April 24, 2006

Forbidden Island is Now Open

Filed under: News,San Francisco,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:37 pm
Inside Forbidden Island
Inside Forbidden Island

This weekend was the grand opening of Forbidden Island, and it appears to be a massive success. There was a line out the door Saturday from before 6 p.m. to the end of the night; the line stretched to the end of the block, with people willing to wait as long as an hour to get in. Once inside, there was a lot of enthusiastic raving about the drinks and the decor to be heard. I’ve now had a chance to sample at least half of the menu, which has 38(!) drinks. My favorite right now is the Krakatoa, which is from Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s Grog Log, and is a take on the Mai-Kai’s Black Magic. I also really love the Hawaii Kai Treasure, from the Hawaii Kai in New York. Everyone’s having a lot of fun working their way through the menu. There is also an extensive menu of fine rums available. It’s truly thrilling to see Forbidden Island off to such a great start, and getting such a positive response — and not just from tikiphiles, the crowd this weekend was a broad cross-section of people. Just goes to show that anyone can appreciate quality.

Now that Forbidden Island is open, the local tiki crowd is planning on gathering there every Wednesday, in the years-long tradition of the Wednesday meetups at Tiki-Ti in Los Angeles. Everybody is welcome, feel free to go up to the group wearing the aloha shirts and introduce yourself. Forbidden Island co-owner Martin says:

Come one, come all, to Wednesdays at FI!

Help make this inaugural Wednesday one to remember- there’s a surprise in store, so be there by 7pm and wear your finest aloha- you’ll want to look your best!

Don’t forget your VIP cards, or pick one up if you don’t have one yet

Mahalo, and see everyone on Wednesday!

I’ve updated Critiki with a ton more information about Forbidden Island, and many photos of the beautiful interiors.

One Response to “Forbidden Island is Now Open”

  1. Tangaroa Says:

    Ahhhh – I’m really jealous! I wish this was down in L.A.

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Humuhumu is the creator of several tiki websites. She is a designer and programmer based out of San Francisco.

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Mimi Payne’s massive Polynesian Pop collection

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A surfin’, ukein’, freewheelin’ monkey boy

Beachbum Berry
Author of Grog Log and Intoxica!, and one of my dearest drinkin’ buddies

Blog from the user interface designer extraordinaire

Worldwide Guide to Tiki Bars & Polynesian Restaurants

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Pop culture with a tiki tinge

Forbidden Island
My Wednesday hangout, the Bay Area’s best tiki bar

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Kevin Kidney
Kevin loves tiki, I love Kevin, you will too

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Mai Tai Online
Montreal-based tiki ‘zine

Tiki Mug Collection Organizer

The Jab
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Public Access meets Modern Drunkard

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Periodical publication covering the wide world of Tiki

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