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Trader_Rick
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Joined: Oct 08, 2002
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2003-03-28 01:45 am   Permalink

Wow, what a coincidence! I haven't posted to Tiki Central in months. I, too, was just in Reno and also had a great time at Trader Dick's. I have to say, though, that the review of it at the Tiki Bar Review Pages almost made me want to skip it, but I'm glad I didn't. Anyway, it's a fun place. There was a band when we got there that was playing old standards like "Just In Time" and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." Everyone agreed that this was exactly what we wanted to here in a place like this. After the band, there was Hawaiian music playing on the PA. I was with my girlfriend and her sister, both of whom are decidedly NOT hardcore tiki-freaks, and they both loved it. In my opinion, Trader Dick's has everything you could ask for in a Tiki bar: Tiki's (duh), stiff drink's, apropriate music, ambiance, and Tiki mugs that you can actually take with you when you're done. What more could you ask for?

After Reno, we flew to Vegas the next day, and I was surprised to find a Tiki Bar at the Venetian: "Paradise Cove." It was supposed to open at 5:00, but when we were there at 5:30 it was closed, so I couldn't check it out. Anyone know the story behind this place? I seem to remember either Crazy Al of Bone Productions or Bosko being consulted for a Vegas Tiki Bar. Seems like an odd place for a Tiki Bar, although I'm not complaining!


 
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midnite
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: 37? 47' N, 122? 26' W
Posted: 2003-03-28 10:09 am   Permalink

In my opinion, Trader Dick's has everything you could ask for in a Tiki bar: Tiki's (duh), stiff drink's, apropriate music, ambiance, and Tiki mugs that you can actually take with you when you're done. What more could you ask for?

Yes, it seems as much. Kudos for the great review and other information, they are a good resource. Well done, The Jab.

After Reno, we flew to Vegas the next day, and I was surprised to find a Tiki Bar at the Venetian: "Paradise Cove." It was supposed to open at 5:00, but when we were there at 5:30 it was closed, so I couldn't check it out. Anyone know the story behind this place?

Uh, it is a story...but it ain't a nice one. Trader Dick's was fun wasn't it?

Seems like an odd place for a Tiki Bar, although I'm not complaining!

I would offer that you're not complaining for a very good reason: Taboo Cove was closed.

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TikiMaxton
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 557
From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2003-03-28 4:17 pm   Permalink

Great review, Jab!

My sister lives in Truckee and I've promised myself that next time I go to visit her I'm going to TDs. I've got several mugs from there, but I'm willing to drink for more!

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On 2003-03-24 17:35, thejab wrote:
I just got back from Reno.




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Cultjam
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Joined: Apr 21, 2002
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From: Phoenix, Arizona
Posted: 2003-03-28 5:25 pm   Permalink

I left Reno/Tahoe before I hit drinkin age so I guess I can't feel bad about never going to Trader Dick's. My trips back always include the Peppermill Lounge and an Awful Awful burger at the Nugget. I'm feeling the need for another trip!





 
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thejab
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Posted: 2003-03-29 11:11 am   Permalink

The Nugget's Awful Awful burger rules! I had one for breakfast and then one as a midnight snack!
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tsgraphics
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Joined: Mar 31, 2007
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Posted: 2007-04-01 12:22 am   Permalink

My first encounter with trader dicks was back in 1969 as a kid on a bike in sparks and I rolled up on this cool place that looked very different. I remember as a kid how cool to be a grown up and be inside. They had these huge ship anchor chains out front and I could hear music inside. Years later it was moved across the street in the main Nugget but still cool but not as rustic, but had this huge tropical fish tank! When I turned 21 I would cash my paycheck at the nugget and they would give you 2 free drink tokens... well I had 2 zombies at traders and weaved out of the casino with an ear to ear grin... I guess I drove home. Years later I returned at my 10 year high school reunion at the Nugget... Couldn't wait to scan the drink menu... it was so classic! I plan on going to kauai this summer.. and I have a feeling I am going to be disappointed in the true tiki. Trader Dicks will be my measuring stick, well see... I just now heard about the fun train to Reno from "sac" boy, I can't wait... I am there for sure! And I will return once again to partake of the wholesum nectar of tiki!

 
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