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Bimbo 365 Club-Home of the girl in the fish bowl
1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 1922
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2010-03-05 9:32 pm   Permalink

Unfortunately I did not win this auction on ebay, but was curious if anyone knew
anything about the place.I thought the ashtray graphics were very cool-a woman
riding a fish.My first thought was thinking of the wreck bar in Florida with the
swimming mermaids .I think a new MCM tiki bar with a viewing tank built the
length of the bar would just be the cats meow !




 
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Cool Manchu
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Joined: Aug 03, 2003
Posts: 561
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2010-03-05 9:49 pm   Permalink

Bimbo's is still open to this day. However I have never been, so I cannot comment on the "girl in the fishbowl."

But they do have a history page that includes some information...

http://www.bimbos365club.com/history.html

[ This Message was edited by: Cool Manchu 2010-03-05 21:51 ]


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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11140
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-03-05 11:22 pm   Permalink

A San Francisco classic!:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=30226&forum=17&vpost=414950

Didn't Devo play there, too?

Not really Tiki, though.


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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2792
From: Carson, California
Posted: 2010-03-06 12:20 am   Permalink

I own a few pieces of paper from this place:

napkin


matchbook


photo-folder


and here's what the optical illusion of the girl in the fishbowl looks like nowadays (from a Flickr photo)


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Chip and Andy
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Joined: Jul 13, 2004
Posts: 2202
From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2010-03-06 06:40 am   Permalink

Andy and I LOVE Bimbo's 365!

OK, past tense cuz we live in Florida now, but still it is one the coolest venues in all of SF.

If any of you remember the Chris Issac Show from cable a few years back, he used the "Girl in the Fishbowl" as a kind of guru/counselor/spiritual guide.


 
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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
Posts: 2330
From: SoMass
Posted: 2010-03-06 3:23 pm   Permalink

Found this a few weeks ago:





 
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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Joined: Jul 20, 2003
Posts: 1070
From: Edmonton
Posted: 2010-03-06 7:25 pm   Permalink

I loved the Chris Isaak show - I wish it would be released on dvd. Bobby Jo Moore played the girl in the goldfish bowl



Chris Isaak and his band were the house band at Bimbo's in the series. The exteriors were shot in SF but the interiors were filmed in Vancouver.
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Brenda's Tiki Hut
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Joined: May 02, 2006
Posts: 354
From: Sacramento
Posted: 2010-03-08 10:45 am   Permalink

Bimbo's is classic! My parents went there when they were dating. It's a terrific venue and they book really cool acts. Wanted to go to their New Year's Eve show, but got a better offer (hard to believe, I know). Bill, when you are up north again, I can pull out my vintage Bimbo's collection.

 
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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 1922
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2010-03-08 1:13 pm   Permalink

Sounds good Brenda,I look forward to it.I want to know if the women swam in a tank
like the Yankee Clipper in Ft. Lauderdale ?


 
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JenTiki
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Joined: Jun 16, 2006
Posts: 1832
From: An island in the bay
Posted: 2010-03-08 4:45 pm   Permalink

The women don't actually swim in a fishtank. It is an optical illusion. They pretend to swim on a rotating platform in the bowels of the building and it is projected into the fishtank in a way that makes it appear that they're in the tank. But that "girl riding fish" image is a large statue they have in the main lobby.

Bimbo's is an amazing room with wonderful mid-century details and really great bands! I highly recommend a visit to Bimbo's if there is a cool band playing when you're in town!

But I also agree with Bigbro that Bimbo's is most definitely not tiki. This should be in the "Beyond Tiki" forum.


 
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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 1922
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2010-03-08 4:58 pm   Permalink

Yeah Thanks JenTiki I had the same thought after the fact.Thanks for the info, I will
have to check it out some time when I am up north.


 
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