Hula's Modern Tiki

Bar & Restaurant
4700 N Central Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Ph: (602) 265-8454 - Website
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Mon 11am-10pm
Tue-Thu 11am-midnight
Fri 11am-2am
Sat 10:30am-2am
Sun 10:30am-10pm
Opened in 2009
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Bikini Lounge, Phoenix 3.5 mi
5.6 km
Giligin's Kon Tiki Lounge, Scottsdale 8.6 mi
13.9 km
The Hut, Tucson 109.5 mi
176.3 km
Kon Tiki Lounge, Tucson 112.3 mi
180.7 km
The Shady Dell, Bisbee 191.9 mi
308.9 km
Patio and fire pit at Hula's Modern Tiki in Phoenix
October 2011, photo by ridric
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Humuhumu’s description:

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.
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November 18, 2011, 7:40 PM
Hula's Modern Tiki is just that - Modern. It is kind of a slick, urban twist on traditional Tiki. Overall it seems to work pretty well. Food selection and quality is great. Drink selection and quality is great. A decent place to hang out, but overall more "modern" than "Tiki".
Right_D has visited Hula's Modern Tiki.

December 30, 2011, 3:50 PM
Hula's is just wonderful. The food, drinks and service are all top-notch.
Our board members first experienced Hula's a few months ago. Now it's a favorite with many, many members of Desert Overture.

My personal favorite drink: Dr. Funk!
AZ Fluteguy is a regular at Hula's Modern Tiki, and is usually there weekends.

September 12, 2012, 12:14 PM
My oasis in Phoenix. Hula's has a very cool vibe with a pronounce tiki flair. The cocktails are amazing (try the Juan Ho for something completely different & delicious) and the food quality and selection is great too. Service is literally the best, from the bus staff up to the owner, who is frequently around. One of the best Happy Hours in all of Phoenix/Scottsdale!
ridric is a regular at Hula's Modern Tiki, and is usually there happy hour.

November 18, 2012, 3:59 PM
Trendy, but great mid-century tiki spirit. Very good service, very good happy hour (all night on a couple nights a week), and solid drinks.

When my only gripe with a place is that the Mai Tai has pineapple juice, the place must be pretty good.

Worth a visit if you're ever in Phoenix!
Honest Abe is a semi-regular at Hula's Modern Tiki.

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!
darcsylver has visited Hula's Modern Tiki.

August 15, 2014, 12:00 PM
Definitely more Modern than Tiki. Even a large percentage of the tiki mugs displayed were the more modern sleek-lined Munktiki mugs, rather than classic/vintage mugs. On the plus side: the food was great and plentiful; the tv in the bar was showing a Frankie & Annette surf movie; service was quick and friendly. I was there on a Tuesday night and it was definitely not busy. There were a few tables of people in the dining room and the patio was about half full.

I do prefer my tiki bars to be darker and more cluttered, but I would certainly go back for good food a really good prices if I were in the neighborhood. Not sure it's worth the cab fare from downtown Phoenix though for a return trip. But definitely worth going at least once if you haven't been.
JenTiki has visited Hula's Modern Tiki.

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