Why build a tiki themed bar in your shed Cap’n? Good question.
Most guys have their own little “man cave” whether it be room in their house, a corner of their garage or, like me, the WHOLE garage! The Mahi Mahi Room is a dream become reality for me. Several years ago I decided I wanted to build a bar in the shed but as I started to plan I was stuck with what sort of theme I wanted. After a little searching on the internet I fell in love with the “tiki bar” theme. I was hooked.
Those that have known me for a while understand I love to entertain and host as much as I love spending time with friends having a few drinks. At the end of the week I love to unwind with a quiet drink but the pubs have become too expensive. That, and as I get older I’ve found I just don’t enjoy the pub scene as much as I used to.
One of the things about “tiki” is that a tiki bar is never finished, and I’ve still got so much to do, so it’s a great hobby to keep me amused for years to come. Hey, some people collect stamps, I’ve chosen to build a tiki bar.
I also live a few minutes out of town which means I can afford to have a larger than usual shed, so why not build a man cave? By spending about as much as I would on a decent holiday, I now have somewhere I can use to unwind and entertain friends every single week. Whether it’s a few quiet Mai Tai’s at the bar, a friendly game of pool or even a game of cards while we watch the footy there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy at The Mahi Mahi Room.
Of course there is plenty of music to keep everyone amused I mean, what good is a bar without some rockin’ tunes? But every time I go to a party/get together at someone’s place there are issues with the music. Either there are one or two “jukebox nazis” or the host plays music that they like with no consideration for their guests.
When I built the Mahi Mahi Room I wanted to make sure that I didn’t have those problems so I built a touch-screen jukebox into the bar allowing guests to pick the music. But to make sure any jukebox nazis didn’t hijack it I made sure that the queue couldn’t have more than a few of any particular artist/band at any given time as well as making the queue shuffle after each song has played. This way, whether there was 1 or 100 songs in the queue guests could have their song play next or not for several hours making it fair for all.
I spent a long time and plenty of money to accumulate over 7000 songs. Most of the music is guitar driven rock of various types, especially Aussie stuff, but there is plenty of variety to keep anyone who turns up happy. Just don’t expect any Justin Beiber or Katy Perry type stuff and you’ll be right. I actually have an open challenge that goes something like “if you can’t find an hours worth of music on the jukebox that you like…then you don’t like music”.
I’ll be showcasing plenty of my favourite songs from the jukebox here on the blog so take your time and enjoy the tunes. Hopefully you get some enjoyment out of them whilst you put up with me dribbling on about all sorts of other garbage