Tropical Club, 1958 - dpoa4.024 1

The Tropical Club was a bar with dancing at 389 - 12th St. across from the St. Mark Hotel, open from 1942 to at least 1967. Jack Harris was the bandleader for a number of years. 3

The club was opened September 11, 1942 by George Drummond. 2 Some undated ephemera lists George Drummond and Joey Tiexiera. It appears the bar changed hands numerous times after that. It appears to have gone downhill in the late 1960s, when it began posting classifieds to hire go go girls. 4

1943 ad 3

Owner Years


George Drummond 1942-  
Joey Tiexiera unknown ref
Tex McCay 1949- ref
Jim Wylie 1950- ref
Joseph De Sousa 1955- ref
Michael Satsonis 1963- ref

Links and References

  1. Downtown Property Owners Collection Oakland History Room, Oakland Public Library
  2. opening ad Oakland Tribune September 11, 1942
  3. ad Oakland Tribune February 26, 1943
  4. classified ad Oakland Tribune March 5, 1967