Forbidden Island

1304 Lincoln Ave (at Sherman St), Alameda, CA 94501, United States
Hours:
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
  • Fri–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 3:00 PM–10:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
8.6/10

Based on 125 votes

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  • monkeypod
  • Mai Tais
  • tiki lounge
  • outdoor seating
  • happy hour
  • custom cocktails
  • trendy
  • good for a late night
  • piña coladas
  • off-menu items
  • jukebox
  • daiquiri
  • DJs
  • rum
  • crab wontons
  • flowers
  • boozy drinks
  • good for dates
  • cozy
  • casual
  • Lu M.

    They have Zacapa XO rum!!!

    Lu MA · 3 weeks ago
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  • Sergio A.

    Great atmosphere, crowd, and tasty drinks.

    Sergio A · February 17
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  • Coby W.

    The Zombie here is delicious.

    Coby White · November 29, 2014
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  • erinsauce

    Delicious, boozy cocktails. The strength of each drink is noted on the menu so you can plan your evening accordingly.

    erinsauce · November 21, 2014
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  • Brian D.

    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!

    Brian Dorfman · October 14, 2014
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  • squeasel

    The painkiller is truly delicious, and so smooth I could drink it for breakfast. Try one.

    squeasel · October 9, 2014
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  • Petko M.

    This bar is fun! Patio outside.

    Petko Minkov · October 7, 2014
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  • Michael C.

    It's all good...

    Michael Celiceo · September 21, 2014
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  • Erika J.

    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. · August 24, 2014
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  • Erika J.

    Must try the zombie! Best drink ever. If with a big group virgin sacrifice. With two ppl scorpion bowl.

    Erika J. · August 24, 2014
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  • Nino E.

    I love this place. I often have cravings for their "manbrolada" and "Macadamian Chi Chi's." Best Tiki bar on the island.

    Nino E · August 22, 2014
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  • da3mon m.

    tiki drinks and spicy chicken bites

    da3mon mccormick · August 8, 2014
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  • Sarah M.

    Get the macadamia nut chi-chi, trust me.

    Sarah Mitroff · August 6, 2014
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  • Staff Picks

    Have a Mai Tai while checking out the 2nd Annual Vintage Bicycle Hop at the Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge. Sun, 6/29, 3-9pm, free. Read more

    Staff Picks · June 27, 2014
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  • Connor D.

    Hemingway daiquiri and painkillers

    Connor Drexler · June 8, 2014
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  • Cesar L.

    Happy Hour until 7 most days, Island Mai Tai, Beer and Grog at a reduced price.

    Cesar L. · May 14, 2014
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  • Alex R.

    Siren of the sea.

    Alex Roberts · March 29, 2014
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  • Kimberly R.

    The Painkiller (3 shot) is their best drink! All the others rock as well!

    Kimberly Roberts · December 28, 2013
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  • Grant S.

    RUM RUM RUM RUM

    Grant Shellen · September 18, 2013
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  • Nick R.

    Captain's grog

    Nick Roll · August 9, 2013
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  • Kory R.

    It was okay. Service was horribly slow.

    Kory Robinson · July 15, 2013
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  • Mark D.

    Great Mai Tai if you like the original recipe instead of the syrupy sweet stuff.

    Mark Dieter · July 3, 2013
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  • Cecilya A.

    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.

    Cecilya Alanis · June 23, 2013
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  • Alecs

    Love this place! The snacks are tasty and affordable; the drinks (including virgin ones) are delicious, and the servers are courteous!

    Alecs · June 6, 2013
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  • Ken W.

    Great deal on the Scorpion Bowl on Sunday

    Ken Wallis · March 31, 2013
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  • Jaclyn G.

    Must try the Mai-Tai.

    Jaclyn G. · January 24, 2013
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  • annie l.

    Two hours after placing the order you'll get the wrong fries as you're about to leave and be expected to pay for them.

    annie lin · January 21, 2013
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  • katherine k. r.

    We had horrible service, I would not return.

    katherine k. robinson · January 21, 2013
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  • annie l.

    A note to the hapless designated driver -- the drink has a flower next to it on the menu, a non alcoholic version is available

    annie lin · January 21, 2013
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  • Cara H.

    Love the monkeypod

    Cara Hirsch · January 21, 2013
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  • Kaye

    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.

    Kaye · November 25, 2012
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  • Pacific Union

    Cool interior, fun clientele, and great island-themed drinks. Try the Mai Tai!

    Pacific Union · October 17, 2012
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  • Tosca F.

    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!

    Tosca Fasso · September 29, 2012
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  • Mónica C.

    The zombie is pretty bomb. Just saying.

    Mónica Castañeda · August 18, 2012
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  • Laughing Squid

    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.

    Laughing Squid · August 14, 2012
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  • clogozm

    The monkeypod is yummy. Be sure to write your wish on a dollar bill and stick it on the ceiling with an umbrella.

    clogozm · August 4, 2012
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  • Michael M.

    Fabulous decor and a nice outdoor patio give Forbidden Island a classic tiki lounge feel.

    Michael Monello · July 31, 2012
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  • Smoov As E.

    The drinks here FUCKIN SUCK!!!

    Smoov As Eggs · July 21, 2012
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  • SFGate M.

    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).

    SFGate Manager · July 16, 2012
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  • Mónica C.

    The zombie is amazing!!

    Mónica Castañeda · July 15, 2012
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  • joanne

    macadamia nut chichi.

    joanne · July 3, 2012
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  • Tiki Oasis

    Be sure to check out Otto's DJ night the first Wednesday of every month!

    Tiki Oasis · June 25, 2012
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  • Cristal F.

    Get here early to grab a table! Place gets filled up fast!

    Cristal Flores · May 27, 2012
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  • Matt W.

    Start a rum tally with the bar tender and sample some awesome rum!

    Matt Wong · May 11, 2012
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  • Heather S.

    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.

    Heather Sumpter · April 22, 2012
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  • Matt S.

    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.

    Matt Sumpter · April 22, 2012
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  • Jenilynn J.

    Try the China Clipper. It's a signature drink and pretty damn tasty!

    Jenilynn Johnson · April 22, 2012
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  • Laughing Squid

    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

    Laughing Squid · March 22, 2012
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  • Mag T.

    Loving the painkiller!

    Mag Toulet · March 11, 2012
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  • Ariel D.

    Alta California best way to finish a night of drinks.

    Ariel Diaz · March 3, 2012
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