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Frankie's TIKI Room ...Las Vegas
Matiki
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From: The island of Michigan
Posted: 2014-11-08 06:14 am   Permalink

Wow....just got back from SEMA....spent every evening at Frankie's after the show. I had been to the Mai Kai, Trader Vic's, and Kahikki ...but this place was different. It's not trying to be anything but a cool place to walk in and have a drink or 3! If this place was in Detroit my Wife would no where to find me after the kids went to bed! Great drinks, the decor is awesome, great folks behind the bar, great tunes in the box, the video screens not showing sports or election rants....highlight for me was meeting Bud Guagh original drummer of Sublime at SEMA, chatting for a bit, told him about the place and he says, dude let's meet up there tonight...didn't have to twist my arm..he's got a great surf band called Del Mar...we spent the next 3 hours laughing, talking cars, music, family...truly a great guy that has overcome some of life's challenges and came out better for it....he dug the place! You can keep the Vegas Strip.....I'm going to Frankie's...my mugs made it home and are now safely on the shelf and the Tshirts in the wash!

 
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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2014-11-11 10:38 am   Permalink

Thats funny Mattiki. He ( Bud) sent me a text while he was there saying, BB guess where I am? With a close up of the back bar. Glad you enjoyed Frankie's!
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-11-12 4:25 pm   Permalink

New anniv mugs on the web site...












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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-12-07 07:24 am   Permalink

Another great anniv bash
6 yrs














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Fez Moai
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Posted: 2014-12-08 5:58 pm   Permalink

I love Frankies! My only gripe is the cigarette smoke. I had to hang the t-shirt that I bought there out in my back yard for a few days to air out.

 
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2014-12-09 09:14 am   Permalink

Good times at this years 6th anniversary! Added a new painting by Doug Horne and a couple other tune ups. 13 purse hooks for you ladies on the bar face now and Benzart and C'Al's outside tikis got a little spar. Not bad for 6 years in the Vegas sun. ( Benzarts lono was made in the 90's for the Tropicana! ) And a little Swank Bastards action. See y'all next year! Lucky 7 baby!!!













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Kahiki Guy
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From: Baltimore, MD
Posted: 2015-05-21 1:19 pm   Permalink

I got married in Vegas last September and the first place we hit when we landed was Frankie's. Then two days later, the first place we went to after the wedding was Frankie's. And guess where the last place we went before we flew home the next day was?...Here's some mug and interior pics. Enjoy!














This was our bartender 2 out of the 3 times we went. This guy's good. Been there since the beginning. Watching him mix drinks is nearly as enjoyable as drinking them...nearly.


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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2015-05-21 1:23 pm   Permalink

Congrats on the wedding! My last time in Vegas, we also started and finished at Frankie's. Almost missed our flight home...

I hope Shag's Love Meter is still in the place? I didn't see it in your photos, so hope it's still there.

Go buy their cocktail recipe book, it's beautifully photographed and has many of their recipes in it.

Cheers to you and your bride!


 
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Kahiki Guy
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Posted: 2015-05-21 1:26 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-05-21 13:23, AceExplorer wrote:
Congrats on the wedding! My last time in Vegas, we also started and finished at Frankie's. Almost missed our flight home...

I hope Shag's Love Meter is still in the place? I didn't see it in your photos, so hope it's still there.

Go buy their cocktail recipe book, it's beautifully photographed and has many of their recipes in it.

Cheers to you and your bride!



Thanks!

yeah, it's still there. We did take pics of us using the meter, but they came out a little blurry...that tends to happen a lot later in our evenings...not sure why............

Oh we absolutely bought their book. I've been making their drinks at home ever since. My favorite is the "Kahiki Kai"...hence my TC nickname.

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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2015-05-21 1:35 pm   Permalink

That's awesome! Try their Fink Bomb - it layers VERY nicely, especially if poured slowly over a round ice ball in a double-old-fashioned glass. Your guests will be impressed.

Have you bought your bottle of Stroh's yet? heh...


 
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Kahiki Guy
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Posted: 2015-05-21 4:40 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-05-21 13:35, AceExplorer wrote:
That's awesome! Try their Fink Bomb - it layers VERY nicely, especially if poured slowly over a round ice ball in a double-old-fashioned glass. Your guests will be impressed.

Have you bought your bottle of Stroh's yet? heh...



I had the fink bomb at Frankie's, and loved it! I've made it here at home, but haven't purchased the stroh 80 yet, and opted to use goslings in its place. Not a perfect match by any means, but a tasty concoction nonetheless. Thanks for your suggestions and comments!

Cheers
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kkocka
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Posted: 2015-05-21 5:39 pm   Permalink

I've been meaning to ask this for awhile, and now seems to be the perfect time - how would you all rate the book of Frankie's drinks? I've heard mixed reviews, ranging from "the drinks aren't great" to "ingredients are hard to find/random/uncommon etc." Similar to Kahuna Kevin's books I guess (no knock on you there Kev). Three Rum Scum looks and sounds pretty delicious, but not sure if the rest of the recipes are worthwhile.
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Kahiki Guy
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Posted: 2015-05-21 6:39 pm   Permalink

I've got mixed feelings about the book for the very reasons you've listed. I have a fairly well stocked home bar (not nearly as good as some here), and I'm only able presently to make about 4 of the cocktails in the book, typically because of lacking one particular flavor of obscure syrup or tropical fruit soda. There are some pretty obscure ingredients in there, but a lot of them repeat themselves throughout the book, so once you've got them, you'll be able to make a lot of what's in there, but there are also some really helpful recipes for making your own syrups and such that are required for some of the cocktails. In all, I'd say the book is well worth owning, and is filled with beautiful illustrations, cool vegas/tiki facts, and, like i said before, some good recipes for syrups and other mixes, as well as some particularly tasty beverages.
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2015-05-22 06:50 am   Permalink

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On 2015-05-21 17:39, kkocka wrote:
...how would you all rate the book of Frankie's drinks?



I have mixed feelings about EVERY cocktail recipe book. And I have more books and more recipes than I can possibly go through in my lifetime. (I only have one liver, sadly...)

Every book has drinks you like and drinks you don't like. But as Kahiki Guy said, there are some good things about syrups and a few other things in their book. Remember also that they are innovators, so you'll get some very refreshing new approaches.

To me, the whole point behind owning a collection of cocktail books is to be able to do some research. Because there are so many variations to making drinks, and syrups, and bitters, and infusions, I try to compare methods and ingredients from several sources (and from several time periods) whenever I strike out to do something which is both new and important for me to "get right."

So I *would* recommend buying the Frankie's book, especially if you are committed to making drinks on a regular basis. I think you will enjoy looking at the photos, trying a handful of drinks that look and sound appealing, and you will likely find a few that are winners to you personally. The Frankie's book has led many (myself included) to discover some new things. Also, it's a nice book to keep handy, as it can draw non-experienced friends into a colorful world of new cocktails, and it can act as a gateway to traditional cocktails.

A couple thoughts on Frankie's Fink Bomb - you can sub the rum and still be very successful. Avoid subbing the Midori, all other melon liqueurs which I have tried (to save money for a friend who threw a low-budget tiki party) do not deliver the same good and rich melon flavor as the Midori.


 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2015-05-22 06:53 am   Permalink

One more thing - the photography in the Frankie's book is also good for looking at garnishes. Serving a drink is one thing. Serving a drink with a good garnish is another.

 
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