Photos: Piff reveals his shrunken head at The Golden Tiki

 

Piff the Magic Dragon Unveils His Shrunken Head at
The Golden Tiki

The loser of “America’s Got Talent,” Piff the Magic Dragon, unveiled his shrunken head last night at The Golden Tiki. His sidekick, Mr. Piffles, got in on the action too with a miniature stuffed version.

Piff enjoyed a Dole Whip while checking out the bar’s one-of-a-kind decor and Cabinet of Curiosities, stopping for a closer look at a mummified alligator, perhaps one of Piff’s ancestors.

The Baron of the Universe welcomed Piff, Mr. Piffles, and showgirl Jade Simone before Managing Partner Branden Powers unveiled the head. Smithsonian artist Terry Barr sculpted the head over the course of four weeks, referencing photos of Piff to ensure physical accuracies, including his dragon scales.

“Thank you for honoring us with a tiny, shrunken head, AKA a lifesize head,” said Piff.

The stars took a “shellfie” in the clamshell, before posing with fans, who showed up in Piff T-shirts.

Chippendales dancer James Davis was also in attendance.

Overhead in the crowd, “This is as Vegas as it gets.”

Piff joins the bar’s growing collection of famous shrunken heads, including Marky Ramone of The Ramones, Carrot Top, Frank Marino, Robin Leach, Norm Clarke, Claire Sinclair, magician Murray Sawchuck, Vinnie Paul of Pantera, Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie, Monti Rock III, Lonnie Hammargren, and Rich Little.

Piff unveils his shrunken head at The Golden Tiki
Piff’s shrunken head

About The Golden Tiki
Located in Chinatown, Las Vegas, The Golden Tiki is a journey to a wondrous land where boundaries are only limited to one’s imagination. The vision of hospitality veteran Branden Powers, in collaboration with Seth Schorr, Jeff Fine and Joe Cain, The Golden Tiki has spared no expense in recreating the classic mid-century tiki bar, reminiscent of Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic’s storied establishments. The cocktail menu features nostalgic classics and new creations, as well as a special treasure chest VIP experience. Collaborating with renowned artists including Tiki Bosko, Billy the Crud, Bill Collins and Oceanic Arts, the one-of-a-kind decor also boasts an animatronic skeleton of the mythical privateer and legend behind The Golden Tiki, William Tobias Faulkner. Open 24 hours a day, The Golden Tiki offers a multitude of experiences and can host private parties up to 145 people.

Celebrate the Godfather of Tiki at The Golden TIki on 2/22

 

The Golden Tiki Celebrates Tiki Legend Don The Beachcomber’s Birthday!

The Golden Tiki, Las Vegas’ world-famous premier tiki bar, has announced a special celebration for Don The Beachcomber’s birthday. On Thursday, Feb. 22 from 9 p.m. to midnight, The Golden Tiki will host a tribute to the founder of tiki cocktail culture with several of Las Vegas’ preeminent bartenders, a special performance by house band The Sharps, and more revelry. Guests are encouraged to dress in Hawaiian shirts and tiki wear. Admission is free.

“It’s pretty simple, there really wouldn’t be any tiki bars without Donn Beach,” said Branden Powers, managing partner of The Golden Tiki. “So why wouldn’t we throw him a birthday party? Every tiki bar should do it!”

Bartenders will be offering their original takes on Donn Beach classic cocktails for a special price during the event. Confirmed to participate are Rebecca Hayden (Fleur), Wendy Hodges (Fusion Bar), Adam Rains (Flock & Fowl), Jessica Lee Westergom (The Black Sheep), with others expected.

Earnest Gantt (later Donn Beach) serving at the original Hollywood Don The Beachcomber’s.

Born Feb. 22, 1907, Earnest Raymond Beaumont Gantt would be 111 if alive today. A Texas native, Gantt traveled the Caribbean and South Pacific, briefly working as a bootlegger, before opening the original Don’s Beachcomber in Hollywood in 1933. He is credited with creating cocktails including the Zombie, Tahitian Rum Punch, one version of the Mai Tai, and the Navy Grog (ironically, Gantt was a Major in the Air Force) among many others. Eventually, he would legally change his name to Donn Beach; create the Polynesian Villages and original International Marketplace in Waikiki; be instrumental in the careers of Martin Denny, Alfred Apaka, and Arthur Lyman; and see a string of Don The Beachcomber bars and restaurants open across the United States (although he did not retain ownership). He said his final ‘aloha’ in 1989.

About The Golden Tiki
Located in Chinatown, Las Vegas, The Golden Tiki is a journey to a wondrous land where boundaries are only limited to one’s imagination. The vision of hospitality veteran Branden Powers, in collaboration with Seth Schorr, Jeff Fine and Joe Cain, The Golden Tiki has spared no expense in recreating the classic mid-century tiki bar, reminiscent of Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic’s storied establishments. The hand crafted cocktail menu features nostalgic classics and new creations, alongside a strong list of craft beer and rum selections. Collaborating with renowned artists including Tiki Bosko, Billy the Crud, Bill Collins and Oceanic Arts, the one-of-a-kind decor also boasts an animatronic skeleton of the mythical privateer and legend behind The Golden Tiki, William Tobias Faulkner. Open 24 hours a day, The Golden Tiki offers a multitude of experiences and can host private parties up to 145 people. For more information, visit thegoldentiki.com or call 702.222.3196.

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Who’s got warm Winter cocktails? Golden Tiki, that’s who! Plus FOOD!

 

The Golden Tiki Releases Holiday Cocktails and

“Food of the Gods” Menu

 

The Golden Tiki, Las Vegas’ world-famous premier tiki bar, will add to its array of exotic beverage offerings with five new holiday drinks offering playful twists on warm cocktail favorites, and the “Food of the Gods” menu, finally offering fans delicious bar bites inspired by the Golden Tiki legend.

Available through Dec. 31, holiday drinks ($10 each) include:

  • Tom and Jerry (TJ batter, Coruba dark rum, hot water, whipped cream, nutmeg)
  • Balls’n’Cider (Fireball cinnamon whiskey, warm apple cider, cinnamon)
  • Tiki Tiki Tiki Coffee (Kahlua, Appleton Reserve rum, whipped cream vodka, whipped cream)
  • Naughty Hot Chocolate (Hot cocoa, whipped cream vodka, topped with marshmallows)
  • Hot Buttered Rum (Hot butter, Coruba dark rum, hot water, nutmeg)

Served 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily (ongoing), the “Food of the Gods” menu accompanies the libations with:

  • Captain’s Balls – eight juicy meatballs served with teriyaki sauce and a pineapple garnish ($9). “From our friends at Headhunters Village comes this tasty dish that took four men to prepare.”
  • Orange chicken boneless wings ($10) – “Direct from his Island Trading Post, One Eyed Cy’s #1 Seller! They can’t fly, but they sure are tasty!”
  • “Lord Baltimore’s Last Meal” –  wontons served in a delectable broth with green onion garnish ($9).
  • Bad HeadHunters vegetable spring rolls served with sweet Thai chili sauce ($8).
  • “Mermaid Lisa’s Favorite” sriracha french fries served with homemade pineapple ketchup and Tikiyaki dipping sauce ($9). “This is the only thing known to put a smile on her face. Leave one as an offering by her painting.”

About The Golden Tiki

Located in Chinatown, Las Vegas, The Golden Tiki is a journey to a wondrous land where boundaries are only limited to one’s imagination. The vision of hospitality veteran Branden Powers, in collaboration with Seth Schorr, Jeff Fine and Joe Cain, The Golden Tiki has spared no expense in recreating the classic mid-century tiki bar, reminiscent of Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic’s storied establishments. The hand crafted cocktail menu features nostalgic classics and new creations, alongside a strong list of craft beer and rum selections. Collaborating with renowned artists including Tiki Bosko, Billy the Crud, Bill Collins and Oceanic Arts, the one-of-a-kind decor also boasts an animatronic skeleton of the mythical privateer and legend behind The Golden Tiki, William Tobias Faulkner. Open 24 hours a day, The Golden Tiki offers a multitude of experiences and can host private parties up to 145 people. For more information, visit thegoldentiki.com or call 702.222.3196.

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