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Music, All Shook Down Bouncer Explores the Familiar Charms of Smuggler's Cove, a Tiki Bar

Bouncer Explores the Familiar Charms of Smuggler's Cove, a Tiki Bar

From this week's Bouncer column: I suppose the argument could be made that the world needs another tiki bar, especially after the sad demise of the Tonga Room. Cocktail purists will decry the idea as sooo 1990s, but who needs…
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Dining, SFoodie Tonga Room Happy Hour: All-You-Can-Eat Tiki Kitsch

Tonga Room Happy Hour: All-You-Can-Eat Tiki Kitsch

The place: Tonga Room, 950 Mason (at California, in the Fairmont Hotel), 772-5278 The hours: Wed.-Fri., 5-7 p.m. The deals: All-you-can-eat $10 buffet of quasi-Island specialties The digs: Exuberant, time-honored tiki bar extraordinaire with lots of over-the-top Jungle Cruise ambience:…
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Dining, SFoodie Your Tonga Room News Roundup: What Does It All Mean?

Your Tonga Room News Roundup: What Does It All Mean?

It seems odd that the Fairmont wants to close the Tonga Room just as neo-neo-tiki is blowing up in artisan-cocktail circles. (Today, for instance, the New York Times reported on the opening of yet another rum bar.) Though it has…
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