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Saturn Room Brings Tiki Back to Tulsa, Oklahoma

A few months ago, the Saturn Room opened in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Brady Arts District. It’s owned by Noah Bush, John Gaberino and Jeremy Reed, who have combined their craft cocktail experience with their love of tiki. The drinks are, of course, crafted with care, and served in tiki mugs. The space looks like a winner: thatch-covered booths, float lights, and lots of tikis throughout.

Tiki and float light at the Saturn Room in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tiki and float light at the Saturn Room in Tulsa, Oklahoma
"Widow Maker" mug from The Cultured Pearl in Tulsa Oklahoma, circa 1971, from the collection of Roland Fields
“Widow Maker” mug from The Cultured Pearl in Tulsa Oklahoma, circa 1971, from the collection of Roland Fields

I’m happy to see tiki return to Tulsa after a long absence. Tulsa has a unique place in Polynesian Pop history. Oklahoma’s Frankoma Pottery was contracted to create mugs for several tiki bars there in the ’60s: Club Trade Winds, The Tiki Nook and The Cultured Pearl. These vessels have become highly collectible. The Frankoma pieces have their own unique look, due in part to the use of local, brownish-red clay. Frankoma coconuts, clam shells, War Gods and Widow Makers found their way into homes all over the country. I found a Frankoma coconut in an antique mall on the Oregon coast.

Saturn Room has a souvenir swizzle stick and Chairman Mao mug. I’ve created a listing for the Saturn Room in Critiki, please add your pictures, ratings and stories!

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