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Advice from any locals. Will i have enough time to see everything?
swizzle
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From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2012-05-12 03:13 am   Permalink

G'day all. I'll be making the trip over to the U.S. in August to go to Tiki Oasis. After that i'll spending a couple of days with a friend in Arizona, a night in Vegas to see Frankies Tiki Room, then from there i'll head to San Francisco for a few days and then L.A. for a few more.

Now besides a couple of typical tourist things i'd like to see/do i really want to get to as many tiki bars as i can in the time i will be spending in each state. I'm hoping that any locals, or even those who have been to the places i have in mind could tell me if i'll be able to squeeze everything in within my time frame. And also maybe what places are closest to each other to be able to see them in the same day so that i'm not criss-crossing all over the place.

Note that i'm planning on 3-4 days in each state although i'll definitely stay an extra day where required if it makes sure i get to tick off everything on my list. I know that i can spend the entire night at each bar in San Franciso as there are three bars and i'll have three nights but L.A. i'm going to have to visit two, or possibly three on the same night, with a drink or two at each. If that's the case, where should i start and where should i end the night?

SAN FRANCISCO
Lombard street (don't )
Alcatraz
The Golden Gate Bridge
Alamo Square
Haight and Ashbury streets

and obviously
Forbidden Island
Smugglers Cove
Tonga Room

LOS ANGELES
Disneyland

and......
Tiki Ti
Oceanic Arts
Tonga Hut
Bahooka
Trader Vics
Purple Orchid
Don the Beachcombers

Please let me know if there is something i have missed worth seeing.

cheers
swizzle

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SandraDee
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Posted: 2012-05-12 07:57 am   Permalink

Disneyland--Trader Sams at the Disneyland Hotel--open late enough that aafter you see the park (the park is not super big and can be seen pretty easily in 1 day with plenty of time to go to Sams and not feel rushed)
Don't miss Traderr Sams--its a great tiki bar and the bartenders, esp Kelly, are topp notch

NorCal-
You will want to hit Trader Vics in Emerville
Keep in mind TV and Tonga Room are both closed monday(I'm pretty sure TR still has that as a night closed but double check). You can do a meal or happpy hour at TVs, head to Conga Lounge/Kona for a drink and end the night at Forbidden Island

While in the vicinity of Alameda you could also go to Oakland--10 min away-and hit Kona Club and Conga Lounge. Conga Lounge is owned by Michael who owns Forbidden Island.

You could then do tonga room and end the night at Smugglers Cove

If you had another day you could head to Palo Alto Trader Vics for dinner/drinks as that is not close enough to hit on the same day as any other unless you start way over there and end in the bay area bars


Do you have the book Tiki Quest? If not you may want to get it--may help on your trip

See you at Oasis!


 
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Loki-Tiki
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From: Like...The Valley
Posted: 2012-05-12 08:15 am   Permalink

Wow, how exciting! It sounds like you have a great start on the To Do list. What SandraDee said above absolutely. There's also Tiki No bar in North Hollywood, 5 minutes away from Tonga Hut. Hope you're planning on Bali Hai while in SD for Oasis too.

Re Las Vegas, be sure to at least walk the strip at night too, even if you don't go into any of the casinos.

Cheers, see ya at Oasis!


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-05-12 08:23 am   Permalink

Swizz, we did a San Fran trip a few years back. We stayed near Fisherman's Wharf so we could check out that area including Gheradelli Square. One day we rode a Cable Car uphill to Union Square and then walked back to the hotel (downhill) checking stuff out on the way. There are many things in a fairly compact area to check out, we saw Union Square, I think Haight/Asbury is there, Chinatown, the cable car museum, Lombard Street, Coit Tower, and checked out a couple of old churches - all on foot. Alcatraz is very interesting if you like history at all. We rented a tandem bike and rode across the Golden Gate bridge, through Saucelito, to the redwoods, back to Saucelito, and took the ferry back to SF ~ about 20 miles round trip. San Francisco also has some really cool trolleys made from old 30s and 40s busses, worth checking out if you are a fan of old iron.

A word of warning, pack some warm clothes! We spend a week there in June and it was the coldest winter of my life! Maybe July/August will be better?

SEE YOU AT OASIS!!!

EDIT - Loki is right about the Vegas Strip at night. I have not been there in several years but inside the casinos used to be the highwater mark for over the top kitchsy theme decor ~ the Egyptian theme of the Luxor, the medieval theme of the Excalibur, etc. Something Tiki people can understand and draw inspiration from.

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swizzle
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From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2012-05-12 4:28 pm   Permalink

Thanks SandraDee. Your response is exactly what i wanted to hear. I'll have to make a copy of it and keep it handy for when i'm there.
I'm aware of Trader Sams, i just didn't mention it as i know it is in Disneyland and i can see them together.
I do have Tiki Quest yet it didn't even cross my mind to look through it. I'll have to have pull it off the shelf and have a browse, although i think i have more than enough places to visit and the ones i've already mentioned i'm sure would be at the top of most peoples lists.

Loki-Tiki, Bali Hai is definitely on the list. I bought the super-duper VIP Deluxe tickets for Oasis so that i see/do everything.
I have no interest in the casinos at all really but i'm sure a walk around the strip would be entertaining.

MDM, thanks for your reply also. I haven't chosen where i'll be staying yet but the places you mentioned are all things that might interest me. I think i'll make a copy of your list too.
Also, thanks for the tip about warm clothing, however coming from winter in Melbourne (we don't get snow here but Crowded House didn't write Four Seasons In One Day about Melbourne for nothing ) i think i'll be able to handle it.

Thanks again to those of you that took the time to respond. See you at Oasis.



 
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JOHN-O
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From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2012-05-12 6:08 pm   Permalink

Trader Vic's Downtown LA --> Tiki-Ti (East Hollywood adjacent) --> Tonga Hut (North Hollywood) --> Tiki No (North Hollywood) are fairly doable driving-wise for a single night of Tiki bar hopping. I'd recommend a designated driver if you can recruit one. You DO NOT want to get pulled over in the state of California even with just 2 cocktails in your system (especially a Tiki Ti cocktail).

If you're into high-end rum mixology, I'd suggest Cana (Downtown LA) and La Descarga (East Hollywood). FYI, these two places often enforce a dress code... No shorts, and T-shirt & jeans may be discouraged.

Also Tiki Ti is only open Wed-Sat. Best time to go is early between 4pm-7pm before you might have to wait to get in. Seek Rasta Jim out, he will advise you.

And oh yeah, Wed night = Rumpus Room !!


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TikiTie
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Posted: 2012-05-28 9:10 pm   Permalink

Where in Arizona? There are some cool tiki bars scattered around, and plenty of unique stuff that'll make for good stories when you head back home.

 
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TikiTie
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Posted: 2012-05-28 9:11 pm   Permalink

Where in Arizona? There are some cool tiki bars scattered around, and plenty of unique stuff that'll make for good stories when you head back home.

 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2012-06-04 08:23 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-05-28 21:11, TikiTie wrote:
Where in Arizona? There are some cool tiki bars scattered around, and plenty of unique stuff that'll make for good stories when you head back home.


Kon Tiki in Tucson, AZ
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TikiVato
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From: Whittier, CA
Posted: 2012-06-05 01:19 am   Permalink

How many in your group? Are you flying into Los Angeles? What dates will you be staying in Los Angeles?
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swizzle
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From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2012-06-05 01:44 am   Permalink

Thanks for your tips JOHN-O. The Tiki Ti is a must and at the moment i'll be going there on Wednesday if everything goes to plan. The Tonga Hut i plan to see also. Fortunately i wont be driving so being pulled over wont be an issue although i am aware getting around L.A. without a car can be difficult. I'll put Cana and La Descarga on my list and see what happens as i do like my rum.

TikiTie, i'll be staying with a friend in Scottsdale for a few days and as christiki295 pointed out, we will be going down to the Kon Tiki.

TikiVato, i'm going to be travelling alone but there will be a few of my friends(two couples) from Melbourne also, who will be going to Oasis, however after that we are heading our seperate ways. I'll be flying straight in to Oasis(via L.A.) then after Scottsdale, Vegas, and San Fran. i'll be back in L.A. on Monday the 27th through to Friday 31st and will leave there in the afternoon for Hawaii for a few days before heading back home.


 
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TikiVato
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Posted: 2012-06-05 10:54 am   Permalink

Are you flying into LAX from San Francisco?

 
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swizzle
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From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2012-06-05 2:44 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-06-05 10:54, TikiVato wrote:
Are you flying into LAX from San Francisco?



That is the plan. My friend is flying Air New Zealand and they are the only ones apparently that do a return trip from Honolulu airport back to Melbourne. I'm booking my flights tomorrow so we'll see.


 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-06-05 3:46 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-06-05 01:44, swizzle wrote:

The Tiki Ti is a must and at the moment i'll be going there on Wednesday if everything goes to plan.

...i am aware getting around L.A. without a car can be difficult...


If you want to visit
Rumpus Room as well on Wed, I might be able to give you a ride from Tiki Ti (which from where I live, is on the way).

Rumpus Room is even more famous than many of our regular Tiki bars !! It's the only place right now to get a Hiphipahula-mixed cocktail on a regular basis and you get to hang out with Tiki celebrities like GROG. Kirby even came out with a Rumpus Room T-shirt, the brand is so powerful. (Which reminds me, I'm really overdue )


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TikiVato
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Posted: 2012-06-05 5:08 pm   Permalink

John-O, I am working on my schedule for the week that Swizzle is in town. I am hoping to be able to offer myself as a designated driver in my Yukon. If I am successful, I have a tentative itinerary that I will submit to Swizzle for his approval. You are welcome to join us if he decides he wants me to drive him.
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