Sunday, April 23, 2006
So if you haven't heard yet the Forbidden Island in Alameda opened this last weekend and it was unbelievable! I went over for the Tiki Central pre-party to meet up with some old friends and meet some new ones and was completely blown away by what was waiting for us there. A broke da mouth buffet of authentic Hawaiian fare, Hula dancers from the local Halau, and tasty drink specials. This tiki bar, on the tiny island of Alameda, sets the standard for what a tropical waterin' hole should look, sound and taste like. With an impressive drink menu, that includes Kick the Reverb's "Comb Over" and Monkey Man's "Monkey Pod." Here is what the tiki nation is saying about The Forbidden Island:
"Pictures can't convey the best part about Forbidden Island -- the astounding drinks. The quality and variety is simply stupendous."
"Forbidden Island is a class A type flagship of what a Tiki bar should be. You would be foolish not to pay this place a visit."
"Finally there is a new tiki bar that does everything perfectly, as I would like to believe it was like going to Don the Beachcomber's in the past. Other new tiki bars have opened (and closed) that have great decor, good drinks, and nice atmosphere. But never to the extent that Martiki, Mike, and Mano have done with Forbidden Island."
"This is by far the coolest tikibar i have ever been to! the decor totally blew me away. especially when you realize that these guys and gals only had 6 weeks to complete it! all the little details make FI soooo cozy and inviting!"
...The Drunken Hat
"What makes me happiest of all is that this lounge can clearly succeed EQUALLY with vintage tiki bar lovers, serious drinkin' folk and the public at large."
I must say that Forbidden Island is the hippest and most beautiful establishment on the Island. Based on very positive feedback from patrons, I expect that it's presence is much appreciated. There's nothing like it on the island -- or elsewhere for that matter.
If you happen to find yourself anywhere in the vicinity of the San Francicso bay area you have got to stop in and experience the enchanted magic that Martiki, Conga Mike, his Brother Mano, Bamboo Ben and their family and friends have created.
Photo compliments of the lovely Humuhumu. See her blog for even more info on The Forbidden Island and the Ohana Hut
And if that wasn't enough, Stuckie brought the first Ohana Hut to come out of the kiln. The prototype was a hit and Hanford, Stuckie and myself got too christen it at the forbidden Island with a mystery drink. Very Stoked!! They should be going into production very soon after Stuckie makes a few slight modifications to the mold. Unga Bunga, Stuckie and I all drove up to Alameda together and so I had the oppurtunity to talk with Stuckie about quite a few different things. The guys is cool and an artistic powerhouse whos talents go far beyond the world of mug makin' Definately check out his handiwork at mug makin and web design and flash programming at the Munktiki web site he created.