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Trader Vic's BBQ on the Bay! - (07/26/13)
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Joined: Jul 20, 2011
Posts: 15
From: Emeryville, CA
Posted: 2013-07-08 10:41 am   Permalink

We're celebrating summer with a BBQ on the Bay! Join us Friday, July 26th for a delicious spread and music by DJ Otto.

Reserve your spot today: (510) 653-3400

[ This Message was edited by: TraderVicsBay 2013-07-08 10:41 ]

[ Edited by: Bora Boris - Fixed title. - 2013-07-09 10:40 ]

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Trad'r Bill
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Joined: Oct 14, 2008
Posts: 493
From: Hercules, CA
Posted: 2013-07-09 09:23 am   Permalink

Yum! FYI, the date in the title is mislisted

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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 969
From: NorCal
Posted: 2013-07-09 11:52 pm   Permalink

I am officially taking requests for musical selections while you imbibe!!

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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 969
From: NorCal
Posted: 2013-07-17 9:24 pm   Permalink

This event has been cancelled due to lack of pre-sale tix.

Please let us know what you think.
How much would you pay for a BBQ at Trader Vic's?
How much would you pay for a dinner?

Would a dining event interest you or something else like free appetizers and cocktails?

Or just cocktails, maybe at a reduced price?

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Joined: Mar 11, 2011
Posts: 929
Posted: 2013-07-17 9:50 pm   Permalink

Sorry to hear the event got cancelled but I am sure there will be another event in the future to replace it.

Personally speaking I rarely go to TV's luaus only because I prefer cocktails/appetizers versus a sit down dinner when I am there. I think in the past 2 years I have only eaten a full meal there twice--both when I had guests in from out of town and that pales in comparison to the 60 or so times I have been there just for drinks.

If they did an extended cocktail hour type evening with happy hour pricing and advertised it as a special event I am sure there would be more interest. Not sure how it would work to buy tickets but maybe prepaying gave you a set number of drinks/apps or you could prepay to get cheaper pricing for just that night.

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The Blue Kahuna
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Joined: Jun 01, 2011
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From: Points East & West
Posted: 2013-07-18 06:47 am   Permalink

I wanted to go to this but the timing wasn't right for me. However, since you asked, on a Friday night I'd prefer appetizers and I'd pay $20-25 appetizers (passed would be better than a buffet), drinks wouldn't need to be happy hour pricing for me, I'd pay the full-freight on that count.

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Joined: Jun 01, 2013
Posts: 7
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2013-07-18 09:38 am   Permalink

This sounded like a lot of fun, but I suppose I could see how the price tag may have scared some people off. We had only just heard about the event and decided last night (before hearing news of the canceling of the event that we just heard about) that we wanted to go.

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Joined: Feb 27, 2011
Posts: 277
Posted: 2013-07-18 10:54 am   Permalink

I frequently patronize Trader Vic's Emeryville, both the restaurant and lounge/bar. I usually go several times a month but have been to only one luau. When I'm spending $50/person before drinks I prefer to order from the restaurant menu and get exactly what I want, plus I can take any "left overs" home which can't be done for an "all you can eat" event.

Special event or not, I encourage everyone to dine in the restaurant and get the full Trader Vic's experience. All the food is excellent but I especially like anything from the Chinese ovens. The beef tenderloin is my favorite as it melts in my mouth. With a good meal under your belt you can imbibe even more of their wonderful exotic libations.

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Joined: Oct 03, 2012
Posts: 8
Posted: 2013-07-21 12:52 pm   Permalink

For a buffet style meal: $30-40 including one Mai Tai seems like a fair price point. The farewell luau at TV Palo Alto was a good example.

$50 a head with no drinks as a "sit down meal" is a special occasion amount of money to spend and I don't feel that it works for a DJ event. TV typically has solid food and I have/would spend that amount of money on a date when I can choose what I am eating/keep my leftovers. I have passed over several of TV's prix fixe style events because the cost of entry is too high and/or the limited choices weren't to my liking.

Our typical trip to TV's is 3 drinks a piece at the bar and share some appetizers to keep costs down. That usually runs us a tab of $100+ with tax and tip already and the thought of adding another $100 to that scared me out of going.

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