SF Tiki Crawl 2008, Trader Vics Emeryville

Posted by TraderTiki on October 27th, 2008 — Posted in Events, Places, Trader Vic

Trader Vics Emeryville, it’s not quite where it all started, but this is certainly the epicenter of the Trader Vic’s Tiki empire.

Trader Vics Emeryville Mosaic

Seated at the bar or dining in the restaurant, the emphasis is on scintillating suppers and delightful drinks.  Walking in between large Tiki statues, the diner is immediately greeted with a picture of Trader Vic himself, as well as a Mosaic portrait of the Trader.  The decor is festooned with true classics of PolyPop decor, a signed sea turtle shell from World War II, fish traps and glass floats.  The real prizes on the wall though are the original Leetegs, paintings from the premier tropical velvet painter, Ed Leeteg of Tahiti.

Trader Vics Emeryville Decor

The drinks are all quite lovely, and virtually unchanged (well, a formula here and there) since the initial opening.  If you want a real treat though, be sure to ask for a San Francisco Style Mai Tai.  That’ll get you a Mai Tai made fresh, with no mix, though a little extra on the tip might be in order for the extra busy bartender.  A true Mai Tai at a Trader vic’s is a thing of beauty, and worth the trip.

Trader Vics Emeryville Bar

If you’re looking to recreate the feel of Trader vic’s Emeryville, well, don’t bet on it, unless you happen to have the Oakland bay conveniently handy.  But you can get a glimpse of the drinks and food in Trader Vic’s Tiki Party!, a book authored with the support and coordination of the Trader Vic’s staff.

Trader Vics Emeryville Classic Liquors

If you do get down there, a fun thing to do is scavenger hunt for a few items scattered here and there.  Some of the trasures include the pot belly stove from Hinky Dink’s (what Trader Vics was prior to the great South Seas movement), the chair Queen Elizabeth II sat in during her visit (her first to a commercial restaurant!), and a few bottles of some very, very old booze that Vic used to play around with.

So next time you’re looking for another notch off of your book of tiki travels, be sure to think of Trader Vic’s Emeryville.

This is the last entry in the tour of the Bay Area for the Tiki Central Tiki Crawl.  You can check out more pictures at this Photo Thread on Tiki Central.  See you next crawl!

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