Mai-Tais and Suicide, Is it Bad?

Trader Dick's, John Ascuaga's Nugget, Sparks, Nevada

One of my favorite spots was Trader Vics at the Beverly Hilton. It used to be a very Sinatra Beverly Hills crowd, but then the other group, producers and prostitutes, found it. Unfortunately, it was recently updated. Why, I don’t know. I guess it was on the verge of being very cool, so time to make it tasteful. At the other end of the spectrum is Trader Dicks at the Nugget in Sparks, Nevada. It’s amazingly cheesy in a 1980s porn movie way. I actually love it more. If you are looking for an evening of serious career alcoholic drinking with mai-tais, this is the place. This is dangerous, though. You can either revel in the plastic flower, velveteen booth, and fried pupu platter wonderfulness, or it can go the other way. If you are the type who drinks and has crying jags, this atmosphere may lead to the most depressing evening of your life. But it’s Reno, and a gamble as to whether the night ends with hilarity or an intentional overdose.

Trader Dick's, Sparks Nevada, postcard, 1950s

Trader Dick's mugs

Trader Vic's, Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills

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3 Responses to “Mai-Tais and Suicide, Is it Bad?”

  1. allison Says:

    What memories… decades ago my mother’s parents hosted my dad’s mother at the NYC Trader Vic’s for THE “meet the in-laws dinner”. It was an auspicious start to a relationship that quickly devolved to something more akin to Trader Dick’s. Now Trader Vic’s is gone from NYC, and so are my grandparents.. but the stories remain. xoxo to them all.

  2. allison Says:

    What memories… decades ago my mother’s parents hosted my dad’s mother at the NYC Trader Vic’s for THE “meet the in-laws dinner”. It was an auspicious start to a relationship that quickly devolved to something more akin to Trader Dick’s. Now Trader Vic’s is gone from NYC, and so are my grandparents.. but the stories remain. xoxo to them all.

  3. Sean Says:

    That sounds like fun, the beginning of a “Days of Wine and Roses” relationship!