Ron and Chris Amittone live right at ground zero for Northern California tiki: their house is a stone’s throw from the location of the original Trader Vic’s, which opened in 1934 as Hinky Dinks (the name and theme change came in 1937). In 1944, as the tropical bar craze grew, a competitor opened just across the intersection at Zombie Village. Ron’s family has owned this house for generations, and those two hotspots were regular destinations, making tiki part of the family’s history. Naturally, Ron wanted to have a tiki bar of his own, and built the 65th Street Revival in the basement.
Ron’s former career as a garbage collector provided him with a steady stream of incredible treasures: the whole bar is lined with amazing vintage pieces. (At the back of the tiki bar, a door opens to another themed room: a gorgeous little Italian wine cellar.) Ron is a natural at decorating, and his home tiki bar is one of my all-time favorites. It’s a comfortable and entrancing space. I’ve added seven photos to the Critiki listing for the 65th Street Revival.
- 65th Street Revival in Oakland [Critiki]