Buzz Worthy: False Idol – A Hidden Tiki Oasis
Do you ever daydream of sipping some delicious cocktails under the sun on some tropical island somewhere? Seriously, even if alcohol is not your thing, I am sure you can relate to wanting to get away from it all for a while to experience something exciting and mysterious? Well, if you are with me so far, then pull up a chair, grab a refreshing drink and melt into the Polynesian magic as we tell our tale of False Idol, one of San Diego’s best Tiki bars!
The first quirky thing about this hideaway is its location. False Idol is located in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy, inside of the ever-popular hipster gastropub Craft & Commerce. If you have not already done your homework on this place and made your reservation online (which we highly recommend!), you may not even know what you are missing! We checked in with the hostess and a few minutes later were taken through the walk-in freezer door to the left of the bar and transported into what seemed like another dimension of reality and invited to become part of the “Ohana,” or family, in this Polynesian paradise!
The room was small, but large enough for all the tribal decor, wooden bar, tables and super colorful bulb like glass fixtures that adorned the ceiling. There was even a sweet water feature on one wall. Customers BEWARE, every 10-15 minutes the mellow vibes of the islands are interrupted by multiple claps of thunder in an audio-visual display of a tropical rainstorm that can’t be missed.
Now, let’s get to the best part of the whole experience, the amazing tropical craft cocktails! Katie and I are both suckers for a crafty cocktail, and the bartenders did not disappoint. Although False Idol does not serve food and does not allow food to be brought in (note to self: come on a full stomach), the menu boasts almost 40 signature cocktails. From your classic Mai Tai, to some crazy named concoctions like Panther’s Fang, Zombie, and Doctor Funk, they mix em’ strong, and they are good up to the last drop. I started with the Doctor Funk, a healthy dose of Jamaican black rum mixed with Herbsaint, grenadine, and fresh lemon and lime. After one of those, I was feeling pretty freaking funky, but opted to also try the Coronado Luau Special. The history of this cocktail is interesting, served between 1949-1969 at the Luau Room Tiki Bar and Restaurant inside of the Hotel Del Coronado. Bet you didn’t think you would be getting a history lesson today, huh?
By far, the hit drink of the night was the Missionaries Downfall, an off menu selection that Katie had the good sense to order. She was looking for something Mojito-like, and this minty thirst quenching beauty was awesome! Too bad in the moment, I forgot to ask what exactly was in the drink, or did I (damn you Dr. Funk!) Anyway, good times and heart felt laughter were had by all that evening. You cannot go wrong with a visit to False Idol, a truly buzz worthy establishment.