While on our way to a couple of our favorite antique stores in Daytona Beach yesterday, we spied a billboard for a new tiki joint called the "Mai-Tai Bar". It's in the new Ocean Walk Shops next to the Adams Mark on A1A and is joined with the Bubba Gump Seafood Co. restaurant.
After our tiki shopping trip we stopped by the bar for, you guessed it, a Mai Tai. It was a very good and tall drink made with Lemon Hart and Meyers and garnished with a fresh orchid. The bar was laid out nice, but sadly there were no tikis, fishing floats or pufferfish inside. Also the drink menu didn't feature any of our other favorite concoctions like Zombies, Navy Grog, Scorpions, etc., but the bar tender said he could make whatever we wanted (we didn't test him, however).
The vintage rattan furniture,the bamboo ceiling over the bar and the dark woods looked real nice, but overall it had that stripped down feel to it. They also had a guy playing guitar who was pretty good, and a primo view of the ocean.
While sipping our drinks we talked to one of the managers who goes by the name "Muck". He is a recent import from the Golden State and seemed very cool. He knew about Vics and the Tonga Room, but was interested to know more about things tiki.
He said his company has one other bar in Honolulu and said they serve drinks in tiki mugs out there, so he is hoping they'll get some for the Florida location. He also said they would probably be opening more of these Bubba Gump / Mai-Tai bar joints in other places, so if any of you mug makers want to contact him, send me an e-mail and I'll put you in touch with Mr. Muck.
Oh yes, we also told him about Hukilau and Muck said he would like to go and maybe the company might want to get involved with something like that in the future.