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Forbidden Island

Tiki Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
West End, Alameda
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  • Amanda M.
    Wow I really love this place. The vibe is fun! I wish that you could drink in their outdoor seating area, however. The bar can get a bit crowded and loud. The drinks are a bit pricy but worth it.
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimNovember 15, 2015
    Tasty tropical cocktails, the coconut shrimp and spicy chicken bites are yummy bar food there.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 9, 2015
    Small, cozy tiki bar in a neighborhood in Alameda. Quiet enough to have an intimate conversation, without the crowds of Smuggler's or the snobbiness of Tonga Room.
  • Ronan F.
    Ronan Flynn-CurranJuly 5, 2015
    Great tiki bar. Fills up at the weekends to the point of one-in-one-out. Good for parties, dangerous amounts of rum and blurry times in general.
  • Babette C.
    Babette CantonApril 14, 2015
    Dog friendly, but you can't drink in the patio. Huh?
  • Babette C.
    Babette CantonApril 14, 2015
    Dogs allowed on patio, but not booze. What's the point?
  • Sergio A.
    Sergio AFebruary 17, 2015
    Great atmosphere, crowd, and tasty drinks.
  • erinsauce
    erinsauceNovember 21, 2014
    Delicious, boozy cocktails. The strength of each drink is noted on the menu so you can plan your evening accordingly.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DorfmanOctober 14, 2014
    Forbidden Island's self-named drink is delicious, and you can even keep the amazing tiki mug it comes in for a few bucks extra!
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 9, 2014
    The painkiller is truly delicious, and so smooth I could drink it for breakfast. Try one.
  • Erika J.
    Erika J.August 24, 2014
    Service is good. I want 5 zombie drinks best drink of all. Scorpion bowl is good shown below. Malania I think its called has spices sweet spices.
  • Erika J.
    Erika J.August 24, 2014
    Must try the zombie! Best drink ever. If with a big group virgin sacrifice. With two ppl scorpion bowl.
  • Nino E.
    Nino EAugust 22, 2014
    I love this place. I often have cravings for their "manbrolada" and "Macadamian Chi Chi's." Best Tiki bar on the island.
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MitroffAugust 6, 2014
    Get the macadamia nut chi-chi, trust me.
  • Cesar L.
    Cesar L.May 14, 2014
    Happy Hour until 7 most days, Island Mai Tai, Beer and Grog at a reduced price.
  • Kimberly R.
    Kimberly RobertsDecember 28, 2013
    The Painkiller (3 shot) is their best drink! All the others rock as well!
  • Mark D.
    Mark DieterJuly 3, 2013
    Great Mai Tai if you like the original recipe instead of the syrupy sweet stuff.
  • Cecilya A.
    Cecilya AlanisJune 23, 2013
    Come early finding a seat can be a little rough so be prepared to possibly stand. personally liked that they something for everyone , me being not much of a drinker really leilani volcano.
  • Alecs
    AlecsJune 6, 2013
    Love this place! The snacks are tasty and affordable; the drinks (including virgin ones) are delicious, and the servers are courteous!
  • katherine k. r.
    katherine k. robinsonJanuary 21, 2013
    We had horrible service, I would not return.
  • annie l.
    annie linJanuary 21, 2013
    A note to the hapless designated driver -- the drink has a flower next to it on the menu, a non alcoholic version is available
  • Kaye
    KayeNovember 25, 2012
    Macadamia Chi-Chi is absolutely my favorite. The Virgin Sacrifice is strong and should not be paired with a Zombie, unless someone else is driving and will be helping you walk out.
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionOctober 17, 2012
    Cool interior, fun clientele, and great island-themed drinks. Try the Mai Tai!
  • Tosca F.
    Tosca FassoSeptember 29, 2012
    You can bring your own grub, and the taqueria down the street is a great option. Not only are they cool with it, they'll even bring plasticware and napkins!
  • Mónica C.
    Mónica CastañedaAugust 18, 2012
    The zombie is pretty bomb. Just saying.
  • Laughing Squid
    Laughing SquidAugust 14, 2012
    Strong fruity drinks (and more), a great jukebox, crab wontons, and ambience for days! You can't go wrong here. Dress in your vintage tiki finest.
  • clogozm
    clogozmAugust 4, 2012
    The monkeypod is yummy. Be sure to write your wish on a dollar bill and stick it on the ceiling with an umbrella.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MonelloJuly 31, 2012
    Fabulous decor and a nice outdoor patio give Forbidden Island a classic tiki lounge feel.
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    Don't miss the forbidden Island (a grog of lime, pineapple, spices and liqueurs, served in a souvenir "kapu" tiki mug) and the Chamborlada (a pina colada with a float of black raspberry Chambord).
  • Tiki Oasis
    Tiki OasisJune 25, 2012
    Be sure to check out Otto's DJ night the first Wednesday of every month!
  • Cristal F.
    Cristal FloresMay 27, 2012
    Get here early to grab a table! Place gets filled up fast!
  • Matt W.
    Matt WongMay 11, 2012
    Start a rum tally with the bar tender and sample some awesome rum!
  • Heather S.
    Heather SumpterApril 22, 2012
    I literally had two drinks and had a normal buzz. I wanted one more drink and they wouldn't allow it. My friends and I spent a lot of money here and I'm pretty pissed.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SumpterApril 22, 2012
    Big fan, but some problems. Bathrooms usually smell really bad and never seem to get touched all night considering how many folks they have in here.
  • Jenilynn J.
    Jenilynn JohnsonApril 22, 2012
    Try the China Clipper. It's a signature drink and pretty damn tasty!
  • Laughing Squid
    Laughing SquidMarch 22, 2012
    Strong fruity drinks (and more), a great jukebox, crab wontons, ambience for days and Will "The Thrill", the best doorman in town! You can't go wrong here. Dress in your vintage tiki finest. Read more
  • Shawn M.
    Shawn Mueller-BoddyOctober 21, 2011
    it's like the tiki room in Disney Land, but for adults! Read more
  • Monique Z.
    Monique ZiesenhenneSeptember 27, 2011
    Great tropical drinks with the MOST inventive bartenders ever! Read more
  • Dagmar W.
    Dagmar W-MSeptember 17, 2011
    Try the virgin sacrifice: the fire show is amazing!!
  • Emily L.
    Emily LAugust 16, 2011
    If you get the mystery bowl, you better have lots of friends to drink it with.
  • ScottySauce
    ScottySauceAugust 15, 2011
    I thought I was on the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland! This place is soooo much fun, the decor is a blast. Makes me feel like i'm finally on vacation in a nice tropical environment.
  • Nou P.
    Nou PhabmixayJuly 10, 2011
    If you are done drinking, don't take up a whole booth just making out.
  • Jordan E.
    Jordan EstreitoJune 11, 2011
    Try the Makalani bowl they've created for their 5 year anniversary. Delicious and you get to keep the bowl!
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    This '60s-style tiki lounge makes almost every tropical drink, including Trader Vic's mai tai.
  • Kitty S.
    Kitty StrykerJanuary 3, 2011
    scorpion bowl for 4 for only $15! amazing.
  • Ophelia C.
    Amazing tiki drinks, even many options for coconut allergic me! The outside patio is dog-friendly and available for private events before the bar opens to the public. Good service,great atmosphere!
  • robert E.
    robert EJune 13, 2010
    Find the only 50 cents on the ceiling... it was awkward @ the bar drilling a hole thru the quarters but totally work...after getting kicked out...daym you jet pilot drinks!!
  • Suzanne L.
    Suzanne LongMarch 10, 2010
    On Wednesday nights they will create custom cocktails on the spot for you!
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PowersJanuary 22, 2010
    Go off menu and order the Hawaii Kai Treasure, it was on the original Forbidden Island Menu!
  • Bryce B.
    Bryce ByerleyOctober 24, 2009
    Somewhere pinned above the bar is a $20 bill with my name on it.
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