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  • Happy Anniversary to Tiki Lounge Talk!

    Posted on March 31st, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    happy-tiki-anniversary-bettApril marks the One Year Anniversary of Conversations at the Tiki Bar! Notice the shiny new header and the kool glowing background graphics? They’re just part of a month-long celebration of Tiki, Retro & Vintage fun.

    In the coming weeks I’ll post lots of fun-stuff, from some of the first few posts to new and exciting concoctions. I’m also planning on adding a drink recipe page and an events page to give a little more usable info in addition to the general silliness that usually swings around here.

    So sit back, take a sip of your Rusty Nail and enjoy Tiki Lounge Talk, the Tiki Blog for Tiki Culture & Tiki Lifestyle (whew that’s a load of Tikis, but I guess it will help with SEO!) in our second fantabulous year!

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from Sunny South Florida

  • The Mermaids Swim Again…Wreck Bar, Yankee Clipper, Fort Lauderdale

    Posted on January 29th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    mermaid-2After an extensive remodeling, the Sheraton Yankee Clipper in Fort Lauderdale is open and the Wreck Bar is in full swing! (I haven’t been there yet, but I hear it’s been preserved as original). Well I’ll know for sure tonight, because a bunch of Tiki friends and I will be swinging by tonight to watch the Mermaids swim again!

    When Sheraton announced plans to remodel the old Yankee Clipper (and give it the dumb, dull, corporate, generic name “Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel”) everyone thought that would be the end of the historic Wreck Bar. Well, from what I hear someone had enough brains to keep it intact.

    The Wreck Bar at the Yankee Clipper

    The Wreck Bar at the Yankee Clipper

    The Wreck Bar features windows that look out into the pool, giving patrons a view of the swimmers. Underwater dancing Mermaids have been a popular attraction for years, and our favorite Mermaid, Medusirena, will be headlining the swim tonight.

    If you’re in the Fort Lauderdale area come on by and join us for a Mai Tai. Show starts at 6:30!

    -Mermaids at the Wreck Bar, Tiki Chris @ Tiki Lounge Talk, the Tiki Blog for hip swingers and Tikiphiles.

  • 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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