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My tiki bar (please critique)
Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-11 06:40 am   Permalink

I thought after a year of work (as time and money permitted), I would show my bar. I am open to critiques and recommendations. I am going to get some more lighting, especailly the required puffer fish lamp. But now I need suggestions of what to improve. Let me know (more pics to follow)




Thanks

Lingam

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Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-11 06:41 am   Permalink

Another shot



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Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-11 06:42 am   Permalink

Yet another



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Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-11 06:43 am   Permalink

Last one



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McTiki
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Posted: 2007-05-11 06:57 am   Permalink

I am lovin the walls and ceiling. The bar itself could use some boo -n- matting treatments. Some cool retro stools and voila!

 
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Kon-Hemsby
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Posted: 2007-05-11 07:12 am   Permalink

Great start to the bar and great bottle selection.

Some period furniture, some pictures, a few more tikis and some float lamps would certainly add to it.



 
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Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-11 08:33 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-05-11 06:57, McTiki wrote:
I am lovin the walls and ceiling. The bar itself could use some boo -n- matting treatments. Some cool retro stools and voila!



I have been thinking of doing something like this



but I don't want to permanently afix anything to the bar. Maybe I can create a modesty panel with the matting and screw it onto the face of the bar. I am certainly looking for stools I think some vintage ratan ones.

Lingam


 
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McTiki
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Posted: 2007-05-11 12:51 pm   Permalink

I can sympathize with not wanting to alter the original for whatever reason. (See my store pics) This is what creative genious is for. Using 1/4" plywood, you can not only cover the existing bar, but, create a larger appearance to it as well!


Good lookin space so far.


You can't go wrong with Rattan stools!


The mentioning of more Tiki influences and the addition of poly influenced lighting are dead on.

I was focussing purely on the main eye catchers first, but since the walls already have matting, I went bar-side first as it was not adorned yet! (Nice selections by the way!)


Mahalo and thank you for sharing


McTiki


 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2007-05-11 1:03 pm   Permalink

Well, it's very plain so far. Obviously you need stuff on the walls. I would maybe hang a spear from the record shelf supports and maybe run some directed lights on a dimmer under those too that add a little light to the wall stuff. You just have to break up that space. More stuff, period, but more stuff hanging.

On the bar, why not permanently attach? At least do some bamboo framing.

I'd also add cross "beams" to your ceiling and use some jute to tie them together for the island look. I would also put large bamboo or even just some weathered logs in the corners. You have a lot of hut look going, you want to continue the illusion. Are you in a hut? Make it look like it all over.

Nothing a few years of collecting and creating can't make great.
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Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-11 1:12 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-05-11 12:51, McTiki wrote:
I can sympathize with not wanting to alter the original for whatever reason. (See my store pics) This is what creative genious is for. Using 1/4" plywood, you can not only cover the existing bar, but, create a larger appearance to it as well!


Good lookin space so far.


You can't go wrong with Rattan stools!


The mentioning of more Tiki influences and the addition of poly influenced lighting are dead on.

I was focussing purely on the main eye catchers first, but since the walls already have matting, I went bar-side first as it was not adorned yet! (Nice selections by the way!)


Mahalo and thank you for sharing


McTiki



It doesn't show well but I have several tikis the record shelf as well as around the jukebox. I am looking to carve a tiki god that I have designed to be placed on the left of the jukebox. But I need to freshen up my carving skills before that happens. I appreciate all the comments. Please keep them coming.

Lingam


 
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Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-11 1:17 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-05-11 13:03, Swanky wrote:
Well, it's very plain so far. Obviously you need stuff on the walls. I would maybe hang a spear from the record shelf supports and maybe run some directed lights on a dimmer under those too that add a little light to the wall stuff. You just have to break up that space. More stuff, period, but more stuff hanging.

On the bar, why not permanently attach? At least do some bamboo framing.

I'd also add cross "beams" to your ceiling and use some jute to tie them together for the island look. I would also put large bamboo or even just some weathered logs in the corners. You have a lot of hut look going, you want to continue the illusion. Are you in a hut? Make it look like it all over.

Nothing a few years of collecting and creating can't make great.




Alas, a plain tiki bar. Oh no! I plan on putting two tiki masks (back lit from inside) on the long green wall to help break up the space. I do like the spear idea with lights, thats really cool.

The reason I don't want to permanantly attach anything is, I hand built the bar and if I ever decide to change the decor (not that I think I will mind you) I do not want to damage the bar. It is all red oak so its not cheap to repair.

I appreciate your ideas and suggestions. If you are ever around Nashville let me know and you can come have a couple drinks with us.

Lingam


 
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Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-11 1:23 pm   Permalink

The Bar






 
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Surf tiki
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Posted: 2007-05-11 3:34 pm   Permalink

I have a couple of comments:

I love the look but it needs more"stuff" to make it a little more intimate.

You have too much liquor, you should either send some to me or invite me over. This will help declutter your shelves.


 
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greentikipat
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From: st. pete fl
Posted: 2007-05-11 8:42 pm   Permalink

very good suggestion for the liquer problem, Surf.
hi Lingam- great start on the pad. what about some (or a lot) of split bamboo and matting or grass on the juke? some heavy double sided tape would secure them without any permanent damage. more stuff/tiki/poly art is definatly the first thing, though. again, awesome start. definatly the perfectly sized space and layout. cheers!


 
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TikiMookie
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Posted: 2007-05-12 07:51 am   Permalink

Looks great so far!

You did a great job on the bar, I can see why you don't want to ruin it. You might just hang some tapa on the front of the bar and you could hang some tiki masks or something, and light it up? Just a thought...

Great job on the room. We look forward to the next update!


 
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