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Golden Tiki, Las Vegas, NV (bar)
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7928
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2015-07-27 11:08 pm   Permalink

" Bamboo Ben did a great build . We did a 4 month build in 2 months ."

No comparison bro. I built Frankie's in 12 days by myself.



Bamboo Ben
Tiki Bars I've designed/built. Zombie Village SF, TikiCat, Royal Hawaiian, Kona Club, Frankie's Tiki Room, Pacific Seas, Don the Beachcomber,Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson, Ti

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The Golden Tiki

Joined: Jun 27, 2015
Posts: 9
Posted: 2015-07-28 01:11 am   Permalink

And a great job you did too . You have to remember we spent 4 weeks of that two months trying to convince you to do our build looking forward to buying you a few Mai Tais soon.

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Tiki Diablo
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
Posts: 1916
From: socal
Posted: 2015-07-28 10:03 am   Permalink

I can vouch 100% for Braden and the drinks at the Golden Tiki. I was asked to taste some of them and have been to my fair share of Tiki bars. Their Daiquiri was as good as the one I enjoyed at The Floridita in Havana.

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Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1560
From: Ventura County
Posted: 2015-07-28 8:46 pm   Permalink

Nice to see that Golden Tiki is really interested in everyone's input here. Thanks Branden. Ventiki in Ventura went through a very similar opening. Hostess was so drunk she was carried out to a cab 2 hours after opening, people were ignored over friends of staff, bad drinks and food, slow service, etc. Their first year was very rough, and we kept going back to see if they improved. I was feeling they were going the direction of Trader Vic's L.A. but they weathered the storm and with a new partner, chef, and staff they have made a complete turn around. We look forward to visiting The Golden Tiki. I write the "South Seas Drive In Theater" movie reviews for Tiki Magazine and have provided lost film for Forbidden Island, Frankie's Tiki Room, and Ventiki. If you need some rare film for your screen, let me know...... Ron the Beachcomber

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jul 26, 2015
Posts: 53
From: Los Angeles/San Francisco
Posted: 2015-08-12 7:14 pm   Permalink

Branden and the golden tiki -

I apologize if the review of the soft opening came off "brutally honest" I would not want to crush the spirit of anybody that was obviously showing so much passion on what they were doing as you and you team clearly were.....

As has already been said by others since you posted a response - I think it's awesome how much you paid attention to everything being said - I also think it's great that it sounds like most of what I thought were issues you already were concerned with or making changes to correct.

I did not take any of your explanations as "excuses" and everything you explained really makes sense to what I was seeing.....I honestly came down for the soft opening to avoid any craziness and thought I was coming right at open so I could check it out before it got crazy for the night....now knowing that there had been a private party going since 6 puts everything in perspective. I did not expect everything to be perfect being a soft opening and was understanding on that part but was confused how it got so behind at exactly opening time. I now understand.

A few explanations that were not needed, and to clarify for anybody that has not been there -- the quality of the design and the build and the attention to detail in the overall space is amazing.....when I say I walk in and feel like the hostess station looks straight out of jungle cruise I meant that 100% as a compliment to the detail that was put into it.....and everything that was completed I felt was fully up to a Disney level of showmanship. I would say that gambling screen is a detail I would omit and it sounds like you agree, but I also understand that you are in Vegas. I had nothing bad to say about the quality of the space (of what was completed) I was just a bit bummed I couldn't check it all out with it being so crazy.

Also I had a bit of a hidden compliment on the people in there which I want to pull out a little bit....everyone we interacted with was nice, when I went to cancel my order and told our serving we were leaving she did not brush us off, she was very apologetic....everybody I saw was working hard and seemed like good people. To still come off positive in that situation says a lot about them, I said I felt bad for them and I did but only because I could tell they were trying so hard and it wasn't working out, I would have not complained about anybody's service that night....and that's with still not having a drink at my table after an hour and a half.

Sounds like in hind site you would have like to have waited to open until you were 100% complete and could put on the whole show so I really can't say more about that....first impressions.....can't really ever change those, you can however tinker and adjust to make sure the 2nd impression makes up for the first, it seems like you are going in that direction.....you already have the two important parts, a beautifully designed and built space and great people.

I will at some point be giving you that second chance for sure (and I'm excited to hear you were working on a house mug) and I would encourage anybody else that makes it to Vegas to check it out as well.
I did not spend anything at your place so no refund is necessary (she was running a tab for me but had not cashed anything out before we left) but I appreciate that offer. Unfortunately I will not be able to cross paths with you at tiki oasis as I am only being able to make it to the kick off tomorrow at Bali Hai due to work events and does not look like I will be able to check out your grand opening, as much as I really want to, as it's looking I will most likely have other work travel plans. I will however take you up on a round of drinks when I am able to back to Vegas, can't promise when it will be as getting the time off to get out there for the soft opening was a rarity, but I promise I will at some point.

Thanks again for your attention and passion I wish everybody running a business was this dedicated.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 18, 2014
Posts: 288
From: Seatown
Posted: 2015-08-13 04:56 am   Permalink

Just wanted to say that I am glad to see such heart and soul being put into the Golden Tiki. I am looking forward to making the trip down there to experience it. Cant wait to see the space!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 27, 2011
Posts: 363
From: Southern CA
Posted: 2015-09-18 11:24 am   Permalink

Has anyone been recently? Have things settled down?

Critiki has an entry for The Golden Tiki now, but it's in dire need of photos. Please share if you've got some!

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jun 24, 2006
Posts: 65
From: Las Vegas, Nv
Posted: 2015-10-04 08:21 am   Permalink

Article in the Las Vegas RJ on 10/02/2015.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1439
From: San Diego
Posted: 2015-10-14 09:43 am   Permalink

Deadbolt is playing at Golden Tiki on Halloween Eve (All Hallows Eve Eve?)

"I am Lono!" -- Hunter S. Thompson

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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 1336
From: Calgary
Posted: 2015-10-14 6:10 pm   Permalink

Awesome. I love deadbolt.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 03, 2009
Posts: 519
From: Whittier, CA
Posted: 2015-11-10 3:49 pm   Permalink

I finally made it to the Golden Tiki. Danny did an outstanding job. I will post some pictures below and try not to duplicate ones already posted.
I had a nice chat with Jim, the manager. All their drinks are handcrafted and made from their freshly squeezed juices, homemade syrups and other ingredients. I had their twist on the Mai Tai. It was tasty but I prefer the Original44 Mai Tai. I had their Pain Killer. It was very good. Next time I will order it on the rocks. Theirs is made slushy (frozen).
Whenever I get to Vegas I have two mandatory stops, Frankies and the Golden Tiki.



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Joined: Dec 29, 2012
Posts: 132
From: Reno, NV
Posted: 2015-11-13 4:50 pm   Permalink

I'll be playing records tomorrow night at the Golden Tiki with Rex Dart.

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Nov 18, 2015
Posts: 80
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2015-11-18 2:55 pm   Permalink

I am here often. Other than the lack of custom Mugs, this place has yet to disappoint. Love it!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 8188
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2015-11-26 1:19 pm   Permalink

Worst sound ever, slurp of an empty tiki mug through my straw!!!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1439
From: San Diego
Posted: 2015-11-27 08:57 am   Permalink

I'll be in Vegas next month for the first time in quite a few years. Really looking forward to checking this place out.

"I am Lono!" -- Hunter S. Thompson

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