Great video – you MUST watch it!
Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal declared that, “A Polynesian Pop revival is under way” — with tiki bars all the rage on the west coast. Some of the 50s and 60s classic tiki bars still exist…and, some entrepreneurs are even recreating that favorite vintage style in all-new designs.
No question – we retro renovators have long embraced tiki-dom. After all, so many of our houses have basements all ready to go, with built-in bars stuffed in the corner.
Brian over at Atomic Addiction is a particular tiki-maniac. See this string of posts all featuring different home-grown tiki bars that he has catalogued. Brian also found the great video with Tiki Quest author Duke Carter (above) and points out that his book is the “must have” for tiki collectors.
Read on for more facts from the Wall Street Journal and the complete story –>
Meanwhile, here are some tiki facts from the Journal:
- Polynesian restaurants that proliferated in the ’50s and ’60s were once power tables for the elite. The Trader Vic’s at New York’s Plaza Hotel was a favorite of the buttoned-down preppy crowd. And many were the Gotham debutantes who, like journalist Nikki Finke, had their “first drunken evening on Samoan Fog Cutters at Trader Vic’s.”
- Polynesian Pop was also an eminent variety of Americana. When Nikita Khrushchev and his wife visited San Francisco in September 1959, Madame Khrushchev slipped away from her official minders and went off to experience America first-hand. She shopped at Sears and lunched at Trader Vic’s. When Queen Elizabeth II visited California in 1983, it was at Trader Vic’s that the Reagans took her to dine.
- Today, twenty-somethings have embraced Polynesian Pop in their own way, adorning themselves with Maori tribal tattoos. And even through the lean years of the past two decades, some of the great old tiki joints managed to survive, among them the magnificent Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the intimate Tiki-Ti in L.A.
The official Beachcomber’s Creed:
“Of ALL Life’s Pleasures deeply drink/At every worry give a wink/It’s MUCH MUCH later than you think.”