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10 Must-Visit Tiki Bars

Sip on a a tasty tropical drink at one of our favorite retro-cool tiki joints.

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Trader Vic's Bar
Photo: Gayle Christopher

Trader Vic's

Emeryville, California

"Trader Vic" Bergeron spearheaded America's tiki craze. In 1937, he turned Hinky Dinks, his rustic restaurant-bar in Oakland, California, into a Polynesian-theme hideaway that he renamed after himself. (In 1972, the flagship location moved a few miles north to the Emeryville bayfront, gaining great sunset views.) Vic pioneered fusion cuisine by introducing exotic island flavors to Chinese, French, and American dishes. Even more momentously, in 1944 he and his staff invented the potent beverage known as the mai tai. 510/653-3400 or

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