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Monkey Island Lounge and Grill, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (bar)
Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Joined: Jul 20, 2003
Posts: 1101
From: Edmonton
Posted: 2005-09-10 7:49 pm   Permalink

Name:Monkey Island Lounge and Grill
Type:bar/restaurant
Street:10351-82nd Avenue
City:Edmonton
Province:Alberta
Country:Canada
Phone:433-6336
Status:defunct

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Not sure how Tiki this place is going to be. I'm not getting my hopes up, but these masks in the window are at least a little encouraging.



The website listed on the banner (monkeyisland.ca) isn't active yet. I'll see if I can glean any info by calling the phone number.


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rodeotiki
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Joined: Jan 21, 2004
Posts: 1513
From: calgary
Posted: 2005-09-13 6:32 pm   Permalink

Any word yet ? Did you call them ? huh huh ?

 
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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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From: Edmonton
Posted: 2005-09-14 1:38 pm   Permalink

The guy who answered the phone said it would be open in about 3 weeks and the website (monkeyisland.ca) would be up by the end of next week. Sounds like it's going to be a full-on Tiki lounge with tropical drinks (including Mai Tais) and tropical decor & everything.
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Pepe le Tiki
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Joined: May 09, 2005
Posts: 325
From: Vancouver, BC
Posted: 2005-09-19 10:44 am   Permalink

Looks like you might have to organize a future Exotic Edmonton Tiki Extravaganza! (I'm dying to tour those thrift stores!!!)

 
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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Posts: 1101
From: Edmonton
Posted: 2005-09-21 12:11 am   Permalink

Well Pepe, you can come to my birthday party at the end of November if you like. I'll be going to the secret restaurant I'm not telling Slacks Ferret about for dinner and then to Monkey Island (if it doesn't totally suck) for drinks, then back to my swank abode, Bachelor Bastion, for some Velvet Ruby inspired volcano cake. You'd like Edmonton at the end of November -- the tropical breezes blowing, the palm trees swaying...
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Pepe le Tiki
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From: Vancouver, BC
Posted: 2005-09-22 5:20 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the invite SDT!
I'm not sure if my business will allow me to go then but you never know! (any flight specials Rodeo?)
I may be out your way in February for the Giftshow. Will the palm trees be swaying in the warm breeze then?


 
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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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From: Edmonton
Posted: 2005-10-19 6:40 pm   Permalink

Opens next week. Some pictures of signage:






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IGNITERS
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Joined: Sep 12, 2008
Posts: 10
Posted: 2008-09-12 2:35 pm   Permalink

this place is a bad dance bar ....WHY !? I HAVE NO IDEA!
it showed such promise , the front half is cool I guess but the back half looks like a drywall cube with bad vinyl booths and a record player ?! If the music wasn't so terrible I'd go there anyway but ....it's intolerable.
..................maybe they will sell off the fixtures soon hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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Brandomoai
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Joined: Mar 05, 2008
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From: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Posted: 2008-09-19 2:24 pm   Permalink

I finally went and got some pictures of this place. My computer is in the shop, but when I get it back I'll post 'em. We can all have a good laugh - or cry, depending on whether or not you're an Edmontonian and this is all you've got...

 
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Brandomoai
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Joined: Mar 05, 2008
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From: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Posted: 2008-09-30 09:22 am   Permalink

Here it is, folks; Edmonton's foremost Tiki destination! When it first opened it was a "bar and grill". I think the food was decent and they had something of a drink menu. There were booths in the front and it seemed like an okay place. Now it's strictly a dance club. Beers, coolers, and hi-balls, no food, bad top-40, not worth checking out even for curiousity's sake. The most exotic drink their "bartender" knew how to make was a Monkey's Lunch.


Note the exotic Avril Lavigne video being played on TVs by the dancefloor.

They do appear to have some sort of slushy drinks, probably strawberry daiquiri and pina colada.

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TabooDan
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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
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From: Tiki in a Crowsnest, AB., Canada
Posted: 2008-09-30 09:55 am   Permalink

As a Canadian I think I am allowed to say that this place looks like a hole!! The decor is really bad as well as the "Tiki" statues and the failed attempt at some bamboo work.
This is the kind of place that people get the wrong idea about what Tiki is and what we all love. How about some atmosphere??
Thanks for the warning as I will stay right away from this place!



 
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Brandomoai
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From: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Posted: 2008-09-30 4:15 pm   Permalink

Well, Taboo Dan, as this place is my favourite hangout, I feel personally insulted...
I wish there was enough of a market here for someone to do it right. Most of us Western Canadians will have to settle for Tropika restaurants for now...


 
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TabooDan
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From: Tiki in a Crowsnest, AB., Canada
Posted: 2008-09-30 9:38 pm   Permalink

Brandomoai, Hey man...I am glad I see a little wink at me in the previous post as I wouldn't want to offend any Western Canadian Tikiphiles!!

Yeh...Tropika is a decent place. I went to the one out your way in Calgary last year and we had a good experience! Good drinks, great food and a relaxing atmosphere. It was also very cool to see the Trader Vic style drink menu (actually, a real drink menu for that case!) and Tropika using Trader Vic mugs and bowls!! (Still don't know the connection there. Everyone I ask doesn't know a thing.)There are 3 locations out here in BC and I have been to two and both were good.

This monkey bar just doesn't look like that place even tried. That's all. At the beginning of this post it seemed to have a little buzz and maybe a little possibility but it sure lost it after opening. Look at the date of the beginning of this thread (2005) and nothing else until now. Kind of a sign as well.

I did talk to a couple people who have been there and they were not impressed at all as well and I guess we can all tell for ourselves from this thread.

Anyways, Brandomoai, I am the one offended by you......coming out here to BC and practically stealing a Trader Vic stemmed glass from a local thrift store???!!! How dare you?? The nerve of you!!

TabooDan


 
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Brandomoai
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From: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Posted: 2008-10-01 07:34 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-09-30 21:38, TabooDan wrote:
Anyways, Brandomoai, I am the one offended by you......coming out here to BC and practically stealing a Trader Vic stemmed glass from a local thrift store???!!! How dare you?? The nerve of you!!

TabooDan



Hey, I do it to Slacks Ferret all the time...
At least I'm a collector, not someone who immediately put it up on eBay for $100. It sits proudly on display in my "tiki bar" where it has yet to even be drank out of. But this is getting off-topic! Not that I knew anything about Tiki Pop culture at the time, but it seemed when Monkey Island first opened, they were trying to do something different, at least with the drink menu and the decor. But it looks like they didn't get the public response they wanted and gave up. I can't imagine that place drawing any kind of crowd now, even on Whyte Ave, with their tiny dancefloor and muddled theme (psuedo-Tiki with lots of beer-brand banners). As far as I'm concerned the verdict is in, the case is closed. Monkey Island sucks. We have two Tropikas where you can get the best Mai Tais in town (aside from mine and SDT's, of course!) or a dozen other cocktails straight out of the Trader Vic's Bartenders Guide. I don't know anything about the history of the chain, but I'm glad they're around!


 
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TIKIVILLE
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Joined: Sep 22, 2008
Posts: 637
From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2008-10-01 10:40 am   Permalink

sounds like I'm gonna have ta get loaded at TROPIKAS......whats the decore in these places ?

 
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