Forbidden Island

Lounge · West End
1304 Lincoln Ave (at Sherman St), Alameda, CA 94501, United States
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
$ $ $ $
Happy Hour
Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 198 votes

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    Cara H.
    "Love the monkeypod"(3 Tips)
    Pacific Union
    "Try the Mai Tai!"(4 Tips)
    Dagmar W.
    "Try the virgin sacrifice: the fire show is amazing!!"(3 Tips)
    Norm H.
    "Try a Jet Pilot."(2 Tips)
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  • Mai Tais
  • monkeypod
  • happy hour
  • jet pilot
  • fancy cocktails
  • outdoor seating
  • good for dates
  • custom cocktails
  • coconut shrimp
  • Chambord
  • piña coladas
  • off-menu items
  • cozy
  • jukebox
  • good for a late night
  • lively
  • DJs
  • casual
  • crab wontons
  • chicken nuggets
  • Frank K.

    Tasty tropical cocktails, the coconut shrimp and spicy chicken bites are yummy bar food there.

    Frank Kim · 2 weeks ago
  • Katherine M.

    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.

    Katherine M. · July 9
  • Christina S.

    Any of the bowls

  • Ronan F.

    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.

    Dog friendly, but you can't drink in the patio. Huh?

    Babette Canton · April 14
  • Babette C.

    Dogs allowed on patio, but not booze. What's the point?

    Babette Canton · April 14
  • Lu M.

    They have Zacapa XO rum!!!

    Lu MA · February 27
  • Sergio A.

    Great atmosphere, crowd, and tasty drinks.

    Sergio A · February 17
  • Coby W.

    The Zombie here is delicious.

    Coby White · November 29, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • squeasel

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

    squeasel · October 9, 2014
  • Petko M.

    This bar is fun! Patio outside.

    Petko Minkov · October 7, 2014
  • Michael C.

    It's all good...

    Michael Celiceo · September 21, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • da3mon m.

    tiki drinks and spicy chicken bites

    da3mon mccormick · August 8, 2014
  • Sarah M.

    Get the macadamia nut chi-chi, trust me.

    Sarah Mitroff · August 6, 2014
  • Connor D.

    Hemingway daiquiri and painkillers

    Connor Drexler · June 8, 2014
  • Cesar L.

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

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

    Siren of the sea.

    Alex Roberts · March 29, 2014
  • Kimberly R.

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

    Kimberly Roberts · December 28, 2013
  • Grant S.


    Grant Shellen · September 18, 2013
  • Nick R.

    Captain's grog

    Nick Roll · August 9, 2013
  • Mark D.

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

    Mark Dieter · July 3, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ken W.

    Great deal on the Scorpion Bowl on Sunday

    Ken Wallis · March 31, 2013
  • Jaclyn G.

    Must try the Mai-Tai.

    Jaclyn G. · January 24, 2013
  • 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
  • katherine k. r.

    We had horrible service, I would not return.

    katherine k. robinson · January 21, 2013
  • 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
  • Cara H.

    Love the monkeypod

    Cara Hirsch · January 21, 2013
  • 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
  • Pacific Union

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

    Pacific Union · October 17, 2012
  • 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
  • Mónica C.

    The zombie is pretty bomb. Just saying.

    Mónica Castañeda · August 18, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • Michael M.

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

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

    The drinks here FUCKIN SUCK!!!

    Smoov As Eggs · July 21, 2012
  • 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
  • Mónica C.

    The zombie is amazing!!

    Mónica Castañeda · July 15, 2012
  • joanne

    macadamia nut chichi.

    joanne · July 3, 2012
  • Tiki Oasis

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

    Tiki Oasis · June 25, 2012
  • Cristal F.

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

    Cristal Flores · May 27, 2012
  • Matt W.

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

    Matt Wong · May 11, 2012
  • 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
  • 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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