Bahooka Ribs & Grog

Rosemead, CA
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4501 N. Rosemead Blvd
Rosemead, CA
Opened in 1976
Closed in 2013
No longer in operation.

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Bahooka Ribs & Grog



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Former Glory 9.5

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Humuhumu’s description

This was the second Bahooka location, and the one that lasted into the new millennium. The original location in West Covina
Bahooka Ribs & Grog
West Covina, CA
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operated from 1967 until 1980. Bahooka was lit quite dimly, which contributed to its labyrinthine feel. Aquariums were everywhere—over 100. The decor could perhaps be described as more nautical than truly tiki, with many items salvaged from a Navy scrap yard in Long Beach, but tikis could be found throughout Bahooka. They would make any drink a flaming drink -- even non-alcoholic ones. Near the entrance was an aquarium holding a rather large, decades-old fish, a Pacu named Rufus, who ate carrot sticks. Bahooka was featured briefly in the film Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.
At the beginning of 2013, it was announced that the owners of the building had sold it to a group intending to gut it of all decor and turn it into a Chinese buffet. The decorations were sold, with much of it winding up at Clifton's Pacific Seas
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. The current whereabouts of Rufus are unknown, despite a massive fundraising to rehome him. The new owners of the building, and thus Rufus, have been unwilling to produce him.


Phil_tiki_güero was a semi-regular at Bahooka Ribs & Grog.
June 4, 2017, 1:35 AM
That place holds a special place in my heart. As a teenager I use to go with my first girlfriend, and just remembering how magical it was. Besides tiki, aquatics is another thing I love. So being there was a bonus! No other place will ever match the enchantment that The Bahooka held. The captain went down with its ship, RIP to The Bahooka and Rufus
Khantiki was a semi-regular at Bahooka Ribs & Grog.
June 2, 2017, 5:52 PM
Man I miss this place. It was my first tiki bar. Got me hooked on the whole tiki thing.
Atomic Tiki Punk
Atomic Tiki Punk was a semi-regular at Bahooka Ribs & Grog.
January 5, 2017, 7:51 PM
R.I.P. Rufus!
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