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Oakland-Invented Mai Tai Gets its Day

August 30 will be declared Mai Tai Day in Oakland.


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Courtesy of Trader Vic's

Good news for the group of Tiki-enthusiasts trying to make the Mai Tai the official drink of Oakland. According to team Mai Tai publicist Will "The Thrill" Viharo, Sunday, August 30 will be declared Mai Tai Day in Oakland—the tropical drink was actually invented at the original Trader Vic's on San Pablo Avenue by owner Victor Bergeron.

The official proclamation will be read by its sponsor, Oakland councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, in-person at The Conga Lounge. The Rockridge Tiki bar is owned by brothers Mano and Michael Thanos, who started the Mai Tai the effort—based on a similar campaign in New Orleans—two years ago. The Oakland effort is still on track, according to Viharo, who said Oakland's city council will consider a meaure to officially name the city's drink the Mai Tai following their summer recess.

The party runs from 5–10 p.m. at The Conga Lounge, 5422 College Ave (above Cafe Rustica), Oakland, (510) 463-2681, congalounge.com.

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