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Kon Tiki, Tucson, AZ (bar)
tikijackalope
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Joined: Oct 23, 2003
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2004-03-16 01:12 am   Permalink

Name:Kon Tiki
Type:bar
Street:4625 E Broadway Blvd
City:Tucson
State:AZ
Zip:85711
country:USA
Phone:(520) 323-7193
Status:operational

Description:
This is a restaurant and bar which was built, according to it's owner, in 1963. It is located in a shopping center and is heavily saturated with vintage tiki decor. Hours are: Monday through Saturday, 11AM-12:30PM; Sunday 4PM-12PM. At the time of this writing drinks are not served in tiki mugs, however, t-shirts have recently become available at $15.

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Tiki Mo Fo
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From: A Desert Oasis
Posted: 2004-03-18 2:30 pm   Permalink

I was just there a month ago and they have ordered mugs with logos. At the time I was there you could pay extra for the same mugs without logos for the drinks. The place is under new mgt (A young rock-a-billy type), They told me that they also grew up around the Kon Tiki and hope to bring back to what it was. However, they also told me that someone found a bag full of vintage kon tiki bowls and the guys turned them down on buying them. I guess they did not need a few hundred of my dollars.....

 
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tikijackalope
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2004-03-18 9:36 pm   Permalink

When I was there last October, the (then) manager told me he was ordering some of these and gave me this sample.

The mug is made by Libbey and is not imprinted with the name of the bar.

Is this what they offer now?

(edited to restore former shutterfly photo, 2/11/07)




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TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2004-04-07 8:57 pm   Permalink

any relationship to the KON-TIKI of STEPHEN CRANE

 
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Posted: 2004-04-19 12:17 pm   Permalink

Stephen Crane's Kon-Tiki (aka Kon Tiki Ports) was a chain, but this place was not a part of it, it is an independant establishment.
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tikijackalope
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Posted: 2004-04-26 4:28 pm   Permalink

I stopped in today. Kon-Tiki still does not have logo mugs; at this time they have a ceramic bamboo mug by Libbey, but not the tiki mug shown in a previous post. They do have women's t-shirts for $15, but are presently out of mens shirts.

 
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tikijackalope
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Posted: 2004-05-12 10:41 pm   Permalink

Kon-Tiki finally got in some men's t-shirts. I photographed one front and back on a friend of mine who took a liking to it. I believe the back artwork is taken from Stephen Crane's Kon-Tiki. There is a white shirt with different artwork I'll try to get a shot of.




(edited to restore former shutterfly photos)

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tikijackalope
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Posted: 2004-05-13 7:48 pm   Permalink

Drink menu front:

(edited to replace former Shutterfly photo)

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tikijackalope
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Posted: 2004-06-09 03:38 am   Permalink

The new white men's t-shirt front and back:


There is also a women's version that reads "Kon Tiki Girl", although the women I talked to seem to prefer the men's shirts.

(edited to replace former Shutterfly photos)

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TNTiki
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Posted: 2004-06-09 04:11 am   Permalink



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tikitortured
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From: Huntington Beach Ca.
Posted: 2004-06-27 12:30 am   Permalink

I...like...the...shirts..............alot!
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tikijackalope
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2004-07-27 3:42 pm   Permalink

This is the sign along Broadway. They just painted the lines to make it look like bamboo within the past few months:



The main sign, right outside the business. The manager told me they might get the gas torches going again; apparently because they never disconnected the gas, they'd be permitted to do so. I think the sign might be based on The Islander in Los Angeles, which existed at least four years before Kon Tiki (Book of Tiki, page 12). Is that the case or did both signs have an earlier ancestor?:






This tiki by Milan Guanko is stationed on a sidewalk to the left of the building. It is pictured in the Book of Tiki on page 248 back when it was for sale at Gray's Nursery in South Los Angeles as was discussed previously in TC (
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=6768&forum=6&vpost=79594 )



The approach from the parking lot; its actually a pretty small patch of land but gives a good feeling of transition from the asphalt.






I don't know if there was ever water in this pond, but it looks rather nice without it:




The tiki at the other end is pretty big, but most of its detail is from paint rather than contour. It looks best at night:




They have two of these small tikis; one is to the right of the door and the other i at the edge of the tile pond. I think they are made of stone:




This tiki is on your right as you enter the foyer, I'm betting it's another Milan Guanko. That hanging lamp was probably made by Orchids of Hawaii; I don't know who made the wall-mounted one:




And this one is on your left as you enter; its pictured in Tiki Road Trip and was discussed previously in TC as being by Milan Guanko. ( http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=6768&forum=6&vpost=79687 ):




This one is stylistically different than all the rest. Its left eye has broken off and they keep it behind the nearby host/hostess station. If I imagine it w/o the paint it looks like it could be from Oceanic Arts(?):



This guy is obviously along the bar:



This one inhabits the right-hand seating area along the wall:




This one faces the doorway and is placed in about the middle of the building:



Behind the one above, these two smaller pieces flank a fountain:





These are stylistically different than the rest. They've got three of them, one behind the bar near a TV and two facing each other in the entrance to the back left dining room. I think I've seen these in pictures of other places but I don't know who made them. Early Orchids of Hawaii, maybe? Would anyone care to volunteer their knowledge?:






This flat painted image of a tiki is inside the huge terrarium behind the bar. It used to hold birds, now a Nile monitor lives in there though it is seldom seen. I love the clam shells:



This is my favorite atmosphere shot of the place:



Detail from a back-lit panel in the back right dining area:




View of the back left dining area, nice Orchids of Hawaii dodecahedron lamp, but I don't know who made the one on the left:




Back wall of the back left room:



The ceiling in the middle of the bar:



Various walls:







A really huge scallop lamp; it must weigh a ton:



This next group of photos represents tikis that were placed, most in pairs, flanking entrances to seating areas:











I love this place. It has many of the flaws listed in Tiki Road Trip, especially during evenings the latter part of the week when its anything but a quiet village. One should remember though, the cash register at Kon Tiki is quite active in a time when other tiki bars struggle so I'd be disinclined to advise them to change their stratogy.

And in the early part of the week, especially during the day, it is rather placid and one can roam among the tikis, the flotsam and the jetsam unmolested by TVs, discordant music, and the latest lingo shouted at the top of drunken lungs. Its a museum to me, a 41 year-old nicotine stained poly-pop decor museum where they coincidentally serve food and drink.

(edited to replace former Shutterfly photos)

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twowheelin'tiki
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Posted: 2004-07-27 10:35 pm   Permalink

the place looks great without the flash of the camera!, kinda like looking at your self under a neon light!.

 
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tikijackalope
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Posted: 2004-07-27 11:43 pm   Permalink

twowheelin'tiki wrote:
Quote:
the place looks great without the flash of the camera!, kinda like looking at your self under a neon light!


Yeah, I like that effect. Kon Tiki is dimly lit and has dark walls and ceilings so light doesn't reflect much. It kind of adds to the "otherness" of it especially having come out of the bright AZ sun in a reflective parking lot. Most of those were shot as a mix of flash and slow shutter speed: weak flash to keep the tikis from being silhouettes or monochromatic orange under the very low color temperature incandescent lights and to allow wall detail to be seen (and to keep me from using a tripod in the aisles) but a very slow shutter speed (usually 1/15) to let lamps glow and to let ambient light wipe out some of the flash shadows. I shot the guys at the bar at some excruciatingly slow speed (even at ISO 800)...something like 1/8 or 1/4 sec. to allow for a decent aperture and some depth of field, but I had to brace my elbows on a table which was impractical for most of the rest of the place. Night shots of the sign have to be done with a tripod because its not all lit at the same time:

Btw, the owner told me they used to have puffer fish lamps but they were stolen years ago, dammit...I want a nice shot of a puffer all lit up.
Hey, twowheelin'tiki, you were the last TCer there; are they doing anything with custom mugs yet? They've talked about it since at least last October.
Did you try the ribs or the teriyaki chicken?...both surprisingly good.
How were the drinks? I have a drink menu and note that they are all $4-$6 with a mai tai being $4.50.

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tikitucson
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2004-07-28 09:57 am   Permalink

Actually, there are a few TC'ers there at least once a week....
No word on the mugs. Doesn't look like they're coming in any time soon. Only thing new is a few new colors on the t-shirts. The shirts seem to be selling really well- I'm staring to see people wearing them around town.


 
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