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Mai Kai Tiki Bar Review | Fort Lauderdale, FL

The mighty Mai-Kai is so synonymous with Polynesian pop culture that it is impossible to do a proper review that doesn’t paint it as a mecca for all things Tiki. But that’s the long and short of it. For Tiki connoisseurs and lovers of all things kitsch and fun, the Mai-Kai is the ultimate destination, much like the Sacred Mosque or the Wailing Wall. But why does the Mai-Kai command so much more love and attention than any other Tiki bar or restaurant in the world? That’s tough to answer unless you’ve made the pilgrimage to Fort Lauderdale. It’s...

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Forbidden Island Tiki Bar Review | Alameda, CA

Continuing my whirlwind tiki tour of the East Bay, I visited a tiki mecca that’s been on my holy grail list for a while — Forbidden Island in Alameda, CA. Located just a quick Uber ride from Longitude, the interior of Forbidden Island is a small, dark, foreboding establishment that conjures up visions of Frankie’s Tiki Room in Vegas. The place is a legit escape from reality. Slightly buzzed from Longitude, I took a spot by the bar and ordered the signature namesake drink featuring a decadent blend of pineapple, lime, rum and god knows what else. The cocktail went down perfectly and now I...

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Longitude Tiki Bar Review | Oakland, CA

I recently had the pleasure of attending Lenovo Tech World in San Francisco for the launch of the new Moto Z Droids, and figured it would be a perfect time to check out some of the many new tiki bars that sprung up in the Bay area since I last visited in 2009. Last time I was here, the original Trader Vic’s was closed for renovations and the Tonga Room was a ghost town. That’s definitely not the case these days, as there are no less than half a dozen awesome tiki bars with drinks that are nothing less than...

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Frankie’s Tiki Room 5th Anniversary Mug by Squid

This was the only Frankie’s anniversary edition mug that I missed out on the first time around. Mostly due to the fact that I didn’t think a hundred dollar mug would sell out instantly. I never made that mistake again. Sadly, this mug never came up for auction and I spent years longing to see it in my collection. A few weeks back, the artist that designed the mug, Squid, posted a few artists proofs on eBay. Each mug was finished with a custom glaze making this a unique 1/1 creation. I scored it for $7 more than the...

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