Tiki Bar Review #29 Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar, San Francisco, CA

Tonga Room

I’ll never forget seeing this clip on Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover.

It’s where Anthony checks out the Tonga Room in San Francisco. I’d been waiting for my day to come every since and I finally made it!

The Tonga Hut is located downstairs in the very ritzy Fairmont Hotel…

The Fairmount Hotel
The Fairmount Hotel

I have to admit, I felt very underdressed walking through the lobby wearing an aloha shirt…

The Fairmount Hotel Lobby
The Fairmount Hotel Lobby

However, once I was downstairs, I knew I was in the right place…

Entrance into The Tonga Room
Entrance into The Tonga Room

I entered the Tonga Room and was floored by how big the place actually is.

Tonga Room

In the center of the room is a swimming pool…

Tonga Room

There’s a raft that a live band plays on. Crazy!

Where the band plays at The Tonga Room
Where the band plays at The Tonga Room

Before it became the Tonga Room, it was the swimming pool for the hotel.

On either side of the pool are large and long dining areas…

Tonga Room

Tonga Room

Where I sat felt like the deck of a pirate ship!

Tonga Room

Tonga Room

Tonga Room

I was seated right in the middle of the Hurricane Bar…

Tonga Room

Tonga Room Bar
Tonga Room Bar

I was in Tiki heaven! I wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so I ordered a Zombie…

Tonga Room Zombie
Tonga Room Zombie

The Zombie is solid and made the way it should be with Pernod and all!

Then it started to rain. Yes! It actually started raining over the pool.

Luckily, I visited the Tonga Room during happy hour and for 15 dollars I got to take advantage of the all you can eat buffet!

Happy hour buffet at The Tonga Room
Happy hour buffet at The Tonga Room

The food served was mostly Chinese dishes—fried rice and dumplings. All were very good.

It was time for another drink! This time I went with the Mai-Tai and it totally set me right for the rest of the evening!

Ray enjoying a Mai-Tai at The Tonga Room
Ray enjoying a Mai-Tai at The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room isn’t a Tiki bar or Tiki restaurant: it’s a Tiki experience!

Tonga Room

Here is the Tonga Room website.

And Facebook page.

Here is the clip where Anthony Bourdain visits the Tonga Room.

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