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Tropics, San Diego, CA (bar)
Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-07-05 10:29 pm   Permalink

Name:Tropics
Type:bar
Street:122 Broadway
City:San Diego
State:CA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:

An old pre-Tiki tropical bar located on Broadway in San Diego. Some of the best nudie matchbook art out there.




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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8927
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2012-07-05 11:38 pm   Permalink

Great find DC.



 
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arriano
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Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1290
From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2012-07-06 11:26 am   Permalink

Wow. Interesting. I wonder if it was in any way related to the Tropic just a couple of blocks away:

http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=362


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Luckydesigns
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Joined: Sep 15, 2002
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From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2012-07-06 11:27 am   Permalink

Amazing matchbook design!

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-07-07 09:08 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-07-06 11:26, arriano wrote:
Wow. Interesting. I wonder if it was in any way related to the Tropic just a couple of blocks away:



That was a different place, as seen on this matchbook.



The SS Tropic Bar with special rum drinks, nice!

The Tropics was run by the Matrangas who also had three sister locations:



Which included The Java on Fourth Ave.



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arriano
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2012-07-08 10:29 am   Permalink

That led me to do a little search on the Matranga family. THAT was some interesting reading.



 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-09-30 11:13 am   Permalink

Got this old napkin from the Tropic located on Third Avenue.



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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-06-21 09:59 am   Permalink

Spotted this nice ashtray from the Tropics.




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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-07-30 8:21 pm   Permalink

Well surprise, surprise, I was perusing my image archives and found a FOURTH pre-Tiki bar owned by the Matranga's called The Aloha. Once again, stellar artwork on the matchbooks.







The inside of the matchbook listing the four locations.



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arriano
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2014-08-10 09:11 am   Permalink

You can find info about Joseph Matranga here:

http://mafia.wikia.com/wiki/Joseph_Matranga


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