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The largest home Tiki bar allowed by law.
woofmutt
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 2639
From: Seattilite Telstar
Posted: 2002-06-25 01:40 am   Permalink

I finally made it to Castway Cove this past weekend. For those who don't know, Castaway Cove is the Tiki bar that our own TikiMaxton created in the wilds of his backyard near the outer edges of Portland, Oregon. Others have written about their visits, but what has never been fully expressed before is how HUGE Castaway Cove is. Maxton's Tiki bar could swallow your Tiki bar whole.
About the size of small city block (so I'm exagerating a little) Castawy Cove is in its own freestanding building which is nestled in the mostly tamed jungle that is Maxton's backyard. The rustic urban exterior of the building gives no hint of the exotica gigantica interior. Inside the walls and ceiling are completely covered in reed (Now we know the reason you can't get reed fencing at Home Depot anymore...Maxton bought it all!). There's a large 3 stool bar with a cool rocks-in-lucite bar top on it, a thatched roof over it, and a tapa patterned bark cloth covered wall with shelves of Tiki mugs, bottles, and paraphernalia behind it. The bar is the heart of Castawy Cove and one could happily sit and drink at it for hours, I'm sure. The bar is flanked by some of Maxton's electric Tiki torches (the sturdiness of which I can attest as I saw one hit the floor during the party but the electric flame did not go out).
Roughly a half acre behind the bar in a corner flooded with red light is a large rock fountain which looks like it could have came from some swell old Chinese restaurant (except Maxton's fountain works and isn't full of dusty plastic plants).
One wall near another corner is covered with a photo mural of a palm tree lined beach. As it's so large it really plays tricks with one's head, especially when the wall near it is suddenly rolled away to reveal an outdoor sandy beach guarded by two large palm trunk Tikis (when Maxton first mentioned this feature in a Tiki Central post I imagined a little 3'X 6' door opening on a tiny patch of sand...The actual opening is big enough to drive a school bus through).
Back to the yard surrounding Castawy Cove...It's pretty danged big and is full of dozens of mature plants and shrubs which create a really wild feel, especially when lit by Tiki torches. When the place becomes full of Tikis (probably not the Maxton's plan, but Tiki is a consuming passion) it'll seem like a tropical island.
I was at Castway Cove for the season opening party, and here are some party tips worth considering: Maxton had two types of Mai Tai on hand, the original and right one which was served to those in the know, and an orangey one for the folks who probably had a Mai Tai once on a Caribbean Carnival Cruise. His music was a mix of exotica with some swing and Sinatra type stuff. Good ideas as a party should be about entertainment not education.
And finally, a note on MrsMaxton's elegant presence in an incredibly cool Day-Glo orange and yellow vintage evening gown. Gliding through the twilight shadows of the yard she looked as if she were clothed in fire. It seemed just the sort of thing Pele herself would have worn for an evening on the town circa 1971.


 
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emmceedee11
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 14
Posted: 2002-06-25 09:48 am   Permalink

Wow!! That sounds wonderful. And I thought I was doing ok because I built a bar myself and a year later it is still standing.

Maybe I have missed them, but are there any pictures of TikiMaxton's bar around? I would really love to see it.

-Matt


 
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midnite
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 1230
From: 37? 47' N, 122? 26' W
Posted: 2002-06-25 10:56 am   Permalink

I have only seen a few shots of Maxton's creation but I can attest to his talents. My opinion he should become a full-part-time Tiki Bar architect/designer. I am definitely going to pick up two of his torches for my own Tiki decor, really I am!

Would be great to have a file of pics from Tiki members' home bars. There are quite a few out there, keeping the dream alive.

midnite...barless and not liking it, but try and put one in a small SF apartment!


 
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mig
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 323
From: Sunnycupertoga, CA
Posted: 2002-06-25 2:00 pm   Permalink

I would just like to third that motion. The Maxtons' pad is really something else. I haven't seen all that many peoples' home bars; but of those I have, two of them rise above the rest-- the Maxtons' and, of course, MrSmiley's. Those two set the curve.

 
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martiki
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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 3059
From: http://www.smugglerscovesf.com
Posted: 2002-06-25 2:22 pm   Permalink

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midnite...barless and not liking it, but try and put one in a small SF apartment!



Proud to have a tiki bar in a small SF apartment. Sure, there's no room to do irrelevant things like "sleep" or "eat", but that's the price ya pay. As Heather mentioned, we have been discussing a Bay Area home tiki bar tour. I'll be on the itinerary, as I hope many others will be (we'll all pile in to Shutterfly's offices one day and party at Mig's, too). I'll start a new forum on it soon, and we can see who's interested then. And we'll definitely have to have tour t-shirts made afterwards, so we can be like rock stars.


-martin


 
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kahukini
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Joined: Mar 28, 2002
Posts: 555
From: Saint Louis
Posted: 2002-06-25 2:31 pm   Permalink

you can do great things with limited space... because so much goes on the ceiling... so long as you paint the walls dark and the ceiling black, you can sit in your matchbox sized tiki bar and stare into the vast darkness beyond the floating pufferfish...

 
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woofmutt
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 2639
From: Seattilite Telstar
Posted: 2002-06-26 12:06 am   Permalink

There may be some photos of Maxton's Castaway Cove back at the Yahoo Tiki Central. I forgot to mention in my original post that I had seen photos of his place and they didn't begin to show how swell it really is.

 
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theandrewssister
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 75
From: London, England
Posted: 2002-06-26 11:45 am   Permalink

There were some pics -- in fact a whole pictorial tour, I'm sure -- back at the old Yahoo place. Of course, I may be mixing it up with something else, but I'm 90% sure. Can old posts from the Yahoo setup be accessed?

 
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mig
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 323
From: Sunnycupertoga, CA
Posted: 2002-06-26 2:02 pm   Permalink

I believe (but am not 100% sure) that Yahoo wiped out all photos when they converted to groups.

I can tell you that your humble moderators really want to get an image archive up and running, but they (okay, Hanford mostly, since he's the programmer) are still working on it!


 
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TikiMaxton
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 559
From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2002-06-27 10:22 am   Permalink

Thank you, woofmut for the wonderful write up, and everyone else for your comments. To everyone who cares to know, Woofmut is a gracious guest and I hope he'll become a regular fixture at CC events as he's only 3 hours away. He brought me some beautiful hand carved (by him) decorations, including 2 foam tiki wall hangings and a wooden Witco-inspired tiki head on a bamboo pole (the pole came from Sparky's garden as I understand it). Anyway, the party was a huge success, setting new records for crowd size (about 60 by evening's end) and liquor comsumption.

As I've been recently laid off and am no longer chained to a computer all day, I am way behind in my postings (I have over 500 TC messages waiting in my inbox!). At least now I don't have to write a party review, as Woofmutt beat me to the punch and did a much more flattering job of it than i would have.

RE pictures - I wish I could have had Sven shoot my bar while he was in town - his Alibi photos are incredible, and regular flash photography just doesn't cut it in a dark room like that... Maybe I'll do some experimenting with slow shutter speeds during my "sabbatical"...


 
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Biotron2000
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Joined: Apr 13, 2002
Posts: 383
From: Bakersfield, California
Posted: 2002-06-27 1:48 pm   Permalink

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beautiful hand carved (by him) decorations, including 2 foam tiki wall hangings



Woofmutt, I would love to hear more about these and how to make them, if you don't mind sharing...

Thanks!
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mrtikibar
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Joined: Jul 07, 2002
Posts: 837
From: Neskowin, OR
Posted: 2002-07-07 09:43 am   Permalink

I would love to see any of these photos and share photos of my Portland, OR tiki bars (one in the basement and one in the back yard). Trouble with the backyard unit is it is under an ugly blue tarp most of the time and I haven't finished the outdoor wiring. Still, when both are fired up it is something to behold.

 
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TikiHula
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Joined: Apr 09, 2002
Posts: 754
From: SacTown
Posted: 2002-07-07 10:14 pm   Permalink

I have webspace for anyone's tiki bars or polynesian decor pictures. Just email them to me and I'll be glad to put them in the Decor section of my site.

A Bay Area home bar crawl sounds great! My small tiki room/bar is always open for you guys. I met Mig and a few other Tikicentral folks at the Tropics and look forward to meeting more of you!
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TikiMaxton
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 559
From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2002-07-08 11:08 am   Permalink

mrtikibar - I'm way behind on my posts, so maybe I missed your introduction, but I thought I was the only tikihead on the list from Portland! Where have you been hiding? Had I known sooner, I could have invited you to the Castaway Cove season opener! I'm in St. Johns; where are you?

 
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mrtikibar
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Joined: Jul 07, 2002
Posts: 837
From: Neskowin, OR
Posted: 2002-07-08 7:04 pm   Permalink

TikiMaxton,
Aloha! I just registered yesterday. I don't know if I touched all the bases doing the start up thing but what are you going to do?
Thanks for the friendly gesture concerning your bar. Love to see it some time. If I do my chores,and mind my p's and q's, my wife says I can have a tiki party in August.
I will send you a note. That is if you can stomach partying with geezers in their 40's and 50's. I barely can.
I live in southeast Portland near Ladd's addition. One of you P-Town youth's should organize a Portland pub crawl. It would be pretty simple. Back and forth from the Alibi to the Jasmine Tree. Or perhaps you know of other tiki establishments in the metro area? Thanks again for the greeting.
I have noticed FrenchyPolynesia apparently
is a Portland Tiki Centralite. It's happening. Saw TikiFarm items at Home Ec. and Presents of Mind on Hawthorne St. The movement is here.
mrtikibar


 
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