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The Alibi, Portland, OR (restaurant)
DixonAlibi
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From: NYC from PDX
Posted: 2016-03-08 5:01 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-03-08 16:20, Or Got Rum? wrote:
Awesome INFORMATIVE posts Dixon. The Lights, History, and the home bar shot is why I visit TC. WELL DONE. BTW, Any luck w/ that killer original sign? Thanks again, OGR



No luck with the original sign yet. The current one went up sometime in the 70's, which means that the old one came down between 1963 and 79. Here's a pic of the current sign from the 70's, back when it still had actual flames coming out of the torches on top.


 
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 4401
Posted: 2016-03-08 5:15 pm   Permalink

I would totally go here if I were even as close as one state away.
What an AWSOME place.

That Quilted pleather wall, those squat club chairs, Perfect!

Have seen new tiki bars with F-ing benches! And even one with those plastic patio
chairs that are super cheap.
And the drinks are still like $11.00 bucks or more.

This place has that old school vibe.
Man TC folks go to this place and don't be one of those "damn I wish I had gone to the Kahiki before it closed" people.
I put a sign in my restaurant telling people to go to the Kahiki before it closed.
When was the last time you saw another restaurant tell you to go to another restaurant.

And now that the place has heard that the drinks could improve that they too will work
with you in that area.
You need to remember that a place like this may have trouble putting $12.00+ drinks on their menu.
I know when I raised my prices ten cents people went NUTZ!

I for one will help in anyway with lighting if needed at no cost.
If you need one of those lights outside retied this I can do as well.

Thanks again DixonAlibi, being on TC can only help your restaurant.
I was born into the restaurant biz and know how hard it can be.
Had many people over the years bail me out with help when I needed it and
try to repay that karma debt back when I can.

Welcome to TC!
BEST OF LUCK!!


 
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DixonAlibi
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Posted: 2016-03-08 5:29 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2016-03-08 17:15, tikiskip wrote:
I would totally go here if I were even as close as one state away.
What an AWSOME place.

That Quilted pleather wall, those squat club chairs, Perfect!

Have seen new tiki bars with F-ing benches! And even one with those plastic patio
chairs that are super cheap.
And the drinks are still like $11.00 bucks or more.

This place has that old school vibe.
Man TC folks go to this place and don't be one of those "damn I wish I had gone to the Kahiki before it closed" people.
I put a sign in my restaurant telling people to go to the Kahiki before it closed.
When was the last time you saw another restaurant tell you to go to another restaurant.

And now that the place has heard that the drinks could improve that they too will work
with you in that area.
You need to remember that a place like this may have trouble putting $12.00+ drinks on their menu.
I know when I raised my prices ten cents people went NUTZ!

I for one will help in anyway with lighting if needed at no cost.
If you need one of those lights outside retied this I can do as well.

Thanks again DixonAlibi, being on TC can only help your restaurant.
I was born into the restaurant biz and know how hard it can be.
Had many people over the years bail me out with help when I needed it and
try to repay that karma debt back when I can.

Welcome to TC!
BEST OF LUCK!!



Thanks Skip!

We are definitely more of a volume bar/club, and always have been, so it makes it a bit harder to do the more 'craft' tiki cocktails. That being said, we are working on a supplimental drink menu that will boast more high end liquors, classic recipes, and our own twists. We want to have something for everyone!

In talking with Roy Ell's son, we've learned that he was constantly trying to out-do the Portland Kon-Tiki and he must have done quite a bit right to outlive the Kon-Tiki!
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KeithH
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Joined: Feb 15, 2009
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2016-03-21 8:38 pm   Permalink

Dixon,

Being just 2 miles away, I would LOVE a secret menu where I can get a quality tiki drink at the Alibi.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2016-03-22 10:25 am   Permalink

"he was constantly trying to out-do the Portland Kon-Tiki"

AND you are still making the place better and working on it putting up lights ect...

The Kahiki STOPED working on the place really for years and news flash the drinks at the Kahiki at the end (read like five or more years) were not great.
You went there because it was cool, and cuz Skip was awesome!

Get over the f-ing drink thing.
BUT there are people here that could help come up with ideas and drink mix that would be an easy two step drink to make.
Not to say you or your bartenders can't as well.

Plus a mug, this place should have at least one cool mug.

Have seen new tiki bars that blow, with high price drinks that blow.
I had to drink beer for the most part at the Kahiki because Skips drinks had sooo much booze in them you could not drive after a few.

Give me a f-ing beer in this place and I will be fine.


 
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DixonAlibi
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Posted: 2016-03-29 1:42 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-03-22 10:25, tikiskip wrote:
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"Plus a mug, this place should have at least one cool mug."
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We have one in the works! Four limited edition colors. More details coming very very soon!


 
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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2016-03-29 11:29 pm   Permalink

Kool

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2016-04-01 12:06 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-03-29 13:42, DixonAlibi wrote:
Quote:

On 2016-03-22 10:25, tikiskip wrote:
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"Plus a mug, this place should have at least one cool mug."
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We have one in the works! Four limited edition colors. More details coming very very soon!



So who is the maker?
How about some pics.
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2016-04-01 12:09 pm   Permalink

Hey one more thing can you get more photos of the basement bar of Roy Ell.
I see you posted one small shot.

Get more pics now while you can.

Thanks for what you have posted too!
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DixonAlibi
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From: NYC from PDX
Posted: 2016-04-01 1:57 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2016-04-01 12:09, tikiskip wrote:
Hey one more thing can you get more photos of the basement bar of Roy Ell.
I see you posted one small shot.
Get more pics now while you can.
Thanks for what you have posted too!




The mugs are being made by Munktiki! We are so happy to be able to work with such a great Tiki Company, and one that is local!

Here are the old photos of the basement bar! It was a mess when we went to get the lamps, and now looks even worse. I am going tomorrow to pull out the actual 'L' shaped bar and whatever else I can.





 
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happy buddha
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Posted: 2016-04-01 3:27 pm   Permalink

That bar & tikis are amazing

 
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DixonAlibi
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Posted: 2016-04-02 6:49 pm   Permalink

Today I was able to go and remove the bar, the wooden beams, thatching, and a ton of wall covering stuff that we have in various parts of the Alibi already!

We are going to repurpose the bar to use as our Karaoke Host booth, and recreate the 'Tiki Hut' look over the top of it using the pieces we took from the basement. We are wasting nothing.

Here's a a before/after of what it looked like in the 50's, and what it looked like today after we tore everything out! Amazing what a little bit of decor can do to change an entire space.

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sputnikmoss
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From: Portland OR
Posted: 2016-04-03 4:06 pm   Permalink

Amazing! Thanks for saving everything and sharing it with us all!

 
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Freeland
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Posted: 2016-04-14 10:52 am   Permalink

first time in portland... will be landing here around 6:30pm hopefully not too much later i will venture on over.

wouldnt happen to have those mugs ready would you?


 
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DixonAlibi
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Posted: 2016-04-14 2:07 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-04-14 10:52, Freeland wrote:
first time in portland... will be landing here around 6:30pm hopefully not too much later i will venture on over.

wouldnt happen to have those mugs ready would you?



Can't wait to see you!

Sadly we don't have the mugs yet, we have approved the design and mold, and production is underway! Once we pick glazes, we will be taking pre-orders for them!
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