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Rugger's Reef is the home tiki bar of Matt Hull, in Pinole, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The bar was built in February 2017, in a room just off the dining room of Matt's house, with a large opening into the sun room. The name comes from Matt's combined love of rugby (he played for thirty years) and the movie Donovan's Reef. This is the third incarnation of Rugger's Reef; the first was at his home in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and the second was at his home in Sacramento, California.
The space is a traditional blend of Polynesian pop tiki and nautical, with a few island artifacts thrown in. There is bamboo flooring, the walls are covered with lauhala matting and trimmed with split bamboo, and the ceiling is decorated with three separate large tapa cloth prints. Fish floats and pufferfish lights hang above. The bar itself is a vintage rattan bar with an angled crescent shape, with rattan stools.
Matt uses the space to host small get-togethers, which then expand out into the adjacent large sun room, which has more vintage rattan furniture and some large vintage tiki carvings.