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S.O.S Tiki Bar, Decatur, GA (bar)
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From: Home of the best rum collection in NC
Posted: 2015-11-23 09:50 am   Permalink


On 2015-11-22 10:16, mmaurice wrote:
Visited S.O.S last night, sad to report I wasn't impressed.

It looks like the old Paper Plane with a new coat of paint and some Hawaiian themed décor.

We had a Zombie, Mai Tai, Planter's Punch, and Queen's Park Swizzle. The Zombie was OK. Mai Tai was missing something, it wasn't sweet enough and the Orgeat didn't ring through. Planter's Punch, not sure if it was the bitters or some liquor but something over powered the drink. The swizzle was OK.

Staff was in Hawaiian shirts.

Had the coconut shrimp. They were OK, nothing to complain about.

Music was not what it should have been.

All-in-all it felt like a couple hipsters said let's make a Tiki bar without ever visiting one.

This sounds like the same problems the ill-fated Tiki Hideaway in Charlotte had. It lasted less than a year. Let's hope this one gets better and lasts longer.

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Posted: 2015-11-23 3:43 pm   Permalink


On 2015-11-22 11:12, AceExplorer wrote:
And this bar is SO close to a MAJOR metropolitan area (Atlanta) where they have a Trader Vic's for inspiration, and a reasonably creative element among the population, and some other decent bars. You'd think they would do better.

And from the reports here, they are missing the mark both cocktail-wise and décor-wise. A sad missed opportunity. Maybe the owners have limited funds.

How "sports bar-ish" is the place? Full of televisions? Was the crowd good?

Wouldn't it be great if our "Tiki Central Ministry of Tiki" could reach out to these places, gauge their level of interest and commitment to tiki, and offer our help and advice. If nothing else comes from our offers, at least we could clean up their mixology and help it head more in the direction of world-class offerings.

No, this place is not sports bar'ish at all. No TV's. It is hipster central. If you have tat's and piercing you get the job here.

The area that it is in has a ton of bars and restaurants, a walking district.

Atlanta is ripe for a true Tiki bar and this one is currently missing the mark. It just needs some guidance.

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Posted: 2015-11-24 1:01 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the info. I gotta respect the hipsters for generally appreciating tiki, they have learned that tiki is both fun and good. They do spend money in these places and thereby help keep them open for everyone. And they will likely come back to the things they did in their youth later in life. "The cycle of tiki."

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From: Atlanta
Posted: 2015-11-28 10:44 pm   Permalink

Yeah, I was looking forward to going and like most people have said, it's a bit disappointing. It was a nice little hole in the wall bar before. But sorry, putting a few lamps and scattering a few tiki mugs on the shelves behind the bar, does not make for a tiki bar. The menu is sort of what I would call Craft-Tiki, craft cocktail versions of traditional drinks. The music was OFF. Plus the place is LOUD hard to even have a conversation. If they could only work on the decor a bit more, get the music right it would be a big improvement. The decor still comes across as a bit retro-modern, so I don't think they'd ever do the whole grass cloth and glass fishing ball thing. But a few nice pieces of Witco and artwork would go a long way.

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Posted: 2015-12-01 12:42 pm   Permalink

I went yesterday really like the space, although it is pretty small. The staff was wearing tiki attire & seemed into the concept; mostly heard Martin Denny, Les Baxter, Arthur Lyman, & surf-music, with maybe one out of ten songs being the out-of-place pop tune. In general, I like the atmosphere/ambiance & am glad it exists. My main complaint is that it doesn't seem like you get much drink for $10 with the glasses fairly small in size and filled up with ice. That said, they're good & I'll definitely be back.

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Posted: 2016-02-14 7:07 pm   Permalink

Went back Friday night for another go. Place had a pretty good crowd. Mostly young bucks and their dates.

Zombie was HEAVY on the Pernod or whatever they use. Couldn't taste any of the other flavors. Sat at the bar and the drink was made from a premade bottle. Asked what that was, he said it was the Zombie, they mix a bunch of the menu drinks up ahead of time and just pour and serve. Asked if the Don's mix had fresh squeezed grapefruit or bottled. He told me there was no grapefruit juice in the Zombie. I laughed and showed him the menu, he didn't know.

The menu was a bit different from the one originally posted here. I don't remember all the changes but do remember the Saturn was no longer on it.

Had a couple more drinks and they were ok. Nothing spectacular.

Did have the Queen Park Swizzle. They normally use Hamilton 86 as the rum but noticed a bottle of El Dorado 12 sitting behind the bar so I asked the guy to make it with that.

Overall, again, not that impressed.

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Posted: 2018-06-22 7:40 pm   Permalink

I was there in late 2016 and early 2017, and I was very happy with both the drinks and the overall vibe of the place. Either the place has improved, or I am easy to please.

The first night I was there, it was slow, and I got into a conversation with the bartender. He mixed me a couple of requested drinks that were not on the menu, and he didn't even need to look at the recipes.

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