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Sneaky Tiki San Francisco NOT OPEN! July 2006
mrsmiley
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From: Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2005-07-15 12:49 pm   Permalink

They are having an open call for employee applications Today until 1pm and Sunday July 17 from 3-6 pm. Again it is at 12th and Folsom across from Manora's Thai restaurant .

 
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Tonga-in-Chiki
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2005-07-19 12:54 pm   Permalink

It looks like one of my good friends is going to be the bar manager there, so if that pans out, I'd like to host a little Tiki party and dancefest to break the place in. Any interest out there?

 
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dangergirl299
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Posted: 2005-07-19 1:05 pm   Permalink

of course!

 
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Kono
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From: Orlando
Posted: 2005-07-19 5:55 pm   Permalink

Don't mean to get off topic but has anyone ever heard of "Sneeki Tiki?" I found this glass a while back and have wondered where it's from. Search on TC reveals nada and google tells me that there was a video slot machine called "Sneeki Tiki." Anyone?





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dangergirl299
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Posted: 2005-07-19 6:26 pm   Permalink

the design looks a little "adult entertainment" oriented...

perhaps it was a strip joint?


 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2005-09-02 2:20 pm   Permalink

Martiki and I checked out the new Sneaky Tiki at 12th and Folsom in SF last night for a private, invite only free event.
In a nutshell, cool Tiki swizzles, coasters and cocktail picks. The specialty drinks are not the usual fare and vary in how our tastes liked them (my opinion, the "Lychee Cosmo" was the best and the "Fish Bowl" wasn't too bad). The finger food they were serving was, well, ZAZZ!!! The interior is cool in a modern upscale kind of way, but it really isn't TIKI at all!! A couple interesting "melting ice" tiki masks and some spear light fixtures plus a backlit ceiling bamboo panel are the only items that have varying degrees of tiki feel to them. The nine spherical fish tanks are pretty zazz , too.
Guys will love the attractive female waitstaff and bartenders.
Martiki will post his opinions soon, I bet.
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2005-09-02 2:21 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-07-19 12:54, Tonga-in-Chiki wrote:
It looks like one of my good friends is going to be the bar manager there, so if that pans out, I'd like to host a little Tiki party and dancefest to break the place in. Any interest out there?


let us know.
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dangergirl299
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Posted: 2005-09-02 3:51 pm   Permalink

it sounds interesting~

so the real question is: is it tiki enough to be added to the annual SF Crawl?


 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2005-09-02 4:44 pm   Permalink

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so the real question is: is it tiki enough to be added to the annual SF Crawl?


I doubt it. It is too Nouveau Tiki Lite. If Tiki Central ever turns into "Club Tiki" the tiki website for hip, clubgoers, then it will be a great choice!


 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2005-09-06 12:13 pm   Permalink

here is a slogan I thought of..."Not your father's tiki bar!"

You can substitute "grandfather" depending on how young you are.
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martiki
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Posted: 2005-09-07 7:38 pm   Permalink

***EDITED 11/15: The original opening paragraph of this post, upon further review, is poorly worded and inappropriate. I apologize for my sanctimonius tone. I should have in NO WAY implied that tiki enthusiasts are more "decent" than anyone else, because that simply isn't true. Yes, Sneaky Tiki is not what the tiki enthusiants of this website would call tradtional and probably wouldn't be their cup of tea. But that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of people out there who will love the Sneaky Tiki and should. I wish the Sneaky Tiki all the success in the world. I hope they do well. I still feel that I was sneered at for wearing a hawaiian shirt in a room full of black-clad urban hipsters. I still don't think it's unreasonable to wear a little aloha to a tiki bar. I will suggest to my fellow SF Tiki Crawl planners that we reconsider the Sneaky as a destination, but as it's still quite far removed thematically from the atmosphere of, say, the Tonga Room or Bamboo Hut, and I doubt that it will happen for that reason alone.

**Unedited original post follows:

I doubt this place will make the SF crawl. I just don't want a bus load of decent tiki folk to be subjected to the disdainful sneers of a bunch of lousy SF hipsters. Not worth the visit.

My feelings are the same as Bruce's- it's very sleek, with some nice decorative touches, but it's very, very stylized and modern. The food is great, so that's a big plus. And they do use fresh lime juice, which is also excellent.

Drink Menu as follows:

Hula Colada (pina colada) $13 for 22 oz (!)

Lychee Cosmo $9
Fuji Apple-tini $8 (this should give you an idea of what we're dealing with)
Ginger Lycheeni $8 (my favorite- lychee syrup, vodka, FRESH ginger and FRESH lime juice- very nice)

Tiki Tai $16- you keep the glass two-face disney-style mug- but, fair warning, it's a terrible drink.

Sneeky Peeko Punch $8 (Hibiscus flavored- not bad)

Island Ice Tea $14 (22 oz) Long Island Ice Tea with a mango float

Blue Lagoon $8 (orange vodka, blue curacao, sour mix, 7 up, fresh lime)

Passion Margarita $8 (tequila, passion fruit sorbet, fresh lime)

The Fish Bowl $15 (for two, so-so. I asked for more lime juice and it helped)

Here's some pictures:


The acrylic masks over some of the booths


Plants behind one of the two bars


Sleek!


In-depth research.


[ This Message was edited by: martiki 2005-09-07 19:38 ]

[ This Message was edited by: martiki 2005-11-15 11:26 ]


 
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thejab
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Posted: 2005-09-08 1:42 pm   Permalink

At those prices the drinks should be better! What kind of rum do they use in the drinks?

 
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spy-tiki
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Posted: 2005-09-17 09:34 am   Permalink

But the really important question...What do the swizzle sticks and matchbooks look like?

 
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martiki
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Posted: 2005-09-17 10:42 am   Permalink

Here's the top of their swizzle:



 
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Molokai Mike
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Joined: Jun 26, 2003
Posts: 506
From: the birthplace of the Mai Tai
Posted: 2005-09-17 8:16 pm   Permalink

Here's a review doen by the Chron:

Tiki torches light up SoMa

Sneaky Tiki snuck into SoMa last week, lighting its torches at the space
that once housed Hamburger Mary's.
Co-owned by Greg Bronstein and designer Craige Walters, who also brought
Lime to the Castro, the restaurant and lounge's doors open upon an
illuminated wall of bubbling fishbowls. DJ beats fill the air while
customers sip drinks at thick, textured glass bars and sleek couches in
the lounge, while tiki coasters and swizzle sticks bring a retro feel to
the futuristic setting. Two private booths are enclosed with mesh curtains
and equipped with switches that illuminate glass tiki masks to signal when
service is needed.
The meal begins with crispy wonton chips and three dipping sauces --
lime-scented mango "ketchup," spicy cilantro jalapeno puree and a
pineapple sweet and sour sauce -- that complement dishes on the Pan-Asian
menu.
A three-tiered pupu platter is ideal for sharing, with spiced meatballs,
house-made peppery beef jerky, crispy coconut calamari and shoestring
sweet potato fries.
Main courses include entrees such as coriander-crusted lamb chops, as well
as sizable platters for two. The luau pork platter features a large tender
shank of braised Niman Ranch pork. Most entrees and platters come with
rice, and diners can choose additional sides such as Chinese long beans
and grilled mushrooms.
The menu includes suggestions for pairing dishes with the cocktails or
items from the sake and wine list, such as combining the slightly sweet
ginger lychee martini with barbecue spareribs.
End the meal with desserts like warm ginger-spiced donuts sprinkled with
sugar and accompanied by coconut ice cream.
After the kitchen closes at 10 p.m. (11 p.m. Friday and Saturday), the
dining tables are cleared out and the entire space is transformed into a
lounge open for several hours, adding another hot spot to the
neighborhood.

Sneaky Tiki, 1582 Folsom St. (at 12th Street), San Francisco; (415)
701-8454. Dinner nightly, weekday lunch to start next week. Starters and
salads, $4.95-$12.95; entrees, $8.95-$18.95; platters, $26.95-$38.50;
desserts, $6.
-- Amanda Bowman


 
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