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Forbidden Island

Tiki Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
West End, Alameda
85 Tips and reviews
  • monkeypod
  • happy hour
  • jet pilot
  • outdoor seating
  • casual
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  • Rally by Eventbrite
    Rally by EventbriteMarch 29, 2017
    The next time you need a tropical getaway, just head across the Bay Bridge to this retro-oasis with wicker furniture, tiki statues, velvet Tahitian paintings, a thatched ceiling and so much bamboo. Read more
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MorelandApril 16, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tosca F.
    Tosca FassoSeptember 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • erinsauce
    erinsauceNovember 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious, boozy cocktails. The strength of each drink is noted on the menu so you can plan your evening accordingly.
  • Tom J.
    Tom JacksonSeptember 16, 2016
    Wonderful drinks, happy happy hour, good time and if you want an amazing take home mug
  • 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.
  • annie l.
    annie lJanuary 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
  • 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
    Been here 10+ times
    I love this place. I often have cravings for their "manbrolada" and "Macadamian Chi Chi's." Best Tiki bar on the island.
  • Mons B.
    Mons BrickApril 23, 2017
    Starlit jungle back patio & surf tunes from 45s by the dj I want all the money pinned to the low ceilings!!! Please?
  • Cesar L.
    Cesar L.May 14, 2014
    Happy Hour until 7 most days, Island Mai Tai, Beer and Grog at a reduced price.
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimNovember 15, 2015
    Tasty tropical cocktails, the coconut shrimp and spicy chicken bites are yummy bar food there.
  • Kimberly R.
    Kimberly RobertsDecember 28, 2013
    The Painkiller (3 shot) is their best drink! All the others rock as well!
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 9, 2014
    The painkiller is truly delicious, and so smooth I could drink it for breakfast. Try one.
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionOctober 17, 2012
    Cool interior, fun clientele, and great island-themed drinks. Try the Mai Tai!
  • Mark D.
    Mark DieterJuly 3, 2013
    Great Mai Tai if you like the original recipe instead of the syrupy sweet stuff.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MonelloJuly 31, 2012
    Fabulous decor and a nice outdoor patio give Forbidden Island a classic tiki lounge feel.
  • clogozm
    clogozmAugust 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The monkeypod is yummy. Be sure to write your wish on a dollar bill and stick it on the ceiling with an umbrella.
  • Cristal F.
    Cristal FloresMay 27, 2012
    Get here early to grab a table! Place gets filled up fast!
  • Jordan E.
    Jordan EstreitoJune 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Sergio A.
    Sergio AFebruary 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great atmosphere, crowd, and tasty drinks.
  • Babette C.
    Babette CantonApril 14, 2015
    Dog friendly, but you can't drink in the patio. Huh?
  • Tiki Oasis
    Tiki OasisJune 25, 2012
    Be sure to check out Otto's DJ night the first Wednesday of every month!
  • Alex T.
    Alex TrecoSeptember 12, 2017
    Half-price drinks during Happy Hour on Monday nights!
  • Matt W.
    Matt WongMay 11, 2012
    Start a rum tally with the bar tender and sample some awesome rum!
  • 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.
  • Dean K.
    Dean KoenigMarch 23, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    Great drinks in a classic tiki bar
  • Monique Z.
    Monique ZiesenhenneSeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great tropical drinks with the MOST inventive bartenders ever! Read more
  • Jenilynn J.
    Jenilynn JohnsonApril 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the China Clipper. It's a signature drink and pretty damn tasty!
  • Ariel D.
    Ariel DiazMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Alta California best way to finish a night of drinks.
  • 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!!
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PowersJanuary 22, 2010
    Go off menu and order the Hawaii Kai Treasure, it was on the original Forbidden Island Menu!
  • Babette C.
    Babette CantonApril 14, 2015
    Dogs allowed on patio, but not booze. What's the point?
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MitroffAugust 6, 2014
    Get the macadamia nut chi-chi, trust me.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LAugust 16, 2011
    If you get the mystery bowl, you better have lots of friends to drink it with.
  • Ken W.
    Ken WallisMarch 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great deal on the Scorpion Bowl on Sunday
  • Petko M.
    Petko MinkovOctober 7, 2014
    This bar is fun! Patio outside.
  • Ramon A.
    Ramon AntuSeptember 23, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    All drinks and service
  • Suzanne L.
    Suzanne LongMarch 10, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    On Wednesday nights they will create custom cocktails on the spot for you!
  • Christina S.
    Christina SnyderJuly 9, 2015
    Any of the bowls
  • Jaclyn G.
    Jaclyn G.January 24, 2013
    Must try the Mai-Tai.
  • Dagmar W.
    Dagmar W-MSeptember 17, 2011
    Try the virgin sacrifice: the fire show is amazing!!
  • Mónica C.
    Mónica CastañedaAugust 18, 2012
    The zombie is pretty bomb. Just saying.
  • Lu M.
    Lu MAFebruary 27, 2015
    They have Zacapa XO rum!!!
  • Connor D.
    Connor DrexlerJune 8, 2014
    Hemingway daiquiri and painkillers
  • Alex
    AlexNovember 6, 2016
    Boo Loo was awesome!!
  • Nou P.
    Nou PhabmixayJuly 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are done drinking, don't take up a whole booth just making out.
  • Coby W.
    Coby WhiteNovember 29, 2014
    The Zombie here is delicious.
  • Shawn M.
    Shawn Mueller-BoddyOctober 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    it's like the tiki room in Disney Land, but for adults! Read more
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HartonoDecember 31, 2011
    The monkeypod is soo tasty.
  • 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.
  • JenTiki E.
    JenTiki ESeptember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Remember there's a parking lot in the back.
  • Mónica C.
    Mónica CastañedaJuly 15, 2012
    The zombie is amazing!!
  • Mag T.
    Mag TouletMarch 11, 2012
    Loving the painkiller!
  • da3mon m.
    da3mon mccormickAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    tiki drinks and spicy chicken bites
  • Jess
    JessSeptember 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Macadamia Nut Chi Chi is a must have!
  • Cara H.
    Cara HirschJanuary 21, 2013
    Love the monkeypod
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsMarch 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Siren of the sea.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CeliceoSeptember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    It's all good...
  • Kitty S.
    Kitty StrykerJanuary 3, 2011
    scorpion bowl for 4 for only $15! amazing.
  • Nick R.
    Nick RollAugust 9, 2013
    Captain's grog
  • zippy
    zippyJuly 25, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The mai tais
  • Rishi S.
    Rishi SaranNovember 6, 2011
    Try the monkey pod!
  • Grant S.
    Grant ShellenSeptember 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
  • joanne
    joanneJuly 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    macadamia nut chichi.
  • Norm H.
    Norm HowflyApril 25, 2010
    Try a Jet Pilot. Knock you out delicious.
  • Rob B.
    Rob BonstinMay 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to Forbidden Island and try a Mai-Tai today!
  • Matt H.
    Matt HullOctober 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Suzanne Rocks!
  • Jay C.
    Jay CookeMarch 19, 2010
    Coconut drinks with KL
  • Bryce B.
    Bryce ByerleyOctober 24, 2009
    Somewhere pinned above the bar is a $20 bill with my name on it.
  • Smoov As E.
    Smoov As EggsJuly 21, 2012
    The drinks here FUCKIN SUCK!!!
  • katherine k. r.
    katherine k. robinsonJanuary 21, 2013
    We had horrible service, I would not return.
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CarterAugust 23, 2011
    This shit is way overpriced.
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