Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Mod Betty (@ Retro Roadmap) Asked If I Visited Anything Interesting While In California. Would A Fantastic Tiki Bar Count? Status: Wish It Was Here!
This quite large hula girl statue is ARTICULATED! The hips and grass skirt slowly swivel...hypnotizing any who dare to stop and stare. It's worth it. You're gonna get pretty "hypnotized" by all the amazing cocktails anyway.
Earlier today Mod Betty from Retroroadmap.com asked if we had found any retro roadtrip worthy places while out in the San Francisco area. As a matter of fact...yes! Upon our wet arrival,
just after snatching up our rental and having a bite (Huge Double Cheeseburger / Fries), our
gracious hosts suggested we have a refreshing cocktail just up the street at the Kona Club.
tiki bar? Tiki Bar??? TIKI BAR!!!! When they suggested that it was an pretty cool Tiki Bar, I
have to admitt...I had my doubts. Whoaaaaa Baby! I Was SO Wrong! Ok...so there's little to
suggest that there might be a really great (dare I say...almost authentic?) Tiki Bar inside...except
maybe that cool "Open" sign....oh, er..and that "Tiki Bar" sign.
This is the place where all the magic happens. We just started going through the list of drinks on
the menu until we found our target. Turns out it was something with macadamia, coconut and
pineapple flavors called a Macadamia Nut Chi Chi. It was frozen sweet alcoholic yumminess.
I highly recommend trying one if you are able. We plowed through several and the Girlfriend
managed to even paint a table with one (shhhh...I think she was a little drunk!).
Yes. You DID see glowing pufferfish hanging above the bar! THAT is the Real sign...OK, one of
the Real signs of a good Tiki Bar. At least it shows they're serious about the decor. I dream of a
place like this opening up in the St. Louis area.
If it looks like there weren't many people there it's because this was a Tuesday evening /
Wednesday morning at about 12:30am! Still, there were plenty of patrons...and a really good
DJ playing stuff I really love, like the Pixies. Is Classic Alternative a genre yet? Anyway, he was
beat match mixing (what you kids call "Mashing Up") all kinds of excellent and surprising tunes.
This place is a Shag Painting come to life! How about those sweet orange leather lounge chairs.
They were as comfy as they are attractive. We spent the better part of our evening at the actual
bar, at least until we were joined by our host and her friend. Then we spent the rest of the
evening at the aforementioned table were the clumsy Girlfriend spilled her drink. I'm kinda torn...
if this place was in St. Louis I'd spend so much of my time and money here that I'd be broke and
my liver pickled! It might just be best that it's in Oakland Ca. and not just down the street!