SF Tiki Crawl 2008, Kona Club

Posted by TraderTiki on October 17th, 2008 — Posted in Events, Places, Trader Vic

The Third stop on our crawl through the East Bay was the Kona Club on Piedmont Ave.

A few good hours were spent in this place, soaking in some of the most awesome decor I’ve seen in the “new wave” of tiki bars opened in the past decade.  From the Tapa print entrance to the smoking volcano behind the bar, and even the signature Tiki mugs, this place spells tiki bar all the way from front to back.

The Kona Club was opened in 2005, just about a mile from the final resting place of Trader Vic.  The owner, Doug Miller, has a few other places in his East Bay empire, each with at least a hint of tiki in the theme, such as the Club Mallard in Albany and Thalassa in Berkeley.

The decor is amazing, the drinks, not so much, but they do come in a signature mug that, if asked nicely, can become a part of your collection.  The decor was an effort between Bamboo Ben (who also built Forbidden Island), and Crazy Al Evans, and features some of the most unique items I’ve ever seen, including a Volcano that erupts with smoke periodically, a lifesize hula lamp, and some great south seas shell art near the back.

And of course, being in Oakland, we were subject to a familiar local attraction, the Drive by!  Thanks to whatever that it was just an airsoft gun, I understand real bullets hurt a helluva lot more.

The next and final stop, Trader Vic’s Emeryville, is coming up!  Wish I were still there!

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