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Black Lagoon Room - Outside of Milwaukee, WI
rumackay
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Joined: Jan 12, 2012
Posts: 22
From: Qld, Australia
Posted: 2017-07-09 4:35 pm   Permalink

That's an awesome space! Great job. Very envious of your mug collection too

 
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Ragbag Comics
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Joined: Feb 24, 2009
Posts: 203
From: The shores of Lake Michigan
Posted: 2017-07-11 10:46 am   Permalink

Thanks for all the kind words - hope folks are enjoying the updates!

Had some more friends stop by Sunday and gathered a few more shots of the bar, picking up some more details... Those new I-Phone cameras really do a heckuva job in low lighting...

A shot of the main bar seating area with a little better view of the main wall of mugs...



A shot of the bar area - we lined the entire back wall with old menus, stickers, old postcards and photos, etc... we wanted the place to feel like it's been there forever. That's always a really important thing to me when I enter a Tiki bar (especially a new one) is that there's that feeling of layers and time passing... so I spent the better part of a day hanging cork and hundreds of little pieces of ephemera behind the bar. You can KINDA see that here... We also found an awesome vintage gong to hang behind the bar.

The bright yellow piece sticking out is actually a vintage Tiki torch, and the Tikis on the tops of them (there are two, flanking the bar back) actually look like the old Zombie Village logo Tiki! Our friend found them at an estate sale and we couldn't pass them up... I velcro'ed little tea candles to the tops to "simulate" flames (even though it really looks nothing like a flame... kind of a fun touch.)

The wooden alligator hanging over the bar is from PNG... we tied him to a couple little bamboo poles and hung some shrunken heads from either end, because why the hell not? It helps hide the little piece of track lighting that shines on the bar back.



The main seating area, featuring my wife Katie and our dog Wilma and our friend Erin...The big green lamp on the floor fell down over the weekend (!!) and needs to be hung up again. The ceiling is just fiberboard, so some ceiling hooks stay in better than others... unfortunately it's almost impossible to tell where the joists are underneath to screw into. The basket lamps aren't heavy, so we figured it was fine, but evidently not. Thankfully nothing broke!



...and finally, a shot of our official Black Lagoon Room glassware in action!



I'll have some of these up in my Etsy shop soon (Store, and my Instagram handle, are both crap_with_a_star) for anyone interested.

More stuff soon - thanks again for all the kind words!

--Pete


 
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jimsflies
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Joined: Jun 02, 2010
Posts: 361
From: Michigan
Posted: 2017-07-12 07:53 am   Permalink

Looks great! You have some cool pieces and ideas.

 
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Ragbag Comics
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Joined: Feb 24, 2009
Posts: 203
From: The shores of Lake Michigan
Posted: 28 days ago; 2:09 pm   Permalink

Hey all -

The Black Lagoon Room has been gettin' plenty o' visitors lately... unfortunately not a ton of great photos!

BUT, we did have a nice little write up/interview at the Tiki With Ray blog today... check it out for some new(er) pics and some other info on our little slice o' paradise....

http://www.tikiwithray.com/home-tiki-bar-spotlight-32-black-lagoon-room-milwaukee-wi/

...Also on a side note (if anybody has any interest) I have a bunch of Tiki art up for sale on Etsy now, including the Black Lagoon Room Old Fashioned glasses I designed earlier this year and the "Donn is My Co-Pilot" Don the Beachcomber tribute stickers/prints that have been selling pretty well - check 'er out!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/crapwithastar

More fun stuff comin' soon...!

--Pete


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EnchantedTikiGoth
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Joined: Dec 31, 2003
Posts: 238
From: Calgary, Canada
Posted: 28 days ago; 4:22 pm   Permalink

Great interview! And fitting for the season too!

 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 7311
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 18 days ago; 12:01 pm   Permalink

Creature is KILLER

 
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Hamo
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Joined: Aug 22, 2016
Posts: 243
From: Colorado (via Iowa)
Posted: 18 days ago; 9:07 pm   Permalink

I really love that lighted side table. Was it originally made as a table, or is it a ceiling lamp that you’ve “repurposed?”

 
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Ragbag Comics
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Joined: Feb 24, 2009
Posts: 203
From: The shores of Lake Michigan
Posted: 13 days ago; 11:48 am   Permalink

Thanks folks!

Hamo - That table is indeed a repurposed ceiling fixture. We would LOVE to hang it, but it's massive, weighs a ton, and we have super low ceilings. There was some talk about hanging it in the stairway down to the bar, but honestly it's too big for that space, too (and the Orchids shell lamp we have there currently fits pretty perfectly.)

The side table/fixture is also Orchids of Hawaii - their large seahorse lamp. The bottom of it is circles of bamboo that glow when it's turned on... It's quite cool from the bottom. This one came from the "Chief's hut" at the now-defunct Tong's Tiki Hut in Bolingbrook, IL that a pal of ours managed to snag when it closed maybe 8 or 9 years ago (there is still a Tong's going strong in Villa Park.)

Someday maybe we'll have an appropriate place to hang it, but for now it works A-OK as a table and helps add a little glow to that otherwise dark part of the room.

--Pete


 
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