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It’s Tiki Time

We know the weather has taken a turn for the rainy, but if you fancy recapturing a bit of that summer feeling, vintage style, then a Tiki Bar is the place to go.

Tiki bars are a taste of the South Pacific, often featuring “god” masks and carvings,  flowers and bamboo in their decorations, and serving lots, and lots of Rum Based Cocktails. The very first Tiki bar was apparently “Don the Beachcomber” in Los Angeles in 1933, but the style became hugely popular in the 40s and 50s.

Here at Vintage Norwich there are 2 bars we’d recommend for the Tiki lover. So ignore the rain, don your best frock and some hair flowers and head out for a cocktail.

Our favourite for recapturing a bit of Summer is Revolucion De Cuba. It’s not strictly Tiki, as its inspiration is Cuban rather than South Pacific, but it has a great Latin vibe and is a wonderful place to recapture that summer feeling. It’s open all day, so you can sit next to palms under whirling ceiling fans and enjoy a lunch time Mojito, or cup of coffee, and they serve food to soak up all that rum.


Wednesday nights are Swing nights, so worth checking out, and they have a regular happy hour with a very dangerous 2-4-1 cocktail deal. You can also book cocktail making masterclasses or rum tastings

Find Revolucion De Cuba on their website, or on Facebook.

If you’re looking for something with a more pure Tiki style, then Lola Lo is your venue. It’s frequently used in photo shoots as a location, this photo comes from a shoot for Lady Lucks Boutique by Andy Sapey.


The club allows you to book a “Tiki Booth” ahead of time and be treated to table service all night. They also have a list of amazing Tiki cocktails, and 15 speciality rums. The cocktail menu features drinks in proper Tiki mugs and drinks made for 2 to share. They also offer a private cocktail making masterclass.

Lola Lo’s however, is very definitely a night club, not a place for an early evening cocktail, it’s doors don’t even open till 10pm, and music (not of the vintage kind) features highly on it’s list of entertainments. It is available for private hire on Tuesdays and Sunday though, if you fancy throwing your own Tiki party to escape the autumn chill.

Find Lola Lo’s on their website or on Facebook.

Of course, if you don’t fancy venturing outside much at all then you can always order yourself a tiki mug and make yourself a Zombie, this recipe comes from GreatCocktails.co.uk


  • 1 measure dark rum
  • 1 measure white rum
  • ½ measure apricot brandy
  • 2 measures pineapple juice
  • ½ measure lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • Garnish: cocktail cherry and pineapple wedge

Add all the ingredients into a cocktail mixer with ice and shake, then pour into a hurricane glass. Spear the pineapple and cherry onto a cocktail stick and place on the edge of the glass, finally add a straw.

View from the Vintage City Network

Vintage Manchester – UK Tiki Fest is Coming

If you’re a fan of Tiki then Manchester is hosting its very own week long Tiki Festival! Vintage Manchester has a pair of tickets to giveaway.

 Vintage Brighton – Brighton’s home-grown tiki bars

If you’re taking a trip to the seaside you can get a touch of tiki style there too.

Vintage London – 3 London Tiki Highlights

Tiki highlights in London include tiki nails!






Norwich Fashion Week Old Hollywood Fashion Show

Last night Vintage Norwich braved the snow to visit Norwich Cathedral for a vintage fashion show and the launch of the Fabulous Miss K collection.

Before the show we were treated to bubbly and canapes and the chance to admire a photographic exhibition by photographer Stephen Plumb created especially for the event.


Once seated we were entertained with a make up demo by Benefit Cosmetics and a spot of tap dancing while the finishing touches were put to the vintage fashion show.

We were treated to display of original vintage, with a touch of Hollywood glamour from local vintage shops Prim Vintage, Retreat Vintage, Goldfinches Vintage , Vintage Deli and Wake Up Little Susie, who specialises in vintage nightwear.



The highlight of the evening, however, was the chance to finally see the new vintage inspired collection from The Fabulous Miss K. The collection features 3 1940s style dress in crepe and a cotton stripe, a late 50s style drop waist shift dress, a chiffon evening gown and a day suit with a tie waist. The models for this section also wore hats especially created for the show by local milliner Betsy Hatter.




You can see more photos from the Old Hollywood Fashion Show and The Fabulous Miss K collection over on our Facebook page.

Norwich Fashion Week continues tonight with the Best of Vintage Norwich Awards. The full program for the rest of the week is available on the Norwich Fashion Week website.

Norfolk at the Pictures

Did you know there used to be a cinema where Topshop is now in Norwich city centre? Or that Norwich’s very first purpose built cinema was built in 1912 on Magdalen Street and demolished in the 1960s?

Norfolk at the Pictures is a heritage project developed by Cinemaplus at Cinema City that aims to capture people’s memories from the Golden Age of Cinema and Cinema going in Norwich and create a Screen Heritage centre at Cinema City.

As part of the project graphic designer Nick Stone has created a series of “Cinema Ghosts” along the same lines as his series of Blitz Ghost photos of Norwich during the Blitz. The photos superimpose old photographs of Norwich cinemas onto the present day landscape. Some are now in different use, others have disappeared completely. You can see the full set on Flickr.


Today we take going to the cinema a little for granted. It’s expensive, but at big out of town multiplexes has lost a little of it’s magic. Back in the early days of film Cinemas were often grand palaces. Ornate art deco buildings, the insides decorated in red velvet and gilt. The Norfolk at the Pictures project is encouraging people to share their experiences of going to these cinemas, their memories of what they were like and what films they saw. These cinemas saw first dates that became marriages, saturday morning children’s matinees and a whole host of other memories it would be a shame to lose forever.

The lottery funded project runs day courses for adults on Cinema and throughout 2013 will run a series of pilot evenings and special screenings.

cinema ghost2

The first special event is this Saturday at 11am, which is a chance to find out a bit more about the project. There will be presentations from the East Anglian Film Archive and Norfolk Record Office and a special screening of archive films as well as the chance to see more of Nick Stone’s Cinema Ghosts on the big screen. The event is free, but you should contact marc@cinemaplus.org.uk to book a place.

You can find out more about Norfolk at the Pictures on their website or Facebook page



Thorpe Abbotts Village Hall – Nr. Diss, Norfolk 

24th November 7:30pm – 11:30pm

Price – £6 including light refreshment. Bring your Own Drinks and Food, no bar. Step back in time to the 1940’s and enjoy a nostalgic evening hosted by 1940’s Swing DJ “B17 Boogie” dancing to the very best music from the 1940’s. Your very best vintage / retro finery would be most appropriate but not essential. Evening to include Raffle. Location: Thorpe Abbotts Village Hall at IP21 4JA. All Proceeds to benefit local Charities: 100th BG Museum and Breast Cancer Research.

Tickets available at Thorpe Abbotts 100th BG Museum and from Ron Leigh, 9 Medway Drive, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6BZ please include SAE CHEQUES PAYABLE TO R.LEIGH ~ Tel 01204 450244 or e mail ronald.lee@sky.com

Sounds of America

Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Saturday 8th December, 12 – 8pm

Enjoy a free celebration of Norfolk and American music through the decades:

12noon – 8pm: Enjoy a photographic display of gigs by American bands in Norfolk, and an exhibition of gig memorabilia.
12noon – 12.50pm: Kingsley Harris of the East Anglian Music Archive takes us on a journey back to the 1940s and 50s, explaining the influence of the Friendly Invasion on the Norfolk music scene. (Booking advisable).
1 – 2pm: A chance to reminisce about the unforgettable gigs you have attended by Norfolk and American artists. Bring in related memorabilia for an opportunity to add them to the Norfolk Heritage Library’s collection. (Booking essential).
2.30 – 3pm: Take part in a bluegrass workshop – watch how traditional bluegrass instruments are played and have a go yourself! Some instruments are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own instrument if you would like. (Booking advisable).
3.15 – 4.15pm: Enjoy a performance by stunning Norwich bluegrass band, The Broad Cut Drifters.
4.30 – 4.45pm: Listen to good ol’ American showtunes, courtesy of the intergenerational ‘Glee Club’.
5.30 – 8pm: Dance the evening away to your favourite American tunes from the 40s – 70s, with DJ sets from Earl Harlem and Martin Webb.

For more information and booking – 07789 282236 / laura.crossley@norfolk.gov.uk

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