Kona Club

4401 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, California, United States
Ph: (510) 654-7100 - Website
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Daily 2pm-2am
Opened in 2005
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Trader Vic's Final Resting Place, Oakland 0.3 mi
0.5 km
The Conga Lounge, Oakland 0.8 mi
1.2 km
The Enchanted Tiki Office, Emeryville 2.0 mi
3.2 km
Longitude, Oakland 2.2 mi
3.5 km
Trader Vic's, Emeryville 3.3 mi
5.4 km
Decor at Kona Club in Oakland
July 2014, photo by Peniamina
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Humuhumu’s description:
A tiki bar from Doug Miller, owner of nearby Club Mallard. Interiors are full of tapa cloth and carvings from Oceanic Arts, and lots of bamboo installed by Bamboo Ben with the help of Crazy Al Evans. Highlights of the decor include a volcano behind the bar that "erupts" with smoke periodically, and a life-size bronze hula girl complete with swivelling hips. exotica is available on the jukebox. Kona Club is situated just a block or so from Trader Vic's final resting place at Mountain View Cemetery.
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April 29, 2010, 2:04 PM
Visited for the first time this past weekend. I could have given it almost straight 9 or 10s on everything but the juke box was broken so there was no chance to play any exotica music...which would have helped immensely. Instead we were treated to such Tiki gems as Journey and Boston.......

The other detriment was the quality of the drinks themselves. There was a large drink menu, which was nice, and the drinks were strong, which is nice, but they were strong to the point of overpowering the other ingredients. I rarely saw our friendly bartender use a shaker and instead mixed everything in the glass.

On the upside, the decor was fantastic. Every square inch was utilized to house bamboo paneling, thatch, tiki masks and of course the topless lifesize hula statue with the swiveling hips. They also had some of the coolest mugs I've seen with their logo on the back. I'll post a pic soon. The bartender was really friendly which was nice.

If they can improve the craftsmanship of the drinks, I think the Kona Club could easily be one of the top 5 Tiki Bars in the Bay Area.
tikitonga has visited Kona Club.

May 4, 2012, 1:12 AM
drinks are definitely on the strong side but very good. excellent service.
exquisitecorpse has visited Kona Club.

August 11, 2015, 4:03 PM
This mostly counts as my favourite dive that also happens to be a tiki bar. Music is by all accounts all over the place and depends on who's bartending and who's controlling the music. Besides that it's been a place to go after an Oakland A's loss (which is bittersweet as it happens more often nowadays).
not_carlos is a regular at Kona Club, and is usually there Mon-Thursdays.

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