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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-08-09 5:26 pm   Permalink

Here is a light fluff piece on "top" Tiki Bars from yahoo
have fun....

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/live-the-luau-life-top-c1407378665725.html

[ This Message was edited by: Atomic Tiki Punk 2014-08-11 11:31 ]


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AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-08-09 7:48 pm   Permalink

Several articles about tiki came out this week. I'll post some links later when I can find them again. Different writers have vastly different opinions and ratings. And they seem to love to declare tiki either dead or very alive. It's like they're writing and hoping to take credit for calling the current upswing or downturn with tiki, whatever their point of view may be.

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-08-09 11:54 pm   Permalink

Feel free to post them here if you like.

 
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-08-11 07:51 am   Permalink


Ok, here ya go, two tiki articles from Thrillist, one of which is very recent - 6 days ago.

8/5/2014 - The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again, and Fall Again) of NYC's Tiki Scene
http://www.thrillist.com/drink/new-york/nyc-tiki-scene-is-it-dead-deep-dive

Embedded in that article is another article on "best tiki bars in America."

1/19/2014 - These are the 17 Best Tiki Bars in America
http://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/best-tiki-bars-in-america-thrillist-nation



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Thortiki
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From: Maryland (Land of Pleasant Tiki Living)
Posted: 2014-08-11 09:58 am   Permalink

Thanks for the post Ace. Just felt an overall un-Tiki vibe on the 1st NYC scene article

 
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-08-11 10:24 am   Permalink

Thortiki, I had the same sort of feeling about that article. And when you read the "17 best tiki bars" article you'll get even more of an uneasy feeling. The writer actually put the "tiki" bar in Islamorada on that list. That made it clear to me that the writer does not really get what tiki is, is not, has been, or should be.

 
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tikitabby
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Joined: Dec 25, 2007
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From: Naramata, B.C.
Posted: 2014-08-11 10:32 am   Permalink

'The writer actually put the "tiki" bar in Islamorada on that list. That made it clear to me that the writer does not really get what tiki is, is not, has been, or should be.'

I just spent some time in Islamorada (in part to check out this 'world famous tiki bar'...) and can vouch that this place has absolutely no right being on any list of tiki anything whatsoever. We left without even looking at a menu. Just wrong!


 
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-08-11 10:43 am   Permalink

I agree, tikitabby, thanks for the follow-up. When I was there three years ago, driving home from Key West, we stopped out of curiosity and looked around all over the property and took photos. We decided to have dinner and drinks there before making the drive back home. It was a very pleasant location (hey, it's THE KEYS) but the place just had too much of that "college drunkfest" and Jimmy Buffettish vibe through and through. While we had a nice time, it was a disappointing crapfest from the standpoint of real tiki.

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-08-11 11:31 am   Permalink

I will rename this thread to accommodate the other articles posted
it is interesting how slapdash some of these web journalist can be.


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-08-11 11:43 am   Permalink

After reading that it would seem New York City was the center of the Tiki Revival
Though I would say "Donald Trump" is most un-Tiki....


 
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Ragbag Comics
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Joined: Feb 24, 2009
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2014-08-11 12:19 pm   Permalink

Err... mentioning Hawaii as "the 49th state" seems like a pretty major gaffe to me.

I have to say, it's good to see media attention pointed at deserving bars, and the goal to educate the general masses about what Tiki is is certainly noble... but there's been some seriously shoddy "journalism" goin' with this stuff, and watching "Tiki" become a trendy
hipster buzzword is a tad disturbing.

Maybe I just strongly dislike the kind of "hey bro" patronizing tone of Thrillist in general.

But at least we ought to get some decent drinks out of it...

--Pete



 
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-08-11 12:29 pm   Permalink

Yeah, I agree. And as others have pointed out before, the publicity does raise awareness of tiki to folks who previously may not have understood how much fun and how cool it really is. On top of that, for all the shallow pop culture crap that is out there nowadays, the public does still *generally* tend to latch onto the good stuff when they see it. And there is quite a bit of tiki good stuff out there to be discovered.


 
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thePorpoise
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From: Tampa Bay
Posted: 2014-08-11 1:10 pm   Permalink

hell, I thought everybody knew the Tiki Bar at Holiday Isle/Islamorada is "Flori-tiki" through-and-through.

they did invent the Rum Runner though...


 
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lunavideogames
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2014-08-11 1:15 pm   Permalink

I knew that Porpoise, and drove right past

Too bad about NY. I guess tiki is dead there. Maybe someone can open the Concrete Rum Jungle with cement tikis and they could serve Cosmopolitans.

Seriously though, I wish I had the chance to go to PKNY! I hear it was really great and the drinks were great too! I missed out...


 
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-08-11 1:19 pm   Permalink

I'll have to double-check my photos, but I seem to recall that they have actual carved tikis on the property, but that's because they are trying to "look" fun and festive in the same way that Party City has fun and festive looking tiki ephemera.

So if they do have carvings, then I think they would be at least one notch above Florida Tiki. There are numerous thatch-covered beer patios here in Florida which don't have any tikis and still call themselves a tiki bar.

I'll see if I can find my photos tonight.


 
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