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Modular magnetic tiki drink menu
Humuhumu
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2014-07-26 12:53 pm   Permalink

Up to now, my home tiki bar's menu has been a list of all my rums and other spirits, with the cocktails currently being served listed on the back. I've been using one of those simple clear plastic sleeve menus, like you might find in a cheesy diner. But I'm trying to look like a *nice* tourist trap, not a mediocre tourist trap! So I'm redoing my menu, starting with the cocktail list.

I've found it challenging to keep that cocktail list up-to-date. Each party has a different selection of drinks (usually two), often selected somewhat last-minute, and re-drafting and re-printing the cocktail menu is always a low priority during party prep -- which means it doesn't happen, and I'm always having to explain to guests that "the cocktail list is a lie!" On top of that, guests often get distracted by the spirits list and forget to pick out a cocktail, blocking others' way to the bar.

So the goals with a new drink menu system: nicer in appearance, very easy to update even at the last minute, and easier for guests to see their options. I decided to make something modular, with semi-permanent cards for each drink in my repertoire. New cards must be easy to make quickly, too. I considered creating something with variable height, but opted instead to create a fixed-height frame and create optional "filler" cards with decorative details.

And here's what I created!





Here's a peek at the construction. The top and bottom carved pieces are Gorilla glued onto two steel 10" mending plates. Each 6" x 2" drink card is printed onto cream card stock, which is then glued onto a piece of black chipboard. Two 1" square self-stick magnets are positioned on the back of the card to line up with the mending plates. The whole thing rests on a vintage brass bamboo easel.



Here are a few different views of the drink/graphic combinations. The graphics match our bar's custom glassware.







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Badd Tiki
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Posted: 2014-07-26 1:49 pm   Permalink

Too classy for low brow

Nice work!


 
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Humuhumu
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2014-07-26 2:00 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-07-26 13:49, Badd Tiki wrote:
Too classy for low brow



That's about the nicest compliment you can give me, Badd Tiki. Mahalo!

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VampiressRN
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2014-07-26 3:32 pm   Permalink

Very up-scale indeed. You did a nice job on the carvings and the overall design is brilliant.
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Humuhumu
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2014-07-26 3:39 pm   Permalink

Mahalo! The proof of the pudding is in the tasting, as they say, and time and use will tell if it stands up functionally. But my hopes are high!
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2014-07-26 4:42 pm   Permalink

Saw the carving on the other post a few days ago, very nice. What a great idea and perfect execution. Well done!
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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2014-07-26 5:45 pm   Permalink

It looks just perfect in its surrounding, nicely done Humu.

 
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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-07-26 6:47 pm   Permalink

Outstanding
Simply awesome
Two cannibal tiki thumbs up


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swizzle
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Joined: Jun 03, 2007
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From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2014-07-26 7:15 pm   Permalink

What MadDogMike said.

 
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Pakalui
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From: Pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 2014-07-27 9:23 pm   Permalink

Great solution!

 
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LoriLovesTiki
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From: NJ
Posted: 2014-07-29 2:59 pm   Permalink

Very classy, Humu!

I'm impressed with your talent.


 
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Beachbumz
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From: Kihei, Maui
Posted: 2014-07-31 7:02 pm   Permalink

Awesome Job Humu!! I love it!!!

 
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Kon-Hemsby
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From: Andover, England
Posted: 2014-08-01 06:32 am   Permalink

Very snazzy idea, and well executed. Ten points!

 
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Humuhumu
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2014-08-01 12:24 pm   Permalink

Thanks, everybody! One week from tomorrow will be its first time in action, we're having a party. I'll let you know if I learn anything that would make me rethink the design.

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mudbone
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From: michigan
Posted: 2014-08-04 10:41 am   Permalink

That will be one of the most stolen ideas on TC, thank you!

 
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