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  • Farewell to the Mermaids at The Wreck Bar, Yankee Clipper Fort Lauderdale

    Posted on May 31st, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments
    The Yankee Clipper in Fort Lauderdale

    The Yankee Clipper in Fort Lauderdale

    On Friday, May 29, I had the opportunity to see what is possibly the last Mermaid Show at the Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I, my wife Colleen, and Captain Steve set sail for (ok, we drove to) Fort Lauderdale Beach just to see the show.

    The hotel, famous for being built in the shape of a cruise ship, is scheduled for a total “gutting” and renovation this summer, along with the world-famous Wreck Bar and its Mermaid show. It’s unclear if the Wreck Bar will survive the transformation, and if it does, whether the Mermaids will be back.

    The Wreck Bar was featured in the movies Where the Boys Are and Analyze This, with the beautiful swimming mermaids visible through the glass windows to the swimming pool. Hopefully the corporate bobble-heads that run the Sheraton will realize they have a responsibility to preserving, at least in some capacity, one of the landmarks that made Fort Lauderdale worth visiting to begin with.

    wreckbarglassesthumbnailThe Mermaid show was packed…we couldn’t get near the windows, or even get a seat. Surprisingly there were lots of kids there to watch the pretty mermaids. (Yes, kids in a bar. But their parents were spending money, Sheraton!)  The ladies performed for about an hour, and then without any ceremony simply waved goodbye and swam away.

    The bar itself was nothing like it looked in old photos. Apparently a lot of the old decor has been removed, possibly by employees taking souvenirs of the bar before the wrecking crew…wrecks…the Wreck Bar.

    she664re23791_mdHere are some photos from the Wreck Bar. I tried to get more but there were just too many people in front of me! It’s sad to think that something so very kool that survived 50 years of changing trends might disappear to be replaced by a common chain restaurant or “trendy” martini bar. Sheraton people, if you’re reading this…we have enough of that junk. Keep the Wreck Bar, retro is in, baby!

    (Click on each photo to enlarge)

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  • Thank God The Tiki Bar Is Open!

    Posted on May 29th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    Posted by bryantherose on YouTube…

    “Here is drummer Bryan Rosen with Mark Wood and The Parrot Head Band at the Cerritos Fair in California. This is a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band that Bryan has played in for a while, for more info on Bryan and the Band, visit www.bryanrosen.com

  • New Retro Fun Stuff Just Minutes Away…

    Posted on May 29th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    Ok, several minutes…

    Coming Real Soon:
    • The Great American Barbecue…grilling retro style
    • The Hipster’s Dictionary…words and phrases from a more sophisticated and groovier time, dig it?
    • Great List of Exotic Music to play at your Tiki Bar
    • The Island Luau Party…how to have one without spending a fortune (Great for families!)

  • From TikiBarTV.com – The Tiki Bar TV Pirate Party!

    Posted on May 28th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    tv-retro-photoThe ‘Tiki Bar TV’ Pirate Party

    July4th, 2009 in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California
    5pm ’till late

    Full Details at http://www.tikibartv.com/?p=1315

    Man, I wish I could go to this, but I’m clear across the country in Fort Luau-derdale! This looks like it will be a blast. You can even be in an episode of Tiki Bar TV!

    For those of you not familiar with Tiki Bar TV, it’s an online comdedy TV show with great webisodes that are fun to watch and include great exotic drink recipes. They’re short and fun to watch, the guys are funny and the girl is hot. And there’s booze. What other reasons do you need to see it??? I must say I’m a little jealous…if  internet technology was where it is now 10 years ago when I had my Dinner Theater, I’d be doing something like that myself! Oh well…

  • Conversations at the Tiki Bar…about Tiki Bars

    Posted on May 27th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    tiki-sun-god-tikiloungetalkThe other night my wife and I were sitting out at the Tiki Bar, just talking, having a cocktail. We somehow got on the subject of the Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale, and then started talking about some other Tiki Bars…the big one in Islamorada, smaller ones in Key West and Jersey, and even my first Tiki Bar in the basement of my first house. So we were having Tiki Bar Conversations about Tiki Bars, at the Tiki Bar. Whew! I think I’m all Tiki’d out for a while!