Comments on Critiki Commentary by visitors on locations in Critiki, the information resource for tiki bars and Polynesian restaurants. http://www.critiki.com en-us Copyright 2015, Michelle Whiting Jungle Bird on Tiki Tiki Shinjuku, Tokyo Tiki Tiki provided a substandard faux polynesian experience that left me feeling bummed out. I had high expectations when I arrived. However, by the time my visit was through, I was lacking the rum soaked aloha spirit that a tiki bar should provide. <br /> <br />Drinks: <br />The most important part of the tiki experience is rum. So to start, I order a Mai Tai--the benchmark drink for any tiki establishment. Tiki Tiki’s Mai Tai was served in a sundae glass with a pineapple, orange, and flower garnish. Neat. It looked pretty, but how did it taste? Bad. The first thing that jumped out was the temperature of the drink. It was warm. There was just a scant amount of melting ice floating at the top of the cocktail. Pineapple and orange juice dominated the flavor profile. There was only the tiniest hint of lime--not nearly enough. The drink was missing the taste of orgeat and rum. To sum this cocktail up: I asked for a Mai Tai, but was served a warm glass of fruit juice. <br /> <br />Service: <br />Terrible. After being shown our table and served our first round of drinks, we were ignored by the servers. They were zipping around the dining room tending to what appeared to be a birthday party. After more than 30 minutes of sitting in front of empty glasses and plates, I got up and requested further service. <br /> <br />Surprise charges: <br />When the bill finally got to our table, I noticed that it was 1000 yen too high. I looked a bit closer and noticed an item simply labeled “charge.” I asked our server what it was for, and he said that they charge 500 yen per customer simply for visiting. Well, it would have been nice knowing that before hand. There was nothing posted at front of the restaurant regarding a cover charge, our server did not inform us when we were being seated, and there was nothing noted in the menu. <br /> <br />Summary: <br />Terrible drinks and service capped with a surprise cover charge that is revealed only when you receive your bill. Do not waste your money here. If you want to visit a tiki bar in Tokyo, you are better off going to Trader Vic’s at The New Otani. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=759 tiki Tokyo Thu, 02 Jul 2015 01:28:19 PST Comment1049 kenbo-jitsu on Kahuna Tiki, North Hollywood A cute, mostly outdoor restaurant having a relaxed atmosphere of waterfalls, tiki torches, and a sprinkling of other Polynesian touches including some tikis and masks. The peace is periodically interrupted by airplanes taking-off from nearby Bob Hope Airport. The menu is heavy on appetizers, sushi, and dessert – rather light on anything/everything else. There is a kids menu. As of just this month (June 2015) Kahuna Tiki now has their liquor license. You can get beer, wine, sake, and a small selection of tropical cocktails (Kahuna Paradise, Wikiki Wipe Out, Pina Colada, Mai Tai, Hawaiian Punch Spiked, and Blue Hawaiian). They’re probably still working on the cocktails so expect changes. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=844 tiki North Hollywood Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:35:31 PST Comment1048 mindamatt on Damon's, Glendale just had dinner with family, definitely one of the best tiki places in the country. 70 years must mean something is being done right and it shows http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=65 tiki Glendale Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:52:23 PST Comment1047 Tiare on Longitude, Oakland Finally made it here. We were in the area on a Sunday at 4pm right when they opened. Great time to go, not crowded at all. Drinks were good, we also ordered the pupu platter which I thought had a nice selection of items. They were super nice to us. Also plenty of parking out front. More safari meets tiki but nicely decorated. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=845 tiki Oakland Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:58:42 PST Comment1046 skinny701 on The Hawaiian, Salt Lake City I was trying to find anything on the internet about the Hawaiian, and glad I did. I was looking for pictures, or anything. I miss the restaurant, and wish it were still around. My husband proposed to me there 30 years ago. He has passed away now and I only have found memories. I wish it was there so, I could have returned to visit, and let my children see how cool it is. The food was good, not gourmet, but the atmosphere and the huge tropical drinks were the best. Does anyone know what year it is was closed? Thank you for putting creating this website and letting me reminisce. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=437 tiki Salt Lake City Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:50:27 PST Comment1045 Kuai Craig on Foundation, Milwaukee When I travel, I try to find a Tiki Bar. Last week, business made me go to Milwaukee. I looked on Critiki for a bar and two popped up. Foundation had a high score. <br /> <br />I went there and boy was I impressed. I would rank it as a top 10 tiki bar. Yeah, I was a little weirded out by the neighborhood and yeah, the place looks like an old house on the outside with an Easter Island head nailed to the side of it, but when you open the door, you are in a tropical wonderland. The crowd is friendly, the drinks are strong and authentic. None of your orange juice and pineapple &quot;Mai Tai&quot; here. <br /> <br />Don Nelson is a mixologist extraordinaire and loves his tiki culture. The music playing at Foundation is a wonderful mix of exotica, Bossa Nova, lounge, surf and the rest of the good stuff that is era specific and perfect. <br /> <br />I checked out another Tiki Bar in the area, had a decent Mai Tai, got a snoot full of pop rock and rockabilly and headed right back over to Foundation. Honestly, this was one of the best Tiki Bars that I have been to and I am looking for an excuse to return to Milwaukee... just to visit Don and Foundation again. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=641 tiki Milwaukee Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:31:28 PST Comment1044 A'Pau-ling on Wytukai, Christ Church Wytukai is went out of business. &#128542; http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=238 tiki Christ Church Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:47:55 PST Comment1043 Daniel Sorensen on Hawaiian Village, Vancouver Darn what a shame they are no longer around, used to go to the one in New Westminster, BC., all the time. It&#39;s very sad. I have not been to the restaurant in 25 years. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=572 tiki Vancouver Thu, 28 May 2015 20:02:46 PST Comment1042 Daniel Sorensen on Hawaiian Village, Vancouver Why isn&#39;t there a menu for the Hawaiian Village, Vancouver and New Westminster, BC, Canada? http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=572 tiki Vancouver Thu, 28 May 2015 19:57:10 PST Comment1041 tikitabby on Kon Tiki Lounge, Tucson Drove 300 miles to get here and had the worst drinks and service ever. The decor is quite good but other than that the ratings here are much too kind. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=194 tiki Tucson Mon, 18 May 2015 21:01:34 PST Comment1040 capt. catnip on Purple Orchid Exotic Tiki Lounge, El Segundo Worth checking out but your experience will differ greatly depending on whose tending bar. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=52 tiki El Segundo Tue, 12 May 2015 11:07:44 PST Comment1039 capt. catnip on Mahiki, London Was denied entry by a snarky door girl for not being dressed &#39;sharp and casual&#39; and the threatened to be removed. Only bar I&#39;ve ever been denied entry to anywhere in the world. Head to the beachcomber instead, the guys there were awesome. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=597 tiki London Tue, 12 May 2015 10:57:48 PST Comment1038 capt. catnip on Tiki Taky, Praha Great tiki bar in &#378;i&#378;kov. Small but great vibes and good drinks. Try the &#39;spank my purple pineapple monkey ass &#39;. Also the only place I&#39;ve visited that makes an absinth tiii cocktail. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=629 tiki Praha Mon, 11 May 2015 10:29:24 PST Comment1037 JenTiki on Voodoo Room, Los Angeles Interestingly, Lisa Vanderpump&#39;s &quot;Pump Restaurant&quot; is now in this location. She must have expanded the patio area quite a bit based on what I&#39;ve seen on her show. <br /> http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=577 tiki Los Angeles Fri, 08 May 2015 08:40:07 PST Comment1036 ridric on Dirty Dick, Paris Fun place and strong drinks. Dark with a great atmosphere, it&#39;s an unexpected oasis in the middle of Paris (just minutes from the Moulin Rouge). A &quot;must visit&quot; for any tikiphile! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=828 tiki Paris Fri, 01 May 2015 13:56:52 PST Comment1035 laurieb on Kahiki Supper Club, Columbus My dad used to be a valet at Kahiki in the 1960s. Back then everyone wore formal attire and it was very classy. Over the years it became more of a family-style restaurant. <br /> <br />My family had numerous birthdays, anniversaries and celebrations there. Any time we had visitors in from out of town we&#39;d take them to Kahiki. My husband and I even had our wedding rehearsal dinner there in 1999. <br /> <br />Like most other locals, we were really sad to see Kahiki go. It was a very special place for us. Thankfully we have some pictures of our fun times there and lots of great memories. <br /> <br />Thanks for sharing the information and photos you have on Kahiki. It was such a unique place and I&#39;ll never forget it. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=33 tiki Columbus Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:05:15 PST Comment1034 TikiTed on Mark Thomas Outrigger, Monterey It was known as Mark Thomas&#39; Outrigger from &#39;86 to &#39;90, I frequented it when I was stationed at (then) Fort Ord. <br /> <br />It had a great bar, so-so food, and a pretty good weekend scene. <br /> <br />Best feature, glass floors (well, windows), with lighting to watch the surf roll in under the diners. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=109 tiki Monterey Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:39:36 PST Comment1033 kilaueakyd on Trader Vic's, London Drinks are great and the Decor is excellent. A must see. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=88 tiki London Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:28:19 PST Comment1032 kilaueakyd on Mahiki, London Don&#39;t go unless you want to be treated rudely. They have no idea what Tiki is all about. Basically a night club with some Tiki decor. Drinks are over priced and suck. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=597 tiki London Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:26:25 PST Comment1031 Tiki Kim on Honolulu Harry's, Chino It closed permanently! Sad http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=380 tiki Chino Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:18:37 PST Comment1030 horgaloha on Hale Pele, Portland The drinks are wonderful- there&#39;s an emphasis on drink history in the menu, and my friends thrilled to the thunder and smoke that would issue forth from the booths every so often. An impressive amount of carvings too. I had the Q.B.Cooler and was not disappointed! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=815 tiki Portland Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:56:17 PST Comment1029 muffadile on Ports of Call, Toronto I went to Ports of Call in 1966 when I was a very bright observant and impressionable nine year old from a town outside Chicago. The occasion was my family&#39;s first vacation trip to the Georgian Bay, but first, we had to stop and see my father&#39;s Aunt Florence who lived within walking distance of Ports of Call on Baker Street in Toronto. I wasn&#39;t a complete stranger to swank, but my father protested vociferously when she wanted to take us all to dinner there because of the expense. She won out and I remember I was glad because the place looked very cool and posh to me from the outside. AS I recall, there was a small flight of wrought iron steps up or down to the restaurant, and upon entering, there was a dark tropical atmosphere and a wooden footbridge across running water. We were greeted and escorted across the water to one of the rooms, all tricked out with shells, nets, floats, tikis and who knows what. They gave us huge menus and we kids got drinks with umbrellas. I have no idea what we ate but I know my dad mellowed out so he must have had one of the rum drinks. I absolutely never forgot my visit to Ports of Call, and when I finally revisited Toronto in 2009, I think it was (Michael Jackson died while I was there)I went back there to show my husband my long-deceased Aunt&#39;s former home and to see if by some long shot Ports of Call was still there. Of course it was not. I was thinking about Ports of Call tonight, don&#39;t know why, and found this website. That&#39;s when I suddenly realized that Ports of Call was my very first Tiki Place ever. In my youth, I always loved a tiki place and gravitated to them. I still do. In Chicago I hit Don the Beachcomber, Trader Vic&#39;s, and House of Tiki repeatedly. Just a couple of years ago I went to Disney World in Orlando where we visited Polynesian Village and ate at their Polynesian Restaurant with fire, meat on a spit, drinks afire and semi naked dancing men. Really pretty good. Tiki is alive and well in Las Vegas, but thanks, Toronto, for being the first to turn me on to it. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=536 tiki Toronto Sat, 04 Apr 2015 20:10:27 PST Comment1028 Flip on The Castaways, Miami Beach I worked 9 months at the Castaways in 1973/74 as a lifeguard at the island Pool ( location of the Wreck Bar and Inner Circle), then as a bellhop (better money). I was 23 and had a great time! Lot&#39;s of memories and stories! Ie: Owner Joe Hart with his bright blue contacts, cruising around every day, wild man and head lifeguard Jimmy Styron, Bartender Stanley, eccentric portrait artist Richard Remington Fitch with his sea doggies (little dirty terriers with a pelican feather glued to the top of their heads, sticking straight up, and of course his 1928 Hispano-Suiza (&#39;65 mustang convertible highly chopped up with a weird gril), caricature artistss Cal and Trey Surtees, Island Pool high diver Rick White, Andy, the smart ass hotel clerk, who <br />Over berating guests (he was a good guy, really fun to watch!), Bell Captain Tony Derosa from Brooklyn ( a true character who grew up with Jackie Gleason), belllman brothers from Jersey, Ray and Gerry Donnelly, Wreck Bar rock musicians from San Fran, Crazy James and Pete Miller, Lenny Bruce movie actors, and plenty of fine girls from all over.....mainly snowbirds from the northeastern US, Canada, Europe, South and Central America, and occassionally from way out west or the deep south. And that&#39;s just to name a few! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=709 tiki Miami Beach Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:44:11 PST Comment1027 Flip on The Castaways, Miami Beach I worked 9 months at the Castaways in 1973/74 as a lifeguard at the island Pool ( location of the Wreck Bar and Inner Circle), then as a bellhop (better money). I was 23 and had a great time! Lot&#39;s of memories and stories! Ie: Owner Joe Hart with his bright blue contacts, cruising around every day, wild man and head lifeguard Jimmy Styron, Bartender Stanley, eccentric portrait artist Richard Remington Fitch with his sea doggies (little dirty terriers with a pelican feather glued to the top of their heads, sticking straight up, and of course his 1928 Hispano-Suiza (&#39;65 mustang convertible highly chopped up with a weird gril), caricature artistss Cal and Trey Surtees, Island Pool high diver Rick White, Andy, the smart ass hotel clerk, who <br />Over berating guests (he was a good guy, really fun to watch!), Bell Captain Tony Derosa from Brooklyn ( a true character who grew up with Jackie Gleason), belllman brothers from Jersey, Ray and Gerry Donnelly, Wreck Bar rock musicians from San Fran, Crazy James and Pete Miller, Lenny Bruce movie actors, and plenty of fine girls from all over.....mainly snowbirds from the northeastern US, Canada, Europe, South and Central America, and occassionally from way out west or the deep south. And that&#39;s just to name a few! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=709 tiki Miami Beach Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:35:55 PST Comment1026 mindamatt on South Shore Tiki Lounge, Kihei went St Paddys&#39; day and ordered the standard Mai Tai. perhaps my tastebuds were not recovered from my flight from seattle, but it was not tasty. Very busy place, so the locals like it or maybe just the waitresses. The Pioneer Inn in Lahaina serves a wicked Mai Tai and the scrimshaw t-shirt and the fact that the place is 100 years old and very tiki in that it is on the dock of Lahaina in Maui should rate a visit, plus the parrot in the bar wolf whistling is a classic http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=748 tiki Kihei Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:06:50 PST Comment1025 eli on The Tiki Hideaway, Charlotte Small tiki bar in a very modern strip mall. There&#39;s some cool lit up thatch over the back wall which also includes flat screen tv&#39;s that thankfully only show waves gently breaking on a beach. The decor behind the bar was far too cartoonish. This combined with a severe lack of clutter threw off a Disney/Ikea vibe. Music was solid and leaned more in the surf direction rather than exotica. <br /> <br />Mai-tai was decent and came with a orange slice and sprig of mint. Tasted better as the ice melted.. and at $13 it was a bit pricey for what it was. <br /> <br />But hey.. if you&#39;re in Charlotte and dig tiki then this is your spot! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=848 tiki Charlotte Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:41:08 PST Comment1024 chansuck on The Tiki Hideaway, Charlotte It&#39;s much smaller than i expected, which was a little disappointing to be honest, but it was very atmospheric. I was kinda bummed they don&#39;t stay open past 12 on the weekend either, but beggars cant be choosers haha! Definitely worth a visit~ http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=848 tiki Charlotte Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:36:29 PST Comment1023 gattdesign on Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale Love Love Love this place. I have visit this place many many times. I grew up in Ft Lauderdale and use to go to the Mai Kai all the time for happy Hour and dinner. Went for a visit last year and still as beautiful as I remembered it http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=60 tiki Fort Lauderdale Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:03:12 PST Comment1022 AJM on Trader Vic's Lounge, Beverly Hills I wish I could have seen the old Trader Vic&#39;s. It closed a few months before I moved here. But I&#39;m not one to get bent out of shape about decor - some of the best tiki drinks I&#39;ve ever had were from bars with marble, glass and stainless steel fixtures. I like the style of cocktails and this place most certainly gets it. <br /> <br />Its odd that though LA invented the damn concept we cannot seem to sustain a true tiki bar anywhere. Maybe we like customer turnover whereas tiki bars encourage lounging. <br /> <br />In any case, they should start calling this place Traitor Vic&#39;s so all the tiki purists will know not to expect too much from the decor and we can all just focus on how good the drinks are. Trade Vic&#39;s Crog (my menu called it that anyway) is dynamite and Pino Pepe is solid too. Will most assuredly be back because I am willing to bet most of the menu is beyond competent. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=634 tiki Beverly Hills Sun, 08 Mar 2015 01:35:28 PST Comment1021 AJM on Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago Whatever their drink with passion fruit is, I can still taste it. This is the memory I cling to rather than the sugary punches. Amazing glassware. Amazing atmosphere and entrance. I am dying to go back. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=816 tiki Chicago Sun, 08 Mar 2015 01:23:18 PST Comment1020 AJM on Tiki-Ti, Los Angeles NYC Tiki is correct that it&#39;s not classic Tiki but I guess I have never noticed. Never noticed the music, either. I lean much more toward the positive reviews. The Mikes are great, the atmosphere is great, the drinks are... really kinda their own thing. They aren&#39;t as bright and fruity as the best tiki-style drinks I&#39;ve had. Drink-wise this is more of a Frankie&#39;s in Vegas than a Three Dots and a Dash. But damn it, everyone needs to visit this bar. Bring enough spine to get past &quot;the smoke and the music&quot; because bars are for drinking and this bar does drinks well. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=93 tiki Los Angeles Sun, 08 Mar 2015 01:21:04 PST Comment1019 AJM on Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale Basically perfect. This is the first tiki bar I ever went to - went with other counselors during a summer camp. I was 21, it was amazing. The decor, the darkness, the size, the gardens out back... just unreal. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=60 tiki Fort Lauderdale Sun, 08 Mar 2015 01:11:01 PST Comment1018 Domitype on El Polinesio, Havana My California band toured Havana and western Cuba last week (2/14/15) - one of our horn players is a bigtime Tiki fanatic, so we had to make a visit to this place -it was just two blocks from our hotel. <br /> <br />True, the decor is still pretty good, but the drink menu was very limited. Even though there were quite a few &quot;Tropical&quot; drinks on the menu, they couldn&#39;t make ANY of them! No blender! We were reduced to the choices on the standard cocktail menu, which turned out to be basically a G&T or a few variations on a Cuba Libre. Not even a Mojito or Pina Colada - standard drinks in almost every bar in Havana... very disappointed. <br /> <br />It was sort of like the Monty Python Cheese Shop sketch, if you know what I mean. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=69 tiki Havana Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:54:34 PST Comment1017 Peniamina on Tiki No, North Hollywood The decor in this bar is amongst the best I&#39;ve seen. Really fun to just look around and see what you can see. I was a bit disappointed by the limited drink selection, as well as the quality of the drinks. We ordered a mai tai and a Lychee Luau. We had to send the mai tai back for being pretty much undrinkable. The Lychee Luau was not bad, but a little on the syrupy side. <br /> <br />The ambiance was great of all you&#39;re looking for I&#39;d the visual. Unfortunately, one must also take music into account and this bar left much to be desired for me musically. I mean, Aretha Franklin is great... but not in a tiki bar. <br /> <br />I want only good things for this bar. Its very rare that we find new tiki bars opening up so im really pulling for them. I think that design-wise its at the end of the class, but I wish they&#39;d pay more attention to perfecting the craft of truly great cocktails. <br /> <br />If I do come back to this bar it will have to be on a different day of the week or a different time of day. Saturday nights don&#39;t seem to be very tiki at LA tiki bars.... http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=760 tiki North Hollywood Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:19:30 PST Comment1016 Peniamina on Tonga Hut, North Hollywood I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in this bar after all I&#39;ve heard about it. <br /> <br />The decor was fantastic. Dark, moody, exotic. I loves the little booth huts. The bartender, Ian, seemed pretty knowledgeable about rums and tiki culture so that was nice. However, the crowd was a little more rockabilly than true tiki. <br /> <br />The biggest problem was the jukebox playing classic rock too loudly. That really ruins what could otherwise be a truly encompasssing tiki experience and just made me want to down my drink and get out of there as soon as possible. <br /> <br />Rating: 4.9 http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=123 tiki North Hollywood Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:09:46 PST Comment1015 Peniamina on Tiki-Ti, Los Angeles I have to agree with &quot;NYC Tiki&quot; here. I visited this bar once about 10 years ago and my husband and I were really excited to revisit this institution now that I&#39;m more involved in tiki culture. <br /> <br />We were extremely disappointed. <br /> <br />First, we could smell the cigar and cigarette smoke before we even entered the building... but even before that we could here the music blasting. <br /> <br />The decor was great, and the drink selection seemed great as well. I say it seemed great because we never got to experience them for ourselves. The smoke and the music annoyed us within minutes and we chose to cut our losses and try somewhere else instead. <br /> <br />I rated this experience a 3.3. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=93 tiki Los Angeles Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:00:55 PST Comment1014 PackmanWSU01 on Grass Skirt Tiki Room, Columbus The menu is limited but more than adequate for snacking. The few original drinks they have a pretty good and they do well with the classics. They are finally selling mugs as well with their name on them. They also let you buy tiki mugs without their logo, but in a unique shape (ex: shark). I miss the Kahiki, but the Grass Skirt is the best thing to come to Columbus in a long time when it comes to tiki http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=820 tiki Columbus Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:24:22 PST Comment1013 PackmanWSU01 on The Galley, Santa Monica Not a tiki bar per se, but apparently the oldest restaraunt in Santa Monica. My wife and I enjoyed sitting at the bar and chatting with the bartender. The chili was good. Not many original drinks, or a mug though unfortunately. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=686 tiki Santa Monica Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:18:25 PST Comment1012 PackmanWSU01 on Tonga Hut, North Hollywood Made it here from Vegas with one hour left on my birthday, and what an hour it was. Great service and great tasting drinks (reccomend Voodoo Juice and Mojave Punch). They even have mugs now, including a rum barrel.If you are in the area, stop in have a few and take a selfie next to the &quot;drooling bastard&quot; fountain! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=123 tiki North Hollywood Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:14:35 PST Comment1011 NYC Tiki on Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, Anaheim Ok - So it is not original. And there can be a wait sometimes. The food also is not that great or extensive. But still, the best Tiki Bar in the LA area. It is decorated to the hilt, has all original drinks in the glasses (that you can bring home). The music is all classic tiki and rain storms make it a treat. I cannot wait until this place opens up in Orlando, as I will be a regular. Definitely a spot that is keeping the tiki spirit alive. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=783 tiki Anaheim Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:42:32 PST Comment1010 NYC Tiki on Tiki-Ti, Los Angeles I am not sure what all the great reviews are about. Having been to Tiki bars around the world, I would say this is OK, but for LA was a bit of a let down. First off, you can smoke inside. I am past that, as a few other favorites (Bahi Hut) allow this, but the place also was a bit of a dive bar more than a classic tiki joint. It was more dingy than classy, which goes after the wrong type of tiki style. And the music was not classic tiki music. Drink selection was good, but the place was tiny and did not transport to a polynesian paradise. So if your just into drinking, its good but for classic tiki, so so. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=93 tiki Los Angeles Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:40:29 PST Comment1009 NYC Tiki on Trader Vic's Lounge, Beverly Hills So I was recently in LA and decided to drop by at this spot. First off, it is annoying you need to pay to park. Regardless I came in for a drink. First off, the good. It is a nice spot indoor / outdoor with some tiki style and the classic Trader Vic&#39;s drinks in a mug. They have a small polynesian menu as well. But for the bad, the place is a bit generic now and does not have a true tiki vibe. I also wish, because of how special the original spot was here, that they kept some more memorabilia. I don&#39;t think I will be back, but glad I saw the spot. The gift shop should sell some merchandise but does not. No music, no special shirts...I hope they see the error of their ways and go back to the glory days of LA tiki http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=634 tiki Beverly Hills Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:37:39 PST Comment1008 Chantiki on The Enchanted Tiki Room, Orlando this is a must see when going to the magic kingdom. so glad Disney &quot;mostly&quot; restored it to it&#39;s original theme. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=127 tiki Orlando Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:52:45 PST Comment1007 Chantiki on Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale Whenever I need a mini vacation from life-I go to the Mai Kai. As a S Fla resident-I have the luxury of being able to just pop down to Ft Lauderdale for the weekend & make the Mai Kai the center of my lost weekend. It is like coming home. From the décor to the staff, the drinks & the food all work to transport you to a south seas paradise. Be sure to go to the gardens before you leave-you won&#39;t be disappointed. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=60 tiki Fort Lauderdale Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:46:29 PST Comment1006 Chantiki on The Original Tiki Bar, Fort Pierce I live close to the original tiki bar. while there is nothing inherently &quot;tiki&quot; about this bar/restaurant, they have made efforts to add some Polynesian & Florida style tikis to their Florida beach bar in addition to some cheap import tikis & masks. There is also very lovingly carved tiki at the Cobb&#39;s Landing restaurant across the marina from the Original Tiki Bar. Over all-I wouldn&#39;t go out of my way to come here for the food, drinks or tikis, but if you happen to find yourself here...the beer is cold. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=704 tiki Fort Pierce Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:34:48 PST Comment1005 Wiki Tiki on Kanaloa, London We visited last week. The place looks terrific -- plenty of tikis and old-school décor. The lighting and drinks menu are both good. The drinks themselves are pretty good, and nicely presented (one came in a real coconut with a lit sparkler). <br /> <br />The food is mediocre, a combination of bar food and some Thai specialties (which I might have counted as a nod to pan-Asian tikiness, except I saw that same combination of burgers and Thai food in our hotel&#39;s non-tiki restaurant -- it seems to be popular in London). <br /> <br />The music is modern club music, and the crowd is mostly young club-goers, not tikiphiles. The staff was very welcoming and gave us both leis (we were the only ones in the place wearing them). http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=793 tiki London Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:50:00 PST Comment1004 White Devil on Hapa Haole Hideaway, Knoxville The Hapa Haole Hideaway is the quintessential home tiki bar experience, with a world-class collection on display and drinks par excellence. Exacting and minutely-executed to within an inch of its life. Consider yourself blessed by the gods to be invited inside! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=524 tiki Knoxville Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:59:05 PST Comment1003 drware on The Tiki Hideaway, Charlotte I really like the cocktails at the Tiki Hideaway. You can tell that they put a lot of effort into creating the traditional cocktail ingredients from scratch. Both the housemate orgeat and falernum are amazing and really anchor the different cocktails they inhabit. I was amazed to learn that some of my friends do not like rum... well Tiki Hideaway had them covered with several cocktails based on different spirits. I have not had every item on the food menu, but what I have had has been excellent and tasted great. <br /> <br />The atmosphere is great and true to the Tiki Culture. Already looking forward to my next visit. <br /> <br /> http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=848 tiki Charlotte Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:47:04 PST Comment1002 White Devil on Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale Words cannot do justice to this total delight to all the senses. Drop whatever travel plans you have right now and book a flight...it&#39;s the experience of a lifetime for people of all ages. The Mai-Kai has been impressing customers since 1954, and there&#39;s a reason they&#39;ve been around for over five decades. http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=60 tiki Fort Lauderdale Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:34:38 PST Comment1001 White Devil on Trader Vic's, Atlanta I&#39;ve finally worked my way through the entire cocktail menu, and I&#39;m ready to start over. Don&#39;t forget the Bananas Foster! My best-of choice for Georgia. Bring back the Bongo Bongo soup! http://critiki.com/location/?loc_id=6 tiki Atlanta Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:29:57 PST Comment1000