Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
February 23, 2013
A mid-20th century icon of tiki style, the Tonga Room is in the historic Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill. Its lagoon -- the hotel's former basement swimming pool -- sports a floating stage where bands perform amid faux rainstorms. Patrons nosh on Pacific Rim fare such as Mongolian beef, Singapore noodles and orange chicken. Tiki drinks are elaborate, brightly colored and deadly strong. Happy hour (5-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays) is a great time to visit. $19-$36. 950 Mason St.; (415) 772-5278, http://www.tongaroom.com.