This is my favorite Mai Tai recipe from Trader Vic's. Who first created it is a long-held debate. Donn Beach (a former Depression-era bootlegger) opened a Polynesian tiki bar, Don The Beachcomber Café, in San Francisco in 1933. In the late 1930s, Victor J. Bergeron opened another Polynesian restaurant in San Francisco, Trader Vic's. It was very popular, and many more Trader Vic's opened up throughout the west. Both claim to have created the Mai Tai. But there were more Trader Vic's at the height of their success, which gave it an edge in being credited as the creator of the Mai Tai cocktail.