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The Love Shack, Milwaukee, WI (restaurant)
Or Got Rum?
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Joined: Jul 29, 2009
Posts: 516
From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2017-06-25 07:06 am   Permalink

"If you see a faded sign at the side of the road that says..."

 
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Piddersthecat
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Joined: Mar 16, 2017
Posts: 47
Posted: 2017-06-25 3:29 pm   Permalink

15 miles to love shack...

I think I can still remember most of the lyrics lol

Apparently I've been tiki since 1989 who knew


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
Posts: 3673
From: HELL
Posted: 2017-06-27 8:57 pm   Permalink

i think most new bar owners are just plain cheap and dont want to shell out for all the decor - they can't commit fully because they aren't commited to the theme. they hedge their bet assuming its just a trend and when it passes they don't want to be stuck with a theme bar.

now as far as love shack, i believe its the same owner of joes tiki bar that closed in milwaiukee some time ago - so they know whats involved. they where there before but chose not to return to being a tiki bar per se.



 
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Ragbag Comics
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Joined: Feb 24, 2009
Posts: 203
From: The shores of Lake Michigan
Posted: 2017-06-28 10:32 am   Permalink

We haven't made it here yet (and... frankly based on the pictures of the inside, I'm not really jonesing to go anytime soon, but will stop in if we're in the neighborhood.) I do know some folks who have walked through it before it opened and they know the owners.

From what I heard, it is very clean and very safe in terms of decor... the pictures I've seen remind me of a hotel bar at a brand new Hilton in Hawaii or something. Or like what Best Western did to completely bastardize the Islands at the Hanalei (only without the handful of remaining Tiki elements from the Islands that are still clinging on there.)

The food menu looks wonderful, actually, and one of the owners (and I believe the chef) also owns Black Sheep here in town, which has good food. The drink menu also seems well researched, mostly, from what I can tell.

But yeah... the decor... is kinda non existent from what I've been able to surmise, insofar as what makes Tiki TIKI. This seems to look/feel more like Roy's in Chicago (high-end Hawaiian restaurant... wonderful food, not a Tiki bar) or a place like Bob Chinn's with better drinks (where they do have the "Bob Chinn's Mai Tai" which is very fruity and sweet, and they've made them, served in big plastic Tiki cups for probably 30+ years.) Again... not a Tiki bar.

The owners here are totally different from Lucky Joe's. The main man, in terms of Tiki, from there, Lee, now owns/operates Lucky Joe's Alchemy & Eatery in Wauwatosa (not a Tiki bar... more of a higher end craft cocktail place.) He's also starting up a Tiki Tuesday deal at Boone & Crockett in Bay View (a great craft cocktail bar) that just had its inaugural run last night... Dave Hansen was there carving Tikis, and it sounds like it was a great time (I was working, so I didn't go.)

We'll give a full run-down when we visit here - I suspect I'll feel almost identical to how I felt about Wauwatiki when they opened - Good food, decent drinks... not a Tiki bar, and (for me at least) not really worth the effort to go all the way there if I want an actual Tiki experience.

For that, we have Foundation.

And our basement.

-Pete


 
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Piddersthecat
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Joined: Mar 16, 2017
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Posted: 2017-06-28 11:34 am   Permalink

I would like to hear your thoughts after a visit.

From looking at their website and fb pics, the theme seems disjointed (at first glance of course), but that could be my own bias about Love Shack the song . So I'd be interested to hear how it all comes together in person.

No matter what, I hope that you enjoy your visit and that the food and drinks are tasty


 
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Chester Copperpot
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Joined: Nov 18, 2016
Posts: 4
From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2017-10-19 11:53 am   Permalink

I've been here once. I know the owners wife from college which is why we came. The drinks we ordered were awful. Watered down and spendy. I am not sure what is worse, this place or Wauwatiki. I honestly don't even waste my time or money at either of these two bush league "tiki" bars. If I have friends from out of town visit I bring them to Foundation.

 
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Kootiki
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Joined: Apr 24, 2012
Posts: 12
From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2017-10-25 12:48 pm   Permalink

First Labeled "Mug"


They're in...Our first of three custom Love Shack Tiki mugs! Now on sale at the 'Shack! Now on sale al my with other classic mugs!
Image may contain: flower, drink, plant and indoor

https://www.facebook.com/TheLoveShackMKE/photos/a.292426871170812.1073741828.289939528086213/364460653967433/?type=3

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HopeChest
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Joined: Oct 19, 2015
Posts: 278
From: East Bay, CA
Posted: 2017-10-25 2:21 pm   Permalink

Must be some of that new fangled see-through ceramic that I've been hearing.....absolutely nothing about ever.



 
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Kootiki
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Joined: Apr 24, 2012
Posts: 12
From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2017-10-27 07:10 am   Permalink

In response to above, they claim 2 ceramics are enroute.

Long lead time from design to production and/or delivery.

Just an FYI

I have no affiliation, nor have I been in the establishment yet.


 
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