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Tiki in Denver?
Scott McGerik
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From: South St Paul, MN/Minnesota
Posted: 2005-07-20 3:12 pm   Permalink

I was unable to find mention of Tiki in Denver in the Locating Tiki forum or on CriTiki. Is there anything remotely Tiki in Denver? Please don't tell me that Denver is lamer than the Twin Cities!
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2005-07-20 3:22 pm   Permalink

I'm not aware of any tiki currently in Denver myself, but I *have* heard that there's a cool over-the-top Mexican place with a big mariachi band. I don't recall the name of it. Not what you're looking for, but sounds interesting nonetheless.
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aquarj
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Posted: 2005-07-20 3:30 pm   Permalink

The Mexican place is Casa Bonita. Indoor waterfalls with a cliff diving show and roaming mariachi band. You get service at your table by raising a little flag. Probably 8 or so different sub-themed dining areas, including in the rocks behind the waterfall. Pretty amazing and fun. No tiki.

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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2005-07-20 3:33 pm   Permalink

Yes! That's the place I'd heard of, thanks Randy. Sounds like a must-see.


 
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Scott McGerik
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Posted: 2005-07-20 6:12 pm   Permalink

Ooh! That sounds cool! I'll look into going there.

 
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aquarj
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Posted: 2005-07-20 6:38 pm   Permalink

Whaddya know, Casa Bonita has a website!

About other tiki stuff in the area, there was a place in LoDo awhile back called Tabu that had a logo theme heavily borrowing from Bosko's style, and some decor from Oceanic Arts. But the word was that it was just a normal dance club, hardly a tiki sanctum. Check out this old thread for a little more info too.

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ZuluMagoo
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From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2005-07-20 9:41 pm   Permalink

Here are a few older links to some threads about tiki here in Colorado. You can still find a few traces if you look hard enough. Just within the last month I found an older mobile home park originally called the Kon-Tiki Village. It was de-tikified in 1997 when it was sold and the name was changed to Bear Creek Village. But there are a few architectural elements left on the clubhouse.

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freddiefreelance
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Posted: 2005-07-21 07:28 am   Permalink

There was a whole "South Park" episode about Cartman trying to get invited to a birthday party at Casa Bonita that involved convincing Butters that the world was destroyed by a meteor: http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/southpark/season7/southpark-711.htm
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Mr. Dale
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Posted: 2005-07-21 1:55 pm   Permalink

My. wife was friends with the guys who invented South Park. They all went to school together. Can you imagine the yearbook? "the guys most likely to make cartoons about little kids and poo....."
And Casa Bonita rocks, the food sucks, but if it ever closes shop, it would make the ULTIMATE Tiki bar. Thirty foot waterfall, caves, rope bridges, plam trees and fake lava rock everywhere.......man, it would be beautiful.
Savin' my pennies.....


 
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Modern Drunkard
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From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2005-09-13 11:03 am   Permalink

Alas, the long drought is over. Denver does indeed have a Tiki bar now: Tiki Boyd's in the Ramada on East Colfax. Tiki aficionado Boyd Rice (see: Taboo: The Art of Tiki) recently designed and assembled the lounge. They play only Tiki music on vinyl and the bartenders are steadily building their repertoire of Tiki cocktails. If you live in Denver and a Tiki item to contribute, they'll give you a fair trade in drinks.

 
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2005-09-13 11:45 am   Permalink

Finally! That's fantastic news... and it's great to see you posting here, to boot!

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ZuluMagoo
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From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2005-09-13 11:58 am   Permalink

What??? I thought I was up to speed with the tiki scene here in Denver. I have not heard a peep about this place. Must investigate ASAP.

 
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tikijackalope
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Joined: Oct 23, 2003
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2005-09-13 1:14 pm   Permalink

I'm thrilled to hear about the new Denver tiki place...pictures?

Mr Dale reports:
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And Casa Bonita rocks, the food sucks...



It sucks in the Tulsa Casa Bonita too...really really, dry rice, and there are no divers or anything like that. However, the basic decor is good and, like Denver, it'd be pre-adapted to tiki.


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Scott McGerik
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Posted: 2005-09-13 4:04 pm   Permalink


When did Tiki Boyd's open? I was in Denver over Labor Day weekend. I'll gnash my teeth, pull my hair, and tear my clothing if it was open while I was there!

Or, maybe, I'll make a return trip. That certainly would be more enjoyable.


PS. FKR, Thanks for the great magazine.


 
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ZuluMagoo
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Posted: 2005-09-13 8:18 pm   Permalink

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