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Pacific Seas inside Clifton's Brookdale, Los Angeles, CA (bar)
King Bushwich the 33rd
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From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2016-10-23 10:27 pm   Permalink

Press Telegram: Inside Clifton’s new tiki bar, Pacific Seas, while remembering its past



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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2016-10-31 10:12 am   Permalink

Here's a BTS album on my facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154557014691240.1073741867.679291239&type=1&l=717fd76774

p.s. OPEN SOON!
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Tiki Bars I've designed/built. TikiCat, Royal Hawaiian, Kona Club, Frankie's Tiki Room, Pacific Seas, Don the Beachcomber,Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson, Tiki No,etc....


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The Below Decks
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Posted: 2016-11-01 09:01 am   Permalink

This says it's finally open to the public this Friday, November 4!

http://laist.com/2016/10/31/cliftons_pacific_seas.php#photo-1


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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2016-11-01 9:13 pm   Permalink

I heard Nov 12th for the Public opening.

Call to confirm.

Aloha!
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2016-11-04 3:49 pm   Permalink

Here's a good one!

https://www.thrillist.com/drink/los-angeles/the-pacific-seas-tiki-bar-cliftons-cafeteria-los-angeles-california
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2016-11-05 11:33 pm   Permalink

It's official!

Open really sOOn!!


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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2016-11-12 6:10 pm   Permalink

One of TC's was there at press night.

You can find it here....

https://thetikichick.com/

Aloha!
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 4562
Posted: 2016-11-15 05:53 am   Permalink

This may fit well here.
Clifton's Cafeteria is my kind of place, lots of history.
Need new videos of the remodel.

Historic L.A. cafeteria serves nostalgia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlU28QLbAFM

This one has Charles Phoenix!
L.A. 437 - Episode 5: Clifton's Cafeteria Grand Re-Opening
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDwAODoE_bU

Original Clifton's Cafeteria video - before remodel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrfypdQoVSY
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The Below Decks
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Posted: 2016-11-18 12:17 pm   Permalink

For those who haven't yet been to Clifton's Pacific Seas I can tell you what you've probably already heard, which is that it is breath takingly magnificent. The decor, lighting, seating, tikis, artifacts, memorabilia, and to save the best for last, the incredible, unmistakable work by Bamboo Ben. The bar needs to work on expanding and improving the cocktail menu (2 drinks on the menu were unavailable, and it wasn't a big menu!) and I hope that comes soon. We had 6:00 reservations, and they eventually escorted us inside at 6:20 or so. People dribbled in and by the time we finished three cocktails at around 9, it was fairly busy. I asked what would happen if I dropped by around the same time and day next week but without a reservation and they said I'd likely be fine and they'd let me in. Please go and support this masterpiece, and drink in the fine work of Bamboo Ben.





 
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kkocka
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Posted: 2016-11-18 5:56 pm   Permalink

How are the quality of the drinks?

 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2016-11-27 1:38 pm   Permalink

From the Long Beach, CA Grunion Gazette

Grunion Gazette: Cliftons Tiki Bar Article



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King Bushwich the 33rd
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From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2017-11-03 1:29 pm   Permalink

Pacific Seas is on the list

LAist: Best new bars



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kkocka
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Posted: 2017-11-06 11:24 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2016-11-18 17:56, kkocka wrote:
How are the quality of the drinks?



I went for my first -and last- time a few weeks ago. The drinks are average: my Jungle Bird was alright, my Zombie was WAY pernod/absinthe heavy and I actually had to send it back. I've never sent a drink back in my life, even if it wasn't my thing or not particularly great. When I talked to the bartender, he said he liked to go heavy on it. No thanks! I can't recall the 3rd drink but there ya go. If the Smuggler's Cove dude hadn't dropped out, I'm sure they'd be stellar.

Don't get distracted by the decor. Something about the entire place didn't feel right to me. I'm sure the latin jazz and enchanted tiki room song didn't help either. Definitely not worth a trip into the city for me - I was warned by friends but needed to experience it for myself.

Sorry/not sorry for shitting on the place.
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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: 2017-11-06 1:05 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2017-11-06 11:24, kkocka wrote:
When I talked to the bartender, he said he liked to go heavy on it.



Your review is appreciated. Hmmmm, heavy on Pernod/absinthe? Interesting. We know that Pernod/absinthe is generally a background/accent player in tiki drinks, and that most palates today are not used to a heavy dose of this flavor. So it's a daring (risky?) choice on his part, one that I would have a problem with in a Zombie as well. After all, a good Zombie is a joy to drink even if it can make you leave the place drooling and disheveled.


 
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GianFU
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Joined: Dec 02, 2008
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From: Fresno / Las Vegas
Posted: 2017-11-06 2:42 pm   Permalink

Hmmmmm......

I can't fathom that such fanciful art direction and theme setting would be primed with ho-hum drink preparation....

Seems to me the value of the place needs the income of a seasoned bartender with a variety of traditional tiki drinks...

I say this as a person with little capacity to differentiate a "good drink" from a "bad drink".... but I respect those who have learned the arts through sustained consumption....

It is my hope that when time allows, I will be able to enjoy a drink and the setting.....

DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE RECENT, POSITIVE REVIEWS ???




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