I have been wanting to stop at Billy's at the Beach for a very long time and after a discussion with another Tiki fan while in line for a ride at Disneyworld in Florida (of all places) -it was mentioned that Billy's had one of the best Mai Tai's. So when we returned from our vacation we decided to finally try it out.
We headed down Pacific Coast Highway to meet some friends and check it out and have some Cocktails.
Billy's wasn't really what I expected at all and that is mainly a result of its location in Newport Beach. We arrived fairly early and it was really crowded in the bar section which extended inside and out. The bar section is grab your own seat so we had to stand around until a table was available. It was kind of a hot spot and a place to be seen. The crowd was not typical Tiki. I joked and said Billy's is Tiki for the Boob Job and Botox crowd (both of which were definitely in effect). I think a lot of these people probably don't even know what a Tiki is. But all of that didn't really matter because the view and the food were really good and the people watching was interesting.
You can't beat the view at Billy's which looks out at the Newport Bay. Check out the 4 deck million dollar yacht in the background
The drinks tasted good --but a little too icy for my tastes and not very strong for the price. We tried the Mai Tai, Planter's Punch and Newport Sunset, and a Golden Hefe at the end. The Mai Tai was good -but I wouldn't agree that it they had the best ones. Mahe's in Seal Beach actually has one of my favorites.
The Food was actually really good and better than I had expected it to be. We tried a couple of Pu Pu's the
Our homemade fresh guacamole is served with taro chips and salsa.
Grilled skewers of beef tenderloin marinated in our South Seas teriyaki sauce
Both of these were really good. We also shared a
Panko Crusted Chicken
Panko crusted Shelton Chicken breast covered with a creamy mushroom sauce. Served with jasmine white rice and vegetables
This was terrific and I would totally recommend it and get it again.
I love the Tiki Wine Door Handles on their wine Fridge.
These are literally the coolest Tikis in the Magic Kingdom! How so you ask? They spray water and act as a cool off area on a hot day in the Magic Kingdom park. We recently visited Walt Disneyworld on a Family trip and of course I was on the search for Tikis and we came across these extremely useful Tiki gods hanging out in Adventureland. Here are some pictures of them in action.
If you have ever been to Orlando Florida -- you know that it can get hot and humid. Being a Tiki fan I was delighted to see these guys in action and to walk through and cool off on a hot day.
I know that is is still about 6 Months away ..... But my mind is already at Tiki Oasis 2015. The theme this year is Yesterday's Future Today. Retro Sci-Fi. So many great ideas spring to mind. So many good Sci-fi surf tunes out there and the fashions wow. It got me thinking about what would be the absolute best band for Tiki Oasis 2015---although they probably wouldn't be able to get them for it. Who would be the ultimate headliner for this theme???? Just as the Untouchables ended up being the best possible choice for the Spy Theme...... I can think of no band I would rather see than The B-52's...... Retro cool and a little on the weird side..... The B52's are a great live band that has many sci-fi inspired songs and a cool sound and look.
Planet Claire would slay at a Retro Future Tiki Oasis.
Odd and yet fantastic.
Take a listen to some more great Sci-fi Inspired B-52's
53 Miles West of Venus
With other great Songs like "Private Idaho" "Love Shack" and of course "Rock Lobster".
I would kill to see Lava "Burning like a Krakatoa" while drinking some Kraken rum.
Or make Love under a Strobe Light.
Anyway. I know that it would definitely be a long shot since the B-52's still perform at places like the House of Blues, but wouldn't it really kick the Party out of Bounds is we could Dance this Mess Around to the B-52's at Tiki Oasis.
This news sent me on an Internet search to find out when the Disneyworld version of one of my favorite Disneyland Resort hangouts was going to be opening. I searched Disney blogs and Tiki Central. All that I could find in news reports was 2015?? Not very specific. I will be in Florida in the middle of March for my step daughter's cheer competition so I was hoping that it would be open be then. After all visiting the Polynesian Resort to see all the new changes and find some Tiki's is on my Disneyworld trip must see list.
Well the answer to my question is that it is probably opening at the end of March 2015.....Ugh the end of March.....I can only hope that they have a sneak peek a couple weeks earlier.
The concept art for the place looks awesome. Very much in the style of Trader Sam's on the West Coast, but with a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea twist to make it unique. I'm dying to get my hands on this T-shirt that I saw as part of the concept art on numerous pages. The Octopus grabbing the Trader Sam's sign look so cool. I'm hoping that they will have some cool Octopus mugs as well.
(CONCEPT ART FROM PINTEREST)
In the concept art below the coolest differences from our Trader Sam's is the Octopus arm holding the beer that is entwined in the rafters and the cool light up Oyster shell in the background.
(CONCEPT ART FROM PINTEREST)
And in this last cool drawing .. it looks like a little of the Adventurer's club could be making its way into the bar as well. Where our Trader Sam's has the cool ship in a bottle effect from Adventurer's Club....it looks like the Orlando version may bring the Mask Room back to life.
(CONCEPT ART FROM PINTEREST)
I really hope that it opens early for our trip. If not then I will definitely have a reason to go back again.