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[27 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

The Tiki Bar was introduced to the United States in the early 1930’s by former bootlegger Ernest Gantt.  In 1934, Gantt opened a bar called Don’s Beachcomber.  The bar was decorated in a Polynesian theme, based on Gantt’s travels throughout the South Pacific earlier in his life.  Don’s Beachcomber specialized in strong rum drinks and Cantonese cuisine.  It quickly became a popular hot spot with Hollywood celebrities.  When Gantt left the U.S. to serve in World War II (where he was awarded a Gold Star and Purple Heart), his ex-wife …

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[26 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Tiki bars are exotic, South Pacific-themed bars specializing in rum drinks such as the Zombie cocktail or mai tais.  The common themes in tiki bars are an upbeat atmosphere, relaxing music, and the presence of a “Tiki god” mask or carving.  The overall decor in a tiki bar often features a lot of bamboo and a thatch roof.  Ornamental decoration may include hula girls, palm trees, and tropical fabrics.  Many tiki bars, particularly those on a beach, are illuminated at night with tiki torches.  Tropical flowers, whether real or fake, …