The original mothership, Trader Vic's Emeryville! Well not really, but kind of, yes. The original Trader Vic's was in Oakland but the building above it caught fire a few years after the opened, so they promptly moved to their location in Emeryville and have been there ever since. Trader Vic's is situated on a harbor that looks out over private sailboats and also has a...
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(Posted with notes from 2018) Not too far from Chinatown in San Francisco, Pagan Idol greets you with the insides of a ships hull that has been scuttled to the bottom of the ocean. The walls and ceiling fully sell the illusion. Portholes displaying fish swimming by also seal the deal. The rear room is palapa standard but also boasts a pretty fiber-optic star field...
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(Posted with notes of last visit in 2018) Visited Rumba, several times in Seattle over several years when I was working a show at the nearby convention center. This tiki bar has a Caribbean food menu and a great drink menu to boot. They were always happy to accommodate a request off menu backed by their extensive collection of rums. Thankfully they were open just...
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Count it among the hard to find places, hidden inside an office building or far from view on a higher floor, Wahtiki Island Lounge checks all these boxes. Once you find the discreet tiki at the building directory and climb a few floors in the elevator, it's a pristine lounge that awaits. Floral Lounge Nicely lit and very inviting, Wahtiki is reminiscent of Waikiki Beach,...
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Just west of the strip, not far from the 15, lies Frankie's Tiki Room. A small, white, stand alone, single building on Charleston with a large sign out front beckoning one to enter. This little oasis far from the $18 rum and cokes, is the perfect example of a non-pretentious establishment that repels the snobbery of the dayclub/nightclub culture of Vegas. Blinded By The Light...
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In the little corridor that leads to the back of Petco Park in San Diego is a little cache of some fun places. There is the Stone Brewing Tap Room (awesome) and Rareform Deli. Rareform is a simple but tasty Deli with ample seating and a great atmosphere. However, there is a secret that Rareform is hiding, Fairweather.   The Location When you enter Rareform,...
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