Joined: Nov 30, 2003
From: Kansas City, MO
|Posted: 2013-11-06 9:05 pm  Permalink|
Saturday Oct. 19, 2013. We FINALLY made our way up to Omaha and dropped in on the Mai-Tai Lounge. It's really a laid back and fun, friendly place. We had a very, very nice time. Mike and the gang really made our visit special right from the time we arrived. I parked the car and was snapping some photos outside when Mrs. 8FT started talking to some folks in the parking lot. Turns out it was Mike the bartender and he quickly figured out I was one of those "tiki central guys". There weren't any other patrons...yet, so he took us inside and gave us a neat tour of the whole place. So here are some pictures of a very memorable evening:
Entrance to the parking area is through a neat Japanese archway. They told us that some vandals recently set fire to it and it had to be repaired.
A closeup of the neon sign at dusk. It doesn't light up anymore.
The door has been repainted since the photo earlier in the thread. Let's go inside!
Here Mike shows where the access to the dolphin pool was.
Just down these stairs which are under the restaurant dining room floor.
A couple of views of the dining room.
Here's a view of various lamps in the stairwell between restaurant and bar.
And a closeup of one of the Orchids lamps down in the lounge.
A peek into the backroom of the restaurant provides a glimpse of the few remaining tiki mugs in the house.
Here's the back bar.
How about some black velvets? They have 3 of them.
And of course the tikis:
Mike started off behind the bar and then as the crowd grew he moved around the room visiting with the customers making sure everyone was having a good time.
He had us laughing all evening and we were glad we chose to sit at the bar because we were treated to a show along with great drinks!
Here Nate takes over and crafts a row of Mai Tais.
So here's to the Mai-Tai lounge in Omaha, NEBRASKA! Thanks, We WILL be back.
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