Forbidden Island

Bars, Dive bars Alameda
Forbidden Island
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Undoubtedly one of the best tiki bars in the Bay, the decor at Forbidden Island is perfect—over the top and full of kitsch without being a parody. Every detail is just right. The bartenders—all dressed in aloha shirts—are knowledgeable and helpful without being overbearing; they can talk about tiki for hours but, unlike some other tiki bartenders around town, they don’t have to. At the end of the day, Forbidden Island is a neighborhood bar full of locals looking to unwind and have a good time. Nothing here is taken too seriously—except for the drinks, which offer a craft take on tiki classics, each one soulful and sophisticated. Try the Painkiller, a potent homage to one of the original tiki pantheon made with pineapple, navy rum, orange and coconut, dusted with spice. Also, Forbidden Island is in Alameda, and Alameda is great. You should go there. 

By: Charley Lanyon


Venue name: Forbidden Island
Address: 1304 Lincoln Ave

Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-Midnight; Fri-Sat 5pm-2am; Sun 3-10pm
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