||Kona Kai Tiki Lounge, Wooddale, IL (bar)
Joined: Aug 22, 2007
|Posted: 2013-02-06 6:19 pm  Permalink|
Name:Kona Kai Tiki Lounge
Street:334 Georgetown Square (Irving Park Rd & Arlington Heights Rd)
Small, clean, mild tiki decor. Just opened in Dec 2012, so I believe there is room to grow and develop further.
Joined: Aug 22, 2007
|Posted: 2013-02-06 6:38 pm  Permalink|
In Dec, I started working at Hotrod Chassis in Addison.
Every day, on my drive, I see a sign "Tiki Lounge".
Today, I drove a little closer. "Kona Kai Tiki Lounge".
I returned a bit later with clean clothes on. I was skeptical when I saw the Oriental Trading Company/Jimmy Buffet parrot Tiki Bar sign.
When I walked in, the place was small, and lightly decorated with bamboo highlights, and possibly jute. The Munsters were on the TV.
Nowhere near the tiki factor of the old standbys, but I gave it a shot.
There were a couple of tables near the door with women selling non-tiki trinkets. They kind of trivialized the place.
Not that all tiki bar employees need to wear aloha shirts, but nobody here did. The bartender had on a polo with some hibiscus. Other than me, he was the best tiki-dressed...
I'm a bit of an oddball, being a non-alcohol-drinking tikiphile. I looked the the virgin section on the menu, and there was none. Hala Kahiki has decent virgins, and Tiki Terrace's virgin Lava Flow is outstanding.
I asked the bartender what he had for a virgin. He said "Hold on. I'll make you something." He actually looked like he enjoyed making me a virgin. A bartender at Paradise Club/Club Paradise actually laughed at me, ignored me, and made me a regular drink.
When he served my virgin, it was in a "carved" pint glass, with no garnish. The drink was a bit thin, but reasonably tasty for an experimental virgin. I remember having a virgin at Rock-A-Tiki that tasted like they poured concentrate over ice. Wow! This was much better. Hopefully, they expand their menu a bit.
The bartender said they had been open a month and a half-the time I'd been driving by in the way to work!
The decor was a bit sparse and commercial, but I wouldn't say it sucked. I will be back. I'm looking forward to seeing if they develop a bit more.
[ This Message was edited by: mrexotica 2013-02-06 18:40 ]