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(Wired)   Tiki culture in America had its day and then faded away. Why the long face?   (wired.com ) divider line 123
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2014-07-16 08:51:13 AM  
I blame Bobby Brady.
 
2014-07-16 09:54:06 AM  
 
2014-07-16 10:23:32 AM  
Something else Spongebob ruined.
 
2014-07-16 11:05:37 AM  
It's still around, if you know where to look.
When in Atlanta, come to Trader Vic's.  I recommend a Thursday night when Tongo Hiti is playing and the Mai-Tais are deeply discounted.
 
2014-07-16 11:17:57 AM  

Rev. Skarekroe: It's still around, if you know where to look.
When in Atlanta, come to Trader Vic's.



First let me check...okay, yes my hair is perfect.
 
2014-07-16 12:07:15 PM  
We had a thread about 80's style furniture making a comeback, and the general feels was OH HELL NO, and bring back Art Deco
 
2014-07-16 12:09:01 PM  
 
2014-07-16 01:11:29 PM  
This used to be the coolest place to go to as a kid growing up. Gone now.

www.columbusunderground.com

/the inside did great justice to the outside
 
2014-07-16 01:15:34 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: It's still around, if you know where to look.
When in Atlanta, come to Trader Vic's.  I recommend a Thursday night when Tongo Hiti is playing and the Mai-Tais are deeply discounted.


Mike Geier (and Kingsized) are THE BOMB!

Elvis Death/Birthday shows ftw
 
2014-07-16 01:25:45 PM  
Screw that, I still love this place here in Vegas and show up pretty regularly.  http://www.frankiestikiroom.com/

And here is what Billy the Crud carved for me after I won a raffle.

i149.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-16 01:27:49 PM  

Polartank13: Screw that, I still love this place here in Vegas and show up pretty regularly.  http://www.frankiestikiroom.com/

And here is what Billy the Crud carved for me after I won a raffle.

[i149.photobucket.com image 540x720]



Sweet!
 
2014-07-16 01:33:53 PM  
Actually for the last decade there has been quite a bit of a resurgence of tiki bars and tiki themed events.  Disneyland even added a tiki bar when they remodeled the hotel.
 
2014-07-16 01:35:39 PM  

mutterfark: I blame Bobby Brady.


3.bp.blogspot.com
/obscure?
 
2014-07-16 01:57:21 PM  
As long as they never get rid of the Tiki Room at Disneyland....
 
2014-07-16 02:04:09 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: This used to be the coolest place to go to as a kid growing up. Gone now.

[www.columbusunderground.com image 620x420]

/the inside did great justice to the outside


How could anybody tear something like that down? I'm crying now.
 
2014-07-16 02:06:36 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: It's still around, if you know where to look.
When in Atlanta, come to Trader Vic's.  I recommend a Thursday night when Tongo Hiti is playing and the Mai-Tais are deeply discounted.



just keep one hand on your wallet... last time I went to the Trader Vics in Atlanta, one of the staff stole my debit card... which left me stuck on vacation, several states away from home, with almost no cash, or way to access my funds, and neither the management of TraderVics, nor the Hilton staff would lift a farking finger to help me.


/by way of revenge, I stole a set of Salt and Pepper shakers off a table on my way out the door...but serisouly.. fark that place.
 
2014-07-16 02:07:12 PM  

Mark Ratner: mutterfark: I blame Bobby Brady.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 536x355]
/obscure?


No, especially since it was in TFA.
 
2014-07-16 02:08:22 PM  
That reminds me. I need to finally get to watching Kon Tiki.

images.delcampe.com
/Badassery abounded with those guys
//Their fearless leader was named Thor. THOR!
 
2014-07-16 02:08:58 PM  
i.imgur.com
/click for prescription from the good Dr.
 
2014-07-16 02:09:11 PM  
FYI: The new Trader Sam's bar at the Disneyland Hotel is awesome.
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-07-16 02:13:56 PM  
For most of the last decade, I worked at a TV station in L.A. that was next door to a tiki bar. Lotsa good memories of that place (especially the Blood & Sand drink...holy crap, that thing is STRONG).

/the TV station moved
//the Tiki Ti is still there...toro, torooooooo
 
2014-07-16 02:16:04 PM  

Schmerd1948: InterruptingQuirk: This used to be the coolest place to go to as a kid growing up. Gone now.

[www.columbusunderground.com image 620x420]

/the inside did great justice to the outside

How could anybody tear something like that down? I'm crying now.


It was a sad day. It did last into the 21st by a few months and made it on to the National Historic Register, only to be torn down later that year. This is what is there now.

img.fark.net
 
2014-07-16 02:16:15 PM  

Vacation Bible School: [i.imgur.com image 570x483]
/click for prescription from the good Dr.


good man. was coming to post the same :)

/who's up for a game of bunnies?
 
2014-07-16 02:17:03 PM  
*21st Century
 
2014-07-16 02:17:11 PM  
The tiki bar is alive and well in Florida backyards and garages.
 
2014-07-16 02:17:34 PM  
these folks have a pretty good bead on Tiki bars still in existence.

http://critiki.com
 
2014-07-16 02:18:09 PM  
Well, I just had a brain fart and completely forgot the purpose of my looking up Thor Heyerdahl's expedition to begin with. Not mentioned in TFA the Tiki fad really started with the Kon Tiki expedition. Big many men living on a raft they built themselves in the manner in which ancient Polynesians would have and carrying only the supplies that those ancients would have as well along with their own wits about them made for a spectacular story. Hawaii was only just beginning to be a mainstream post-war vacation destination and Americans were getting their first taste of Polynesian culture in a sanitized, kitsch sort of way.

/My dad still has remnants of a big tiki set
//back when he lived in a tricked out trailer right off the beach Rock Hudson would have envied
///also his old headshot from that period proved that he looked almost exactly like a young, hot Marlon Brando
////I'm guessing he was a bit of a Lothario back in the Draper days
 
2014-07-16 02:19:27 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: It was a sad day. It did last into the 21st by a few months and made it on to the National Historic Register, only to be torn down later that year. This is what is there now.


That's just f*cking depressing.
 
2014-07-16 02:19:43 PM  
Best steak house in Glendale, CA

http://www.damonsglendale.com/
 
2014-07-16 02:21:04 PM  

majestic: Mark Ratner: mutterfark: I blame Bobby Brady.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 536x355]
/obscure?

No, especially since it was in TFA.


Oh, is that why  The Brady Bunch isn't obscure?
 
2014-07-16 02:21:22 PM  

majestic: Mark Ratner: mutterfark: I blame Bobby Brady.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 536x355]
/obscure?

No, especially since it was in TFA.


blogs.courierpostonline.com
 
2014-07-16 02:21:23 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: As long as they never get rid of the Tiki Room at Disneyland....


THIS!

(or Disney World)
 
2014-07-16 02:21:50 PM  

KatjaMouse: InterruptingQuirk: It was a sad day. It did last into the 21st by a few months and made it on to the National Historic Register, only to be torn down later that year. This is what is there now.

That's just f*cking depressing.


No better story to remind you that you should fight just a little bit harder against developers, and patronize the establishments that are worth it.

/but not too hard
//signed Detroit
///slashies
 
2014-07-16 02:24:27 PM  

KatjaMouse: Well, I just had a brain fart and completely forgot the purpose of my looking up Thor Heyerdahl's expedition to begin with. Not mentioned in TFA the Tiki fad really started with the Kon Tiki expedition. Big many men living on a raft they built themselves in the manner in which ancient Polynesians would have and carrying only the supplies that those ancients would have as well along with their own wits about them made for a spectacular story. Hawaii was only just beginning to be a mainstream post-war vacation destination and Americans were getting their first taste of Polynesian culture in a sanitized, kitsch sort of way.

/My dad still has remnants of a big tiki set
//back when he lived in a tricked out trailer right off the beach Rock Hudson would have envied
///also his old headshot from that period proved that he looked almost exactly like a young, hot Marlon Brando
////I'm guessing he was a bit of a Lothario back in the Draper days


That, and the millions of guys we shipped over to the Pacific reached their 30s, had kids, and wanted to show them a sanitized version of the exotic locales they saw during the war.  It's why the 80s and 90s stuff is so popular right now.  The people with disposable income reliving their youth.
 
2014-07-16 02:27:00 PM  
Tallahassee has several places that live on in the Tiki style, and I love them all. Best of them is Waterworks, with the 60's sci-fi bar (and campy screening room!) Spaceport in the back.
 
2014-07-16 02:29:00 PM  

mutterfark: I blame Bobby Brady.


I blame the Great Watubi.

Oh jeebus what have I done.
 
2014-07-16 02:30:34 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: No better story to remind you that you should fight just a little bit harder against developers, and patronize the establishments that are worth it.


In Arlington, VA there was this crazy little Atomic Age Chevy dealership where the neighborhood around it was just building up at a fast clip. The dealership was just such a fixture on the landscape that the neighborhood lobbied the developer that bought the property not to tear it down, the residents who had been living there for years and wanted to keep a little mid-century quirk as they were kicking off the new millenium raised a big enough stink for the architects to redesign the facade.

www.arlingtonarts.org

www.washingtonpost.com

Not quite the same. I mean... they at least tried.
 
2014-07-16 02:30:49 PM  
My mom worked here for many years, their bar was cool but all they would give me were Shirley Temples being that I was about 5 at the time.
www.ratestogo.com
If you ever get a chance check it out, The Volcano House is still there, its not as flashy as some tiki bars but being on the edge of an active volcano gives it street cred.
 
2014-07-16 02:32:12 PM  

devildog123: That, and the millions of guys we shipped over to the Pacific reached their 30s, had kids, and wanted to show them a sanitized version of the exotic locales they saw during the war.


My grandfather's favorite photos to share from his time in the Philippines was of some local ladies bathing in the river. Embarrassed the crap out of my mom when he first shared them with me at the age of ~10.
 
2014-07-16 02:33:36 PM  
The Mai-Kai is still rocking it in Fort Lauderdale.

If you're on the left coast you might want to try The Coconut Club.
 
2014-07-16 02:34:49 PM  
This thread makes me want to put on my best reproduction dress, put up some pin curls, and hit a couple of bars.

Too bad I live in NoVA. I can't think of a single decent tiki place around here. And very few cool mid-century spots that don't cater to the ultra elite.
 
2014-07-16 02:35:22 PM  

KatjaMouse: InterruptingQuirk: No better story to remind you that you should fight just a little bit harder against developers, and patronize the establishments that are worth it.

In Arlington, VA there was this crazy little Atomic Age Chevy dealership where the neighborhood around it was just building up at a fast clip. The dealership was just such a fixture on the landscape that the neighborhood lobbied the developer that bought the property not to tear it down, the residents who had been living there for years and wanted to keep a little mid-century quirk as they were kicking off the new millenium raised a big enough stink for the architects to redesign the facade.

[www.arlingtonarts.org image 512x257]

[www.washingtonpost.com image 606x406]

Not quite the same. I mean... they at least tried.


Check with Peck before you buy!
 
2014-07-16 02:35:39 PM  
Tiki bars are still around - they're just mostly hangouts for bearded hipster carnage and crappy bedroom Djs.
 
2014-07-16 02:38:19 PM  
img.fark.net
We now have a semi permanent Tiki Bar for our Viking Luau parties.
 
2014-07-16 02:39:59 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: This used to be the coolest place to go to as a kid growing up. Gone now.

[www.columbusunderground.com image 620x420]

/the inside did great justice to the outside


http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2010/08/25/10-years-af te r-torches-go-out-kahiki-memories-live.html
 
2014-07-16 02:40:00 PM  
fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net
 
2014-07-16 02:40:34 PM  
La Mariana Sailing Club, FTW.

The bar I miss mot since moving to NoVA.
 
2014-07-16 02:42:50 PM  

KatjaMouse: InterruptingQuirk: No better story to remind you that you should fight just a little bit harder against developers, and patronize the establishments that are worth it.

In Arlington, VA there was this crazy little Atomic Age Chevy dealership where the neighborhood around it was just building up at a fast clip. The dealership was just such a fixture on the landscape that the neighborhood lobbied the developer that bought the property not to tear it down, the residents who had been living there for years and wanted to keep a little mid-century quirk as they were kicking off the new millenium raised a big enough stink for the architects to redesign the facade.

[www.arlingtonarts.org image 512x257]

[www.washingtonpost.com image 606x406]

Not quite the same. I mean... they at least tried.


Is that in the Ballston area? I swear that looks familiar to me, and I lived in that area around 2002-2003
 
2014-07-16 02:46:00 PM  

KatjaMouse: That reminds me. I need to finally get to watching Kon Tiki.

[images.delcampe.com image 600x443]
/Badassery abounded with those guys
//Their fearless leader was named Thor. THOR!


It's excellent.  I saw the hour-long version they cut for Norwegian TV; just superbly fascinating.  It's not really dumbed down, but it retains mass appeal.  I guess Thor figured if you wanted more detail, you could buy his book.  Really unbelievable stuff.
 
2014-07-16 02:46:26 PM  

Polartank13: Is that in the Ballston area? I swear that looks familiar to me, and I lived in that area around 2002-2003


It's right across from Ballston Mall. And I grew up in Fairfax but my older sister and her ex lived in the neighborhood so we would drive by that dealership every time we would go visit with them. Up until just a few years ago she was still living in that same area until rent prices drove her out so we all got to see the progression of the neighborhood over the last 25 years.
 
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