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Forbidden Island, Alameda, CA (bar)
Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5821
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2007-05-22 9:26 pm   Permalink

Hey Martin!
Don't knock over the booze bottles when you turn around.





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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8942
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2007-10-18 9:37 pm   Permalink

boy oh boy, I had to dig this one up, and bump it, and read all the posts to wet my appetite so to speak, as if I haven't been wanting to go there bad enough already.

see ya Sat Oct 21,07 at 5 ish to 10 ish.

Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
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bigtikidude
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From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2007-10-22 6:34 pm   Permalink

I took about 100 pics, need to learn how to download and post pics now.
but to put it mildly,
this place is simply amazing.
just about as perfect as I thought it would be.

Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
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ted tiki
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Joined: Oct 11, 2004
Posts: 195
From: minneapolis
Posted: 2007-11-07 3:20 pm   Permalink

I just got back from my visit to San Fran and have to say my journey to Forbidden Island was a highlight of my trip. I dragged a buddy of mine over to Berkeley for the day and then on to Alameda. Another friend met us there. Let me say first that the friend who lives in San Fran was so knocked out by the place that he started hounding me about where to buy Tiki things..

I really enjoyed the "grand tour" Martin gave us and the GREAT service we received from everyone there. Even got to experience my first and only earthquake--not a drink--the real thing. I'm not sure if Martin can make that happen for everyone though.

I can't say enough about the place. We hit another place in Oakland (Kona Club)that looked really awesome but lacked the "soul" when put up against Forbidden Island.

My only complaint is that Lala wasn't there when I was.

Thanks again to everyone there for a great night.
Ted

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milligna
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Joined: Oct 02, 2006
Posts: 13
From: Melbourne, Australia
Posted: 2008-04-02 7:28 pm   Permalink

Hi All!

A couple of months ago I had a chance to visit Forbidden Island which was just superb. Martin was kind enough to let me interview him for my Podcast (http://soused.thepodcastnetwork.com/2008/03/16/soused-podcast-011-martin-cate-at-forbidden-island-tiki-lounge/).

The service at Forbidden Island is excellent, and the decor is beyond reproach. Hats off to Martin and the FI crew!

Kev.
http://tikiloungeandbar.com
http://soused.thepodcastnetwork.com


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thejab
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2986
From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2008-07-10 5:01 pm   Permalink

Is there a topic on all the positive press that Forbidden Island has received? Maybe there should be. It would be several pages! Well, here's another one that was in San Francisco's 7x7 Magazine. Congrats to the 3 M's!

http://www.7x7sf.com/eat_drink/featured_drinks/20015539.html

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Tiki Royale
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Joined: Dec 06, 2002
Posts: 891
From: The Aloha Room in Beautiful Belmont, CA!
Posted: 2008-11-30 5:21 pm   Permalink

Big Mahalo to Martin and the crew at F.I. for being superb hosts last night. I was able to try a few new drinks and was not disappointed.
Aloha,

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midnite
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 1230
From: 37? 47' N, 122? 26' W
Posted: 2009-03-25 11:00 am   Permalink

San Francsico's Best of the Bay List
Best Cocktails '09:

FORBIDDEN ISLAND 3rd Place

Read all about it, and look at photos, here.


"Located in the heart of Alameda’s historic Bay Station Shopping District, Forbidden Island features a wide array of classic and contemporary gourmet cocktails, served in an exotic & fun tropical atmosphere."

Congratulations to all who made Forbidden Island so good. It's number one in my book.

fan boy midnite



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Thortiki
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Joined: Jul 29, 2006
Posts: 270
From: Maryland (Land of Pleasant Tiki Living)
Posted: 2009-04-13 6:28 pm   Permalink

We visited the Forbidden Island for the 2nd time just over a week ago. It was afternoon & a surf band was playing. In fact the place got crowded more so than our first visit late last year. Great decor & vibe to the place. We DID notice that they were now using mixes with the drinks & this is possibly one reason Martin is no longer working there. Still a GREAT place Thortiki

 
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KeithH
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Joined: Feb 15, 2009
Posts: 110
From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2009-04-14 1:50 pm   Permalink

I CAN'T WAIT!

I get on a plane first thing Thursday morning and will be in the Bay Area until Monday. Right now I'm thinking about hitting FI on Sunday.


 
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Quince_at_Dannys
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Joined: Mar 29, 2004
Posts: 163
From: Command Records International HQ
Posted: 2009-04-14 3:44 pm   Permalink

Cool! Congrats to Forbidden Island--I loved it when I visited last month (the China Clipper is out of this world good).

(I'm disappointed, however, that the Clock Bar didn't make the list.)


 
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Haole'akamai
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From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2009-04-16 09:00 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-04-13 18:28, Thortiki wrote:
We DID notice that they were now using mixes with the drinks



Are you sure? They use the quik-pour bottles (that most other place have pre-mixes in) for all of their fresh juices. Perhaps that's what you saw?
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leleliz
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Joined: Sep 02, 2008
Posts: 1981
From: NorCal
Posted: 2009-04-16 10:46 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-04-16 09:00, Haole'akamai wrote:
Quote:

On 2009-04-13 18:28, Thortiki wrote:
We DID notice that they were now using mixes with the drinks



Are you sure? They use the quik-pour bottles (that most other place have pre-mixes in) for all of their fresh juices. Perhaps that's what you saw?




This was already cleared up the other day here:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=31695&forum=1&start=15&23

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Haole'akamai
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Posts: 2273
From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2009-04-16 11:46 am   Permalink

Aloha,

I know Michael had written it up in the other thread. I wanted to make sure it had been addressed in the official FI thread, as well.

Mahalo,
~T

Quote:

On 2009-04-16 10:46, leleliz wrote:
Quote:

On 2009-04-16 09:00, Haole'akamai wrote:
Quote:

On 2009-04-13 18:28, Thortiki wrote:
We DID notice that they were now using mixes with the drinks



Are you sure? They use the quik-pour bottles (that most other place have pre-mixes in) for all of their fresh juices. Perhaps that's what you saw?




This was already cleared up the other day here:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=31695&forum=1&start=15&23


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KeithH
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Joined: Feb 15, 2009
Posts: 110
From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2009-04-21 9:03 pm   Permalink

My wife and I were on vacation in SF this past weekend. We dragged a couple of friends out to the east bay from the Richmond neighborhood for a relaxing Sunday afternoon at FI and we were not disappointed in any way by our experience - in fact, we were blown away (I think our friends will be making even more trips across the bay to visit FI).

First - Mike held one of the very cool bowls for me - it was to be a gift from my wife for our anniversary. HUGE thanks for that!

Even at 4ish pm on a Sunday afternoon - with some of the most perfect weather our friends remember in SF in April ever outside - there were several people outside and even more inside.

I LOVED the feel of FI as soon as I walked in the door. I felt like I was home. A quick glance behind the bar made my mouth water - so much rum... so little time. We found a booth and settled in for what we hoped would be a fun hour or two.

I let our bartender know that we had a bowl on hold for us. Our bartender was AWESOME! She was friendly and had a lot of great suggestions. She even took some pictures of our group with my camera.

We started off with the Mystery Bowl and it was perfect. I did not taste any "standard mix" in any of the drinks - everything tasted like fresh juices. I could spend the rest of my life drinking at this bar!

The girls moved on to sodas and juices - Patty was driving. Ken and I went for the signature Forbidden Island drink - had to get the mug! My expectations were again blown away!

I finished off my first visit to FI with the Hurricane. WOW! Have I gushed enough about FI yet?

This was the perfect end to our vacation!

I am already thinking about my next trip to the area - and of course another trip to FI.

Thank you very much to the entire staff at Forbidden Island!




 
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