Why ‘cheesebikini?’

March 27th, 2006


This site has nothing to do with cheese.

This site has nothing to do with bikinis.

This site’s title arose from a misunderstanding.


During the late 1990s I worked in San Jose, California. One night I joined a group of officemates for an after-work beer. After a few minutes of preliminary chit-chat we lapsed into our favorite after-work-beer conversation subject: the lack of cultural activity in Silicon Valley.

Although it’s overflowing with wealthy, intelligent young people, Silicon Valley is almost completely devoid of audiences who seek original music, art, and so on. During the 90s, Silicon Valley people just didn’t go out. Everyone seemed to spend 60-plus hours each week staring into computer screens at work. They spent their remaining time staring into computer screens at home. For the most part. (Once in a while they’d take in a Hollywood blockbuster at the local megaplex, which was considered a hedonistic dive into the dangerous fringes of the nightlife world.)

On this particular night I said, “I’m tired of driving to San Francisco every weekend. Can anyone name a single place in Silicon Valley where we can count on seeing original live music, on taking part in any form of culture that’s not mass-produced, imported and sterilized?”

Tara Murphy said, “There’s always Cheese Bikini Bar.”

Amazed, two of us repeated that name in unison. Tara quickly corrected us. She’d really said “T’s Bikini Bar,” but that’s not what it sounded like in the loud bar.


Tara explained that T’s Bikini Bar was essentially a strip club without the “strip,” where bikini-clad women pranced around and snatched dollar bills from desperate software engineers.

Tara’s joke: If they can’t even get strip clubs right, what can you expect in the way of art and music?

We were all horrified and amazed by this new term “cheese bikini.” Even the grizzled bartender was disturbed. The next day when we discussed the phrase at work, a few folks overheard and asked, “What’s cheesebikini?” Most of our officemates just shivered at thought of it as they hurried past. But nobody forgot it.


So I returned to my office cubicle and registered the domain name.

And that was that.

– Sean

12 Responses to “Why ‘cheesebikini?’”

  1. comment number 1 by: arena

    I thought it was a blog name derived from a burning man costume.

  2. comment number 2 by: Charlie

    Certainly is memorable! Me, I visualized an actual bikini made of cheese. Sort of a low-carb edible underwear type deal.

  3. comment number 3 by: Colonel Angus

    After seeing the name of your site I just had to get my girlfriend and a bottle of spreadable cheese and create the “cheesebikin”

  4. comment number 4 by: Zaphod_fl

    As for Colonel Angus… YOU ROCK…

    Personally … I like the name … However what it had to do with Flash Mobs (which is what I was searching on) made me look at this post…


  5. comment number 5 by: Tim

    Perfection! The randomness of conversations. A buddy of mine registered because it came up in a convo once.

    (No, it’s not a pr0n site, but there’s actually one using the term as a host name now. LOL)

  6. comment number 6 by: Prancer

    String cheese bikini.

  7. comment number 7 by: carla

    you are very clever!

  8. comment number 8 by: Anton

    Now, I understand… from My quest : Why? Hahaha Cool Man!

  9. comment number 9 by: Lorenzo

    It sound like the best possible use of ‘Easy Cheese’, Kraph Fuuds yellow sealant goo in a pressurized can. “Don’t move Honey, I want this to look good”. Yum.

  10. comment number 10 by: leftymarine

    nice story…too bad about culture and the south bay though…

  11. comment number 11 by: missy Vinyl

    great name either way, funny as well…but im still sad about there not being any acutal cheese..

  12. comment number 12 by: agent 9

    dear cheese; thak you for picking my fot as one of your favorites plees sen me the ladest emale adriss of danrnger radgner. your pal anget 9

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