Retro Travel

Bay Area Tiki Lovers Have a New Tropical Refuge
By Will “The Thrill” Viharo

Once ubiquitous in cities and small towns across the nation, the tiki bar has recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, a by-product of the whole Tiki Culture renaissance of the ’90s, spearheaded by enterprising, savvy swingers, like Tiki News founder Otto Von Stroheim and Sven Kirsten, author of The Book of Tiki. While the “lounge revival” has mostly subsided from mainstream interest, the Tiki Boom is still in full hula-sway, most recently evidenced by the opening of FORBIDDEN ISLAND on the (mainly landfill) island community of Alameda, California, just across the harbor from Oakland in the San Francisco Bay. Without actually traveling back in time to Hawaii circa 1962, this brand new lounge is as close as one can get to the authentic, postwar tiki bar experience. Continue Reading »

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