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The Moai Lounge (home bar)...As Seen on TV!
johntiki
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From: MD
Posted: 2005-08-16 09:30 am   Permalink

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On 2005-08-14 14:36, rodeotiki wrote:
I revise my previos statement from wow to HOLY CRAP!!!



Rodeo you took the words right out of my mouth - Scottiki the bar is absolutely gorgeous! That has got to be one, if not the best, home bar I've ever laid eyes on! Now where is Germantown in relation to Bel Air? I think I need to pay the Moai Lounge a visit!!! WOW!
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Scottiki
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From: The Moai Lounge
Posted: 2005-08-16 10:11 am   Permalink

Hey John,
Germantown is located approx. 20 miles north of DC, just off (scenic) Interstate 270...prolly 'bout an hour from B'lair.
peace,
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Tiki Bird
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Joined: Sep 25, 2003
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From: Cerritos, Ca.
Posted: 2005-08-16 10:47 am   Permalink

Great job, and great tips for up-in-coming home bars!



TBird.

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Digitiki
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Joined: Jul 22, 2004
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From: L.A. baby!
Posted: 2005-08-16 8:26 pm   Permalink

Ok, so I know that everybody's already said it, but I just have to.....HOLY CRAP!!!!! The bridge is way cool!!!!

 
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The Granite Tiki
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Joined: Jul 02, 2005
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From: Nashua, NH
Posted: 2005-08-16 8:55 pm   Permalink

Inspirational! Yet it raises the bar so high, it may cross over into bittersweet!
How can anyone possibly make a better home bar than that?!?!?!
Thank you for sharing it with us.


 
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Scottiki
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From: The Moai Lounge
Posted: 2005-08-16 9:30 pm   Permalink

Granite: I've been lurking and planning and copping ideas for 8 months or so...then I spent 4 1/2 months of weekends & free time with my wife in my basement, in addition to buying more stuff online than a manic housewife with a gold card & DSL.
I owe many of the special elements of the Moai Lounge to fellow TCers that have been so (unwittingly) inspirational themselves...this site is absolutely overflowing with ideas, knowledge, inspiring photos & stories, and most of all, encouragement.
I was a bit too bashful to post progress pics along the way, like so many others have helpfully & shamelessly done (and I mean that in a good way), but now that my own dreams have been realized, I am ecstatic at the opportunity to use this forum to help others do the same.
And admittedly, my wife & I both have good jobs, no kids, and no fear when it comes to credit card debt.
Thanks for the love, but in all honesty, any home tiki bar that makes its owner/creator/guest happy, proud, mellow, peaceful or satisfied is the best tiki bar in the world!

Mahalo from my own little slice of paradise,
Scottiki


 
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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2005-08-16 9:54 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-08-16 21:30, Scottiki wrote:
Thanks for the love, but in all honesty, any home tiki bar that makes its owner/creator/guest happy, proud, mellow, peaceful or satisfied is the best tiki bar in the world!



Well, I dont have one. So for now, I will pretend I am in yours...
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Scottiki
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From: The Moai Lounge
Posted: 2005-08-16 9:58 pm   Permalink

Hewey, if you make it to the DC area from down-under...you've got VIP pass, & I promise to mix you the best mai tai I can possibly muster up!
peace,
Scottiki


 
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FreddieBallsomic
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Joined: Aug 08, 2005
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Posted: 2005-08-19 6:12 pm   Permalink

WOW...great job.

 
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seamus
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Joined: May 07, 2003
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From: Portland
Posted: 2005-08-19 6:38 pm   Permalink

Really great to see the finished product Scott. Quit your day job and go into home bar design! You've got real talent brother!!

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Scottiki
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From: The Moai Lounge
Posted: 2005-08-19 10:11 pm   Permalink

For those of you who haven't made a Seamus tiki a part of your tiki bar...do it! Seamus' moai are absolutely stunning, very reasonably priced, and my Moai Lounge wouldn't be complete without 'em!
Thanks, bro!

peace,
Scottiki


 
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Aaron's Akua
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Joined: Jul 09, 2004
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2005-08-19 10:21 pm   Permalink

Scottiki, your bar just blows me away! California may be the tiki capitol, but this slab-on-grade construction out here really sucks. I'd love to have a basement like yours to convert to a tiki bar. The median home price in CA is over 600k right now and no one has extra space. Maybe I can set one up in the back yard one day. Anyway, thanks for all the excellent photos and inspiration!

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Scottiki
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Joined: Jun 21, 2004
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From: The Moai Lounge
Posted: 2005-08-19 10:44 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the kind words, Aaron.

Having a finished basement as a blank canvas was awesome...I didn't have to frame/drywall/etc., and I also have total control over the lighting in the space (major perk to a subterranean tiki bar!).

Growing up in San Diego, and living in the San Gabriel valley 7 years ago, I had no idea how lucky I was.

Tiki everywhere!

Drinks at Bahooka? Sure.

Lunch at Bali Hai? Why not?

Go a couple rounds at Tiki Ti? Bring it on.

Now y'all got Lucky Tiki? Damn.

Jealousy's a bitter pill to swallow.

See, for whatever reason (lack of hipness most likely), the DC area has NO TIKI! Trader Vic's bailed quite a few years ago...Politiki is pretty much a sports/Capitol Hill crowd bar, and Honolulu (the final keeper of the tiki flame...one I tragically never had the chance to visit) closed last year. So I (and other DC/MD/VA tikiphiles) have no choice but to build our own tiki havens...something I couldn't have done without the help of Tiki Central.

But for now, the Tiki Torch burns brightly in my basement (a figurative blaze...still too flammable for now , and in the living rooms, rec rooms and decks of others in the greater DC area...perhaps one day soon the investment will be made once more, and a proper, commercial and public Tiki Temple will rise again in our Nation's Capitol...until then, at least we've got the Moai Lounge, the Lounge of the Seven Pleasures, the Pi-Yi Grotto, and other home tiki bars!

Keep on tiki'n,
Scottiki

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motiki
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From: New Joisey
Posted: 2005-08-21 8:04 pm   Permalink

What a great job, Moai are the greatest unsolved mystery and your bar is a great tribute!

 
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Scottiki
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Joined: Jun 21, 2004
Posts: 56
From: The Moai Lounge
Posted: 2005-08-21 8:54 pm   Permalink

Thanks, mo.

To think that I've never been south of the equator, let alone to Easter Island, and I'm captivated by the Moai, I can't imagine what it'll be like once I make the trek & see them in person.

For now, I've just gotta imagine, and enjoy sippin' a mai tai in my own little tribute to those mysterious & delightfully enigmatic sculptures.

peace,
Scottiki


 
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