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Taboo Cove, Venetian, Las Vegas, NV (bar)
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Joined: Nov 30, 2004
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Posted: 2004-12-22 5:39 pm   Permalink

Name:Taboo Cove, Venetian
City:Las Vegas

The Taboo Cove is open at the Venetian. We heard conflicting rumors - but christiki295 and I confirmed it was in fact still open.

[ This Message was edited by: hanford_lemoore on 2004-12-26 22:20 ]

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3836
From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2004-12-22 10:54 pm   Permalink

The issue of whether Taboo Cove remains open seems to have reappearead some of the luckiest of us are going to Sin City for New Year's Eve.

Venus, the nightclub, dance spot is closed (although is represented to be open by New Year's Eve).

However, Taboo Cove was unaffected.

I called myself today and confirmed.

(Someone should probably merge these posts with the others. Mahalo.)

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Tiki Lee's
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Joined: Aug 23, 2003
Posts: 798
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2004-12-23 01:38 am   Permalink

Well folks, looks like all of the speculating and hypothesising, and yes, even the phone-calls to the place have turned out to be all for naught. TABOO COVE and VENUS lounge as we know them are GONE. Yes, I said GONE!
How do I know, you ask? Well, pull up a chair, folks, and I'll tell you a little tale...
I live here in Vegas, and have the Tiki Room at The Red Rooster Antique Mall, as well as a space at the new Flamingo Road Antique Mall (Flamingo & Pecos... Thanks For Askin'!), and I have feelers out all over the place to get the heads up on where to find stuff. I also happen to be a Gondolier at The Venetian, and I am CONSTANTLY in that gosh dern bar with friends after work. At least I was, until a few months ago. I haven't been in a while. Just a few days ago, I got a call from a buddy of mine who WORKS IN THE BAR. Not around it, not at the front desk, but actually is employed by the company that owns the two places and physically works inside of the establishment. He told me the horrific news: "They've torn everything out and are throwing it away. There's a big pile of Bosko's stuff & more in the kitchen and they don't know what to do with it. They want to throw it away because it's in the way." Dear God, what a shock. I asked him why they were getting rid of it, and he said they were going to totally re-do the whole place. It'd still be a Tiki Bar & Retro Lounge, but "all new". Panic set in immediately. The dealer in me wanted to run down there and cry, beg, & grovel for it all, and the Tiki-Phile in me wanted to go down there and try to talk some sense into the Manager and tell him why it NEEDS to be re-assembled and kept as Bosko designed it. My friend said to chill for a while & he'd try to get me a meeting with the Manager, and that was the last I heard from him.
Flash Forward to today, when I went in to work. I went early so I could see if I could get in and talk to the Manager. The outside looked normal; everything in place. And then I noticed the windows all covered up with black from the inside. I tugged on the door, & it opened.
I don't even know how to describe the feeling of sickening loss that I felt as I walked in to see that what was once glorious, was now stripped completely bare. There is absloutely NOTHING left in that place. Thatching: gone. Bamboo: gone. Carvings: gone. Framed menus, art & records:gone. Lights: gone. Mugs: gone. Shag's Art & all the posters: gone. Believe me when I tell you that the place is completely devoid of any and all decor what-so-ever. I looked in the kitchen where the stuff was supposed to be piled up, and it was not there. I hope to God that it's in storage, waiting to be re-instated and not wasting away in the Las Vegas Landfill.
So, the definitive answer for that burning debate as to whether or not Taboo Cove & Venus are closed is: NO. They WILL be open for New Years Eve. However, they will not be the same Taboo Cove & Venus as before. Bosko's Taboo Cove is gone forever. It's life was short, but that torch burned oh so brightly. I know a lot of you out there didn't like it much, but it's all we had here in Vegas. For all it's shortcomings, I will miss it tremendously.

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Futura Girl
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Posted: 2004-12-23 03:45 am   Permalink

first of all - great to hear from you lee... i'm just sorry to hear it under these circumstances.

and NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
those F***ING G*D D*MN complete idiots!
so you didn't get to salvage anything at all?

it makes me sick to think of what they did - but even sicker if no one dumpster dived and retrieved anything.

now i am glad i stole a taboo cove menu.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2004-12-23 06:24 am   Permalink

Boy what a SAD Story. It really leaves an Empty hole in your heart.
At least when I carved all the tikis for the Tropicana Hotel, they Told me up front they were changing it all in 4 years and tikis would be no more and at Least they auctioned them off so they didn't end up in the dumpster.
Sad Story.Now o start fixin the hole in my heart...

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2370
From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2004-12-23 08:34 am   Permalink

Man, what a shame. I too, really liked this place. I only hope the carvings weren't trashed in the process.


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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Nov 30, 2004
Posts: 46
Posted: 2004-12-23 11:06 am   Permalink

What?? We called the other morning and were told by the Venetian that it was in fact still open. Okay - who is telling the truth here? Hmmm - conflicting stories again!

Will have to check it out after the New Year!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2004-12-25 7:48 pm   Permalink

That is, in fact, terrible news for x-mas. Although we all felt it was just a mattter of time, to now hear that there is not a shred left in the place, walls/floor/ceiling are blank, and all of Bosko's carvings and vintage artifacts were thrown in a pile and dumped, lets one cry out "Sacrilege!" in despair.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 08, 2003
Posts: 590
From: Southern California
Posted: 2004-12-25 9:46 pm   Permalink

WHAT!!!??? Thrown in a pile and dumped? What is this world coming to??? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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Joined: Jan 15, 2004
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From: Portland, OR (originally
Posted: 2004-12-26 7:26 pm   Permalink

When I was there in the summer, they told me they were shutting the doors. I asked what they were doing with everything and the manager told me that most of the stuff was up for grabs by the employees. I gave them my contact info to try to get some stuff but I never heard back. So hopefully it made its way into someones home and not buried in the desert with all the other dead bodies.

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Joined: Apr 11, 2002
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2004-12-27 10:42 am   Permalink

I have this sickening and depressing image in my head of clueless busboys taking turns tossing all of those new and vintage Tiki mugs from behind the bar into a dumpster and listening to them smash, laughing and having a good time with it all...

Hope someone can still rescue the Boskos!
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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 127
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2004-12-27 10:44 am   Permalink

Whoa, that really sucks. I never even got a chance to visit the place.

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Joined: Sep 29, 2003
Posts: 958
From: near Atlanta, Georgia
Posted: 2004-12-31 12:26 am   Permalink

I went there in the beginning of 2002.

What a waste of a lot of great Bosko carvings and vintage mugs, they could not have been stupid enough to throw all that away. The bartenders, barbacks and bar manager all seemed to have a lot of respect for Bosko. We ended up speaking to all of them about the Bosko bowls they served one of the drinks with. I am surprised that any of them would just disregard the decor and dump it.

I was warned about the place not being up to snuff, but lucked out when I went there that they were playing exotica instead of techno. The Cove was well worth visiting, the drinks were soso but the decor was great. It was good timing when I went because I was able to buy the last two Bosko bowls they had. Chips and 151 scorch marks aside, they are huge and beautiful.
Sad to see it go.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 08, 2004
Posts: 332
From: Huntington Beach Ca.
Posted: 2005-01-02 9:43 pm   Permalink

That so badly blows I can hardly stand it! I thought the REEF in Palm Springs would go first. Everytime I try to go to that damn place it's closed! It really cheese me off! Uhh, Saturday night...10:00pm...closed? Business must be boomin'! So I end up goin' up to the Toucan "TIKI" lounge, and I'm not even gay (not that there's anything wrong with it). Well everybody, let this be a lesson to us, patronize the joints we got (Lucky Tiki here I come).

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Joined: Jun 05, 2004
Posts: 365
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2005-01-03 12:29 am   Permalink

This is really sad news. Bosko did a great job with that place. I went there a year ago with my wife to check it out. I can't say that I'm surprised. They were playing heavy metal and rap music. When I asked the bartender about the decor, they had no idea what I was talking about. They just didn't get it. Sad.

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