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Forbidden Island

Bars, Dive bars Alameda
Forbidden Island
Photograph: Courtesy Forbidden Island Forbidden Island

Forbidden Island’s tiki decor is spot-on, all grass huts and cocktail umbrellas and Polynesian idols; over the top and full of kitsch without being a parody. The tiki-talking bartenders—dressed in aloha shirts—are experts in their field, helpful without being overbearing because, at the end of the day, Forbidden Island is as much a neighborhood bar as it is a tiki destination. The only thing they take seriously here are the drinks, which offer a craft take on tiki classics. Try the Painkiller, a potent homage to one from the original tiki pantheon, made with pineapple and coconut, navy rum and orange, and dusted with spice.

By: Shoshi Parks


Venue name: Forbidden Island
Address: 1304 Lincoln Ave
Cross street: at Sherman St
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-Midnight; Fri-Sat 5pm-2am; Sun 3-10pm
Price: $$
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