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Puka Bar, Long Beach, CA (bar)
GiantRobotTiki
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Joined: Apr 24, 2004
Posts: 69
From: Van Nuys, Ca. (Lake Balboa to the snobs)
Posted: 2010-03-11 8:05 pm   Permalink

Went to the Puka Bar about a week ago for the 1st time. Nice place! People were friendly. Bar-tender was VERY cool and kept coming back to talk with us. Really enjoyed my 1st experience there. I would highly recommend this place to anyone thats looking for a Poly-pop watering hole in Long Beach.

Interesting side note. My girl told me that all the bars in the local vicinity used to be watering holes for the long shore men in the 40's during the war. So I guess a lot of the bars on that street and neighboring streets have been bars for quite some time.

Anywho....just my 2 cents.


 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Joined: Jan 10, 2005
Posts: 1172
From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2011-03-18 2:17 pm   Permalink

Ownership change at the Puka Bar

Press Telegram: Tim Grobaty Column-Puka Bar

Possible change to Puka Bar itself? It may become a bikini bar? Stay tuned


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JOHN-O
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Joined: May 16, 2008
Posts: 2691
From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2011-03-18 3:02 pm   Permalink

Nice !! There's a long standing tradition for T&A in the Tiki bar...





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congawa
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Joined: Aug 11, 2008
Posts: 356
From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2011-03-25 09:21 am   Permalink

Here's a status update on the Puka Bar that was posted on their former Facebook page (now called "Tiki Drinki") this morning. I'm omitting the name of the poster because I don't know what their connection is or isn't--I think it might be one of the former DJs:

"At this point the bikini aspect is not a for sure. Our guess is the new owners will have trouble vis a vis the entertainment license regarding this. They've already done a lot of renovation. Jacked up the bar and moved it out and back in the room. Knocked out some walls, new flooring, etc. Major cash injection!! And, it's no longer "you guys" as in Larry. Completely new ownership and staff. Retaining the name and decor only. Not gonna do live music as far as we've heard. One of the new owners was a manager at MaiTai Bar at the Pike, so they have bar experience."


 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8892
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2011-03-25 1:50 pm   Permalink

Hmmmmmmmmm?
too bad,
just as the really cool shows were starting to happen there.
oh well....

Jeff(btd)



 
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Swangulo Tikis
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Joined: Feb 24, 2008
Posts: 50
From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2011-04-11 8:51 pm   Permalink

We were here a while back to see one of my husband's bands play, and I wasn't overly impressed. It had some cool elements, but the drinks weren't great, for the most part, and we found a huge gaudy plastic "Party City" tiki mask in there.
The mai tai was the most disgusting one I've ever had. Really syrupy and sweet, and when I told the bartender that it was really syrupy, far too sweet, and tasted "off," she insisted that this is the way they are made. Ha! I don't believe in arguing with idiots, so I switched to beer. Might have to give it another try sometime, now that it's changed hands - maybe the drinks will improve.


 
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johnnievelour
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 446
From: LongBeach
Posted: 2011-05-19 3:35 pm   Permalink

I just drove by the location and their new signage is up. It's called Sandbar Bar and Lounge.

 
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Jason Wickedly
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Joined: Jan 01, 2008
Posts: 704
From: LBCTIKI
Posted: 2011-06-03 08:13 am   Permalink

Here's a "Help Wanted" ad for new staff...

Servers & Bartenders Wanted Long Beach

SANDbar long Beach
Bar & Lounge

Looking for Bartenders and Servers.
MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE TO APPLY!!!
1 YEAR bartender or server experience necessary!

Bikini Bar and Lounge : island theme atmosphere
Uniform:
1. Bikini top with jean shorts (day)
2. Bikini top with tank top (bar logo) with black shorts (night)

Venue will be featuring high profile DJs and Bands Weekly!
FULL Bar! State of the Art Audio and Visual Systems!

Be part of the Newest and Hottest Bar & Lounge in LongBeach!

3 Stage Hiring Process:
1st Send 1 page resume with a head and full body shot
2nd Fill out application in Person
3rd 1 on 1 five minute interview

Grand Opening to be on March 12th (tentative)
New hires START DATE: March 1st (tentative)

Send 1 page resume with a head shot and full body to XXXXXXXXX

Time to change the Puka Bar's status to "DEFUNCT", I'm thinking?


 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2585
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2011-06-03 09:17 am   Permalink

Okay, it's changed.


 
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Iscah
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Joined: Jun 03, 2011
Posts: 67
From: Quiet Village Tiki Lounge, MD
Posted: 2011-06-03 10:00 am   Permalink

Oh, that sucks. I remember going here after my thesis defense. Although, maybe I should apply for a job. I am trying to get back to California.
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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 1927
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2011-08-17 08:16 am   Permalink

I heard thru the grapevine ....the Puka bar is no longer a Tiki bar and has turned
into a strip club.Is there any validity to this ? Has anyone been there lately ?


 
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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 1927
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2011-08-17 08:21 am   Permalink

After searching the internet , the Puka Bar is definitely closed !This may be old news
to some TC peeps !


 
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