Mai-Kai Weekend

April 24-25th 2020

To Attend:

  • Fill out the registration form so we can make your Mai-Kai dinner reservation and keep you informed.
  • You must call the hotel to make a reservation. See info below. Online the hotel is full because we have blocked it for the event.

This weekend “event” was proposed as an opportunity to get some of our non-Tiki friends to experience the Mai-Kai for the first time. In that vein, we’d hope you will attend and invite some of your Tiki-curious friends as well.

We have held events large and small for at the Mai-Kai for nearly 20 years, but what we’d really like to do is have our close friends there to share the experience.

What we’re proposing is a weekend of both planned group activities and free time for you to do whatever you might want. The costs are just whatever things cost. No ticket or anything like that. We have a vintage hotel we love and we can occupy all of the rooms to have just our group around the pool, etc. Of course, you can stay wherever you want, but we will try to have gatherings at the main hotel. Mai-Kai cocktail expert Jim Hayward will help mix up drinks for a room party, and one man lounge/surf band Skinny Jimmy Stingray we hope can join us poolside..

Jim’s Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide is a deep dive into the history and flavors of every drink on the menu. It’s worth a browse to orient yourself.

The emphasis for the weekend would be on the Mai-Kai, of course, Friday and Saturday evenings, with special behind-the-scenes tours and other things Tim can arrange. They will let us in early so Tim can give a walking history tour of the empty restaurant (including the awesome bathrooms and offices). They do a full dinner show with an award-winning Polynesian Islander dance revue.

You can do some walking tours around the hotel area which is loaded with great MCM homes and apartment buildings. We’d go out on the water taxi for a cheap, fun tour of the luxury homes and sites. We’d visit our friend Marina’s mermaid troupe at the B Ocean Hotel’s Wreck Bar.

There are inexpensive flights available to Fort Lauderdale and Miami. If flying into Miami, you can take the Brightline train to Fort Lauderdale for about $15 and it’s only about a 30-minute ride. Or fly into Miami and out of Fort Lauderdale as we did in December.

Weekend Hotel Info


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Victoria Park Hotel WEBSITE

NOTE: The hotel requires a one night non-refundable deposit for your reservation.

To reserve your room call 754 888-5002 and tell them you are with the "Tim Swanky" group. If you get transferred to a main North Beach Village number, ask to be transferred to the Victoria Park as this will make life easier for the group event.

The confirmation email may not show the discount rate, but it will get amended and resent.

We have stayed at this hotel many times and held an event here before. It is very nicely renovated in modern style. They have a lobby bar with some food options.

We get a 20% discount on the room rate. All 32 rooms are blocked for us until March 15th. Please book your room now to help get us the whole hotel!

  • 4  queen rooms 1 queen bed smallest room $249.00 a night, Discount 20% $199.20 a night
  • 13 and 1 Handicap (14)  King room 1 king bed and a pull out sofa. $259.00 a night, Discount 20% $207.20 a night
  •  14  2 queen beds Pull out sofa bed and 2 queen beds $279.00 a night, Discount 20% $223.20 a night

1 night deposit required.

Weekend Registration Form

If you want others to get our update emails, put the addresses here.
Full names of everyone in your party, regardless of whether they are staying at the Victoria Park. This is for your Mai-Kai dinner reservation, etc.

Weekend Schedule

Tentative Schedule:

Friday the 24th

4PM – Mai-Kai Happy Hour

Dinner break

7PM Mermaid Show at the B Ocean

Dinner break

9PM – ? – Socializing at hotel. "Room party" with cocktails by Jim Hurricane Hayward and music by the pool. TBA

Saturday the 25th

3PM - Private Mai-Kai walking tour. See the building in detail from front to offices, even the amazing restrooms, with historical commentary by Tim.

Mai-Kai Walking Tour website PASSWORD: walk

4PM – Happy Hour in Molokai.

5PM – Begin seating for show

6:30 – Dinner show

9PM? – Hotel socializing

Activity Suggestions
  • Walk around the neighborhood - The hotel is surrounded by MCM hotels and homes. Wandering around the area is a real treat. Ideally go over to Tranquilo, a North Beach Village sister hotel, park and walk back to the Manhattan Tower and then back around to the Birch Tower and just wander around.
  • Mermaid Show at the B Ocean Wreck Bar - Thursday is a male aqua burlesque event, which is very popular (arrive early) and Friday, Saturday (7PM) and Sunday is the regular mermaid show. A small place, so plan to get there early to get a seat. The bar itself is cool.
  • Water Taxi Tour - A nice way to get out on the water and see how the rich and famous live. They give commentary on points and houses of interest. Stop 7 at the GalleryOne DoubleTree on Sunrise is a 15 minute walk from the hotel.
  • Bonnet House - A 1920 estate, preserved along the ocean. It even has a pre-Tiki bamboo bar (and stuffed monkeys).
  • Old Ghosts Odditorium - Is a funky shop filled with vintage sideshow banners and various weird and creepy things.
  • Wolfsonian Museum - Miami Beach Art Deco museum. Really amazing place. Ask us for parking suggestions. And if you are going to Miami Beach, we suggest rolling up the windows and playing some nice lounge or cool jazz to just look at the cool Deco buildings and drown out the club music.
  • McKirahan Tour  - This is a list of interesting buildings in Fort Lauderdale also designed by Mai-Kai architect Charles McKirahan.
Dining Suggestions

Dining suggestion:

There are a few restaurants that are walking distance from the hotel. Head to Sunrise and just across that street are a few places and also around the Gateway theater. There is also a 24hr restaurant there.

Lester’s Diner is great and popular.

The Floridian Diner on Las Olas.

Peter Pan Diner Oakland Park open 24 hours

Don Arturo’s Old Cuban place

Old Heidelberg

Rustic Inn Crabhouse

Cap’s Place – A short boat ride away…

3 thoughts on “Mai-Kai Weekend

  • October 11, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Beth and I were lucky enough to attend Tim and Stephanie’s last small group weekend at the Mai Kai when we celebrated Tim’s book release. It was a wonderful way to experience the Mai Kai with a handful of friends and it remains one of my fondest memories of the Mai Kai. We will be there again for sure! Yip Yip

  • January 27, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    This sounds lovely and I’m not planning to attend any of the bigger Florida events this year! I’ll see if I can make it work! Thanks for inviting me!


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