Right where do I start... firstly here's the disclaimer.. I have not visited Freaky Tiki myself nor do I have any issues at all with the clientele. However the fact that I have no desire to drive two and a half hours to what would have been be my closest Tiki Bar is disappointing.
I woke here on The Secret Island to a post on Tiki Talk Freaky Tiki, gay tiki bar temporarily open in Sydney, AU ... you can imagine my excitement. Its pretty much downhill from there.
Here's what they are saying...
- Its a Tiki themed bar, that's proving popular!
- There is a fun vibe about the place.
- Doesn’t have any pokies. (gaming machines.. most Aussie joints have them row on row!!)
- This is a temporary renovation... worth remembering that.
- Predominantly plays reggae!
- Decor is … well, let’s be nice and call it kitsch.
- The old bar is still there but now has bamboo attached to it, the walls have fake flowers peeking out of them, there’s lurid green astroturf on the floor and paper lanterns and mini plastic skeletons dangle from the ceiling.
- A tiki bar can be so much more than this... (...sums it all up for me!)
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Sydney needs a genuine Tiki Bar run by people who genuinely understand Tiki Culture. The Lava Rooms a combination event space/art happening/party venue had it right, although events were invitation only. I'm hoping that when Freaky Tiki reaches the end of its six months, a few more Australians will know what a Tiki is and that the owners will see it as a worthwhile theme worth developing in the right way rather than a discount store fancy dress easy fix. Watch this space ...