Food & Drink
Oak Hills Tavern: The Med Center dive will lift your spirits, too
Published: July 3, 2013
“I wanted something interactive and fun,” Zombi tells me. “I want to bring that nostalgia but also show what is new and fresh.”
I’m intrigued by this concept of nostalgia. I press further. “What is your earliest memory of Madonna? What drew you to her?”
“The provocative ‘Open Your Heart’ video was running on MTV. Her private peep show/striptease stuck in my head as a child,” Zombi says. “I knew it was taboo and loved it for that quality.”
Mr. Angotti and I sit outside with our fifth or sixth beer. I hear the sound of a screeching saxophone and I’m transported back to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Those familiar with the movie The Lost Boys would recognize it as the song “I Still Believe,” in which a bare-chested man sings between playing the sax and gyrating. I run inside. DJ Mighty Iris laughs, pleased that I catch her joke. I realize why the patrons here are happy. There is nostalgia, certainly, but there is no scene, no one to impress, and that’s incredibly freeing.
“That’s how I felt when I first started going to Oak Hills,” Iris says. “It’s always a good time. You go in, and leave with three new friends.”
I may have found a new favorite bar and a few new friends.
Oak Hills Tavern
3pm-2am Mon-Fri, 6pm-2am Sat,