The food and drink are only part of what made Wan-Q special enough to garner a mention in Sven Kirsten’s Book of Tiki. The décor both inside and out were adventurous to say the least.
Ok, first off, when it comes to cannibals you don’t get much cooler than these 3 bad boys. Somehow they’ve managed to weave their way into tiki/Polynesian pop culture more than just about any other man-eater.
Today we take a trip back to the mother ship of tiki bars – The Kahiki Supper Club in Columbus Ohio. It reportedly cost $1 million to build in 1960 and, with 560 seats, was the largest Polynesian restaurant in the U.S.
The center of that magic was of course the “Dagger Bar”, but there was also the “Coconut Bar” as well as the “Hidden Village” in the back. The drinks were strong and included many of the potions made famous by the original Donn Beach himself, including the Zombie, Mai Tai, Scorpion and 151 Swizzle.
Ray Buhen, who worked at the original Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood as far back as 1937, started the Tiki Ti. After all these years, his creation is one of LA's most popular tiki bars and was the inspiration for our first tiki pin design.
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