Tiki Night at 320 Main

by Matt Robold on May 16, 2011

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I’m either incredibly smart or incredibly stupid.

After spending my Sundays working at 320 Main in Seal Beach, California behind the bar, Jason Schiffer and I decided that if Trader Tiki can do Tiki Nights at the Teardrop Lounge in Portland, Oregon, then why couldn’t we do a series of Tiki nights at 320 Main?

I already have several Tiki enthusiasts who come in rather frequently for tropical sustenance. What could possibly go wrong in ramping up from making maybe a dozen or so Tiki drinks a night to making several hundred?

Because of this foolhardy bravado, Jason and I are teaming up with Marcos Tello of The Varnish to host a series of monthly Tiki nights on the last Monday of every month.

We’ll be spending the evenings exploring different facets of Tiki history with menus that capture different eras of Tiki or its progenitors – from classic Mai Tais and Zombies to Planter’s Punches and Hurricanes and new Tiki drinks being created by the cocktail cognoscenti today.

Our first night will be on May 30th from 7pm-11pm. Jason, Marcos, and I will be taking our various turns behind the bar as we try to see exactly how sticky we can make it. We’ll be doing a classic Tiki menu with:

  • Painkiller
  • Jasper’s Planter’s Punch
  • Three Dots & A Dash
  • Navy Grog
  • Nui Nui
  • Corn’n’Oil
  • Rum Barrel

There will be food. There will be drinks. There will be loud shirts. There will be three bartenders who will probably end up wondering why they were so excited about this in the first place.

So if you’re in OC on Memorial Day Weekend, there is no reason that I can think of to not come in and enjoy the show – it’s sure to be a good one.

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