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So now Los Angeles area is down to how many classic Tiki Eaterys/bars?
Tom Slick
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Posted: 2007-05-01 12:08 am   Permalink

I can only think of two(maybe 3) places that are still on the map. Both are post mid century, but hell...they are about all we have
1. Tiki Ti
2. Bahookas
3. Damon's(I cannot confirm whether or not its still considered tiki)

Is there any other spots where you can grab some grog and grub and still feel the nostalgia(not to be confused with newstalgia) of the location?


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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2007-05-01 12:14 am   Permalink

Tonga Hut
Hale Hawaii (?)
Hawaiian Room (?)

There's no doubt the ranks are thinning, but there's still more vintage stuff than anywhere else.


 
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arriano
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Posted: 2007-05-01 10:15 am   Permalink

Most of the "classic" tiki places are gone from everywhere, not just LA. The only good news is that new ones continue to pop up to carry on the tradition.

 
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PremEx
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Posted: 2007-05-01 10:20 am   Permalink

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Hale Hawaii (?)



Still there. I drop in about once or twice a month. Nothing's changed since my last report in this thread:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=4796&forum=2

Fun little neighborhood bar, but certainly nothing on the scale of say a Trader Vic's or Bahooka.
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Ojaitimo
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Posted: 2007-05-01 12:52 pm   Permalink

The Warehouse in Marina Del Rey may not be traditional tiki but the owner Lee Spencer spent his birthday at Trader Vic's recently and told me he would like to add more tiki elements to the Warehouse. He is usually there on Wed and Fri evening if any one wants to ask him about it.

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PiPhiRho
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Posted: 2007-05-02 07:50 am   Permalink

The thing that set Trader Vic's apart from the other Tiki establishments, including the other "classic" ones is the quality of the drinks. The drinks at Trader Vic's and Tiki Ti are orders of magnitude ahead of everywhere else. At Hale Hawaii only the Scorpion is in that class, and while the quality of the food at Damon's has improved significantly, the drinks remain very ho-hum to sometime downright bad. As much as I love Bahooka, the drinks there remain nothing to rave about, either. Trader Vic's was the last of the old school Polynesian restaurants that combines a sense of upscale elegance with good food and excellent exotic cocktails. Some of the drinks on their menu were better even than those of Tiki Ti. I can make a Mai Tai at home that will be pretty close, but now I have to travel 400 miles Emeryville or San Francisco to get a Navy Grog of that quality.





 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2007-05-02 07:59 am   Permalink

PiPhiRho, I agree with you 100%. Tim, here is an idea maybe Lee Spenser should hire a couple of the bartenders from Trader Vic's like Alfie and Ben and then everything will be ok.

 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2007-05-02 08:04 am   Permalink

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On 2007-05-02 07:50, PiPhiRho wrote:
The thing that set Trader Vic's apart from the other Tiki establishments, including the other "classic" ones is the quality of the drinks.



As well as their mugs and bowls.


 
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tikiyaki
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2007-05-02 1:52 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-05-01 00:08, Tom Slick wrote:
I can only think of two(maybe 3) places that are still on the map. Both are post mid century, but hell...they are about all we have
1. Tiki Ti
2. Bahookas
3. Damon's(I cannot confirm whether or not its still considered tiki)

Is there any other spots where you can grab some grog and grub and still feel the nostalgia(not to be confused with newstalgia) of the location?


*didn't know if this post could be related here or locating tiki folder*
Sorry if this belongs in Locating folder.



Wait...how can Damons NOT be considered Tiki ? It's VERY Tiki. It's not necessarily Polynesian, but how many classic Tiki restaurants had real Polynesian food? Even La Mariana sailing club is nothing more than a Tiki Steakhouse, foodwise. Damons has LOTS of Tikis and Tiki decor in there.
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bigtikidude
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Posted: 2007-05-02 3:01 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-05-02 07:59, hiltiki wrote:
PiPhiRho, I agree with you 100%. Tim, here is an idea maybe Lee Spenser should hire a couple of the bartenders from Trader Vic's like Alfie and Ben and then everything will be ok.



Here here, I agree, that would be a terrific idea.
somebody mention that to Lee.

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Ojaitimo
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Posted: 2007-05-02 3:08 pm   Permalink

Good idea Hiltiki, I will be there this Friday but if anyones goes tonite, please suggest it to him.
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2010-09-14 08:00 am   Permalink

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On 2007-05-01 00:08, Tom Slick wrote:
I can only think of two(maybe 3) places that are still on the map. Both are post mid century, but hell...they are about all we have
1. Tiki Ti
2. Bahookas
3. Damon's(I cannot confirm whether or not its still considered tiki)

Is there any other spots where you can grab some grog and grub and still feel the nostalgia(not to be confused with newstalgia) of the location?


*didn't know if this post could be related here or locating tiki folder*
Sorry if this belongs in Locating folder.



I would add the Trader Vic's @ LA Live. Even though it is new, it is designed in the classic Tiki style, and is worthy of being added to the list.




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ron-tiki
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Posted: 2010-09-14 09:53 am   Permalink

purple orchid---- the galley---

 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2010-09-14 1:47 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-09-14 09:53, ron-tiki wrote:
purple orchid---- the galley---



Oh, I get it, but is the Galley tikified?
As much as I love Purple Orchid, for about a year, I used to go there every Fri night, it has yet to reach a "historic classic" longetivity, although this being LA, it may in about 2 more years.

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ron-tiki
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Posted: 2010-09-14 3:39 pm   Permalink

the galley is the oldest bar and restaurant in santa monica..although it is not tiki it has a lot of tiki /nautical elements like bamboo, puffer fish, etc..

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