New Tiki Bar Opens at Revamped Craft & Commerce in Little Italy

A brand-new tiki bar has officially opened its doors in Little Italy – tucked inside a popular, newly revamped restaurant

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False Idol/Arlene Ibarra
False Idol, inside Craft & Commerce, offers exotic, Polynesian-inspired cocktails. The 1,000-square-foot tiki bar launched alongside the recent re-opening of Craft & Commerce – now new and improved after a yearlong, multimillion-dollar renovation.
False Idol/Arlene Ibarra
Patrons can access False Idol by stepping through a “secret entrance” within Craft & Commerce. Once inside, guests are taken to a tropical paradise filled with traditional Polynesian elements of fire and ice, including an indoor waterfall and makeshift volcano, plus tiki carving decorations. Located at 675 W. Beech St., the new spot is open daily from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. The cocktail pictured here is the "Coronado Luau Special."
False Idol/John Dole
CH Beverage Director Anthony Schmidt also leads the charge at False Idol. The collection of spirits that fill the bar includes 200+ rare and vintage rums, plus cocktails that pay homage to some long, lost cocktails from past local hotspots, including the “Coronado Luau Special” (formerly of the Luau Room) and Panther’s Fang (formerly of the Barefoot Bar). A punchbowl-style drink – dubbed “Alkala the Fierce” – includes some interactive bells and whistles. When it’s ordered, False Idol’s makeshift volcano décor erupts and some seats rumble and shake.
False Idol/Kelly Puleio
At the helm of False Idol is Martin Cate – formerly of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco – and a well-known authority on rum and the tiki cocktail trend in the restaurant industry.
False Idol/Arlene Ibarra
Cate was tapped to create the cocktail menu, which includes 36 tropical creations, many made with rare rums. This is the "Pearl Diver."
Craft & Commerce
The revamp of Craft & Commerce brings an all-new menu created by Executive Chef Ted Smith, including housemade pastas, veggie-focused shareable plates and slow-cooked meats (including porkchops, quail and steaks) complemented by sides made on the eatery’s custom wood-fired grill, such as Fire-Roasted Eggplant Dip, Grilled Oysters, Bone Marrow and Roasted Carrots, to name a few. Dinner at Craft & Commerce is offered daily starting at 5 p.m.; the restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday until midnight, and until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
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