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Tiki Oasis III Bartending
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
Posts: 268
From: Charleston, South Carolina
Posted: 2003-05-14 7:17 pm   Permalink

This was the best one I heard:

Patron: I would like a Mai Tai.

Barkeep 1: Oh, my Mai Tais are not that good he (Barkeep 2) makes the best Mai Tais.

Barkeep 2: I don't know how to make a Mai Tai.

Barkeep 1: So what do I do.

Barkeep 2: Just put whatever in there.

(Patron leaves for Rom 135)

No joke on the above exchange.


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Tiki Rider
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Joined: Oct 05, 2002
Posts: 497
From: South Orange County, CA
Posted: 2003-05-14 9:22 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the reply and explanations. I know you didn't have to say a thing but you stepped up to the plate. Your candor is refreshing. I shall return! Maybe you should also look into security in case those "ball poppers" return. Also get some WD-40 for those trash carts that your guys push through the parking lot at 7:45 am...those are obnoxious at that hour with a hangover... Aloha!

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Captain Ambience
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Joined: Jan 15, 2003
Posts: 69
From: Leucadia, Ca USA
Posted: 2003-05-15 09:23 am   Permalink

The wifey and I actually got some good drinks although from a stressed out overworked bartender. It was hot in that bar, really hot!
I suggest for next year we get some fans in there to cool things off, more bartenders and a seperate set of turntables in the bar so that people can lounge and sip their drinks to some cool exotica tunes. I would even bring some cool lights to hang up and stuff. Whaddya think?

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Tiki Bree
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Joined: Nov 05, 2002
Posts: 252
Posted: 2003-05-15 10:33 am   Permalink

Hi Guys and Gals!

There seems to be some discussion regarding the drinks at Tiki Oasis and, by association, some speculation about the drinks at the upcoming fabulous Hukilau.

On Saturday night, the Mai Kai's drinks will speak for themselves. Anyone who's been there can attest that it doesn't get much better than that. But the question is: what of the Friday night event at the host hotel??? Can a hotel baquet bar deliver a beverage worth calling "good grog"?

I spoke with Doug, the F&B Director at the Holiday Inn. Turns out he used to own a Polynesian restaurant in New Jersey for 19 years. It was called East Winds and was located in Scotch Plains on Route 22 (any New Jersyites ever been to it?). Anyway, this boy knows Tiki dinks and is going to work up a couple of choices to go with the usual banquet bar offerings. When he gives us the lowdown (choices, prices, etc.) we'll be sure and post it.

I suspect that with a seasoned tiki drink maker, we'll be in good hands.

As always, if anyone has questions or concerns, please email me at:

Tristan, humble Hukilau coorganizer

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Joined: Sep 05, 2002
Posts: 263
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2003-05-15 3:38 pm   Permalink

Unfortunately myself and Mrs. ModMana ordered a couple of the $9 Mai Tais. The bartenders were very friendly and seemed to genuinely be trying very hard to please...but we watched in amazement as they seemed to just dump whatever was handy into our glasses. Clearly they did not have a clue how to mix a Mai Tai (arguably the most common tropical drink we could have ordered). You could see his brain work as he was mixing...."uhhhh, put a bunch of rum in it, then fill it up with 2 or 3 other random liquers and, bam!, it's a Mai Tai, right". Well, no, they were horrible. However, we weren't about to waste $9 drinks, so we choked'em down anyway. On a positive note, they were incredibly strong. One of those was all it took to kick our ass for the entire afternoon. After that, we chose to mix our own in the "room bar".

Having said that, I really appreciate what CaseyJ had to say in his explanation of the situation. I'm confident that this year's event was a good learning experience for them and next year we will all enjoy great drinks from the Reef.


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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 446
From: LongBeach
Posted: 2003-05-16 2:34 pm   Permalink

Casey, using the Grog Log would be good but the Reef at the Tropics should have it's own signature drink. You could call it The Reefer.

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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 670
From: LBC
Posted: 2003-05-16 4:39 pm   Permalink

"The Reefer"


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