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Oakland, CA
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347 14th St
Oakland, CA
Opened in August 2014
Closed in March 2017
No longer in operation.

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Longitude

8

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Humuhumu’s description

Longitude was opened by Suzanne Long in downtown Oakland in August 2014. Long had previously been bar manager at Alameda's Forbidden Island
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge
Alameda, CA
Bar
9.4
. The theme here was not strictly tiki, but rather "adventure," with a mix of African and Papua New Guinea elements, but the echoes of golden-era Tiki were still felt, especially in the drink menu.
The buildout was done by Tiki veteran Bamboo Ben. A massively long and wide monkey pod-topped bar anchored the space, while the main attraction was a large, raised African hut with seating inside. There was an upper mezzanine that overlooks the room below. A sophisticated sound system delivered a variety of jungle sound effects and exotic music. Fresh orchids and plenty of greenery added to the jungle feeling. Beautiful drawings of African animals on the menu and adorning the walls to the mezzanine were created by Long's mother.
The food menu was influenced by Africa's colonial past, with familiar British items like Bangers & Mash and Shepherd's Pie. There were plenty of the old traditional Polynesian restaurant appetizers, including a flaming pu-pu platter.
The drink menu was full of Long's own take on Tiki classics, and her own inventions. The Navy Grog could be purchased with a souvenir Longitude rocks glass, while the Black Orchid came with a real black pearl to take home.
Longitude closed on March 5, 2017.

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not_carlos
not_carlos was a semi-regular at Longitude.
March 8, 2017, 1:00 PM
Post Mortem:
Even a week before they announced they were closing the quality never dropped in my opinion. The Exotica remains one of my favourite coffee-tinged cocktails and it's a shame I won't be getting those any time soon.

I spend a birthday hammered on a huge bowl of Mai Tais split between 12-14 of my friends with tons of food under the hut on a Sunday night.

This place was dangerous for me, it was mere blocks away from the BART station and only a block away from a friends apartment so I would stop by before or after meeting up with them. Nothing wrong with a Peter Love Grog here or there.

I'm gonna miss walking back to 12th St BART station with a Longitude Giraffe or two sticking out of my shirt pocket.
KevinCrossman
KevinCrossman has visited Longitude.
March 3, 2017, 11:32 PM
Glad I made the trek before they closed. The Mai Tai was just okay (with small cubed ice, where I prefer it crushed in a Mai Tai). But the Special Daiquiri was amazing. The best Daiquiri I've ever had (and no ice). The Shrunken Skull wasn't my favorite (crushed ice would have helped) but did mellow as I drank it. Unfortunately they were no longer serving the Exotica.

Decor here was a little "suburban" and the neighborhood is a little sketchy. I liked a lot of what I saw here, too bad I didn't make it out here before.
KevinCrossman
KevinCrossman has visited Longitude.
March 3, 2017, 11:32 PM
Glad I made the trek before they closed. The Mai Tai was just okay (with small cubed ice, where I prefer it crushed in a Mai Tai). But the Special Daiquiri was amazing. The best Daiquiri I've ever had (and no ice). The Shrunken Skull wasn't my favorite (crushed ice would have helped) but did mellow as I drank it. Unfortunately they were no longer serving the Exotica.

Decor here was a little "suburban" and the neighborhood is a little sketchy. I liked a lot of what I saw here, too bad I didn't make it out here before.
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