Protected: Virtual – Pagan Bay – SF’s Role in American Tiki

Neighborhood: Virtual Tour


Come learn about a California phenomenon that took the country by storm. American tiki culture was first born in Los Angeles and Oakland, but as soldiers returned from their time in the Pacific during World War II, tiki idols, palm fronds, and tropical drinks spread across the country like a massive tidal wave. For over 20 years, tiki reigned supreme before a new generation dismissed it as tacky and outdated. But with the rise of the craft cocktail movement at the start of the 21st century, tiki bars are again welcoming guests with the promise of an escapist fantasy.

In this talk, we’ll look at the Bay Area’s unique role in shaping the tiki movement and highlight those spots you can still visit today.

And no talk about tiki is complete without a cocktail! Be sure to have rum, lime juice, curacao or grand marnier, simple syrup, and orgeat or amaretto as we kick-off the talk with a short cocktail demonstration.

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  • Thursday, November 12 at 7:30 pm given by Eric Jost
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