Frankie’s Tiki Room 1712 W. Charleston, Las Vegas Nevada 702-385-3110 | frankiestikiroom.com Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas, Nevada is probably the only 24-hour tiki bar in existence. It is a classic and a must-visit destination if you are in the area. As their website boasts “Drink, Smoke, Escape”. They are not joking. No matter what […]
Cellar 335 Cellar 335 in Jersey City actually gets Kudos for being on the cutting edge not just with drinks, but food as well. Even the music sets the mood, but it is not typical. Have you ever heard the surfer rock version of The Godfather Theme?
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The Upstairs Bar This is a really cool place of interest. This was a speakeasy during Prohibition in the late 1920s a Philly gangster named Max “Boo Boo” Hoff put up a front called the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company. It is said that they ran more liquor than Al Capone. 80 years later after the […]
Mother of Pearl In a really nice mellow part of the East Village, Mother of Pearl is a Tiki place on the corner which is hard to miss. It is a bit small on the inside with less than 9 tables, but they do have a full bar with tiki bar stools if there is […]
Garden Falls I’ve been shooting (photographing and filming) weddings for over 15 years at this point. I’ve literally done over a thousand. Never once have I been to Garden Falls. If I had known what it was, I probably would have come here sooner at my own leisure to enjoy it. This place is more […]
Exotica Moderne Tiki Lovers Alert! There is a new magazine out and its called Exotica Moderne. This is a modern take on vintage Polynesian Pop with many modern features and insights of how the movement is alive and well. In the first few pages they set the mood with music that is keeping the scene […]
The Polynesian Tiki Bar at the Pod Hotel It might not be easy to find, but about 4 Flight upstairs of the Pod Hotel in Times Square in Manhattan, there is a rooftop oasis called The Polynesian Tiki Bar. It is a modern interpretation of Polynesian pop culture complete with artwork, palm trees, appetizers, pupu […]
Jade Island Built in 1972, Jade Island appeared on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain about 10 years ago (Season 5; Episode 19 NY Outer Boroughs). I don’t ever recall seeing the episode, but being an avid Tony Bourdain fan so I am surprised I missed it. What I almost missed what finding this place as […]
Mai-Kai Restaurant North Federal Highway – Fort Lauderdale, Florida For anyone that is a fan of Tiki, Polynesian Pop or even anything retro. This is a must visit over and under anything I am about to state here. If you are in the area, even for one night, you must visit. If you have the […]
Lun Wah www.thelunwahrestaurant.com 587 Raritan Road Roselle NJ 07203 / Phone: 908-245-0656 One of the very last of the original authentic Tiki relics from the Polynesian Pop culture phenomenon from the early 1970s. While it did change ownership in 2013, this is about as tiki as it gets in New Jersey. When I first saw the […]
Martin Denny April 10, 1911 ‒ March 2, 2005 Martin Denny is best known as the Father of Exotica Lounge Music, a keystone of the Tiki Culture. He was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles. After touring South America, he became fascinated with latin music and the instruments used in that music. […]
Allspice Dram Allspice or Pimento Dram is a Tiki cocktail secret ingredient. The stuff you buy in the store is so potent, you need to regard it more as a bitter and measure it out with an eye dropper. This homemade version came out of necessity. I could not find it in any of my […]
Easter Island Easter Island is far off the coast of Chile, a South American country. The island is the southeastern most point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceana. It is most famous for its huge statues known as Moai created by its native Rapa Nui people sometime around 1000 AD. Being one of the most remote inhabited […]