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Articles tagged with 'tiki'


Wauwatiki reopens after three-month closure

Published Dec. 7, 2016

After a three-month hiatus, Wauwatiki, the Wauwatosa-based tiki bar, has reopened to the public. There are new bar and food menus, new decor and the promise of a brand new patio beginning this spring.


Van Buren's Whiskey Bar to offer tiki and tacos as Mangos Cafe East

Published Sept. 1, 2016

East Siders have about a week to fit in a last visit to Van Buren's Whiskey Bar & Grill at 1682 N. Van Buren St. The bar and restaurant is in the midst of a remodel that will transform the space into a tropical Caribbean themed bar and restaurant.


Lucky Joe's Tiki Room closes this weekend

Published Oct. 27, 2015

Lucky Joe's Tiki Room, 196 S. 2nd St., will close this weekend, according to owner Lee Guk. Saturday night will be the final night of operation.


The Revomatics ride a wave of success

Published May 4, 2015

Milwaukee surf outfit The Revomatics have been getting better and better gigs lately and with a new record washing ashore this week, it seemed the perfect time to reconnect.


Cudahy artist and surfer inspired by California culture

Published April 3, 2015

Dave Hansen was born in California but his family moved away when he was very young and before he could remember living there. Today, Hansen lives in Cudahy with his wife and 2-year-old son and works as a full-time, freelance artist who creates tiki carvings and other "Polynesian pop" pieces. He also surfs on Lake Michigan.


Local bars flip off television

Published Dec. 6, 2014

Most bars in Milwaukee - and beyond - have a television or televisions. Originally, it was difficult to even come up with a few local bars without TVs, but eventually realized there are more than one might think.


Featured bartender: Foundation's Ed Makowski

Published Feb. 5, 2013

Ed Makowski has worked at Foundation, Riverwest's punk rock skater hangout turned breathtaking tiki bar, for eight years. Makowski is also a poet who published two collections of poetry and served as The Pfister Narrator from November 2011 to April 2012.


Lucky Joe's Tiki Room moving into Ball Game space

Published Sept. 6, 2012

Lee Guk, owner of Ten Bells in Walker's Point, purchased the building that formerly housed The Ball Game, 196 S. 2nd St., and says he will reopen the space by mid-October as Lucky Joe's Tiki Room.


Falls' TIKI business lights the way to backyard fun

Published Sept. 15, 2010

TIKI torches, the outdoor oil lamps synonymous with beach parties and backyard barbecues, aren't from in Maui or Malibu. Nope, the company is based in Menomonee Falls, a city slightly less frequently associated with Polynesian party ware.


The Bikini Beachcombers concoct a musical tiki love bowl

Published Aug. 4, 2010

The allure of the sea is strong for veteran local musician Don Nelson. In addition to leading Milwaukee's extremely popular surf combo The Exotics from behind his vintage drum kit, Nelson helms The Bikini Beachcombers, but in this case from behind a ukulele and some bongos. We talked to him about The Beachcombers' new CD.


The Exotics reignite the tiki torch of surf guitar

Published Dec. 1, 2004

For a few years, beginning in 1994, The Exotics were the Milwaukee band to see on a Saturday night. Now, the quartet ends a five-year silence with a gig Saturday night at Mad Planet. We talked to guitarist Paul Wall.


Foundation bar gets facelift

Published April 15, 2004

After nine years, Riverwest's Foundation is transitioning from a skate punk-ish smoking den to a hip, Hawaiian lounge featuring everything from soul 45s to "The Simpsons" to breastfeeding mothers.