Aloha, historic bar lovers! It's time to escape chilly winter temps and enjoy warmer climes inside historic tiki bars, those Polynesian-inspired spots known for their island flair and exotic cocktails. Last up: Bali Hai in San Diego.
With a location on the tip of Shelter Island and sweeping views of San Diego’s downtown, the Bali Hai would give any tiki bar a run for its money as far as location goes.
It’s been here since 1952, when it opened as Christian’s Hut. The name was repurposed from the staff watering hole below Clark Gable’s apartment during the filming of Mutiny on the Bounty.
The name didn’t stick, but many of the movie set artifacts did, including “the Goof” -- a tiki that’s still perched atop the restaurant’s roof.... Read More →
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