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I got a Tiki Bar in my basement.
Tikitastic2009
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Joined: Feb 01, 2011
Posts: 4
From: Madison, NJ 07940
Posted: 2011-02-01 12:49 pm   Permalink

Nine months ago I started construction on my Tiki Lounge. Which I have named after my new kitten Tiki. Please tell me what you think.

The TikiTastic Lounge under construction:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=70994&id=1387275221&l=4eddd29f59

The TikiTastic Lounge Tour:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=100301&id=1387275221&l=75b2061ef4









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Trader Tom
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Joined: Jan 26, 2006
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From: Hillsboro, OR
Posted: 2011-02-01 2:47 pm   Permalink

This looks like a very cozy space with a nice big bar. I like all the bamboo and the mood lighting from multiple colored lights.

However, I don't see any big carved Tikis, pufferfish lamps, tapa cloth, Tiki mugs, hula girls or rum bottles...

Your bar is probably a little too sportsbar/Jimmy Buffet centered for most on these forums.

See the ABOUT page at top of Tiki Central's site which reads:

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Chip and Andy
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Joined: Jul 13, 2004
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From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2011-02-01 3:01 pm   Permalink

I have a suggestion... not so much for you because your bar looks pretty much done. And it looks way cool! I am guessing your a Jets Fan?

Just a general suggestion regarding TV's and Exotic Bar spaces

If you want to include a TV in your lounge you can 'hide' it behind doors. Doors closed, smaller exotic bar. Doors open, game on and party time!

If you spend a lot of time in your bar and you spend a lot of that time with the TV on,and therefore the door idea fails because they are always open, you can hide the TV behind some smoked plexiglass. Visit a local sign shop, or ask the internets, for a very light tint on the plexi. Decorate around the plexi screen as if you were decorating around a fish tank. If you turn the brightness of the tv to a higher setting you will never really notice the plexi, and being plexi your remotes will still do their job. Then, when the TV is off, it doesn't look like a TV turned off, it looks like a window or dark fish tank.

I had some pictures of this idea somewhere and it looks really neat! When I find them I'll share.
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Chip and Andy
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From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2011-02-01 3:08 pm   Permalink

P.S....Trader Tom, lighten up. Its a great bar! Bamboo, dark atmosphere, parrots, pirate flags, a lot of personal touches that reflect their tastes. I would so love to watch the Super Bowl in that setting. I think the only thing truly missing is a blowfish lamp.


Hey, Tikitastic2009, I see your in the New York area. I can connect you to some of the local tiki people who can help you build a couple of blowfish lamps to contribute to the atmosphere of the bar. Some of them are even Jets fans

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Hakalugi
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2011-02-01 3:17 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-02-01 15:08, Chip and Andy wrote:
... I think the only thing truly missing is a blowfish lamp.

...




And some real Tikis.


 
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Trader Tom
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Posted: 2011-02-01 3:21 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-02-01 15:08, Chip and Andy wrote:
P.S....Trader Tom, lighten up. Its a great bar!



Absolutely, it's a great bar. Sorry if I came off as a rule Nazi.

Don't tear it down by any means. But do add some carved Tikis and put some rum drinks on the menu if you get a chance.


 
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Kon-Hemsby
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
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From: Andover, England
Posted: 2011-02-02 05:19 am   Permalink

Nice bar. I enjoyed the build pictures, very comprehensive.

You could get one of those aquarium DVD's and have it on loop when you're not watching TV.

And great space for a bar.

Well done.
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2011-02-02 05:50 am   Permalink

Looks like you put a lot of work into your bar...love the ceiling, nice ambiance with the lighting. It's good to include items in your bar that you like and enjoy looking at...especially when drinking...LOL. Throw in a couple of life-sized Tikis...bars are a work in progress. Keep up the great work.

 
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Matt Reese
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Joined: May 09, 2005
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2011-02-03 1:13 pm   Permalink

I hid my tv in the box pictured here that reads coconuts. The front just detatches.



I know the coconuts box is the first thing your eyes are drawn to. (heh heh)




 
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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2011-02-03 1:58 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-02-03 13:13, Matt Reese wrote:
The front just detatches.






 
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2011-02-03 4:32 pm   Permalink

Is that a Tiki Bar in your basement, or are just happy to see me?

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
Posts: 3516
From: HELL
Posted: 2011-02-04 08:55 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-02-03 13:13, Matt Reese wrote:
I hid my tv in the box pictured here that reads coconuts. The front just detatches.



I know the coconuts box is the first thing your eyes are drawn to. (heh heh)







...lovely coconuts indeed !!


 
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Tikitastic2009
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Joined: Feb 01, 2011
Posts: 4
From: Madison, NJ 07940
Posted: 2011-02-04 12:03 pm   Permalink

Thanks everybody for the great information and feedback.

Chip and Andy, I would love to make a blowfish lamp, please hook me up with people in my area.

Trader Tom, Thank you for your input too. Last weekend I finally got two tiki masks carved from Bali. I will be adding my tiki mug collection and some statues soon. Really want to get a hula girl lamp that moves. The only hula girl I got so for is a dashboard one.

Kon-Hemsby,The aquarium DVD is a great idea will do soon as I find a nice HD movie download. The large tv is a HD projector screen and multiple monitors around the room which I have made bamboo frames or tropical wood frames. That I am playing music video's and my favorite tropical/Tiki movies and Tv shows. Hard Rock TikiStyle you can say.

The sports bar thing: The NY Jets is only up for the football games it not a permanent fixture.

Here is a little background about my tiki lounge. I travel a lot for work I am a trade show guru. I manage my company exhibits. I try to go to as many tiki bars as I can to bring different idea's home. My favorite Tiki type place is the Tonga Room in San Francisco so far. My two favorite vacation destinations are Key West and New Orleans that is why those influences are in the lounge. I also got some of my influences from movies and TV Shows. Movies Like Donovan's Reef, Club Paradise, Kon-Tiki, and the John Wayne's War Movies. The TV show such as Gilligan's Island, Adventures in Paradise, Ba Ba Black Sheep, Magnum P.I., and Mc Hale's Navy. I love adventure books that take place on the sea specially when the ports of call are in Polynesian islands. Books by Clive Cussler and a Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett just to name a few.

All most all the materials for the tiki lounge is O.P.G "Others People Garbage" and I purchase two rattan chairs from Craigslist. But most of it was garbage picked. For the wood I used pallets for my work got old wood from home renovations in area. The decor I repainted and refurbish and I order some from Internet and brought items back for business trips and vacations.

I got the bamboo fencing from a garden center and the rest of the bamboo from Pier 1 Imports. From Pier 1 I got bamboo poles 1 3/4" x 72" for $12.95 a bundle of three and bamboo placement $1.99. I used beach mats for the wall I got at discount store for .99 each.

I split the ceiling into four area the leis and red bamboo, beads and yellow bamboo, fishing net and sea life, and thatch entree area. I am still working on the last two area's

The TikiTastic Lounge seats 16 people with two people behind the bar. I add four copper top tables. The reason I got the copper top tables is that it reminds me of great breakfast spot in New Orleans off Jackson Square where my wife and I ate last spring.

The Tiki lounge is always evolving and I am adding new things all the time. What gets add to the Tiki Lounge is dependent on the tides of my neighborhood trash.

I am traveling for work the week of Feb 14 and I will be in San Diego. Does anybody know of any good tiki shopping stops? So I can TIKI UP my lounge. Also I will be in Ft Lauderdale, FL the second week in March. Any recommendation of tiki bars or shopping spots for these cities would be great.

Thanks again,

Robby

Sent From Robby's iPad Via The Coconut Telegraph, 25 Words or Less!



 
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sneakyjack
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Joined: May 25, 2004
Posts: 1036
From: NYC Area
Posted: 2011-02-04 6:18 pm   Permalink

San diego has a plenty of spots that sell tiki type stuff for bars straight up - signs and bamboo and all sorts of stuff.
You should visit the Bali Hai and stop by the gift shop as well as grab some mugs.
Over by mission beach near san diego there are tiki stops but be sure to go visit Freaky Boutiki. Hodadhank is on here search him out too!


Ft lauderdale - Mai Kai and wreck bar - maybe ask CHIPANDANDY for some info from that area since they chimed in earlier in the post.

IN NYC - Ottos shrunken head / PainKiller / Lani Kai.
IN NJ Chans and Lees.

Have fun.


 
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MauiRose
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Joined: Feb 28, 2009
Posts: 169
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2011-02-05 09:02 am   Permalink

I love that rattan chair! And nice job with the bamboo on the walls.

Here's a thread with advice on going to the Mai Kai:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=36761&forum=16

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