SF Tiki Crawl 2008, Forbidden Island

Posted by TraderTiki on October 15th, 2008 — Posted in Drinks, Events, Places, Rum, Trader Vic

Sunday brought us into the East Bay, home of the Original Trader Vic’s, now an empty parking lot at 6500 San Pablo Ave in Oakland, CA.  This was where the Magic happened, transforming a little rib shack called Hinky Dinks into the international Marvel it was then, and still is today.

There’s plenty of time to chat about Vic’s later though, for right now, we’re at a place I think I’ve chatted a time or two, Forbidden Island.

Forbidden Island

Opened in 2006 by Martin Cate and the folks behind the Conga Lounge, Forbidden Island is a vision to the tikiphile. Envisioned by Martin and built by Bamboo Ben, this is a PolyPop connoisseur’s delight of tropical drinks in tride and true fashion, with boundless decor and enthusiastic staff.  Of course, if you drop in and miss out on the big lug what started it all, you’ll have to come back again to pick his rather impressive brain.  Forbidden Island now features the Kill-Devil club, with a list of over 90 rums to sample.  Have them all and your name goes on a bronze plaque on the wall, and no, you can’t play catch up at home.

Forbidden Island Ku Bar

Forbidden Island regularly holds fun events inside and in the parking lot, home of the giant Ku Bar.  Whether it is a classic car show, the grand unveiling of a new Tiki Mug, or the Forbidden Island parking lot sale, chances are you’ll be dropping in on something exciting happening.

Forbidden Island Signature Drink

I know the first thing on my mind when I stopped in was the signature Forbidden Island.  Probably the only recipe that hasn’t been printed in the San Francisco Chronicle, this is a Spicy and mysterious that keeps you coming back for more.  It also is available in the Forbidden Island signature mug, based on the big Forbidden Island Tiki carved by Tiki Diablo.

Down to the music in the jukebox, every detail is down pat.  My hat’s off to Martin, for opening the place I wish I would have but probably never could pull off, you magnificent bastard.


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