"Best Place to Hula" — East Bay Express
Don your flip-flops and puka shells, or just come as you are to our retro tropical paradise, The Conga Lounge! Home of the Gilligan's Island (our signature cocktail), located above Cafe Rustica at 5422 College Avenue in Oakland.
Tuesday through Saturday we'll mix you any one (or two or three) of our fabulous 40 cocktails starting at 5pm in the town that is the birthplace of Trader Vic's original bar and the Mai Tai cocktail. The Conga Lounge captures the best elements of Oakland's legendary Tiki past — a welcoming and laid back atmosphere, great drinks, hip decor that balances bamboo and kitsch, and a classic soundtrack of vintage Exotica (think Martin Denny's "Quiet Village"). Who says you can't take an island vacation on a weeknight?
Enjoy our daily Happy Hour from 5pm-7pm, with $2 off our fabulous Mai Tais, draft beers and appetizers! During restaurant hours you can sample anything from the entire Rustica menu or graze on our tasty selection of fantasty island appetizers. Join us for one of our coming theme nights or catch one of our DJ spots on selected weekends.
Photos of many great times at the Conga Lounge are on view at Flickr.
Got Conga Lounge photos of your own to share? Upload them to Flickr with the tag "congalounge"!
WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE "MAKE THE MAI TAI THE OFFICIAL
COCKTAIL OF OAKLAND" CAMPAIGN!
In 1944, Vic Bergeron concocted the original Mai Tai recipe right here in Oakland!
Trader Vic's Mai Tai
Right now, Conga Lounge co-owners Mano and Michael Thanos and our PR guy Will the Thrill are in direct
talks with Andre Jones, chief of staff for Oakland council member Rebecca Kaplan, regarding a formal (and long overdue!)
civic proclamation recognizing the Mai Tai as Oakland's official cocktail! So far, so good...stay tuned!
Meantime, enjoy an original Mai Tai or the Conga Lounge's popular "remix" right here - both recipes
invented right here in Oakland, Home of the Mai Tai!
Sign up for the Conga Lounge newsletter at top of page for updates, including the Mai Tai Victory Party!
Cheers and Aloha!
Mai Tai Campaign T-Shirts on sale now at the Conga Lounge.