The ever growing Future Bars empire is growing again as Eater brings word that they've surprised us with a brand new addition, Pagan Idol (375 Bush Street at Belden Place). It's a Tiki spot, complete with aquariums, "ornate blown-glass sconces shaped like krakens," and hand-carved wood posts supporting private "huts," carved by Tiki great Crazy Al Evans.
In addition to bringing over a Hawaii native, Justin D'Olier, who was most recently on staff at their Berkeley spot Tupper & Reed, the team has hired away two people from the venerable Tonga Room though hopefully the drinks here won't be quite so sweet.
Pagan Idol arrives in a space formerly occupied by a low-profile Italian restaurant, Popolo not to be confused with the new, and excellent, pizzeria Del Popolo, further up Bush Street.
Critiki has a first look at the space, and the menu includes things like a flaming bowl dubbed the Fassionala Gold, which serves 4 to 5, and the Witch Doctor, with rhum Martinique, Jamaican rum, grapefruit, lime, passionfruit, spices, and egg white.
Future Bars is of course the group that recently took over, and cocktail-i-fied downtown dive bar Dave's, rechristened The Lark, and they own and operate Bourbon & Branch, the Wilson (inside B&B), Tradition (where a part of the menu is devoted to Tiki drinks), Local Edition, and Rickhouse.
Pagan Idol - 375 Bush Street at Belden Place - Open Monday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.