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Since it popped up in the 1930s, the tiki trend has been right at home in San Francisco and the East Bay. And while some of the newer spots boast a bit of swank and cocktails as crafty as they come, the paper umbrellas, bamboo walls, Polynesian masks and grass huts that made “tiki” a household word have never gone out of style. From the immersive Epcot Center-esque Pagan Idol and Tonga Room to the are-they-or-aren’t-they Tiki-themed dives of Bamboo Hut and Hawaii West, tiki isn’t just a far-off island dream, it’s a lifestyle.
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