Tiki Farewell, Bahooka




I really can’t remember the first time I ever went to Bahooka but I have always loved it. Sadly the Polynesian/ Tiki restaurant and bar is closing in a couple of weeks. The space and alcohol license was sold but Bahooka maintains its name. This article mentions the possibility of salad dressing under the Bahooka name to be sold at Costco. During my visit on Sunday, our bartender mentioned there were two sales. So the beloved kitschy decor and possibly all those fish tanks may have gone to another buyer. I can only hope they mean to display or open their own tiki bar someday.


the bar at Bahooka

the bar at Bahooka


At 6 PM, there were a throng of people and the restaurant said it’d be at least a 2 hour wait. They were severely undestaffed and though they were plenty of tables, they just did not want to seat people. It was probably a good thing. We stood around the tiny bar and marveled.

flaming bowl of booze

flaming bowl of booze


Groups ordered flaming bowls of booze while I cautiously sipped my Planters Punch.

Planters Punch

Planters Punch


I probably would have gotten my favorite tiki drink, a Mai Tai, but a friend warned it was just very sweet. I lucked out. My Planters Punch was fine, if a little warm.

We managed to snag a booth eventually and took it all in. Where would all this STUFF go? I will miss the crazy decor but I won’t miss the food. Anyone who goes should know it’s for boozin’ rather than snacks.


Bahooka Family Restaurant

4501 Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770  —  (626) 285-1241

© The Minty // LA Cocktails  2013


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