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Sweden / Stockholm

Type: Neo Tiki Bars
Architect: Stefan Kéry and Kristina Cedrins
Built: January 23 / 2002
Address: Birkagatan 10(below Mellow Restaurant)
City: 11336 Stockholm
T/F: ++46 (0) 8 33 15 55 / ++ 46 (0) 8 33 14 72 Swedisch
Open: Thusday to Thursday, Saturday 7 pm to 1 am Friday 6 pm to 1 am
Specials: The cast: Stefan Kéry: Director, architect and conceptual designer, art director, DJ etc Adam Axelzon: Co-designer and Mixocologist Max Fredriksson: Swedish master carver Ida Mĺnsson: Artist and Hula wahine Magnus Sandberg: Artist, DJ Kristina Cedrins: Co-architect, artist and computor animation designer Katarina Johansson: Computor graphic designer Abbe, Olle and Per: Sponsors and owners Nille, Peter: Bartenders Anneli Larsson: Artist Let me first tell you that Sweden never ever had any Tiki bars. Polynesia was of course very popular here during the 1940s-1960s, as in the rest of the western world, and many jazz venues held Hawaiian luau‚s but Tiki pop culture has been an unknown phenomena to Swedes. In 2000, I found some interested people at the Stockholm watering hole Mellow. Their cellar was the perfect place and is next door to a gigantic city church. I couldn‚t resist the temptation to open up a Tiki paradise next to them. I got our expert carver and photographer Max Fredriksson to start out on creating 3 gigantic Tikis. Me and Adam Axelzon spent endless nights in my Safari Bar, in drinking binges, making up the plans. Later on we also got some great help by soon to be architect Kristina Cedrins. As I already knew that it is impossible to find good bamboo, Lahala, Thatching and Tapa in Sweden I decided to ask Bob, at the legendary Oceanic Arts for some help. What could be better than working with the guys who‚ve been involved in all this from the beginning. We also got some great pieces from Leroy Schmalz and lots of things from Safari Thatch in Florida. Everything was shipped over the Atlantic in a huge container which finally arrived in ice cold Stockholm at the end of November 2001. Then we started the actual erecting of the temple and it took quite some time as there was only a few people building. Me and one of the bartenders: Nille, the owners: Olle and his brother Per, who‚s also the chef, and their dad: Lasse plus Adam who helped out when he had some spare time. In mid-December we were finally almost ready. The Tiki Room was all finally built and had two rooms and seats for about 80 persons. But. it was no idea to open when Christmas and new years were just around the corner so we decided to wait until after all the holidays. During the meantime I designed and wrote the texts for the Tiki Room menu. Not content with using mere clip art for the menu drink illustrations I had Magnus Sandberg do actual original paintings of the drinks. The Tiki Room logo Tiki used on our menu and matchbook were drawn by our carver Max Fredriksson and designed and colored by me. Finally after the holidays had passed it was time for the opening night; the 23rd of January 2002. A fitting date as this was also the celebration day for the two Nordic fertility gods Frey and Freya. So, it was a very special evening when Polynesian and Nordic fertility gods got to meet. The opening night was a wild bacchanalia and a totally crazy success. Tiki Room was totally packed with happy people drinking the good stuff from Moai mugs and volcano bowls. Lots of journalists, Swedish national TV, exotica fans and even people from the US embassy. Stefan Kéry

The drinks, many of the old Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic classics, as well new masterful inventions by Jeff Berrey and of course some of our own concoctions, all expertly made and served as their supposed to. We also serve some great Polynesian inspired dishes.

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