great, it's what they're known for!
  • ReeDheart icon on user image
    ReeDAugust 20, 2014
    Late afternoon, sit upstairs, bring a notebook.
  • Marie B.
    Marie BrandSeptember 20, 2010
    Pretty cool spot...,eclectic group of patrons, strong drinks and friendly staff. Try the go go punch, yummy!!!!
  • Uncle F.
    Uncle FishbitsJanuary 9, 2010
    You can order askew grill to the bar! And the internet jukebox is a treat. Also have a old gametop table with lots of old games
  • Damien L.
    Damien LeClercOctober 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    amazing place for people-watching in the windows! their victorian punch is bomb!
  • Steve C.
    Steve CampbellJune 17, 2012
    Ask for Megan (bartender). She's a sweetheart.
  • Gilda J.heart icon on user image
    Gilda JaimeDecember 24, 2015
    Punch bowl drinks. Very cool.
  • Shirin J.heart icon on user image
    Shirin JafariMay 7, 2017
    Great punch bowls!
  • JoAnn P.
    JoAnn PeachJanuary 3, 2010
    Go with a group of friends. Take turns buying a bowl of Victorian Punch to share. Take the drunkest of the group home in a shopping cart. Read more
  • Faith
    FaithMay 30, 2013
    Fab punch bowls to share and the foursquare/scoutmob deal is 50% off up to $20 off, woo!
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurgMay 24, 2014
    Best pineapple juice I've ever ordered.
  • Steven L.
    Steven LimitoneAugust 31, 2013
    Come for happy hour 1/2 off on drinks
  • Mark D.heart icon on user image
    Mark DregerJanuary 7, 2013
    Punch is tasty. It seems some nights (like Sunday) have karaoke.
  • Liane V.
    Liane VieiraApril 2, 2011
    Try the House Punch! Also... Come early to avoid crowds of hipsters.
  • Rev. Ken R.heart icon on user image
    Rev. Ken RoussellApril 17, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Happy hour and the rum punch! That's what's up!
  • Daniel S.heart icon on user image
    Daniel SandovalDecember 12, 2013
    Def one of the better bars on Haight
  • Ciarán L.heart icon on user image
    Ciarán LeeAugust 16, 2015
    Great rum selection
  • Mykl W.
    Mykl WuDecember 9, 2012
    Awesome punch and friendly barkeeps!
  • Mary A.
    Mary AustinAugust 17, 2011
    Only place where drinking unbearably sweet alcohol is allowed. Swallow your pride!
  • sablerheart icon on user image
    sablerMay 12, 2019
    Get the mojito!
  • Kerry S.heart icon on user image
    Kerry SnyderMarch 9, 2015
    Big up the bowl
  • Molls
    MollsJuly 9, 2011
    The Victorian punch I'd delicious, but the fruit flies gross me out.
  • BohemianLady
    BohemianLadySeptember 18, 2011
    Try the house punch it is awesome!
  • wheat knee
    wheat kneeApril 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The house punch will get you in trouble, in a good way!
  • Good & P.
    Good & PlentyJuly 8, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you bring your ID! Always tip your bartender and if you see me just call me Boogie, because you can always blame it on the Boogie! 
  • jessica c.
    jessica chingApril 25, 2010
    Order huge bowl of the victororian punch to share. Classic!
  • Alex C.
    Alex ChengJanuary 6, 2013
    There's no cell phone reception in the back. I think they do this on purpose.
  • Trev ✌.heart icon on user image
    Trev ✌June 18, 2015
    punch bowl, duh.
  • Tessa J.heart icon on user image
    Tessa JohnsonOctober 1, 2013
    $3 punch until 7pm!
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa ChanslorJanuary 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The bowls of punch rock!! Pound the last of each one directly from the bowl!
  • John M.
    John MaherFebruary 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The punch for reverse happy hour after midnight is perfect!!
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