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The Durukuli Lounge, Los Angeles, CA (home-bar)
LAWebChick
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Joined: Apr 21, 2003
Posts: 87
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2004-08-22 9:57 pm   Permalink

Name:The Durukuli Lounge
Type:home-bar
Street:
City:Los Angeles
State:CA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:operational

Description:
After years of cool tiki stuff strewn all over the house, a lucky strike at the Salvation Army let us pull it all together on our deck. We finally decided on a name, and so we can finally put up a few pictures of our beloved home bar.

We present... The Durukuli Lounge. Still in process, but what true tiki bar isn't?







 
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Satan's Sin
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Joined: Jun 13, 2004
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From: Imperial Beach, CA
Posted: 2004-08-23 08:41 am   Permalink

Beautiful!

Really like the "approach" through the "jungle."

I know there must be a "water feature" somewhere ....

My only "add": a motion-sensor tied to a CD player that will activate "Quiet Village" whenever someone approacheth!


 
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hala bullhiki
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From: champaign,illinois
Posted: 2004-08-23 10:22 am   Permalink

damn! very nice.......i remeber when my bar was that stocked once............once!....lol!

 
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LAWebChick
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2004-08-23 10:29 am   Permalink

Thanks!

Yeah, the water feature is still in the design stage - Tim and I agree we need one, but haven't agreed on what it should be yet. A waterfall down the front stairs? or a lagoon under the walkway? or both! But we're on a very steep hill, so we have to do some serious engineering to keep the house from sliding down the hill if we spring a leak.

I love the Quiet Village idea! The eventual (pie in the sky) plan is to have motion activated tikis like the ones in the Enchanted Tiki Room lanai up the front stairs and all along the approach, but that's going to take a lot more effort than a musical interlude.


 
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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2004-08-23 10:47 am   Permalink

WOO HOO!!
I feel like I just arrived at Disney's Adventure Land for adults.
There's a lot of love in your design.
Put me on the waiting list to come visit.
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LAWebChick
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Joined: Apr 21, 2003
Posts: 87
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2004-08-23 2:17 pm   Permalink

All TCers are welcome most any evening! Just give us a little bit of notice so we know you're coming. Drop me an email (see my profile) if you're in the neighborhood, and use a descriptive subject so I don't accidentally dump your mail into the junk file (we get over 3000 a day, even with filters).

And remember that Tim's the bartender, I'm just the barback (okay, maybe I'm just a barfly), so if he's at work I'll need help with the drink building...


 
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weirduncletiki
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
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From: Grape Town, California
Posted: 2004-08-23 2:22 pm   Permalink

Fantastic! Hope to see you at Tiki Ti Wednesday to learn more about your stellar bar and hopefully arrange a visit!

-Weird Unc


 
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Raffertiki
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Joined: Oct 31, 2003
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From: L.I.
Posted: 2004-08-23 3:49 pm   Permalink

Awesome bar! You have everything except for the signature tiki mug, or do you?

 
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LAWebChick
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2004-08-23 4:35 pm   Permalink

No mugs, not yet! We'd REALLY like to do that. Definitely on the too-expensive-right-now-but-as-soon-as-I-get-my-tax-return to do list. And then we'll have some questions for folks in the know about designing them. I'm also getting completely out of hand thinking about custom matchbooks. And napkins. And water bottles... somebody stop me!

Tiki Ti Wednesday, we'll be there.


 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2004-08-23 6:42 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-08-23 10:29, LAWebChick wrote:
Thanks!

Yeah, the water feature is still in the design stage - Tim and I agree we need one, but haven't agreed on what it should be yet. A waterfall down the front stairs? or a lagoon under the walkway? or both! But we're on a very steep hill, so we have to do some serious engineering to keep the house from sliding down the hill if we spring a leak.



Incredible - I don't know which is better, the entry or the destination! The dramatic lighting is awesome.

How does one create a waterfall. I've been mulling doing one myself, but I can't figure out the engineering.

I suspect, just like a regular fountain, the water is captured in a plastic or stone basin, like those at HomeDepot or OSH, and the water runs up a tube from the pump, so the likelihood of that substantial of a leak is low.


 
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LAWebChick
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2004-08-24 09:32 am   Permalink

Quote:

I suspect, just like a regular fountain, the water is captured in a plastic or stone basin, like those at HomeDepot or OSH, and the water runs up a tube from the pump, so the likelihood of that substantial of a leak is low.


If we go with the lagoon, we'd be putting pressure on the retaining wall, which was built in the 20s and may not be up to the job, that keeps us from falling into our next door neighbor's property. As for a waterfall, you're probably right about the leak, but since our #1 location choice for the lower pool is behind one retaining wall, and the waterfall would run right past (and possibly over) the big retaining wall that keeps our house where it is, so we don't want to take any chances! Plus the gas, water, & sewer lines pass through that spot on their way up to the house. I suspect it will come down to how large a lower pool we go with - if it's a tiny one, or none at all, then it will probably all be okay. Are there any structural engineers in the house? Yes, I do know I'm being paranoid

It's hard to explain until you see the stairs, then it all becomes clear.


 
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The Sperm Whale
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Joined: Aug 23, 2004
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From: Lakewood California
Posted: 2004-08-24 2:32 pm   Permalink

Don't worry about the water fall or the lagoon Your Place Looks Great!!! One question: Are those poles that make up your bridge Have Tiki's on them? Who built that? It is way too cool!!! How much time did you put in to all of that work?? How much time do you spend in your little tiki heaven?

 
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LAWebChick
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2004-08-25 12:07 pm   Permalink


Another pic from the deck - there are three of these storage units... This was our first outdoor tiki project. The carvings came later, after Mondo Tiki.

Those posts are, well, sorta-tikis. I had peeler logs, a dremel, and way too much time on my hands due to unemployment so I took a stab at post-tikis. Not great work, and they're definitely looking the worse for wear these days. I have to strip and reseal them - the varnish is peeling off and taking the color with it.

Tim and I are both barflies from way back, so we spend most of our time out there now - not necessarily drinking - we're both more comfortable sitting at a bar than on a sofa.


 
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Chongolio
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Posted: 2004-08-25 5:24 pm   Permalink

What a Great looking pad. That walkway is too cool. Very atmospheric, I like the sign about unattended children, but I think it could use a better frame or presentation. It might look killer glued to some old weathered wood?


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MonkeyBoy
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From: The Big Nowhere
Posted: 2004-08-25 11:41 pm   Permalink

Gee whilickers! That has to be be the coolest home bar I've ever seen! Even at rich peoples places and stuff! When am I coming over? kidding, first post-having fun.

Signed, the formerly known as Mr. LAWebChick (a.k.a. Tim)

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