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Martiki is a Trader Vic's Bartender!
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 3691
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2005-09-17 04:01 am   Permalink

"Dear Penthouse Forum,

I'd heard before of masterful bartenders, men who could reduce grown women into puddles of yielding gelatin with their liquor-handling prowess, but I thought I was immune. I never thought that it would be possible, but it happened to me. I walked into the San Francisco Trader Vic's, and there, behind the bar, was the bartender of my dreams -- sleek, efficient, with quick hands that betrayed a knowledge of how to please a woman...."


Yes, the frickin' scamp has been keeping a secret -- for the past 3 months, he's been learnin' the trade at the San Francisco Trader Vic's, and when we arrived for Happy Hour before the Tiki Art Two show, we were all shocked to find that he was serving as our ever-lovin' bartender that evening. 3 months! In case you missed it:


I know that there might be some of you who haven't experienced the unbridled joy of an evening at the Foggy Grotto or Novato Grotto, Martiki's home bars, but here's what you need to know: Martiki has had a passion for drinkmaking for quite some time now, particularly a passion for Getting It Right. He's exactly the sort of guy you want behind the bar when you're ordering the sort of complicated concoction we all love, and he's exactly the sort of guy that Trader Vic's needs behind the bar. It's win-win all around. Again, for those who might be slow on the uptake:


So, how's about startin' to meet up there more regular-like?

But first and foremost, let's congratulate Martiki, 'cause this is an exciting thing, but even more so, the Trader Vic's organization, for hiring the right man for the job.



Critiki - Ooga-Mooga - Humu Kon Tiki

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4284
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2005-09-17 04:37 am   Permalink

Cool! Well done Martiki. If I ever make it topside, Ill have to come visit ya for a real drink.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2094
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2005-09-17 07:58 am   Permalink

well done Martiki! Yet another reason to go to SF...

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 1438
From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2005-09-17 08:36 am   Permalink

congratulation...I now understand why he was looking so intensely at the TV bartender at the last SF bar crawl

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 19, 2005
Posts: 518
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posted: 2005-09-17 08:49 am   Permalink

And he got a very cool shirt out of the deal, too!! Worth a special trip up there! Well done, mate!

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Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Feb 18, 2003
Posts: 893
From: Bay Area
Posted: 2005-09-17 08:53 am   Permalink

Wait, does this mean he can't get us a discount at Bev Mo after all?

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Jungle Trader
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Joined: Jan 04, 2003
Posts: 3767
From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2005-09-17 09:05 am   Permalink

Congratulations Martin!!!

More embedding as we take over the world. AHAHAHAHAAA!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 24, 2002
Posts: 1345
Posted: 2005-09-17 09:57 am   Permalink

There is a God...

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 03, 2002
Posts: 1500
From: Huntington Beach, California
Posted: 2005-09-17 10:16 am   Permalink


Is this the precursor to the upcoming chain of Trader Martins? If so, then I'll buy the Orange County/LA County franchises!


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11606
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2005-09-17 10:26 am   Permalink

Wow, now THAT'S a slick move! Congrats Martin!

What a great concept for a "Gesamtkunstwerk" (German term for an all-aspects-of-life-encompassing-work-of-art).

Never have thought it possible that the commercial and the underground side of Tiki would meet in such a beneficial way.

Carving Tikis, making mugs, yeah, but becoming a Trader Vic's bartender, all by your own dedication?
That's going all the way.

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Official Mixologist

Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 3059
From: http://www.smugglerscovesf.com
Posted: 2005-09-17 10:49 am   Permalink

Aw, you guys are making me blush. Thanks so much for all the kind words.

You can find me behind the bar Friday, Sunday, and Monday from about 4 to midnight, and Thursdays at lunch. And probably seven days a week when the holidays roll around.

Sorry DG, the BevMo era is coming to an end. Next Saturday will be my last day there. I will miss the discount, too

Mahalo all!

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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5864
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2005-09-17 10:50 am   Permalink

Martin makes a mean mai tai.

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Grand Member (3 years)  

Joined: Jun 05, 2004
Posts: 365
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2005-09-17 11:01 am   Permalink


Congrats!! I like the SF Trader Vic's, but this makes it even more special. I'll definitely stop in next time I'm in town. I'm stoked for you, looking forward to seeing you behind the bar!


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 02, 2002
Posts: 1115
From: SF bay area, CA
Posted: 2005-09-17 12:19 pm   Permalink

Holy Honi Honi, that's neat! Sometimes in the past there's been a TVics bartender who's friendly towards us TCers, but this is a stripe of a different horse altogether!

Martin, sounds great, and hope to see you there (when we're out and about). Too bad you didn't mention it at the Makeout Room the other night, but I guess to paraphrase Orson Welles, "we will spill no beans before they're clean".

So what's the hardest drink to make (so we can all order it from you when we see you)?

What's your favorite new discovery (drink-wise) that you didn't know about before being trained in the sacred rituals?


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 27, 2002
Posts: 1323
From: D.C. / Virginia
Posted: 2005-09-17 12:38 pm   Permalink

Good news!

Especially with me coming to the S.F. area in two weeks. A new Trader Vics for me to visit, a new Tiki Central person to meet, a new bartender to talk to -- all combined in one neat package!

I'll be there either October 2 or 3 (Sunday or Monday) -- or both dates!


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