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the drunken hat
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From: Modesto, CA
Posted: 2005-10-19 07:39 am   Permalink

i think that what humu means is if it is true then the bad element of modesto is less likely to go there. anyone who went there in the last few years will know that the tiki had been over run with drug dealers and thugs in general.
if it is a gay bar those folks will not want to hang out there. i don't think hanging out in a gay bar is good for their street credibility. so all us tiki-philes can go there enjoy the decor(which it seems the new owners have cleaned up and added too so it probably won't change. yeah!) and not worry about being beat up or robbed.

i have to agree with humu in that this is the best thing that could of happened to the tiki!
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thejab
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2005-10-19 10:42 am   Permalink

I don't get it either Unga.

In the half dozen times I've been there in the last 7 years I never experienced a thug element at the Tiki Lounge, just a young college crowd, especially late at night. (The thugs stay in their rooms at the tropics making drug deals). Whereas before it was a mixed younger crowd (girls and guys), now it might be all guys. Improvement? Sigh.

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tikivixen
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Joined: Aug 28, 2002
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From: Vallejo CA
Posted: 2005-10-19 6:09 pm   Permalink

Well, hopefully Modesto's lesbian contingent will get out their alohawear and plunge right in!

A charming old dive bar in Old Vallejo, The Town House, has become a delightful place to hang out since it joined the rainbow brigade. Ladies and crossdressers too, and straight folks are made most welcome as long as they're friendly! Personally I find this a great improvement over the angry monster truck dudes, loudmouthed tweakers, drug-dealers and truly scary alkies who used to populate the place...

Mind you, I still think the best time to go to any vintage bar is in the afternoon on a weekday. Oldtimer clientele are the best. It's sad that The Tiki doesn't seem to have much of that...where DO old folks in Modesto drink, I wonder?


 
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tikicleen
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Joined: Nov 11, 2003
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From: ripon: almond capital yet no orgeat
Posted: 2005-10-20 07:25 am   Permalink

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On 2005-10-19 18:09, tikivixen wrote:
Mind you, I still think the best time to go to any vintage bar is in the afternoon on a weekday. Oldtimer clientele are the best. It's sad that The Tiki doesn't seem to have much of that...where DO old folks in Modesto drink, I wonder?




i can answer this! at MINNIE'S!!! minnie's has a regular lunch clientele which mainly consists of lawyers and old regulars. there is one man who is there EVERYday and he claims that he used to help out minnie wu in the kitchen back in the day (when hop owned it!). my work scheduled doesnt allow me to do lunch at minnie's, but some day i am determined to interview this man. he is bound to have some great stories.
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mjrphreak
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From: California
Posted: 2005-10-27 11:28 pm   Permalink

I went there about 3 months ago and have to agree with some of the posts. It is a really cool place with decor but a total dive in the same respects. The place is notorious for fights and being a place for thugs to hang out. The drinks were way to strong when I was there. I asked about the financial status and the bartender told me that the rumor has been going on for like 15 years and that only for the right price would the bar actually sale. As for being a gay bar, I drove by it the other night and it seems to be the same with the same local hanging out back and in the patio.

 
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fm1971
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From: Modesto
Posted: 2005-12-02 2:47 pm   Permalink

For more information go to www.myspace.com/tiki_lounge

It says it is now a "Metro gay bar"


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On 2005-10-27 23:28, mjrphreak wrote:
I went there about 3 months ago and have to agree with some of the posts. It is a really cool place with decor but a total dive in the same respects. The place is notorious for fights and being a place for thugs to hang out. The drinks were way to strong when I was there. I asked about the financial status and the bartender told me that the rumor has been going on for like 15 years and that only for the right price would the bar actually sale. As for being a gay bar, I drove by it the other night and it seems to be the same with the same local hanging out back and in the patio.



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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2005-12-02 3:06 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-12-02 14:47, fm1971 wrote:
For more information go to http://www.myspace.com/tiki_lounge
It says it is now a "Metro gay bar"


Metro Retro Gay Tiki Bar.
Sven! Can you help us out on this one?


 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2005-12-02 4:46 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-12-02 15:06, Unga Bunga wrote:
Quote:

On 2005-12-02 14:47, fm1971 wrote:
For more information go to http://www.myspace.com/tiki_lounge
It says it is now a "Metro gay bar"


Metro Retro Gay Tiki Bar.
Sven! Can you help us out on this one?



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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2005-12-02 4:54 pm   Permalink

?Moi? How come I am the specialist for the metro gay scene now? Did I miss a post or thread or something?

I have not been to the Tiki in years (see photo of sign and A-frame in b.g. on page 23 of BOT, upper left corner), and I never thought I would read a review like "I was at the Tiki last night and I have to say it is a hot sexy bitch!"

Also I dunno about "YOU are BONDAGE BEAR! ...and you like kinky stuff, like handcuffs. And ropes. Probably spanking, too, you dirty bear!"

But in general I support any group or clientel that frequents an authentic Tiki Bar and thus ensures it's survival. Sounds better than the previous crowd, at least. Make love not war.


 
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Kailuageoff
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From: Honolulu Lounge,Lewes, DE
Posted: 2005-12-02 6:39 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-12-02 16:54, bigbrotiki wrote:
?Moi? How come I am the specialist for the metro gay scene now? Did I miss a post or thread or something?

I have not been to the Tiki in years (see photo of sign and A-frame in b.g. on page 23 of BOT, upper left corner), and I never thought I would read a review like "I was at the Tiki last night and I have to say it is a hot sexy bitch!"

Also I dunno about "YOU are BONDAGE BEAR! ...and you like kinky stuff, like handcuffs. And ropes. Probably spanking, too, you dirty bear!"

But in general I support any group or clientel that frequents an authentic Tiki Bar and thus ensures it's survival. Sounds better than the previous crowd, at least. Make love not war.



Ha. ha, ha, ha....
Sven, This is too funny.
My son Michael thinks we should donate our home tiki bar to the poor. I guess he has heard me talking about the insane prices mugs have been going for on e-bay. How about a tiki bar that gets taken over by a bunch of homeless patrons, no wait, that sounds kind of like the Mai-Kai during the 2004 Hukilau hurricane.
KG

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dangergirl299
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Posted: 2005-12-03 10:20 am   Permalink

Some of us had to go there last night to check it out - and in spite of the house/rave music and the large poster of the topless man above the DJ, it looked like the usual suspects...

there was nary a leather chap or spiked dog collar in sight
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2005-12-03 12:58 pm   Permalink

I always was curious about the Tiki's wall painting they use as the background to their site:

Is it really vintage? Was it done by the same artist that did the Minnie's velvets across the street? The Tiki they used is in the BOT p.187, I always called it the "Mae West Tiki". It's wood, I got it from Danny Balsz on one of my expeditions out here.

But after that it surfaced in a black Lava-rock material, from Hawaii, together with a different brother Tiki. Did not get them, they were too expensive, but they were very cool Poly-pop style designs.


 
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tikicleen
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From: ripon: almond capital yet no orgeat
Posted: 2005-12-03 1:09 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-12-03 12:58, bigbrotiki wrote:
I always was curious about the Tiki's wall painting they use as the background to their site:

Is it really vintage? Was it done by the same artist that did the Minnie's velvets across the street? The Tiki they used is in the BOT p.187, I always called it the "Mae West Tiki". It's wood, I got it from Danny Balsz on one of my expeditions out here.

But after that it surfaced in a black Lava-rock material, from Hawaii, together with a different brother Tiki. Did not get them, they were too expensive, but they were very cool Poly-pop style designs.



this painting made its appearance after the "remodel" of a year ago. i personally do not think it is vintage. the artist is joe ???something---cannot recall due to fogginess of the evening--??? and it definitely is not by the same artist (tyree) who did the velvets at minnie's. there are some tyree oils, though, still hanging at the tiki.

and i concur with dangergirl in that there was not a drastic change to the type of crowd. if anything, it is more clean, more tikis up, and less of the sketchy element. they even had the lava pit fireplace going! that is a great sign since the fire pit was out for a number of years.

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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2005-12-04 4:26 pm   Permalink

I concur with cleen, it was clean. Hawaiiana or surf flicks on the TV instead of "Year of the Queer 2005", would be my pics for viewing. We were there early at 10:15. The Tiki normally gets going with a well dressed crowd around 11.

 
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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2005-12-06 11:22 am   Permalink

I'm just glad to know it's still there.
(Not that there's anything wrong with that).


 
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