Hula's Modern Tiki
Bar & Restaurant
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Opened in 2009
Defunct tiki not included,
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Patio and fire pit at Hula's Modern Tiki in Phoenix
October 2011, photo by ridric
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Hula's Modern Tiki opened in Phoenix in late 2009, and comes from the same minds behind the hit Hula's restaurants in Monterey and Santa Cruz. The concept here is a bit different—while the Monterey and Santa Cruz locations have more of a surf-meets-tiki feel, the aesthetic here is a mix of midcentury modern and tiki.
The dominant feature of the space is a massive, hexagonal window that looks straight out of a '70s sci-fi film set (the building actually dates to 1965). The interiors are all sleek, but executed with a variety of organic materials to bring a sort of barely-primitive feel. The indoor area features a large bar, and there is outdoor dining.
There is at least one large Tiki tOny tiki. Tiki mugs, especially from Munktiki, fill cases around the restaurant. Volcano bowl drinks are available, and drinks are served in glassware with the Hula's tiki logo. Like the other Hula's locations, it has won raves for its food.
How to find it:
Hula's Modern Tiki is in a small strip mall on the east side of Central Blvd., a couple of blocks south of Camelback Road.
There is parking available in the shopping center's lot.