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Tiki Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA (bar)
rustbeltcat
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Joined: Jan 13, 2004
Posts: 179
From: Steel City
Posted: 2004-08-29 4:41 pm   Permalink

Name:Tiki Lounge
Type:bar
Street:Carson St
City:Pittsburgh
State:PA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:operational

Description:
Ok Great place on any off night yes, BUT My wife and I went in for the first time in a couple of Months last night only to be greated with a beer and shot crowd wearing plastic lai's and drinking lots of beer.
The bathroom (mens) is a total disgrace, the auto faucets were broken with wires hanging out of the wall, the sit down facilaties were full of lots of nastiness.
The ladies (acording to my wife) was also in a state of shambles,(sad cuz itis an awsome bathroom) hanging lamps in the rear of the lounge are now broken.
Their dj played a song that all but chased us out,(Young MC's classic Funky cold Madina) as if the clientel wasnt enough, to make you want to puke,
On a positive note the drinks have improved. and no longer all taste the same. so if you can get past the clientel and bad music on the weekends, check it out.



[ Edited by: Humuhumu - fixing title of this location to fit Locating Tiki format - 2006-12-30 22:01 ]


 
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tewa-tiki
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Joined: Aug 05, 2004
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From: San Gabriel, CA
Posted: 2004-09-10 3:06 pm   Permalink

Hi, This place sounds pretty awful...can you recommend a couple of Pittsburgh watering holes that are a little cleaner? Thanks!

 
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rustbeltcat
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Posts: 179
From: Steel City
Posted: 2004-09-10 5:07 pm   Permalink

Actually Its not that bad, I wish that I could say our house, but we don't have much of a bar, If your in a fix for Tiki in the burgh this is the onl game in town,
Provided you go on an off night, or late sunday you shouldn't have any problems.
OOO Wait theres the "Lava Lounge" Its owned by the same people, but usually doesn't draw such a crappy crowd. Its a bit further down Carson st. but on the oposite side of the street. No Tiki, but an awsome place,


 
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rupe33
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Joined: Dec 08, 2004
Posts: 319
From: DC Metro Area (MD)
Posted: 2005-04-28 06:41 am   Permalink

Regarding Pittsburgh's Tiki Lounge -- A slight correction to the board's posting: the name of the bar is TIKI LOUNGE, and their website can be found at http://www.tikilounge.biz/ (On the website, the subject header is listed as "Sad Day In Pittsburgh") As of April 26, 2005, they no longer had the shark-shaped mugs (see DRINKS on the website), but did have mugs shaped like panda bears.

The decor in general is quite good. When you walk in the door, you have to walk through the mouth of a gigantic tiki head to get into the place. Up towards the ceiling there are some glass panes with scenery inside and water dripping down to give you the rain forest illusion.

The previous posting about the clientele is fairly on the mark. A warning to those who might go on the weekends: it appears they have a regular DJ (did not see any schedule posted on the website) which can add a cover charge to the drink prices - which are exorbitant by Pittsburgh standards. Mainly because you get to keep your mugs. The bar itself is great, though, and I would recommend going earlier in the day. The South Side neighborhood the bar resides in is a mecca for twentysomethings and the many college students in town - hence the previous complaints about the music and customers. The restrooms seem to be much improved since 2004.

The clientele aside, if you peruse the website you can see that a considerable degree of care went into creating this place, and I'd recommend it to any tikiphiles passing through Pittsburgh. If you do go, I suspect avoiding any Steeler or Pitt gamedays would be a good suggestion. And go early - before 9 or 10pm might be a better experience, and avoid Friday or Saturday nights after 10 unless you like to hang with the college crowd & their music.


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rupe33
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Posted: 2005-04-28 11:59 am   Permalink

[ This Message was edited by: rupe33 on 2005-04-28 12:00 ]

[ This Message was edited by: rupe33 2005-08-18 18:34 ]


 
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dwaphoto
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Joined: Jun 21, 2004
Posts: 8
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2005-04-28 11:07 pm   Permalink

I really feel offended by the "review" posted earlier about the Tiki Lounge in Pittsburgh. Yea, yea, we've all heard it before about the weekend crowd blah blah blah....but whats the alternative? They DON'T make money off the yinzer trash on the weekends, and then have to close because they can't feed themselves and their family? Me and my wife go there frequently when we know things will be good which is FOR MOST OF THE WEEK. So, please, don't anyone get the wrong impression if you're not from Pittsburgh. This is a wonderful place with great drinks and a friendly staff. And if you're a member of this board, this should be your first stop to imbibe in Pittsburgh.

 
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rustbeltcat
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From: Steel City
Posted: 2005-05-08 08:14 am   Permalink

OK well I guess I am mistaken, I do Need to amend my other review...
I know that the Tiki Lounge is an amazing place. I also know that a bar on Carson provided it aint Dees or the Moose is chock full of idiotic college frat biys and stupid girls that dont realise that lowrise jeans and midrifs show off the fact that they are NOT as skinny as they think they are.
Now with that said.
1-The "scene" is so small in the burgh as far as tikiphiles go that it is impossible to expect the tiki lounge to make money off the few of us there are. In fact I was hardly aware that there were any others in town with the exception of 2 other couples.
2-going to The Lounge after work IS nice and a treat, the bartenders are excellent on the preevening shift, and can really mix a mean drink.
3- I wish that the subculture folks would take over the Tiki LOunge, and make it our prefered watering hole, I cant see this happeneing tho, so I will continue to stay away from there during the evening hours of the weekend.
4- and FINALY, I do belive that this is one of the best bars in town, and am very hopeful that it will be around for a long time. I does have great decor, and the owners put alot of thought into all of their endevors, The Lava LOunge is one theirs as well and is just as awsome, In fact on the weekends I would recomend it over the Tiki for the simple fact that the college kids usually dont stagger down carson that far.
5- Who are you? If you are another burgh Tiki Phile I would love to meet you, I would also like to invite you to check out the following website,
www.fraternalorderofmoai.org
on this site I go by the handle Von Yinzer.

SO in closing If I truely offended someone by being upset and posting a rant about what had happend to the Tiki Lounge, (The Faucets have been fixed, and the only reason the bathrooms were dirty was it was a friday night and well you know) I AM SORRY. I seem to have this awful habit of voicing opinoins and letting them be know.



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rupe33
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From: DC Metro Area (MD)
Posted: 2005-08-18 6:42 pm   Permalink

Finally had a chance to upload some photos from my trip earlier this year to Pittsburgh's TIKI LOUNGE...

The neon sign greets you (sorry the torch is cut off in this one)


Cool wall sconce in our booth (I relish trying for photos with the flash off)


This "blue room" is off the stairway on the way to the basement bar - blink and you'll miss it. There's a small ledge for drink-resting. Bring ten of your friends and fill it up!


This is a view looking up the stairs; check out the KUs guarding the hallway on top of the ledge-


Some unusual furnishings from the basement bar area - sorry it's fuzzy - I was at this point!


Some of the mugs we collected that night - the non-panda ones had the joint's logo on the back. Very cool.


Here's a better shot of the KUs guarding the hallway - they're over your head as you walk through the place


This weird stalactite lamp hanging in the front bar fascinated me


This unusual receptacle/advertisement was out front of the bar...


Overall, highly recommended!

cheers,
Rupe


 
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Dr. Bamboo
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Joined: Dec 14, 2006
Posts: 16
From: Pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 2006-12-28 2:24 pm   Permalink

Just a quick review from a first-timer to the Tiki Lounge (I'm ashamed it's taken me this long to finally stop in!)

Anyway, I only was only able to drop in for a short time, so my impressions are based on an admittedly brief visit). I stopped in early on a Wednesday night mainly to avoid the weekend crowd.

DECOR: Really nice! Lots of tiki-centric sculpture, thatch, murals, mood lighting and misc. architectural elements. A highlight is a multifloor waterfall-type feature. There's several cozy booths of various sizes and a large area in the back containing a pool table. The lower levels contain neat li'l nooks and a secondary bar. A lot of time, money & energy clearly went into tiki-fying the place.

DRINKS: Pretty good. As I was only staying a short time (and driving) I only had one drink- the Suffering Bastard. Pretty tasty, decently strong, and I even put a crowbar in my wallet to splurge and keep the mug. They have several different souvenir mugs for sale and you can buy them with or without any drink on their menu...nice for collectors!

STAFF: The bartender was very friendly and quick. Seemed like a nice guy, and I got the impression that the regulars enjoy a good relationship with the bar staff.

MUSIC: The only negative for me. They have a jukebox with a pretty wide-ranging selection, but I would have liked to see it stocked with more theme-appropriate tunes (lounge, exotica, surf, rockabilly, etc.). Also, a minor complaint...but they had it cranked pretty loud, which made conversation difficult given the size of the place and how close to the tables the speakers were positioned (Yeah, I know...I'm old).

Overall, as was mentioned above, the Tiki Lounge has to cater to people other than tiki fanatics to pay the bills. As the evening wore on, I noticed what seemed to be their core customers (hipster-ish twentysomethings) gradually filling the place, so they must be appealing to more than just us retro-minded folks.

If you don't mind being at the mercy of a jukebox, I'd highly recommend checking it out (early on weeknights if possible). If this is our only tiki oasis in the 'Burgh, we could do a lot worse.

Cheers n'at!


 
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panampia
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Joined: May 26, 2006
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From: pittsburgh,pa
Posted: 2006-12-30 9:55 pm   Permalink

I'm another Tiki crazed Pittsburgher. Nice to see the thread with all of you writing. I haven't been to the Tiki Lounge, but will be sure to go soon. I loved the pictures. Thanks for that. Just wanted to let you Tiki fans in Pittsburgh know that I live in the former U of Pitt frat, Fiji House. I bought it when they lost their charter! They had annual Fiji Island parties and I had to keep up the tradition. This summer I had my first Tiki fest with about 100 friends. Pig roast, bartender serving out of vintage mugs, loung music, etc. I have a website with photos of the event. I can post some here if you'd like to see. It was incredible. I'll do it again next July, so if any of you out there want to come, let me know!
Waiting for summer...Panampia



 
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Dr. Bamboo
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From: Pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 2007-01-02 07:06 am   Permalink

Hey Panampia-

I'd love to see the photos! Please post a link, pics or whatever if you get a minute.

And the annual shindig sounds great...count me in if you do it again this year. I don't live very far from Oakland, so I can probably lend a hand if you need help w/ anything.


 
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panampia
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From: pittsburgh,pa
Posted: 2007-01-02 3:20 pm   Permalink

Thank you for the interest. My 12 year old daughter whipped up this website in about 10 to 15 minutes. Geeze... take a look, it is great!
www.freewebs.com/tikiparty/
use yahoo or google.
Let me know what you think!
Panampia


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Dr. Bamboo
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From: Pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 2007-01-02 4:05 pm   Permalink

Very cool! You had a heck of a nice setup...especially the altar-type scene you had on top of that awning. It's also great that everyone came in the appropriate attire! The bar and all the accessories look top-notch too.

How was the reaction (if any) from your neighbors?

So what part of Oakland are you in? I'm assuming you're not too far from Pitt since you mentioned your place used to be a fraternity house.

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panampia
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From: pittsburgh,pa
Posted: 2007-01-02 6:10 pm   Permalink

Hi Doc,
I live on Wallingford near Neville.
The altar was so cool. The 8 ft Moai came about one night while I was watching TV. I grabbed some old picture molding, wound wire around it in a rectangle 8 feet tall, then took a bunch of chicken wire and made the face shape, adding the nose and lips, and cutting in for the forehead/eyes. My son and I paper mached it over the next few days, then I spray painted it with granite texture paint. It was awsome! I also had a fog machine up there and when it got dark, It started to fog up through all the colored lights. So cool. My two car garage was kept a secret until after everyone ate and drank alot, we all did a hula contest, a limbo contest, then I opened the garage and it was all set up like a dance room...disco ball, lighting, fountain, palm trees, ya shouldda been there!
All the mugs I collected for a few months from ebay. I built the bar framing, added tons of string lights, fishnet and fishing balls (vintage from the early 60's when we lived near, and vacationed on Cape Cod),puffer lamp...the bases of the bar are potting benches from Big Lots. Instead of the lattice attatched going up, I switched it and had it going down, then stapled those inexpensive straw mats on the inside and hung Tiki masks on the outside.
I brought out a portable fridge, 3 blenders and had a hired bartender, and even printed a menu. Along with beer and wine, we served up Mai Tai, Zombies, Pina Coladas, and for the commom folk, Margaritas. Next year I want to work on the menu a bit earlier and try my hand at the graphics. I did laminate them, and it was cool to have at the bar.
I'll take you up on the help next year. It was a monumental task, both before and after! This year I want to make a volcano for the top of that overhang where Mr Moai was last year. Smoke machine, lights, action! I dream big.
Panampia


 
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Dr. Bamboo
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Posted: 2007-01-03 07:17 am   Permalink

Fantastic! That's a monumental(no pun intended)amount of work.

As for next time- I'm there. Just gimme a shout and let me know if I can lend a hand.
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