Tiki Bar Review #35 The Jungle Bird Sacramento, CA

The Jungle Bird
The Jungle Bird

When I arrived at the Jungle Bird in downtown Sacramento, I didn’t know if I was at the right place…

Jungle Bird entrance
Jungle Bird entrance

I checked and re-checked the address: 2516 J Street. Yes, the address was correct, but where was the Tiki bar? I could hear that something was going on behind the door. People were inside. I could hear talking and laughing. Then I heard the theme song to Gilligan’s Island. Yes indeed, I had arrived at the Jungle Bird…

The bar at the Jungle Bird

The Jungle Bird opened up October of 2016 and the place already has a reputation, a great one! People travel to Sacramento from the Bay Area just to visit the Jungle Bird. I flew down from Seattle!

The Jungle Bird

The man behind the Jungle Bird is Buddy Newby…

Ray with Buddy Newby owner of the Jungle Bird
Ray with Buddy Newby owner of the Jungle Bird

Buddy is a smart man. When he started building the Jungle Bird, Buddy asked people in the Sacramento Tiki scene for suggestions and he listened.

The décor is spot on…

The Jungle Bird

Everywhere you look, you have thatch…

The back room at the Jungle Bird
The back room at the Jungle Bird

 

Bamboo…

The back room at the Jungle Bird
The back room at the Jungle Bird

And Tikis…

Tiki at the Jungle Bird
Tiki at the Jungle Bird

What I love the most is the main room. It has a very Mid-Century Modern feel. Not only am I in a Tiki bar, but I feel like I’m in a Tiki bar from the early ’60s!

In the front room at the Jungle Bird
In the front room at the Jungle Bird

I had some friends join me. Say hello to Eva and Dave…

Eva and Dave enjoying a Macadamia Nut Chi Chi
Eva and Dave enjoying a Macadamia Nut Chi Chi

Eva and Dave have their own Tiki bar. Scratch that: they have there own Tiki home! It’s called The Headhunter’s Hideaway and Voodoo Lounge

While Eva and Dave were enjoying a Macadamia Nut Chi Chi, Buddy brought me over a Planter’s Punch…

Planter's Punch at the Jungle Bird
Planter’s Punch at the Jungle Bird

It was perfect, on-point and it went down very fast. I quickly ordered a second drink, which was the Navy Grog…

Navy Grog at the Jungle Bird
Navy Grog at the Jungle Bird

This drink packed a punch! As it should, this drink has three shots of rum!

As I was chatting it up with my Sacramento pals, the Gilligan’s Island theme started playing again. I could see a bunch of people gathering around the end of the bar, phones out and ready to record something. I had to see what was going on.

Three Hour Tour at the Jungle Bird
Three Hour Tour at the Jungle Bird

For a hundred bucks, you and your friends can order the Three Hour Tour…

Three Hour Tour at the Jungle Bird
Three Hour Tour at the Jungle Bird

Why drink out of a volcano bowl when you can drink out of large copper swan?

The Three Hour Tour has vodka, rum, even more rum, and champagne! This is a serious drink. Speaking of drinks, here’s the drink menu…

The Jungle Bird drink menu
The Jungle Bird drink menu

The Jungle Bird’s drink menu sticks mostly to the classics and that’s totally cool with me. The Jungle Bird is a classy place!

The Jungle Bird

Here is The Jungle Bird’s website.

And Facebook page.

 

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