||Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, Minneapolis, MN (restaurant)
Joined: Mar 20, 2006
|Posted: 2013-07-25 8:17 pm  Permalink|
Great job with the pictures, Pete! I didn't get too many since it was always crowded (and apparently I never got around to posting any.) Here are a couple of mine to add to your start:
Upstairs, featuring Exotik-a-GoGo
Some of the upstairs drink options:
I have to add that I love the carpet in that place - it looks like pirate ship decking!
Joined: Feb 24, 2009
From: The shores of Lake Michigan
|Posted: 2013-07-25 10:24 pm  Permalink|
Hi Sven: There's definitely a classic vibe in this place; there have been a lot of fantastic new Tiki bars opened up in the last handful of years, but few, if any, are on this huge of a scale.
I think that's part of what gives it a feel like some of the classic joints- some of the details like the old chairs, the wood-plank carpeting, etc. help with massaging that atmosphere. There is a LOT of tongue-in-cheek and purposeful kitsch here (and a lot of tattoos and piercings) but it's all intentional, and it creates a fun vibe. But even if the bathroom doors say "Chicks" and "Dicks," and their upstairs menu features a drink called the "Mender of Broken Dreams" that has an entire bottle of champagne and comes served in a giant, multi-tier fountain with LED lights in the base (it had a $58 price tag, but we saw at least six go out of the bar while we were there!) they definitely know a thing or two about Tiki.
Thanks for the pictures, Bamalamalu; Let's keep 'em rollin!
Here's a few more pictures I've turned up...
A couple shots of the "Ports of Pleasure" bar upstairs; we didn't get many shots in the upper bars because it filled up almost as soon as the doors opened, but we managed to squeeze off a few...
The "Shrunken Head" and the "Ports of Pleasure" signature cocktails & exclusive mugs for the upstairs bars:
The Exotica and the Aged Rum Mai-Tai:
A shot across the room to the Shrunken Head bar (which we didn't get a look at up close); the band sets up
to the left of this photo; the right side wall has some Witco pieces, and the hostess stand upstairs is a Witco bar (we didn't get a picture of that, unfortunately...)
Here's all the super-cool mugs we snagged while we were at Psycho Suzi's- the green shrunken head, the martini glass and the maniacal looking logo-tiki are Tiki Farm; the brown shrunken head is Dynasty (not marked as such, but no question its a custom Dynasty piece), and the other two are a company I'm not familiar with who should definitely be getting more work, based on the quality of these pieces...
A close up of the super-cool volcano bowl served with the "Leilani's Fire Bowl"
All are marked Psycho Suzi's; the smaller mugs were $10 extra with the drink; the brown Dynasty shrunken head was $5 extra; the bowl was $35, and it holds a good amount. There was one other large piece we didn't snag (more incentive to go back, after all...) I believe all of these are available for a bit more on the bar's website.
Anybody in the Midwest looking for a road trip to a great city and a cool tiki bar they haven't been to yet would do themselves a great service to check this place out.
If I find any more pictures that look like they're worth sharing, I'll put 'em up right here.
Joined: Jul 27, 2011
From: Southern CA
|Posted: 2013-07-26 10:14 am  Permalink|
I especially like that shipwreck mug, The Ports of Pleasure. Congrats to the designer Carolyn Kopecky. I'm not a collector but I haven't seen a mug design like that before. Am I wrong?
Images courtesy of http://www.psychosuzis.com/
Joined: Aug 05, 2011
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
|Posted: 2013-07-26 10:36 am  Permalink|
Carolyn Kopecky has posted on TC before and she's on Ooga-Mooga. She does design work for a giftware company called One Hundred 80 Degrees. That is the company that made the Ports of Pleasure mug.
It's a great mug, I bought one 2 weeks ago.
Joined: Sep 19, 2009
|Posted: 2013-07-27 4:03 pm  Permalink|
This tiki was finally moved to the current site from the old location and from the ground it must have been recently.
I thought this was a carved stump but I'm not sure on that point (but it seems reasonable given it was not moved until now or maybe it is just really heavy). I didn't get a chance to look at where it was to see if it was sawed off.
Psycho Suzi's owner is taking the original location back for a new resturant so maybe this guy got saved/spared from the impending construction for the ferris wheel.
Joined: Oct 11, 2004
|Posted: 2013-07-28 10:51 am  Permalink|
Joined: Mar 29, 2004
From: Command Records International HQ
|Posted: 2013-07-29 08:14 am  Permalink|
If you visit Suzi's, be sure to go on any Friday or Saturday night and sit in the upstairs section--you'll get to check out their fantastic house band, Exotik-a-Go-Go. They have a classic exotica sound and are very accomplished musically. We were there Saturday and watched their whole set (7-11 pm), and one really interesting thing that they are doing lately is that they're taking classic Exotica and surf songs and rewriting them for a new twist. For example, "Girlfriend of the Whirling Dervish" has become "Tasmanian Devil Girl;" "Telstar" becomes "Sputnik." Still slightly recognizable as the originals (same chord changes) but with a completely new melody. Their entire set was these reworked classics with a few completely original compositions.
The other BIG reason to go upstairs is to order drinks from the Forbidden Cove bar (the middle one right behind where the band plays.) This is their "premium mixology" bar, where they offer a Mai Tai with aged top shelf rums and homemade orgeat; a drink called the Exotica which contains Lemon Hart 151, passion fruit syrup, lime and maraschino liqueur; and best of all the delicious Kapu-Lani--dark top shelf rum with pimento dram and lime (similar to Beachbum's Ancient Mariner). There's a couple others on the menu, and I believe the plan is to occasionally rotate some new ones in and out. You can also order a good number of quality rums for sipping. The drinks in Forbidden Cove are $10 or 11 instead of $7 or 8 apiece, but it is well worth it. I think they made this move to better compete with the huge number of craft cocktail bars in Minneapolis.
Joined: Sep 05, 2006
From: The island of Michigan
|Posted: 2016-05-27 6:46 pm  Permalink|
Was here this week....wow great place...I thought this was one of the better tiki establishments I've been too. The decor was good, the music was good, the drinks were good, a view of the water...awesome. It was a great night, and very crowded..so looks like it will be there for folks to enjoy for awhile...wish we had something like this in Detroit
Joined: Mar 20, 2006
|Posted: 2016-06-01 5:20 pm  Permalink|
We got back yesterday from another Minneapolis trip and of course worked in our customary multiple visits to Psycho Suzi's.
Not really much to report that's different from my previous notes. Things are still going strong.
We were able to hit upstairs on both Friday and Saturday night. Remembering how crowded it was during our previous visits, we arrived shortly after opening - before 5:30 - both nights. This time we were surprised that upstairs wasn't as packed as we expected; we remembered being lucky to snag a table in the past but it was wide open that early both nights this time. The crowd did pick up later, but walking around we realized that downstairs and especially the patio were busier than upstairs.
Exotik-a-GoGo still create a great, relaxing atmosphere. It's so cool that there's a place like this - with an actual live exotica band playing twice a week in the middle of a bamboo-covered restaurant serving up good cocktails! We picked up their newest CD.
We went back again on Monday for a full downstairs visit. We sat in the bar area again and all was good. I was more impressed with the drink quality downstairs this year. The menu is basically the same but things tasted better than I remembered. A nice surprise. They don't have a jukebox anymore but the music was similar to previous visits - kinda punky rocky, a little metal, a little this, a little that. Not tiki, but it works for us.
Food was also the same as on previous visits; no real complaints. We also had really good service again each night. There was a bit of a delay getting our first order in on Monday, but the place was absolutely PACKED. It was Memorial Day and everyone came out early to enjoy the warm weather on the patio. Once a server had a chance to get to us initially, though, they kept checking back and all was well. As Matiki said, it's a really popular place and the patio in particular seems to always be crowded.