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My home Tiki bar in The Netherlands
FranNL
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Joined: Mar 13, 2018
Posts: 24
From: Breda, The Netherlands
Posted: 2018-05-29 12:14 pm   Permalink

I got to know the whole Tiki culture in 1998 when I spend some time in USA. Immediately understood that was a phenomenon that only in the USA can take place. Many years later and back in Europe I started dealing with vintage items online. In my searches here in The Netherlands I started to find vintage bamboo furniture pieces from the 50s 60s and 70s that can easily fit in a Tiki hideaway. On the other hand the typical Dutch citizen travels around the world for work or on vacation and they always bring with them the typical cheese tourist souvenirs as well as proper local art work. That means that in thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, etc you have a big chance to score something. Also Indonesia and Guinea where also Dutch colonies and the cultural links are still alive.

After several intents to get a nice bamboo bar I manage to find one from the 60s in good shape and reasonably priced. I picked up in Rotterdam and that was the begin. From there I looked here a TC for inspiration. Our Tiki bar is an outdoor area. I have to deal with several negative facts: the weather cold and wet, a limited budget and the outdoor space that have to be share since is also our bicycles storage and the garden which is 80% kinder oriented. This means no tropical construction materials, some African masks instead PNG which I will like to have and not the indoor space where you can create easily the escape/immersion feel.

We where also looking for a fun and bright outdoor space to enjoy during the short season of good weather. The space has came out with more of a Caribbean that Polynesian look and is far from what I will like to have but is a first step and we are going to enjoy it.

With the purchase of this vintage bar has everything begin:


Then I made a structure with bamboo to hang from the ceiling and fishnet to camouflage the nasty chipboard from the roof.



The shelving was a quick solution to display the nic nacs and also needs to be improved



The bar and lounge area






In my short term to do list:
-a name for the hut (have few in mind but not decided yet)
-drinks menu and flyers ( a tattoo artist friend is working on some drawings and I will put them together)
-kick off party ( in our neighborhood at the begin of July is a night when people open there patios and gardens and let musicians (mostly classic music) play live. I was thinking on having the B side from that and take advantage that people goes from house to house and playing exotica records in my bar announced with few flyers along the route from the other shows. And of course have my crew on board.

Kind regards from the no tropics Netherlands,

Fran.






 
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tikitube
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Joined: Apr 25, 2017
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From: Ozark Underwater Cliffs
Posted: 2018-05-29 2:46 pm   Permalink

Welcome and congratulations on building your tiki space! It looks great so far, and I will anxiously look forward to seeing your progress. That bamboo and netting ceiling treatment is fantastic.

Cheers,

Jeff


 
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FranNL
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Joined: Mar 13, 2018
Posts: 24
From: Breda, The Netherlands
Posted: 2018-05-30 12:32 am   Permalink

Aloha, I forgot to show the gator that keeps my kids away from the rum


And few details, I really dig this little couple
the Moai and a Indonesian carving from Nias, Soumatra(all the way to the right on the shelf):




Then few masks and bamboo carvings:







 
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Bam Bam
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From: NEPA
Posted: 2018-05-30 06:37 am   Permalink

Again, welcome! I like the mixture of mask & carving styles - it gives it a globetrotter / explorer feel.

 
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Prikli Pear
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Joined: Jan 04, 2017
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From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2018-05-30 11:09 am   Permalink

Very nice, Fran! We all know that the space available forces the tiki to adjust to it, and building an outdoor tiki lounge is a challenge in any climate. I think you've done a fantastic job thus far, pulling together the available elements and cultural connections. The rum gator is a nice touch--I didn't know they had those in the Netherlands!
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Hamo
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Joined: Aug 22, 2016
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From: Colorado (via Iowa)
Posted: 2018-05-30 9:28 pm   Permalink

Welcome to TC, Fran, and congratulations on your home tiki space. It’s more than I have, and even better than one commercial “tiki” bar I’ve visited....

 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Joined: Feb 21, 2011
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2018-06-02 11:12 pm   Permalink

Go Fran! We are anxiously awaiting pix as you progress.
Best wishes


 
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Thortiki
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Joined: Jul 29, 2006
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From: Maryland (Land of Pleasant Tiki Living)
Posted: 2018-06-03 03:46 am   Permalink

LIKE the distinctive pieces your showing. Please keep TC updated. (-:

 
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FranNL
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Joined: Mar 13, 2018
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From: Breda, The Netherlands
Posted: 2018-06-18 08:46 am   Permalink

I just added a small Maori Tiki a carved mask from Bali and a couple of typical Indonesian landscape scene made of bamboo (real kitsch).





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Kaiwaza
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Joined: Aug 06, 2003
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From: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Posted: 2018-06-19 01:25 am   Permalink

Very nice set up!

 
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FranNL
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Joined: Mar 13, 2018
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From: Breda, The Netherlands
Posted: 2018-07-03 02:55 am   Permalink

I added a little rattan shelf that blends well but also open my eyes to keep decorating that wooden fence.




 
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cvcgolf
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Joined: Dec 29, 2010
Posts: 58
Posted: 2018-07-04 12:11 pm   Permalink

Very nice Tiki Bar, sir.. Tiki can be anywhere and you prove that.. How was the tiki neighborhood party?.. I bet everyone loved your house and drinks.. Enjoy!

 
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FranNL
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Joined: Mar 13, 2018
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From: Breda, The Netherlands
Posted: 2018-08-19 03:04 am   Permalink

Few updates here, we finally came out with a name for the bar: "Bora Bora hut"
We also have planed a grand opening for Sept.15. A friend made the invitation for us:



Last night we had a pre-party and went really well. Tried out some recipes and garnishes I now also have all the booze at home for the opening. Was funny to heard the conversations between the guests and there own impressions of "tiki". My favorite was when this colleague of my partner said (when Martin Denny's Quiet village song was playing) she felt like a mosquito was about to bite her or a snake is going to show up any minute!. I had many compliments about the cocktails (trader's Vic Mai Tai and Blue Hawaiian the most), the decor and the atmosphere. I'm really happy how the bar looks at night with few little accent lamps. I can't wait for the opening!


 
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MaukaHale
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Joined: May 07, 2012
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From: The base of the Volcano
Posted: 2018-08-19 11:21 am   Permalink

You're on your way, good luck at the opening!

 
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FranNL
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From: Breda, The Netherlands
Posted: 2018-08-30 12:21 am   Permalink

I also did the drinks menu, I included a mixture of classic cocktails and tiki cocktails getting the most of the little selection of booze that I have.



 
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