In 1944 after success with several exotic drinks, a bit of serendipity happened that would not only place Trader Vic at the forefront of cocktail mixology, but would also earn him a place in history. That day in Oakland, The Trader pulled down a bottle of 17 year old Jamaican Rum, added a squeeze of lime, a dash of rock candy syrup, a splash of orange curacao, some French Orgeat and poured the concoction over cracked ice. He handed to a friend visiting from Tahiti who immediately exclaimed, “It’s Mai Tai Roa Ae!” (Tahitian for “Out of this world- The Best”), and the first Mai Tai was born- Paradise in a Glass.
Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge
A modern spin on a classic concept, featuring a bevy of signature cocktails, tasty bites, and live entertainment. We believe that preparing food can be just as entertaining as eating it. You can count on fresh ingredients from around the globe that sizzle and sear to create deliciously-prepared small plates & bar bites; a satisfying alternative to a full meal, whether you’re dining for one or sharing among friends. Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge is an oasis for the adventuresome and a place to be seen.
This reimagined version of Vic’s original Señor Pico features modern California-Mexican cuisine in a casual atmosphere that combines with a vibrant experience inspired by the mercados in Mexico. The lively and entertaining atmosphere creates an energy that you feel right when you walk in the door – we believe that food is fuel for the fiesta, and you of course, should never ever leave thirsty!