Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge

Alameda, CA
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1304 Lincoln Ave.
Alameda, CA
Opened in 2006
Mon-Thu 5pm-midnight
Fri-Sat 5pm-2am
Sun 3pm-10pm
(510) 749-0332

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Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge

9.3

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by 272 people

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Everyone You
Decor 9.4
Drink Quality 9.2
Drink Selection 9.5
Mood 9.4
Music 9.2
Service 9
Tikiness 9.5
Tilt 9.2
Vibe 9

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Humuhumu’s description

Forbidden Island is a tiki bar on the island of Alameda just east of San Francisco. It opened in 2006, but it has the look and feel of a classic old tiki bar. The bar was the creation of Martin "Martiki" Cate, a longtime tiki devotee, rum expert, and former Trader Vic's bartender, and brothers "Conga Mike" and Manny Thanos, who are part-owners of the nearby Conga Lounge
history
The Conga Lounge
Oakland, CA
Bar & Restaurant
6.4
. In early 2009, Cate left the Forbidden Island partnership, and opened his own Smuggler's Cove
Smuggler's Cove
San Francisco, CA
Bar
9.4
in San Francisco.
Forbidden Island has a commitment to quality, with only fresh-squeezed juices and premium spirits used. The drink menu features dozens of tropical cocktailsóa mix of classics such as the Sidewinder's Fang and the Zombie, and new creations like the China Clipper and the Fugu for Two. There is also an extensive list of premium rums.
The decor is filled with many layered details, and was crafted primarily by Bamboo Ben and Martin Cate. There is an abundance of bamboo and thatch, and the walls are lined with wood, giving the appearance of the inside of a ship. There are several artifacts from tiki lounges of the past, including a war club from the Kahiki in Columbus, floats from Eli Hedley's Island Trade ship, which were used at the Pago-Pago in Tucson, Koa wood tabletops and large pieces of bamboo from the Lanai in San Mateo, and several carved pieces including two large carved poles by Ken Pleasant that were used at the Kahiki Moon in Burlington, Vermont. The logo tiki was carved by Tiki Diablo, and presides over a water feature in a cozy corner. There are three hut-like booths, and a long bar with comfortable seating. A rear patio is open until 9p.m. (after 9 it closes to minimize noise for the surrounding residential neighborhood).
Music on the jukebox is predominantly pre-1964, and was specially selected to fit in the vintage lounge environment, with no shortage of Exotica available. A small selection of snack food is available.
Some parking is available in back, and there is plenty of free parking on the street. Alameda has a speed limit of 25 MPH throughout the whole island, and it's strictly enforced.

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Pacific Mermaid
Pacific Mermaid has visited Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge.
August 7, 2018, 10:32 AM
Everything great except wierd owner demands payment for drinks up-front then doesnt give reciept or tell bartender you paid or give him your order. U have 2 wait another 15mins 2 get to bartender then convince him U already paid, give order & still wait another 10 for drinks. They need more bartenders and a better system. Mistrust tastes bad. Other than owner's weirdness, it was great!
thermann9
thermann9 has visited Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge.
May 3, 2018, 6:44 PM
Small place but well thought out. Nice job on the decor, they went all out. I didn't realize they had food but from what I saw it looked very tasty. Drinks were good quality, bartender was surly and efficient, just like we like 'em.
beachleech
beachleech has visited Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge.
April 30, 2018, 12:49 AM
A giant HELL YES to Forbidden Island. We showed up on a layover to Hawaii with our luggage about 45 minutes before closing and the folks here were welcoming and accommodating. The menu sported some wonderful options, their signature drink was tasty and cakes in a FI mug for a respectable price. They even gave me a boxed one to travel with once mine was empty.

The waitress/bartender, whose name I didnít catch, was very nice and once I asked a few annoying rum nerd questions she brought us 3 samples of her favorite rums that I certainly canít get easily in NC. Thatís the kind of thing I love about this community. Kudos to this bar tending team. I would drink here every night if I were local.
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