As tiki bars have begun to enjoy a renaissance across North America, many bars have been quick to join in without having a true understanding of what tiki culture is all about -- for those uninformed and opportunistic proprietors, a crash course via the new Smuggler's Cove book certainly wouldn't hurt. The book gives a thoroughly researched, at times almost academic overview of the history of tiki bars in America and the Polynesian cultures that inspired them.
The Smuggler's Cove book is written by a husband and wife couple who own a bar of the same name. The San Francisco establishment is believed to be the impetus behind the modern revival, and as such the owners take responsibility in educating other bars that might throw a few generic totems around and call it a day.
The book includes cocktail recipes, party decorations, and alcohol options, all with this authentic ethos in mind.