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“Like family”
Review of Crusher Bar - CLOSED

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Wow the Crusher Bar is still here. Upon our arrival on Aitutaki in August of 1992 we saw a kid drive by in an old-school dune buggy. Being kids ourselves we said "wow how cool!!" We were staying at a small hotel near their location that seems to no longer exist. We rented a car, apparently the only rental car on the island, for a day (driving on the left with the stick shift on the left!) and when we got back to our hotel the car rental guy said an important chief from another island was visiting and he needed the car back and gave us back our money. The people at the hotel (who were already treating us like family) called the Crusher to come get us for dinner and guess who shows up to get us? The kid in the dune buggy! We had met him the day before at the bar at our hotel and drank beers with him but we didn't know the dune buggy was his. So we all said HEY! and jumped in the dune buggy and went to the Crusher. His name was Dex and he, his dad, mom and sister ran and lived at the Crusher. Dex was home from school in New Zealand, was around our age and looking for fun like we were. Turns out his mom was visiting family on New Zealand so his dad and his sister were running the whole dinner/show thing themselves and dad seemed a bit exhausted. So after one or two songs on the guitar my companion told dad "hey I play a bit of guitar myself" (a massive understatement) and took the guitar from dad. The room had filled with a few more people, mostly islanders, so my companion, now on stage with the guitar asked "any requests?" Well you'll never guess what they all said: "Stairway To Heaven". Really??? ha ha Hey we love Zeppelin as much as the next guy but AREN'T YOU SICK OF THAT SONG BY NOW? No? um... ok so he played the whole thing. And then proceeded to take requests and play the rest of the night. "Overture" from The Who Tommy, and what have you. Making everyone sing along where vocals were required. It was awesome. Dex's dad was so grateful. He may even have comped our meals, as I remember. A little later in the night we hear a scream from the kitchen. We all run in and this giant centipede had turned up. The kind of bug you only find in a remote place like this. It was about 8 inches long. Scared the hoohah out of Dex's sister who was cooking, but Dex took a long stick, pierced the centipede, impaled it in to the wall, and showed for the rest of the evening how if you run your fingers along its many legs they all move in unison... for the rest of the night. Back at our hotel room a cockroach the size of New Jersey turned up in my bathing suit hanging in the bathroom. Three more just slightly smaller also in the general vicinity. The neighbors the next day said they heard me scream. Our hotel "lei'ed" me with a real handmade lei of real flowers the morning we were leaving and Dex rode out on his dirtbike to the dirt runway to wait for the plane with us (I guess everyone knows the plane schedules) and let me ride his bike. I never even put my shoes on for that flight - the first and only time I ever boarded a plane barefoot and flew barefoot, wearing a genuine lei, no less. Rarotonga was more of a put-your-shoes-on kind of place. But there we met Marsters from Palmerston Atoll, saw the President make a speech, and saw incredible dance contests by Islanders from every island in the Cooks, celebrating Cook Islands Independence day. When we got home we shipped Dex's dad a fresh set of guitar strings cause his were just spent....... Loved these guys. Hope they're reading this!!!
P.S. Fresh tuna steaks and salads were the basic foods on all of Aitutaki. Once in a while a pig was cook in an emu in the ground and that was amazing. Also the restaurant across the street had curried octopus, two things I never thought I'd eat: curry and octopus. But of course delicious, because so fresh. Everyone eats together and bows their head for a prayer before every meal. Well at least back then they did. And daytime the only food was fish sandwiches and banana bread - on Rarotonga too. If you didn't like fish or bananas you were in big trouble. I wonder if things have changed much.....

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Reviewed 25 January 2014

If you are visiting another country then get into the local scene to expand your horizons.

Crusher Bar is heaps of fun (very safe, no drunks or abuse of any kind)

1  Thank Fingalickingood
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

We went to Crushers twice during our 3 night stay on Aitutaki!
Wednesday night was pretty quiet - though we were quite early as we were booked for 7.30 dinner at Paradise Cove where we were staying.
Good prices at happy hour though!
Thursday night we went back again. Bit later this time but probably still too early for most of the locals! It was Karaoke night!
My husband went on the karaoke 2x - lots of fun.
Very laid back. Everyone here is friendly and happy. :)

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1  Thank KPwhanau
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

Crusher was right up the street from Paradise Cove, where we were staying, so we just followed the music until we found it. The owner is a real sweetheart who made us feel right at home and let us in on a lot of the local spots to go to. I even ended up tending bar there on my last night. if you go, tell Riki that Linda said "Hi". Crusher is not a restaurant anymore, but a bar/nightclub that the locals frequent on Friday and Saturday nights. They are extremely friendly and it is a great way to get to know people.

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2  Thank Linda B
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Reviewed 5 September 2014
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