Hula Hula Grand Re-Opening! Capitol Hill Seattle, WA

Hula Hula Capitol Hill Seattle WA

My how time flies…

It was one year ago, almost to the week. I was at Hula Hula chatting with the bartender. She had good news and bad news.

The bad news was that Hula Hula was closing because the building was getting leveled for new development. The good news was that Hula Hula would live again in a new location. The owners just needed to find the right place…

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Straight Edge Tiki #2 North Shore Lagoon 1/8/17

Ray Bobby and Birgitta at The North Shore Lagoon
Ray Bobby and Birgitta at The North Shore Lagoon

There are many reasons why people don’t drink alcohol. Some people can’t drink because of health reasons. Others don’t because they feel it’s just not a good idea anymore. But one of the most important reasons not to drink is pregnancy.

Bobby is a good buddy of mine. We are heavily into Vespa scooters and have spent many hours riding (and probably even more hours wrenching just to make our scooters run!). Bobby had never been to a Tiki bar and was interested in checking one out. When Bobby’s wife Birgitta heard we were going to the North Shore Lagoon, she was bummed. She’s pregnant, which meant no drinking for her. It was all good for Brigitta, though! We were going to do some drinking, but we were going to do it the Straight Edge Tiki way: no alcohol!

Bobby sporting a Straight Edge T-Shirt
Bobby sporting a Straight Edge T-Shirt

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Tiki Bar Review #26 New Luck Toy Seattle, WA

New Luck Toy

New Luck Toy: three words that have three meanings in Seattle, WA.

New Luck Toy used to be a cool, kitschy Chinese restaurant that was located in West Seattle. It shut down about a decade ago.

New Luck Toy is also a punk rock band from Seattle.

And as of October 2016, New Luck Toy is a brand new bar in West Seattle!

New Luck Toy Bar

And they have a slushie machine that pours out frozen Tiki drinks!

Ray with a Mango Scorpion
Ray with a Mango Scorpion

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A Pop-Up Tiki Bar! The Low Tide Lounge Seattle, WA

Lowtide Lounge at The Piranha
Lowtide Lounge at The Piranha

You should start a Tiki bar!

If I had a nickel for every time someone said this to me, I would be rich! Okay, well maybe I would have enough to buy a cup of coffee, but I digress.

Yes, starting a Tiki bar is a dream of mine, but it’s not easy and it’s not cheap. You need to find a place that’s in a good location and somewhere you can afford the rent. You also need a license to serve alcohol AND a license to sell it. I haven’t even talked about the money needed for décor.

One idea I thought of was doing a “pop-up” bar. I was down in Los Angeles and they got pop-ups for everything including food, clothing, music, and of course, booze. The idea is to rent a space out for a week, a month, or even a day. I thought a Tiki pop-up bar would be a great idea. Well, great minds think alike. Duffy De Armas made my a dream a reality! He opened the Tiki pop-up bar: the Low Tide Lounge.

Alison, Harvey, Ali and Duffy
Alison, Harvey, Ali and Duffy

Here is his story…

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Home Tiki Bar Spotlight #15 The Fuzzy Smudge Olalla, WA

Mark and The Fuzzy Smudge
Mark and The Fuzzy Smudge

Remember that old saying “as the crow flies?”

It meant the actual distance between two points via a straight line. The town of Olalla is only 15 miles away from Seattle, but that doesn’t mean it’s close—let alone easy—to get to. The Puget Sound stands between Seattle and Olalla, which means you have two ways of getting there: taking a ferry or driving around and below the Puget Sound. A ferry trip is not cheap, so that means driving is the best way to get there. Why all the fuss about getting to Olalla? Because Debbie and Mark Whitehead live there and down in their basement lies the Fuzzy Smudge…

Going downstairs to The Fuzzy Smudge
Going downstairs to The Fuzzy Smudge
The Fuzzy Smudge bar
The Fuzzy Smudge bar

Here is Debbie and Mark’s story…

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Home Tiki Bar Spotlight #13 The Shangri-La 66 Seattle, WA

Jeffrey behind the bar at Shangri-La 66
Jeffrey behind the bar at Shangri-La 66

There has always been a connection between Asian culture and Tiki. Food served at Tiki restaurants back in the day was pretty much Chinese food. (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone!) If you step up to the bar inside a Chinese restaurant, don’t be surprised to find some Tiki drinks on the menu. Jeffrey has a love for both Chinese and Tiki cultures. So Jeffrey and his partner Erik created a bar in their home that combines both. It’s called Shangri-La 66…

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Home Tiki Bar Spotlight #11 The Blue Flamingo And The Bowler Hat Club Seattle, WA

Russell and The Blue Flamingo Lounge and Bowler Hat Club
Russell and The Blue Flamingo Lounge and Bowler Hat Club

The late ’80s/early ’90s was a great time for music and no, I’m not talking about grunge! There started to be a renewed interest in music from the Mid-Century, music like jazz, swing, exotica, surf, and lounge. It was mostly punk and alternative types that re-discovered all this great music and leather jackets and boots were replaced with suits and skinny ties.

Records at The Blue Flamingo and Bowler Hat Club
Records at The Blue Flamingo and Bowler Hat Club

Russell Scheidelman is one of these punks who got turned on to this great music from the ’60s and went head-on into the Seattle lounge scene. Russell is one sharped-dressed man who channels Andy Warhol and John Steed from the Avengers.

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