It’s a motorized vessel! No, it’s a bar! No, wait…it’s BOTH?!?! Yup! It’s a floating tiki bar, complete with motor and captain, and it’s available for rental right now!
The Tiki culture (the theme used in Polynesian-style restaurants, clubs and bars) in the United States started in the 1930s, increased after World War II (when solders would return from the South Pacific) and hit its peak in the late 1950s, around the time that Hawaii became the 50th state. Riding on that wave (do you see what I did there? ☺), the Mai-Kai, a Polynesian-themed restaurant, bar and, a few years later, live Polynesian Islander Revue, opened in Fort Lauderdale in late 1956 and has been feeding and entertaining guests ever since. An OpenTable winner in 2014 and voted Best Tiki Bar in the World by Critiki in 2015 and 2016 (and second best in 2017) (because, let’s face it…they would know, right?), it is, as per Wikipedia, the last restaurant/bar in existence carrying on the traditions of service and serving the original drink recipes of Don the Beachcomber (the very first tiki bar, which opened in Hollywood in 1937), and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. And yet I, a lover of all things kitschy, Polynesian/Hawaiian and off-the-beaten-path, somehow had never heard of it, never mind never been to it???
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Woop, woop! It’s the WEEKEND! Here’s a quick review of what we posted this week:
Joe wrote about:
- Staying in a haunted hotel.
- How we ended up going to the wrong airport lounge in Las Vegas.
- His hotel review of MOXY in Tempe, Arizona (you know, with the LOVE SAC!!!).
- His credit card review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred.
- The two words that are ruining the travel service industry.
Sharon wrote about:
- An upcoming Nightmare Before Christmas concert that fans might want to see.
- Our visit to Mystery Castle in Phoenix, AZ.
- A super easy way to earn up to 1,000 Marriott Rewards points.
- Cruisin’ Tiki, a floating, motorized tiki hut bar.
- An airline that allows you to book flights anonymously.
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I’m writing this on the plane going back home from a short trip to Chicago. This was a shorter trip than Sharon and I would normally take so there had to be a good reason behind it. Just like our trip to New York in January, we traveled to Chicago because Sharon used her Ticketmaster skills to get us tickets to see “Hamilton.” Getting tickets for the show in Chicago was a little easier than for New York, but not much. To make things more complicated, we needed to change the dates of our tickets due to some conflicts that came up and then we had to shorten the rescheduled trip due to other commitments. Thank goodness I booked the original airline tickets with Southwest so I didn’t have to pay to change the flights. Even with it being a short trip and all the changes we had to make, we had a blast and are so glad we went.
Knowing we had such a limited amount of time to see the city, we narrowed down what