Location: San Francisco, California
Price: $19- $29 entrée
Located below the Fairmont Hotel, the circa-1945 tropical lounge the Tonga Room is a remarkably intact vision of midcentury Tiki culture. The Island Groove Band performs on the lagoon on a moving Gilligan’s Island-esque raft platform, and every half hour there’s an indoor thundershower. The Tonga room serves Pacific Rim cuisine and tropical cocktails served in tiki vessels.
But this historic establishment was recently threatened—when plans to demolish the space for condos were announced in 2009, it sparked an outcry, inspiring awareness-raising happy hours and the Facebook group Save the Tonga Room, which has over 7200 members.