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The Conga Lounge

So yesterday Andrew and I were walking around Oakland in this incredible heat wave we’ve been having, thinking about how much we needed a frosty beverage.  As far as the eye could see, there was nothing but upscale wine bars and sweltering coffee shops.  Then, shimmering in the heat like a mirage, there it was: a sign pointing to a tiki bar on a second-floor walkup over a pizza parlor.

Thank you, tiki gods, for directing us to the Conga Lounge.  And thank you, Liz, for taking pictures of it after we called you and made you join us for drinks.

As you can see from the above photos, the Conga Lounge has its decor down pat.  They also played a lot of Martin Denny on the sound system, a major plus.  This, however, is clearly the bar’s standout piece:

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better red light-up moai.

Speaking of moai, I like the Conga Lounge’s tiki mug very much.

The drink has a lot of cranberry going on.  It’s pretty good.  Also very boozy.

After cooling off in the Conga Lounge, we all went out for deep-dish pizza at Zachary’s.  I call that a day well spent.  The lesson: when you need it, tiki will come to you.

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Appreciating Fine Wines

A while back, I acquired this crucial tiki-bar-cum-office item: a wine list cover from Trader Vic’s.  At the time, I announced my intention to use it to keep  tasting notes, such as a classy P.G. Wodehouse-type character would do.

Well, I kept that promise to myself and have been diligently recording my impressions of every wine I sample, usually around the point where the liquid in the bottle reaches the one-quarter mark.  Here are samples of my tasting notes:

This is my new career.

And if that’s not tiki enough for you, I suggest you do your part to add to the level of both tiki and H.P. Lovecraft in the universe by backing this amazing Cthulhu tiki mug Kickstarter campaign.  I’m not passionate about Lovecraft, but I pledged so that I can have the Horror in Clay ready to dispense Mai Tais to my friend and premier Lovecraft cartoonist Jason Thompson whenever he visits.

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