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Sep 15, 2006 07:41 AM

Tiki Bar Recommendations in LA/OC?

Ok, we all know Trader Vic's went down the cahoots (mostly food, but even drinks taste sub-par compared to what it used to be--) so wondering if there are any places to go from you guys about great tasting tiki drinks (and good bar food to boot) ANYWHERE in the LA & OC Counties.

Much thanks!

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    1. re: chica

      i found bahooka's to be dark and depressing, just didn't have the fun/happy vibe of trader vic's.

    2. Damon's in Glendale

      1. No food, but there's the classic Tiki Ti in Silverlake.

        It's a bar so intense I've never been there. Apparently it's one of the best bars in the country, this I've heard from people who go there.

        Usually I'm working so I can't make it.

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        1. re: therealbigtasty

          The Tiki Ti is one of the top tiki bars in the country (for those of us who love kitsch and actually track these things). It's tiny, so get there early to get in. And the drinks are strong, which is a wonderful, glorious thing...

          1. re: glutton

            3rd the tiki ti. it's an institution. don't let the facade scare you.

            1. re: revets2

              Toro toro!

              I am very fond of the Tiki Ti. It seems to keep more regular hours than it did in the past.

              1. re: JudiAU

                5th the Tiki Ti. A total blast and for those that smoke, you can smoke inside the bar because it is owner operated and therefore exempt from the smoking ban.

                1. re: mattesq

                  Why do you TEASE me so???

                  I work in a restaurant and my schedule just happens to fall on the days they're open. I would trade a shift to go, but I can't right now!!!


                  1. re: therealbigtasty

                    6th it! There is the Tiki Ti, and then there is everything else.

        2. In addition to the 3 mentioned above:
          Bahooka Ribs & Grog - Rosemead

          Damon's Steakhouse - Glendale

          Tiki-Ti - Silverlake (which may be closed tonight & tomorrow

          Others less well Known, Newer, & worth the Effort?
          The Tonga Hut - Old and a Dive Bar
          12808 Victory Blvd., No. Hollywood
          (818) 769-0708

          Honolulu Harry's - Chino - Too new & Corporate too be Cool?

          The Puka Bar - Long Beach - Very New with no website menu(s

          Recently Lost
          Sam's Seafood Restaurant - Seal Beach

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          1. re: JBC

            Correct; Sam's Seafood, in Sunset Beach not Seal Beach, closed in June. Food was mediocre but the bar was good.

            1. re: Philly

              Sam's Seafood reopened a few months ago under new management


          2. MaKai in Santa Monica