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Joined: Jan 26, 2003
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Posted: 2003-07-25 11:18 pm   Permalink


On 2003-07-23 10:33, emspace wrote:
Nice to meet ya coconutz! You mean there's a Tiki Tiki in Calgary still?

No, unfortunately, its long, long gone. Early 70's I'd say it closed.

Is it decorated in its original style? Cuz if so, that beats the hell out of the Waldorf - it's closed, and is in a terrible neighbourhood!

Ours was very Polynesian complete with fish nets, bamboo walls, large assortment of tiki mugs, tropically-clad servers, authentic Hawaiian floor shows in the restaurant, puffer fish and tiki head lamps, very dimly lit. Moan...

It only opens very rarely for private events now, used to be a punk room in the early 90s (don't know how it survived that!). We have currently NO open Tiki places in Van. I read about the Bamboo Room and it sounds cool enough as a new place.

Legend has it that it has survived from the 50's!

I started on Tiki mugs and CoCo Joes (little lava souvenir statues from Hawaii, you probably know them),

Yes have a few key chain tikis with jewel eyes and a crab mounted on lava.

and have lately moved into swizzle sticks. Room is a factor - no bar or wall stuff yet,

I collect all kinds of heads for the wall plus a statuette or two.

all my stuff resides on a bookshlef in the tiny office room I'm typing in right now. I just won two eBay auctions 2 days ago in fact: a Kahiki skull mug (I am nuts about th Kahiki, it is kind of my ideal dream restaurant, never saw it in real life alas) and a tall CoCo Joe, they should be on their way to me soon.


I have a Mr. Bali Hai that I think of as my prize mug, but the most exciting thing I ever got was a drinks menu from the Beachcomber in Edmonton,

Oh yes, we once had a Beachcomber here too also long gone.

the Tiki restaurant I was taken to many times by my folks in the early to late 60's. It was given to me by TC'er fartsatune, who's from Winnipeg.

What can I say, except long live Canadian Tiki! If the Tiki Tiki still stands, could you fire me an address for it?

It WAS on 8th Ave next to the Holiday Inn.

There's a good chance the family and I will be in Calgary in the fall (my Mom lives there), and we could meet up - if it's closed or mangled beyond recognition (as happened to the Edmonton one), then at the Bamboo Room?

Bamboo Room is called atiki bar but I have yet to experience it. I shall and report on it to ya. Next best thing would be a Tropical Rainforest restaurant.

RSVP and aloha,

Nice to meet and greet. Love this tiki craze following!

"You no escape when Bali Hai call you!"

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