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What's your favorite tiki bar out of the less than half a dozen that are still standing in LA ?

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kevin May 22, 2013 04:59 PM

Though I do believe in the past few years there has been a resurgence.

Once mixology is a thing of the past, tiki drinks might be back in style ?

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  1. MissBubbles RE: kevin May 22, 2013 05:22 PM

    I rather like Damon's Steakhouse in Glendale. Way old school tiki bar & steakhouse. They make awesome super strong drinks. I rather prefer the Chi chi.

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      ratgirlagogo RE: MissBubbles May 22, 2013 06:06 PM

      The original tiny little Damon's , the one that was torn down along with much of the old Glendale downtown to build the Glendale Galleria (now itself defunct of course), still glows brightly in my mind as the Platonic ideal of a Tiki bar, maybe the Platonic ideal of any bar.

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        MissBubbles RE: ratgirlagogo May 22, 2013 06:19 PM

        I didn't know that =) Makes me sad that I never went to it.

    2. Discokill RE: kevin May 22, 2013 05:23 PM

      as if on cue:

      http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/05/...

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        Ernie RE: kevin May 22, 2013 05:30 PM

        Tiki Ti

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          hill food RE: Ernie May 22, 2013 06:27 PM

          is Tiki Ti still around?! awesome! I used to go there in the early 90's! about as good a way-back machine as the (non-tiki) Dresden Room before that damn movie ruined it.

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            Ernie RE: hill food May 22, 2013 07:52 PM

            Yes still around and still making those potent mai tais

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              hill food RE: Ernie May 22, 2013 09:36 PM

              I gotta call my friend Amy who introduced me. we are talking about the same place right? about the size of a Volkswagen bug? rotten service and stiff drinks? I may be wrong on all counts, but I was a weekender down from SF and usually drunk.

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                Ernie RE: hill food May 23, 2013 07:52 AM

                Yes, same little place on Sunset

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                  Servorg RE: Ernie May 23, 2013 08:20 AM

                  http://www.tiki-ti.com/pages/home.html A classic...maybe "The" classic Tikki bar.

                  Let's see if the inside look via Google works (if my linking is actually good):

                  https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Tiki+T...

        2. mrgreenbeenz RE: kevin May 23, 2013 10:29 AM

          Tonga Hut in North Hollywood.

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            ns1 RE: mrgreenbeenz May 23, 2013 10:58 AM

            yelp review states:
            "Gotta drive to a so-so neighborhood, but once inside, it's another world. Fab drinks and you can bring in food from outside."

            NICE

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