If you’re a fan of tiki bars and submarines, you won’t want to miss the Acey Deucey Club. By no shock, this themed pop-up bar has taken social media by storm. The bar combines the ambiance of a submarine with the fun, playful atmosphere of a tiki bar. Not to mention, it offers guests a different way to enjoy a bar setting. But is worth the hype? Are the reviews honest?
About the Acey Deucey Club
Originally started in downtown San Diego, the Acey Deucey Club is now a pop-up bar in Los Angeles for a limited time. The decor features:
- vintage-looking posters on the walls
- custom-designed uniforms worn by the staff
- portholes with video of your “undersea” adventure
- captain and crew quarters
- and tiki themed aestehtic
The bar’s decor is inspired by submarines, with portholes, periscopes, and other nautical elements throughout the space. The tiki aspect is evident in the tropical cocktails, which are served in fun, themed glasses. Although it is a pop-up bar, there is some good news! More locations are in the works! On their website, it looks as though Houston, Phoenix, and San Francisco are all in the “Waitlist” phase.
How to experience this unique bar?
To experience the Acey Deucey Club, you’ll need to purchase a ticket in advance via their website. Tickets are sold in two-hour time slots, and come as VIP or general admission. What is included depends on the ticket you get. Guests can choose between VIP or General Admission. Ticket prices vary depending on the day and time, so be sure to check the website for the most up-to-date information. Once you’ve purchased your ticket, you’ll be ready to enter this “underwater” adventure.
An honest review
Having experienced this submarine tiki bar on the VIP level, it isn’t much better than the general admission. The first “perk” of the VIP ticket is priority entry. However when I went, they were actually letting in a few people from the VIP line, and then switching to a few from the general admission line. Since many people had purchased the VIP ticket, most of the general admission people were already inside before I even got through the door. Not really priority entry if you ask me. By the time I got inside it was already 10 minutes past the start of the experience.
With the VIP ticket, you get four drinks. Now for a 90-minute experience, four drinks is A LOT. Even more so because these drinks were strong! And I am not much of a drinker so I didn’t really get to finish any of them. I will say though that the live musical entertainment was incredible though! The staff was extremely talented.
In the middle of the experience, they do give guests some time to explore the venue. But, at least for the San Diego venue, there isn’t much to explore. And even if there was, they don’t give you too entirely much time to do so.
Lastly at the very end of the experience, VIP guests also receive a commemorative glass. However, at least for my experience, they cut the show early by about 15 minutes.
Between getting in later than the majority of the crowd, not really having enough time to enjoy all the beverages, and feeling like the experience was cut short, I was not thrilled by the VIP ticket. I would go back if there was more venue to explore, and even then I would only be willing to pay for the general admission ticket.
The future of unique pop-up bars in San Diego
Themed pop-up bars are becoming increasingly popular in demand, and it’s not hard to see why. In a world where social media reigns supreme, people are looking for unique and Instagram-worthy experiences to share with their followers. Themed pop-up bars offer just that, with immersive environments that transport guests to another world. But it’s not just about the photo-ops. Themed pop up bars also offer a chance to escape from the mundane and have some fun with friends.
So if you’re looking for a unique and immersive experience that combines the ambiance of a submarine with the fun and playful atmosphere of a tiki bar, the Acey Deucey Club should be considered. Just be sure to purchase the general admission ticket!
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