where every month we create a unique T-Shirt that will be available for Pre-Order only.
CHRISTIAN'S HUT - BALBOA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA IS OUR
DECEMBER T-SHIRT OF THE MONTH
Christian's Hut opened on Catalina Island in 1935, as a bar for the crew working on the film “Mutiny on the Bounty.” The bar was located right under Clark Gable's room and was named after Clark Gable’s character in the film.
After filming was completed, owners Art LaShelle and Joe Guido moved the operation (in name only) to to Balboa Island in Newport Beach in a building that was the old Southern Seas Club. They draped the building with netting, added a dock, and introduced the Tahitian-style restaurant Christian’s Hut. The sand-floored ground-level bar was frequented by the likes of Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart and Fred MacMurray. Their bouncer, Don Vaughn invented a new concept in throwing out unruly customers; he carried them out to the end of the pier and threw them into the bay.
The mascot for Christian's Hut was "the Goof," whose genesis is not known; it was basically just a funny-looking head that topped the building. The Goof can now be seen atop Bali Hai in San Diego.
There were a handful of other locations that were never as popular as the original on Balboa Island. Unfortunately, Christian's Hut burned down in 1963 and the site is now home to the Newport Towers condominiums.
This is available for Pre-Order until November 30th and will be produced and shipped by mid December.
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The Reviews are In!
Frank E. - Subscription Club Member
These shirts are a joy. Every month brings something that is worth getting. The stories are almost as good as the shirts.
Kevin G. - Subscription Club Member
Great fitting shirt with quality art. I enjoyed the included history "fact sheet" of the Tiki Bar that is illustrated on the shirt!
Christopher S. - The Tropics
The shirt looks fantastic. Has very comfortable material and fits great.
Wayne S. - The Tropics
Quality of shirt and printing is always great! And the company is great to work with! Highly recommend! Thanks tiki of the month club!!
Jen B. - Subscription Club Member - The Makai Room - One of my favorites so far! This is my 5th purchase from Tiki Bar T-shirt Club and by far my favorite. Getting a little note about the history of the location is the icing on the cake. I only wish I could take time machine back to this place in its heyday. The reproduction of the art is just perfect. Love it!
Woody of WoodyMillerArt.com - Cannibal Cocktail Lounge - Great design, love this shirt!
Kurt B. - Subscription Club Member - I love the Tiki Bar T-shirt Club. It's always great to get a T-shirt in the mail from an old-school defunct tiki bar. Many of these closed spots are from the middle of the country so they haven't gotten the attention that larger tiki temples have received. It comes with a brief history of the spot. Oh and the tees are super comfortable.
Christopher S. - Waikiki Room - Not only does the shirt have a great design and look great but is so comfortable too. The material that's used is very comfortable and soft. I love this shirt. It's my first one but will not be my last!!
Jane S. - The Outrigger - I can't say enough good things, but I will try...the t-shirts are a bargain with their unique design and quality of seams and fabric. It's also really fun to see what design is coming next. It's Christmas every month!
Michael J. - Subscription Club Member - Great design, great fit. Already a regular in my closet
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