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March 17, 2014, 4:26 PM
this bar has seen better days, all the great bar tenders have left . i will not go back . it looks cool but the drinks are watered down and the bar tender is a speed freak.

Tiki Lounge, Pittsburgh
March 16, 2014, 8:36 PM
So, I'm proud to say that last Thursday was SIX MONTHS of South Seas Thursday! Every Thursday, from 4-9 (Soon to be 4-10!), I make the finest craft tiki drinks around! Fresh squeezed juices, hand-made syrups & liqueurs, and only the best classic recipes, along with new favorites and original recipes. Alongside Greta the Grass Skirt Goddess, shaking next to me, and Zombo DJ'ing only the best tunes, South Seas Thursday is not to be missed!

March 10, 2014, 9:44 PM
Tiki Lee's has relocated again.

Main Street America Antique Mall
1400 S. Main Street
Las Vegas, NV 89104

702-476-1400
www.facebook.com/TikiLeesTikiShop

Monday to Saturday: 10 AM to 7 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 5 PM

Headhunters, Austin
January 26, 2014, 8:26 PM
Closed and turned into "Metal and Lace Steampunk Bar"

January 15, 2014, 9:26 AM
I saw Mojo Nixon there! It reminded me of a surf shack too.

December 28, 2013, 10:40 AM
My partner and I brought my parents here on a Friday night after reading about it in Weird NJ magazine. My partner and i are big tiki fanatics, but even my parents agreed it was well worth the harrowing 1 hour drive from central jersey. We arrived to a mostly empty house and were cheerily seated in one of the coveted corner booths which are like private thatched huts complete with puffer fish lamps.

There was definitely a language barrier with the old Chinese waiter but the service was attentive. Food was good and the drinks were plentiful and served in a variety of tiki mugs if not completely authentic. Then flaming pupu platter seemed to be the most popular dish but we went with more traditional entrees.

The decor was pretty great. Two waterfalls, lots of primary color tiki masks, fake flowers and bamboo/thatch everywhere. Even the outside of the tangerine builng was fun and retro. The place got fairly crowded and more lively when the mostly too serious live band karaoke began. We moved to the bar with the colorful regulars where the service continued to be acceptable, but maybe a tad slow. The owner Mr. Lee was up and about checking on customers, serving food, and cleaning all night, but happily posed for a picture with us.

Visit and help keep classics like this in business!

Trader Vic's, Chicago
December 6, 2013, 10:48 AM
Although Trader Vic's has sadly left Chicago, there is a new tiki bar in the River North neighborhood that helps fill the void. Three Dots and a Dash (435 N. Clark Street) has a more minimalist décor, but the drinks are fantastic, the appetizers pretty good, and the bartenders knowledgeable and friendly (at least early in the evening, before the place fills up with a non-tiki bar crowd and the servers get overwhelmed). We visited on a Saturday in October and arrived shortly before their 5:00 opening time. There were already a half-dozen tikiphiles lined up. I hope the place lasts long enough for us to drag some of our friends down from Wisconsin.

Chan's Dragon Inn, Ridgefield
October 20, 2013, 11:55 PM
amazing kitschy atmosphere. it is like traveling back in time to the 60's tiki revival. i sat in a cool bamboo booth that overlooked the dining room which was hung with outrigger canoes and facing a wall of illuminated pictures of hawaiian scenes.
attentive service without being annoying.
I had the hot & sour soup which was good but unremarkable and the chef's special chicken, which wasn't as spicy as i would have liked, despite ordering it extra spicy it was just like regular sesame chicken.
the drinks were very good. the best being the mai-tai and zombie. i also had the pineapple paradise which was ok, but it was served in a pineapple shaped glass, and the scorpion bowl which was also served in a vintage bowl.
looking forward to coming back and trying more food and drinks next time i am in the area.

Trader Vic's, Emeryville
September 29, 2013, 11:18 PM
Love Trader Vics and this location. 2nd to the original. Food and drink quality are fantastic. Since this is 2nd to the original location, you are waliking into poly-pop Tiki history. Cant wait to come back. Aloha!!!!

Restaurant Tahiti, Chateauguay
September 4, 2013, 8:38 AM
Unfortunately, this was recently renovated, in a bland cafeteria-style look. None of the original decor remains. Only the structure lets you imagine what it once was. An absolute shame.

Mahiki, London
August 26, 2013, 4:54 PM
My husband and I tried to visit on August 20, 2013. We went early, to avoid the high-end nightclub scene. Their website said they open at 6:00 p.m. They also advertise a new "Rock Lobsta" restaurant. When we got there, we were told that only the restaurant was opening at 6:00; the bar would open at 10:00 "because we're a nightclub also." We punted and went to Trader Vic's instead.

Tonga Room, San Francisco
August 14, 2013, 3:11 AM
This is an exotic feast for the eyes. Average to good cocktails. They have a new Chef that is creating amazing food. This is a must see. San Fransisco is so lucky to have this historic Tiki room.

Kahiki, Barcelona
August 2, 2013, 12:51 AM
Stopped in since it's a block away from my favorite Korean restaurant in Barcelona. I liked it. The gentlemen working there were very friendly, and service was a bit better than at Kahala. Sure, the Tiki vibe wasn't as great, but there was still plenty to look at. The bamboo factor was off the charts! Cool little enclaves to sit in and enjoy the drinks. I liked it.

Kahala, Barcelona
August 1, 2013, 4:13 AM
In town for the FINA World Swimming Championships, and dropped by this place last night. Pretty great décor. Was with people who aren't necessarily Tiki fanatics, so I didn't get to fully appreciate the experience.

Other reviewer was correct in that this bar isn't close to the main drag of the tourist parts of Barcelona, but it's worth a visit. We took a taxi, and the driver even made a wrong turn or two (even with the exact address in hand). Drinks were a little on the fruity/heavy syrup side for me, including the Mai Tai. Didn't seem like much alcohol. My friends noted that they felt 'full' after drinking two. You'd probably be able to do a several drinks without getting too tipsy at all. The cups the drinks came in were amazing. I bought one......

July 31, 2013, 7:27 AM
Website: http://cufra.pt/?page_id=254

Rock-a-Tiki, Berlin
July 30, 2013, 11:28 AM
Rock-A-Tiki and five other stores have been folded into a new combined store called Class of Berlin.

Class of Berlin
Große Hamburger Straße 19a
10115 Berlin, Germany
http://www.classofberlin.com/

I never saw the original Rock-A-Tiki, but I found virtually nothing tiki at all about this new combined store. You will miss nothing by skipping it.

Tiki Room, Stockholm
July 30, 2013, 1:04 AM
Still going strong after 11 years! Here's the new website: http://www.tikiroomstockholm.se/

Painkiller, New York
July 30, 2013, 12:35 AM
Location is no longer open.

July 27, 2013, 10:41 AM
About three years ago, Suzi's moved to a new location. It's a ginormous improvement. An upstairs lounge with three bars, upper and lower patios overlooking the river, and even a gift shop all make Suzi's impressive. It remains an eclectic mix of tiki, rockabilly and beer garden, but hey, when in Rome...

Don the Beachcomber, Huntington Beach
July 24, 2013, 7:24 AM
Just back from visit, out from North Carolina with friends. We had planned 1 afternoon stop, which turned into a 3 in day in a row! Bartender Vinnie is a jewel, very accomodating and even arranged food before they were quite open yet. Made the Sat Tiki Marketplace. Can't say enough about Don's.

July 24, 2013, 7:10 AM
Visited May 2103,on a tuesday. Incredible. Is a bit hard to find, but be persitent - well worth it. Food, drinks etc great. The Hawaiian Piano music just added to the experience. Go early.

Tiki No, North Hollywood
July 22, 2013, 11:03 AM
Tiki No's decor and ambiance are incredible. Drinks are ok but its worth it just to see the place. So cool!!! Will be back.

Damon's, Glendale
July 22, 2013, 11:00 AM
Damon's Hawaiian Decor is incredible. Made a visit last weekend and it all remains the same. I loved going in there and just checking it out.

Royal Hawaiian, Laguna Beach
July 22, 2013, 10:55 AM
Did some urban archaeology last weekend and stopped by this place. So sad to see it shut down. People loved the Royal Hawaiian.

Billy's at the Beach, Newport Beach
July 22, 2013, 10:50 AM
Paid my visit to Billy's and it was pretty cool. Remodel done by Bamboo Ben is beautiful. As Spike mentioned its got great history and the Tikis by Leroy and the Leetags are awesome.

Tony's on the Pier, Redondo Beach
July 20, 2013, 3:20 PM
Very old school, great views and location, big menu, fair drinks. Everyone enjoyed themselves and will come again.

The Galley, Santa Monica
July 20, 2013, 3:11 PM
The Galley is certainly a nautical more than tiki location but if you are in the area it is not to be missed. It does feel like a bit of history with fair food and drink.

Tiki Lounge, Pittsburgh
July 17, 2013, 3:40 AM
Big things are afoot at the Tiki Lounge, spearheaded by your's truly.

Lakanuki, Mammoth Lakes
July 14, 2013, 10:28 PM
No mugs, not very good tiki drinks, over-priced food and beer. More of a sports bar anyway. It's a mountain resort town and this place is trying to snag tourists.

July 14, 2013, 10:26 PM
It is just as amazing as everyone says. Never a bad drink and never a bad time. The food isn't fantastic, but I don't go for the food. They allow kids until 8pm. So if you parents need a mid-day break from an all day excursion at the parks, maybe the kids need a nap, this is the place to spend a couple of hours.

July 13, 2013, 11:59 PM
The drinks and food are outstanding. Just love the decor and the entire vibe.

July 13, 2013, 11:57 PM
Absolutely love this place! Just walk across the parking lot to the Bali Hai. On sunny days, we thoroughly enjoyed lounging poolside with all the lush tropical plants and tikis surrounding us! So fun to walk the property and discover ALL the tikis there - IMPRESSIVE. Great place to take photos, looks like we went to Hawaii ;) Rooms are spacious, perfect for our family of 4. Only bummer is you can't get a tiki drink in the bar. And you have to walk a bit to get to the bar. Might as well walk to Bali Hai. Or bring your own like we did.

Trader Vic's, Los Angeles
July 13, 2013, 11:50 PM
Love the bar area! Very comfortable little living room setting with plenty of barstools too. Drinks are consistently great, staff is always friendly and the food is yummy. We love that we can have some tasty tiki cocktails with our kids in when we visit LA. Impossible at the Tiki Ti, unless we make them wait in the car. I suppose that's bad parenting, eh? Well, that's we love Trader Vic's LA!

The Tiki Terrace, Des Plaines
July 10, 2013, 5:18 PM
We went back with several friends a couple weeks ago for their new early show (at 5:15 p.m. on Saturdays). The price is lower, and the earlier start time made it more practical for a day-trip from Madison. The place was not full, but there was a respectable crowd. The show was enjoyable. Our drinks varied in quality. The appetizers were good and entrees OK. Unfortunately, since there was another show later, we were hustled out of the place almost as soon as the show ended (and before we could order dessert). We'll have to keep that in mind the next time we go (and maybe put the dessert order in early).

July 5, 2013, 10:58 PM
Forbidden Island has the combination of friendly staff, excellent drinks, great tiki decor and no smoking. My other haunts are the Tiki Ti and Frankie's Tiki Room (Las Vegas) but the smoking kills me. Here the warm caring staff make me feel comfortable and relaxed.

July 5, 2013, 7:12 PM
I visited the AMoNH in June of 2012 and it was great, but why is there no mention on Critiki of the Metropolitan Museum of Art? There is a lovely section on Oceanic/Pacific peoples art which I found quite fascinating as a fan of Tiki. I also could see myself visiting the Met more often than the AMoNH if I were in Manhattan.

July 4, 2013, 10:17 AM
The Bali Hai is very cool. Food is good and the drinks are ok. Plus you get a great view of the entire bay. There is some great history too very the accomplished Tikiphile. Aloha!!!

Tiki Haven, San Francisco
June 29, 2013, 3:02 PM
Was sad to see the Pringles dispenser was gone but they do have a vending machine. We got free drinks because the Sharks won and fan bought everyone a round. My maitai was strong and not so great. Our other drink was ok. Very nice people working there though.

Painkiller, New York
June 18, 2013, 6:11 AM
Sad news, PKNY will close for good around July 22...

May 2, 2013, 6:37 PM
The Journey Is Better Than The Destination:
Disneyland is home to two of the sacred Tiki relics: The Enchanted Tiki Room and the recently restored submarine rides. For decades tikiphiles have made the pilgrimage to this site and imbibed sacrificial cocktails at one of the bar’s in the Disneyland Hotel across the street while riding the monorail between the two. The monorail was a significant link in this routine since it provided an overview of the tawdry excesses always present at Disney’s borders almost since the founding of the park and always during the life of The Enchanted Tiki Room feature. This was not an unpleasant experience because it always felt like you were traveling George Jetson-style between different fantasy worlds in a fantasy vehicle. That has changed over the last two decades. Disney has dramatically expanded its deep sea squid tentacles into the surrounding neighborhood and sunk billions into altering virtually every piece of dirt it owns and all the public property which connects it.
Approaching Disneyland from the west in the afternoon is today, a completely different experience. The tawdriness is still there, but it ends city blocks from the two theme parks and all the associated other features like the Downtown Disney entertainment zone. Once you enter the Disney campus, because that is a closer analogy, you’ve entered one of the world’s great urban formal gardens designed to suck cash from your wallet. It is a vast green oasis/jungle with massive sound and retaining walls which pushes out the various forms of uncontrollable rot past almost all your lines of sight and sound range. You are no longer going to see a crack hooker from anywhere on the monorail. The monorail experience is diminished because you’re overwhelmed by the palm forest and other massive plantings you’re roaring around in. You don’t notice the transport as much because you’re so awestruck by the greenery flying past.
Trader Sam’s, a recent feature tiki bar, replaces older bars and is part of the entirely redone pool area at the expanded Disneyland Hotel complex. It looks fantastic on the outside and drinking/eating on the terrace to absorb the landscaping is the way to go. The Simba parking lot is the closest to the bar, and will still be a 1-2 block walk if you’re not going into the park. Follow the directions of the uniformly cheerful Disney parking cast, especially when they hear you’re looking for the strongest drinks they serve on campus. Once you’re inside the bar, you’re now inside the Denny’s of tiki bars: you’ll be the only one besides the staff wearing an Aloha shirt. Much like Damon’s in Glendale, a favorite haunt of Imagineers, this is a tiki bar you smuggle your own rum into.
All goodwill not withstanding, no tiki bar is worth its name if it stocks ZERO rum from Barbados, Jamaica or the mighty Demerara; and if you’re outside the US, you also better be carrying a Cuban. This is Trader Sam’s, not Trader Vic’s, which has a simple shrine containing the holy triumvirate of El Dorado 12, 15 and 21-year rums. My Zombie-like creation consisted of Bacardi 8, Zaya and a Bacardi 151 float. It gave me a headache. Had nothing been changed besides the rums, it would’ve drank so much better: El Dorado 8 year, Appleton Estate 12 year and Lemon Hart 151 would’ve cost Disney as much. Because it’s union, seniority is everything. Experienced older barmen have to take orders from kids who are pissed off they gave up their good careers as associate managers at Burger King to become Team Disney. Barmen have to humiliate themselves by dispensing frozen slushy mixes and the interior is a poorly thought out mash-up of a tiki bar and food service joint. It succeeds at neither, although I’m sure it meets its numbers in sales generated per square foot.
The interior is remarkably cheap and unattractive; besides a few forgettable gimmicky features. This is a grave insult to Disney’s own remarkable heritage and mountain of proprietary tiki-themed intellectual property. When it is inevitably replaced, it won’t be a missed feature. You’d never guess that dozens of skilled tiki artisans live within a 20 minute ride from this place or that the ocean is ten miles away. Their business is to schlep tiki mugs and service harried parents trying to frolic in the pools below. It shows no touches from that modern tentacle of Disney which seeks to impart knowledge as entertainment ala Disney University. I guess no one thought it was worth the effort to troll through the style guides from The Jungle Book, Tarzan, Finding Nemo, 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea, that whole series about pirates which has made more money than any other franchise in the 21st Century, et al. to bring some proprietary themed ideas inside the bar with food service. Five minutes at the bar jostling with everyone else is enough to see it all. Music’s OK. Go outside and enjoy the magnificent plantings. You’ll be hard-pressed to find 25-30 ft. Birds of Paradise in Hawaii.

April 24, 2013, 8:02 AM
I got the chance to go there a handful of times before they closed. They had the best General Tso's I've ever had. And I've had it in over 20 states.

Tiki Lounge, Pittsburgh
April 24, 2013, 7:54 AM
TIKI TUESDAY! happens here the first Tuesday of every months from 7-9PM. Bring your own tiki mug and all drinks are just $5. Join the folks of Pittiki and hear fabulous tunes provided each month by Lucky. Two years running, the only tiki night in Pittsburgh!

April 6, 2013, 9:10 AM
Looking at the website for the power plant live complex, it looks like Tiki Bob's is no longer listed as a venue on their map. I'm thinking it's closed but I'm not certain. I'll try to drive by the next time I'm near Baltimore.

The Omni Hut, Smyrna
April 1, 2013, 2:36 PM
Great food, decor, and history... and the only thing quite like it for hundreds of miles.

Had no clue it was in a dry county when I walked in, but even if you're a die-hard drink enthusiast, don't let that stop you. It easily makes up for the lack of alcohol in it's drinks with the food and ambiance (bring your own alcohol if you like). The food is fantastic! We dove into the Tahitian Feast (a little bit of everything), and loved every bit of it. The presentation was fantastic (pu pu platter with fire in the middle, skewers sticking out, food piled on top of food)

The decor is great. Clearly they've been collecting for a while. The only part that I wasn't a huge fan of were the black-light style murals... but that was a minor issue for sure. The music was exactly what I want out of a tiki restaurant... classic exotica, vintage hawaiian... the real deal.

I'm definitely going back, I can almost taste those Tahitian Tidbits now.

March 31, 2013, 8:43 PM
We visited Kealoha's on our way back from Palm Springs and loved this place. The service was great, the food was really good and they had a really good Mai-Tai (the owner said he won a competition in Hawaii for his recipe). It wasn't a true tiki-ophile artisian drink list but for a family-friendly restaurant we were pleasantly surprised.
They had an authentic Hawaiian band playing and many of the patrons were up dancing in the traditional manner.
They did serve the Mai-Tai in a tiki mug (but not for sale). And they hold regular luau's with flame dancing et al.
More Hawaiian then Tiki but a great place

March 31, 2013, 7:50 PM
I go to Chin's quite often, so I figured it was time I write a review. I'm a native Detroiter, but I've gone on several tiki pilgrimages to the point that I like to think I've seen a fair number of establishments in this genre (over half on the top 25 on this site).

TikiBill's description and the photos give you a good idea of what you're getting into. Much like Frankie's Tiki Room in Las Vegas, the outside is generally unassuming. The sign is a beautiful googie-style callback to a bygone era, and the tikis out front hint at what you'll find inside. Step inside and you go back in time. Bamboo matting, thatch, jade tiles, a rock wall, a few large tikis and a beautiful (and unused) bar tucked into a corner. To make life easy on the staff it seems, you are asked to sit on one particular side of the restaurant (jade tile and bamboo divider down the middle), and aside from the annual christmas tiki show, the far side seems to go unused.

Friends of mine who are less enamored with the tiki sub-culture don't like going there because the food is unremarkable. And for the most part, I can't disagree with them. It's not "bad"... but it's not "great" either... it's just generic, bland chinese fare with a few americana items for the less "adventurous".

You'll also notice the music falls in that same "bland" and non-themed category (generic top-40 radio)... you'll notice it because there will be no other noise... because there's usually only a smattering of folks. I'm usually there on a Friday or Saturday night, but it may as well be a Tuesday afternoon. 5-8 patrons tops usually. It's not exactly in a popular restaurant/shop area, so there's not any foot-traffic to be had, and not likely that you'd happen across it while you're out shopping, etc. They seem to do a decent carryout business though.

And it kills me that it's not more popular. Realistically... Chin's could be on that list in the top 25 with a few changes. It's got the history and ties to tiki's golden past (20 years older than Chef Shangri-La in Chicago)... and it's got the decor. It seems like what holds it back could be some conscious decisions. For example, turn the lights down a touch, swap out the top-40 radio music with exotica/hawaiian, swap over to the bar-side of the restaurant (where some of the more interesting decor is), and put the servers in aloha shirts. That is a 0-day, near-zero cost change that could have a huge impact on presentation/feel.

Beyond that you'd be looking at incorporating some new menu items (a la Grass Skirt Tiki Room in Columbus or the Omni Hut in Smyrna)... for some more traditional polynesian tastes. Or build out the bar a bit more to cater to that end of the spectrum. I'm not saying a "cook from scratch" type menu. But find a supplier with more polynesian offerings that can be prepared with the same effort.

Like TikiBill said though... the grand shot in the arm would be opening something up in Ann Arbor or Royal Oak where you have a higher concentration of people "out and about" who want somewhere to go or something to do. But that's opening up a new restaurant more than it is "just moving"... and at that point, you lose the "historical" part of the attraction to Chin's. Don't get me wrong... I'd love to see an A-Frame tiki-revival here in Michigan... but I'm not sure who has the money to do it.

... until then. We have Chin's, and that's something to be proud of.

Tonga Hut, North Hollywood
March 14, 2013, 10:00 PM
My wife and I visited here on our vacation in mid-December 2012 and it was the perfect end to our day. The bartendress was friendly and attentive, we met her mom who was there to pick her up after her shift and had a blast getting to know her too. We've been to most of the tiki places in the LA area, and this is our new favorite.

The Tiki Terrace, Des Plaines
March 12, 2013, 9:23 PM
I've visited here in the last few years off and on. They are located in a strip mall,,, but hey, they are pretty Tiki inside and are purposeful about it and that beats a Tiki bar that claims to be, but isn't. The drinks are served in tiki ceramic mugs, bonus! They are sweet, but they have a punch to them. The food isn't too bad and the interior is full of Tiki visuals...more like Disney than nostalgic, but again and A for effort. They have the Barefoot Hawaiian Dancers that perform some nights, but never had the pleasure to enjoy. You should make it to Tiki Terrace at least once if your in proximity!

Tong's Tiki Hut, Villa Park
March 12, 2013, 9:15 PM
Whats to say, A Chinese restaurant with a Tiki flair in the decor. The drinks were so-so, the food was ok and the people working there seem oblivious to the designation of Tikiness. But, I had to go there and do that.

March 12, 2013, 9:07 PM
I really like this place. I thought the drinks were great, though Happy Hour is busy and the bartenders take awhile to return. They offer a few collectibles... the Dr. Funk standard from China and the signature glasses in two colors. I got these and really like them in my collection! I'll be back!

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