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Advice for a home bar?
Block 16 Lounge
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Joined: Jan 10, 2007
Posts: 17
From: Chicago
Posted: 2007-01-10 11:37 am   Permalink

Aloha!

I just signed up and am excited to be a member of the Tiki Central community.

If all goes well, by early spring, a longtime dream will finally come true: For six years I have entertained visions of a home tiki bar with a Las Vegas theme. Now, after two marriages, a couple houses and several jobs, I'm ready to create the Block 16 Lounge (which will be a full-fledged tiki bar with nothing but old-school Vegas decor to complement all the bamboo and thatched grass, hence the name, which alludes to in the area of Las Vegas where the saloons, casinos and brothels were originally located in 1905).

I have spent months collecting hours and hours of exotica and lounge music and have been collecting vintage Vegas memorabilia for years. I've set up a poker table and craps table, and I'm polishing up on my bartending skills as well.

If any of you have been to Hala Kahiki in River Grove, Ill. (the best tiki bar out there), imagine Dean Martin sipping martinis in the lounge area and listening to everyone from Peggy Lee to Yma Sumac...except that it's my basement...and Dean's hitting 21 in the Big Casino...but nevermind all that.

I've got a full, partially finished basement and have begun the initial preparations (cleaning, installing the pipes for a wet bar, etc.), but I'm looking for advice on style, decor, proper home bar etiquette, whatever. I figured that if anyone can help, it's you guys and girls.

Mahalo!


 
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Formikahini
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 1513
From: Houston, Texotica
Posted: 2007-01-10 1:52 pm   Permalink

Hi B 16 L!
Sounds like it will be a GREAT place - good luck!
Check out the Creating Tiki Forum; there are scads of examples of people's creativity, ideas, mistakes, etc.

You would have loved Ocean's Eleven in Austin, TX. The owner, Dino Lee (aka Mr. Fabulous) had a Vegas/Tiki thing too. Pure class....as we tiki folk define it.

Can't go wrong with the Hala Kahiki (except there are those here who claim that their Mai Tai's are inferior to Chef Shangri-La's ). But you can't top the decor or atmosphere.

Buena suerte!
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Joined: May 10, 2006
Posts: 1919
Posted: 2007-01-10 2:16 pm   Permalink

Aloha!

Just two things! Velvet Elvis and popcorn ceiling. The ceiling HAS to sparkly!


You might be able get away with "era'd" walls. Frank and Elvis from the 50's on one wall, Frank & Elvis from the 70's on another. I am sure there was leopard print at some point in the Vegas tiki culture.

There happens to be a dinner table and chairs set made of wood that has a mix of red and purple and leopard print upholstered chairs here at the local Salvation Army. But, that is neither here nor there.

Hopefully you can find some Vegas or Nevada tiki mugs.

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Thortiki
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Joined: Jul 29, 2006
Posts: 385
From: Maryland (Land of Pleasant Tiki Living)
Posted: 2007-01-10 3:02 pm   Permalink

Home Tiki Bar Rightway/Wrongway

Well, first there is NONE. Its up to YOU to find your own Tiki bar style
just surfing the past posts here @ Tiki Central should provide some inspiration

BUT, imo if you plan to do a certain theme (Vegas Tiki) stick to that theme 100%.
Placing say three things in your bar area that FIT the theme is always better than

just stuffing in things to fill up the room. Good luck!

Thortiki

PS Just because something is Tiki doesn't mean it fits YOUR theme!!!


 
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Swanky
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2007-01-10 7:27 pm   Permalink

Puffer fish pendant lights over the bar. I can make you a deal. Click here
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jpmartdog
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Joined: Mar 27, 2005
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From: Amesbury, Mass
Posted: 2007-01-10 7:28 pm   Permalink

Booze and chicks and oh yea, Tiki mugs! Any questions? (Dean and Frank and Joey and Sammy would be proud)
Throw in a velvet Elvis or a velvet wahine and you're golden, ask Bamboo ben to contribute and you've gone pro!

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TIKI DAVID
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Joined: Apr 07, 2004
Posts: 1961
From: North Coast/ DEAD
Posted: 2007-01-10 8:12 pm   Permalink

you are gonna need a 12 ft out rigger canoe.

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 6166
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2007-01-10 8:44 pm   Permalink

Welcome to TC....I am pretty new myself and also in the process of creating my own lounge. Like everyone has said so far, check out the posts of other's home projects. You can use the search feature on this site and the key words <home tiki bar pictures> and you will find lots of information and get some great ideas.

I am really liking the gold lame'.
http://www.incrediblegifts.com/elpreslifsiz1.html?gclid=COeojLrF14kCFRznYAodPkqg0g

Elvis has left the tiki bar!!!
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dibroc
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Joined: Jul 29, 2006
Posts: 378
From: Sunny Southern Califiorina
Posted: 2007-01-10 9:08 pm   Permalink

you can never go wrong adding a doug horne piece or two. http://www.swampfirelounge.com



sorry for the typo

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MrBaliHai
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Joined: Jun 01, 2002
Posts: 876
From: Behind the Cheddar Curtain
Posted: 2007-01-11 04:45 am   Permalink

Correct lighting is key to setting the proper mood in a home bar. Check out Humuhumu's definitive post on the topic.
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mzoltarp
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Joined: Apr 28, 2006
Posts: 163
From: Bakersfield, California
Posted: 2007-01-11 05:07 am   Permalink

We converted our garage into a bar. When the house was built, the garage had fully finished and insulated walls which is not that common in some tracts. For years it was a junk drawer. So two summers we took everything out, painted the walls and ceiling turquiose and the floor grey. The furniture is mostly period correct and purchased in pristine condition from thrift stores. We found two period correct (all late 50's early 60's feel) at overstock.com. We installed easy to assemble cabinets from Lowes down one side of the garage for storage. Lighting is a mixture of from the period lamps found at thrift stores and REWIRED (that's important and easy to do) and IKEA. The bar is a great piece of furniture we found at an antiquue store. We call it the Telstar Lounge. If anyone is interested in more about this, please send me a message.

 
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Urban Tiki
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Joined: Aug 18, 2004
Posts: 529
From: The Tropical Isle of Manhattan
Posted: 2007-01-11 07:05 am   Permalink

You definitely need this:


Available here:

http://www.neonsign.com/dealers/signform.html?section=eng_neonsigns&sign=welcometovegas

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Block 16 Lounge
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Joined: Jan 10, 2007
Posts: 17
From: Chicago
Posted: 2007-01-11 07:40 am   Permalink

All excellent ideas. Thanks!

For the walls I'm thinking Lauhala matting from floor to ceiling with exposed paneling in between, about every 4 feet or so.

For the lighting, it'll be trickier because I've only got five fixtures - all of which are wired for flourescent tubes (talk about anti-tiki), so I'm hoping for some specific advice on that. Can I swithc out tungsten tubes for the flourescents? Can I buy colored light covers? I also like the puffer fish light suggestion, but I may hang them along the bar.

As for the floors, I have no idea. I'm working with a tight budget, and wall-to-wall carpeting and even cork tiles are out of my range. Does anyone think that a couple throw rugs might work? Any other ideas?

The ceiling is simply a drop ceiling painted white. Don't know if I should mess with that or not.

I bought the house a few months back, and one of the best finds I dug up in a dusty corner of the basement was a nude oil painting on black velvet. So that's taken care of. If I could just figure out a name for her...


 
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Swanky
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 5318
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2007-01-11 08:18 am   Permalink

You might leave the flourescents (they are inset in the drop ceiling I assume.) and just cover the whole mess with burlap or some other cheap easy material. Then, at 3AM you can turn on the ugly lights and drive people out, or, just see well to clean. And then put in some regualr can lights around the perimeter, maybe planning to have things on the wall highlighted. Put them on a dimmer for sure. This will help. You want light aimed down, not up. It helps control it better.

Hit the thrift stores for baskets and other woven things like vegetable steamers, that you can use to make your own hanging lamps. With a bit of scrap tapa and burlap, etc, you can easily make these cheap materials into very authentic looking lighting. If you have bamboo around, you can also cut it into strips so that it is bendable and make things from that.

It's always about using cheap things creatively.
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TikiLaLe
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Joined: Feb 09, 2006
Posts: 891
From: Largo, Floriduh
Posted: 2007-01-11 7:15 pm   Permalink

Pics. Please ... How long is the bar going to be... long bar more people more people better party !!!!!

 
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