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JOHN-O's Zombie Road Trip...
JOHN-O
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Joined: May 16, 2008
Posts: 2685
From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2013-05-21 10:19 pm   Permalink

"Tiki is so Gay !!"

Ever hear that flippant remark from non-Tikiphiles who just don't get it ?? I guess it must be their knee jerk reaction to all of the flowery shirts, umbrella drinks, elevator music, and cute ceramic mugs. (<--- Sarcasm)

Well on one particular Tiki outing, I found that statement to be 100% accurate.

Let's all take a visit to Palm Springs' #1 Gay bar... Toucans Tiki Lounge !!



So with all the Tiki peeps in town for Caliente 2013, making side trips to the Shag Store, M Modern, Lyons, Tropicale, Ace Swim Club, Sherman's Deli, etc. etc., I saw not one Facebook Check In to this place, the ONLY Tiki bar in town. What's up with that ??

Well I had this place high on my Tiki itinerary. So with 90 minutes to kill between films at the Palm Springs Film Noir Festival, I decided to check it out.

So let's see. Tikis... check. Faux rock waterfall... check. Bamboo thatch... check. Polynesian murals... check. Total sausage fest (Haha)... check.






Yup, this place was a bonafide Tiki bar.

Plus what other Tiki bar has (count 'em) THREE disco balls and a big screen TV with Village People music videos in regular rotation (which I would have assumed to be a cliche, but nope it was reality).

Tiki Fabulous !!

The thing that really annoyed me however were the surf boards. I dunno why but I despise surf boards inside the Tiki bar.

And how were the cocktails ?? Well I asked the bartender if they had Tropical cocktails on the menu, he said not really but he could mix me whatever I wanted. I asked if he could make a Zombie, and he replied "No problem". He did warn me twice that it was a really expensive drink ($11) and really really strong (three quarters alcohol) but I said "Bring it on".

After mixing the cocktail and placing in front of me, he waited in anticipation for me to take a sip to validate its authenticity. Now while a bit crude, I did recognize the drink as that 1934 classic. "Yup, that's a Zombie all right", I said.



And later after returning to the film fest, that drink hit me like a ton of bricks sitting in my empty stomach. I nodded off for several minutes and missed key plot points of a rarely screened film.

So for those of you who might be dismissive that a Gay bar can be Tiki, let me state that Toucans makes a WAY better Zombie than the pathetic fruit punch version they serve at Trader Vic's.

It was pretty dead on that Friday afternoon but I'll have to return on a weekend late night when I understand it really gets Tiki flamboyant. Maybe in Oct for Rory's next event. Anyone else game ?? I think I'll drag BigTikiDude with me.


 
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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2013-05-22 06:21 am   Permalink

John-O. I never want to see the words "Drag" and "Big Tiki Dude" in the same sentence again, especially in the context of a gay tiki bar!
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tikilongbeach
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Joined: Aug 05, 2011
Posts: 1283
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2013-05-22 08:19 am   Permalink

Tiki Cocktail Lounge in Modesto is another gay tiki bar.







 
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Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1798
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-05-22 09:59 am   Permalink

That place has some great tikis.

 
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lunavideogames
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Joined: May 09, 2012
Posts: 1091
From: San Diego
Posted: 2013-05-22 10:48 am   Permalink

Looks fun! I would think that they would want to keep the wangs on their tikis. I guess those silly missionaries made it all the way to Palm Springs...

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 5896
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-05-22 11:08 am   Permalink

I don't know how you find the time John
I thought you had been hanging with us the whole time?


 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8849
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2013-05-22 11:30 am   Permalink

I'm not saying anything.


 
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Pittsburgh pauly
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Joined: Jan 31, 2010
Posts: 388
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-06-04 07:55 am   Permalink

I'm glad that my people are carrying on the great tradition of camp.

 
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Hale Tiki
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From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-06-04 09:10 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-06-04 07:55, Pittsburgh pauly wrote:
I'm glad that my people are carrying on the great tradition of camp.



Italians?


 
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White Devil
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Posted: 2013-06-04 09:35 am   Permalink

Where are the ferns?

    
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-06-04 10:42 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-06-04 09:10, Hale Tiki wrote:
Quote:

On 2013-06-04 07:55, Pittsburgh pauly wrote:
I'm glad that my people are carrying on the great tradition of camp.



Italians?



Steel workers?


 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2013-06-04 10:46 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-06-04 07:55, Pittsburgh pauly wrote:
I'm glad that my people are carrying on the great tradition of camp.



Steeler fans? Pirate Fans? Penguin fans?


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Or Got Rum?
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Joined: Jul 29, 2009
Posts: 331
From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2013-06-04 1:23 pm   Permalink

Quote:
On 2013-06-04 07:55, Pittsburgh pauly wrote:
I'm glad that my people are carrying on the great tradition of camp.



Fanatical lovers of Primanti Bros. & Robert Wholey?


 
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Pittsburgh pauly
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From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-06-07 3:19 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-06-04 13:23, Or Got Rum? wrote:
Quote:
On 2013-06-04 07:55, Pittsburgh pauly wrote:
I'm glad that my people are carrying on the great tradition of camp.



Fanatical lovers of Primanti Bros. & Robert Wholey?



Never thought I'd see a Wholey's reference on TC! HA!
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White Devil
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Posted: 2013-07-18 10:52 am   Permalink

Unfortunately, the Atlanta Trader Vic's is turning into a drag queen hangout on Thursday nights...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=328276533970809&set=a.111944038937394.15196.101202020011596&type=1&theater



I don't think they'd have to look very far to find genuine wahines, and I can only imagine what these bozos/bozettes sound like. I think real tikiphiles should register their opinions about this with Trader Vic's management.

TVs should stand for Trader Vic's, and not anything else.

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