SF Tiki Crawl 2008, Conga Lounge

Posted by TraderTiki on October 16th, 2008 — Posted in Events, Places

Over on College, just above Rustica sits the Conga Room, a real urban paradise.  They offer porch seating, lovely punchy libations, and some of the best bar bites, including Rustica’s famous pizza.

The Conga Lounge Entrance

The Conga Room has been around for about for years now, having opened in 2003.  The owners had some tiki dreams, and seeing the excitement of the crowds and heavy concentration of Tikiphiles on Tikicentral, decided to move forward in developing a new watering hole for the thirsty of the East Bay.

The Conga Lounge, inside

The decor is as packed with paraphernalia as a tiki bar should be, though a few sombreros on the walls can distract from the PolyPop.  Some may be appalled,  blaming the influence of the Tijuana Brass on stealing the limelight of paradise away from Tiki.  However, kept in cultural kitsch these kooky collectibles are quite the classic.

At the Conga Lounge, Exotica plays over the loudspeakers, and a TV shows constant clips of tropical locales, and tiki or Hawaiiana based shorts and films.  There’s even room (well, not really, but don’t tell Mike) for a DJ to mix up a few beats from Martin Denny and Les baxter.

It’s a lovely place I look forward to going back to every year.

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Comment by Dood

Oh god…I really need a haircut. The back of my head looks bloody awful.

*waits for the joke about the front of his head not being any better*

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 9:40 am

Comment by sylvan

Wow, I’ll have to check out the Conga Lounge next time I get down there - that is so close to where I stay!

Posted on October 17, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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