Top Notch Kustoms

San Jose, CA
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393 N Morrison Ave.
San Jose, CA
Opened in 2008
By appointment only
(408) 561-2503

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Top Notch Kustoms



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Everyone You
Decor 10
Mood 10
Product Quality 10
Product Selection 10
Service 10
Tikiness 10
Tilt 10
Vibe 10

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Humuhumu’s description

Top Notch Kustoms is the auto shop of Ignacio "Notch" Gonzalez. Notch is famous for several things in the tiki world: for building the famous towering Ku and Moai tiki bars seen at Viva Las Vegas, Tiki Oasis and Forbidden Island
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge
Alameda, CA
; for creating the jaw-dropping decor at Smuggler's Cove
Smuggler's Cove
San Francisco, CA
; and creating original and replica tiki mugs.
Notch's many talents manifest in many different ways, but here at his shop, it's mostly about cars—Notch's specialty is hot rod customization. His shop holds a completely immersive tiki bar as a break room. It's a small space, but some ingenious interior design work gives it the feel of a full-size, full-featured tiki bar. Particularly notable: Notch's shop houses the neon sign for the fabled Cosmo Place Trader Vic's
Trader Vic's
San Francisco, CA
Bar & Restaurant
in San Francisco.


Maddmax has visited Top Notch Kustoms.
January 23, 2018, 8:09 PM
Notch is one of the most pleasurable and authentic persons I have encountered in my voyage through Tiki culture. His break room is the most awesome build out I have seen to date and has inspired my aspiriations to create a home bar of my own. I am looking forward to future visits to his Oasis in San Jose.
MONDOMOAI is a regular at Top Notch Kustoms.
July 23, 2012, 5:57 PM
Im proud to call "the Shop" my home away from home.Yes its a hot rod shop and yes it has an awesome tiki bar inside.The decore is as amazing as it gets.Walls are covered with WITCO art and vintage tiki mugs from wall to wall.The cieling has everything from small pirate ships,glass floats to lamps by Woody aka "KAHAKA.
Notcho did an awesome job on this bar and to him it is never finished.He keeps adding to it and changing things up.Its awesome!
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