Comments on Critiki Commentary by visitors on locations in Critiki, the information resource for tiki bars and Polynesian restaurants. en-us Copyright 2016, Humuhumu Trott golf4tiki on Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, Anaheim This was my first Tiki Bar experience and the one that started my Tiki journey. Everything about it, especially in the winter when they have the Christmas stuff up, is perfect. Although you get a solid sense from the exterior decorations what the deal will be it&#39;s definitely not the full story. <br /> <br />I had never been in a bar that had taken me on such a journey by just stepping through the doors. That&#39;s why I will have a soft spot for Trader Sam&#39;s. tiki Anaheim Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:49:37 PST Comment1340 thedrgram on Lava Lounge, Madison Google maps reads that this location is permanently closed. FYI tiki Madison Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:25:25 PST Comment1339 Cheap bastard on Concrete Jungle, San Antonio This place is getting ready to move in the next two weeks of this post. Please hold your visit until after Septemer 2016. I think this place will survive and thrive in a new location. Much love to their efforts in a building that is literally falling apart. tiki San Antonio Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:49:53 PST Comment1338 Drinkbot on Trader Sam's Grog Grotto, Orlando I enjoyed it very much! Not only do they have great drinks, but the serve good food. I went mid-week and found that it can be hard to find a seat before 7pm, but after that, no problem. When yo order certain drinks, they serve it in style, with a little show. Order the volcano bowl and get a big show! The decor is super cool, lots of things to look at. The bar staff is very knowledgable and helpful. All around, a fabulous experience and highly recommended! tiki Orlando Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:18:15 PST Comment1337 Tiki kitty kitty on Royal Hawaiian, Laguna Beach This is reopening!! tiki Laguna Beach Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:27:24 PST Comment1336 Foredeckape on Solomons Island Tiki Bar, Solomons Kind of a marina bar with some cool Bosko decor. Gift shop has Tiki Farm and DW mugs. Staff is nice, and apologize that they can&#39;t do real tiki drink. But, they do good with what they do. Martin Denny has never been played over the sound system. Fun place to watch the sunset and check out the Bosko carvings. tiki Solomons Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:09:35 PST Comment1335 PNGMedicineMan on The Golden Tiki, Las Vegas just went to The Golden Tiki again tonight. Place was packed. Met the owner Brad. He was a great guy, bought us a round of the best Mai Tais we&#39;ve ever had. He was celebrating an award they just got from a local magazine. I originally gave this place a 9 but its customer service and unique atmosphere make this one of the most amazing tiki bars we&#39;ve ever been to. It simply cant be beat! Come see for yourself tiki Las Vegas Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:31:29 PST Comment1334 Peniamina on No Bones Beach Club, Seattle This is not really a Tiki Bar. It&#39;s a great tiki themed cafe that also serves cocktails. The food is 100% vegan and it&#39;s really really good. tiki Seattle Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:49:59 PST Comment1333 Shuckslbj on Frankie's Tiki Room, Las Vegas Drinks are pretty good, ambiance is great, jukebox is killer. Smoke smell is not as bad as everyone&#39;s saying - but then again, I smoke. And one should enter any Vegas bar expecting to get cancer. Love the mugs too. <br /> <br />Going again tomorrow morning before we head back to LA. Don&#39;t do Vegas often, but will come back to Frankie&#39;s when I do. tiki Las Vegas Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:40:53 PST Comment1332 Stephen Avery on Grass Skirt Tiki Room, Columbus Just discovered the place and I LOVE IT! I visit Columbus once a year for a gaming convention and I&#39;m definitely making a pit stop here when I go. Fun atmosphere, strong drinks, and a great vibe. tiki Columbus Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:20:18 PST Comment1331 Tiki Hayrani on Tiburon Tommie's, Tiburon We used to go here all the time when I was a kid in the 70s and 80s. It then went downhill and the last time we went there was almost nobody else there. I can&#39;t remember when we last went but we tried to go once in the late 90s and it was shut down. It was a sad day. I loved this place with the food, the neat wood decor and multiple levels with the great views of the bay. tiki Tiburon Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:35:20 PST Comment1330 Tiki Hayrani on Don the Beachcomber, Kailua-Kona When we recently went to Hawaii, we stayed here and frequented this place. I was pleasantly surprised by the place, especially how good the drinks were - among the best-made Tiki drinks of any place I have been to in the last 20 years, and with an excellent selection of real classics and different ones. They had a zombie that tasted pretty much the way a real Don the Beachcomber zombie should - a definite hint of Pernod (or the equivalent), among other things, and the Three Dots and a Dash was excellent, as well. The decor was great with a central giant Tiki statute holding up the roof, other tikis, and a nice location right on the water with plenty of great views. tiki Kailua-Kona Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:30:24 PST Comment1329 Tiki Hayrani on Trader Vic's, San Francisco This was not up to par with the Trader Vic&#39;s tradition, but it is sad to see that it&#39;s gone. When we went there last in 2006, it had good decor, classy if a bit weak on the Tiki character, and good food. The vibe was a bit lacking and the drinks were perhaps slightly better than the Tonga Room, but not much. tiki San Francisco Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:24:32 PST Comment1328 Tiki Hayrani on Tonga Room, San Francisco As a kid, I went to many tiki places with my parents. Most are now gone (such as Tiburon Tommie&#39;s and the Kon Tiki in the Sheraton Waikiki). Only two remain and the Tonga Room is the only to remain essentially unchanged, surviving even a recent plant to get rid of it completely. It exudes classic Tiki character from the ersatz ship deck dance floor to the tikis, outrigger, thatch roofs, and tropical rainstorm. It also is dark and still has one of its claims to fame - the central pool with floating band stand and the &quot;rain&quot; that pours down into it along the edge of the roofed-over tables, accompanied by thunder and lightning. It&#39;s a wonderful classic, although the drinks these days could be better. tiki San Francisco Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:17:09 PST Comment1327 Cheap bastard on Fong's Pizza, Des Moines I really like Fong&#39;s. I wasn&#39;t happy with the pizza that I ordered. It was undercooked and kinda messy. The barmaid was also indifferent. She wasn&#39;t rude....just &quot;meh...who cares.....&quot; Their drink menu is extensive and the prices are good. I wish they had more mugs to sell. The vibe is definitely tiki fused with Chinese flair. It&#39;s unique for sure. tiki Des Moines Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:12:27 PST Comment1326 KauaiChicken on Hidden Harbor, Pittsburgh I made a trip to Pittsburgh basically just to go to Hidden Harbor and I was not disappointed. As previous comments have pointed out, the decor is a bit of a mix. There is a more traditional tiki-themed side that has three Crazy Al pieces, including a huge free-standing tiki carved from the trunk of a palm tree and two masks hanging on the wall. The other side is more nautical themed with brighter colors. There are glass floats in the window and outside they have tropical plants. Overall, it&#39;s really nice. There is a huge rum selection behind the bar. It&#39;s quite impressive. The menu is fairly extensive and the drink quality is fantastic. I had a Rum Barrel, a Zombie, and the signature Hidden Harbor. All were excellent. Service was top notch and the staff is very enthusiastic and willing to geek out about tiki stuff. This is a fantastic and fun bar that I will visit as often as possible. tiki Pittsburgh Mon, 11 Jul 2016 04:30:58 PST Comment1325 TikiTravis on Zombie Hut, Brooklyn This was a very fun bar! Service was great, it was pretty crowded for a Saturday night in Brooklyn, and would totally be a place I&#39;d go to often if I lived there. <br /> <br />It&#39;s just not a tiki bar. <br /> <br />It has great tiki decor, and plenty of &quot;tiki&quot; drinks... but the drinks use substitution (e.g. amaretto for orgeat, etc.) and they weren&#39;t that great. They had sports on the TV, and the music was top 40 and hipster galore. <br /> <br />Again- a fun bar! Just not a tiki bar. tiki Brooklyn Mon, 04 Jul 2016 13:07:33 PST Comment1324 Tiare on Tiki Tiki Shinjuku, Tokyo This was my 2nd visit to the Tiki Tiki. My first was a longer visit in 2009. This visit we only had about 20 mins until closing but they were very nice in letting us order drinks. You MUST order the smoking coconut drink. It is just amazing to watch. I had a mango drink that was pretty awesome. The good part of being there so late was that it was empty so I got to walk around and take photos without anyone in them. I had forgotten they had entertainment so would try to time my next visit better. tiki Tokyo Sun, 03 Jul 2016 11:08:04 PST Comment1323 Tiare on Hala Kahiki, River Grove I always stop into the Hala Kahiki when I am visiting my parents in Chicagoland. Massive drink menu though not the most authentic but I always seem to pick something good. Think I had a cherry drink on my last visit. The place is pretty large and love the decor. The service is meh. The gift shop has very restricted hours so plan ahead if you have your heart set on going. I always mean to go to the hot dog place next door, Gene and Jude&#39;s but haven&#39;t made it it yet. I hear it&#39;s great. They have no food at the Hala Kahiki so would be a good stop to soak up the booze. tiki River Grove Sun, 03 Jul 2016 10:50:55 PST Comment1322 Tiare on Lost Lake, Chicago I went in May, on a Thursday night around 5pm so wasn&#39;t too croweded yet. Was able to score the last table. Didn&#39;t get any food but tried about 4 different drinks. All good. I liked the decor and service was good. It is very close to the L stop so you can walk from there. tiki Chicago Sun, 03 Jul 2016 10:42:54 PST Comment1321 Tiare on Chef Shangri-La, North Riverside I went in May 2016 and it seems like a week later it was under new management (check Tiki Central for details). Glad we made it before the change. The food and drink, not the most awesome but its place in Chicagoland tiki is. I had visited a few years back and it was not doing well but I guess the owners daughter took over and really made it shine the last few years. Hopefully the new management will not run it into the ground. tiki North Riverside Sun, 03 Jul 2016 10:24:28 PST Comment1320 Tiare on Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, Anaheim I am not really into Disney so really just went more for the tiki bar then Disney aspect of it. It was a fun bar, drinks pretty good. Liked the concentration of decor. The painting with the oozing lava was pretty neat. Kinda wish the menu had prices on it since we didn&#39;t know how much we were being gouged for a mug. If you buy a mug, ask for swizzles if they don&#39;t toss them in. 2 hour free parking at Downtown Disney was plenty of time to have a drink or 2 and not feel rushed. I really liked that kids could just go in there, hang out and order tiki sipper drinks. Saw a table of kids and kinda hoped that it was helping to install some early tiki memories in them that they carry forward. tiki Anaheim Sun, 03 Jul 2016 10:08:46 PST Comment1319 Tiare on Tiki-Ko, Bakersfield Wow! I wish I lived closer so this could be my local tiki bar. Nice decor, friendly staff and good drinks. Looks like a lot of care and thought went into the space. tiki Bakersfield Sun, 03 Jul 2016 09:57:05 PST Comment1318 sveinnphotography on City Beverage, Durham Permanently closed <br /> tiki Durham Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:34:13 PST Comment1317 M.Esquivel on Royal Hawaiian, Laguna Beach Aloha! <br /> <br />Just wanted to let you know, The Royal Hawaiian will be re-opening its doors this Summer 2016! We hope you will join us in some LapuLapus, and wanted to say we are happy to join the Tiki Community :) <br /> <br /> tiki Laguna Beach Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:08:18 PST Comment1316 Trader Trace on Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago It took way too long to get a table past what we were told so we didn&#39;t end up dining but the staff was very friendly and the experience was top notch. <br />The play Exotica Music earlier in the evening. tiki Chicago Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:21:03 PST Comment1315 Tiare62 on Tiki Room, Stockholm Nice interior and good music, nice bartenders, but...the menu never change! I have seen the same menu since many years now and I wonder why? the drinks are ok but could have more potency. tiki Stockholm Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:45:47 PST Comment1314 on Mahi Mahi, Nashville My parents took me here to support Mr. Walls, for we were regulars at Omni Hut and lived in Nashville. The building was amazing, much more so than today&#39;s Omni Hut due to the huge lit tiki torches. The food was not as good as Omni Hut, but we were all sad that it failed. We felt the Omni Hut feel deserved to be shared with all of Nashville:)_ tiki Nashville Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:19:52 PST Comment1313 on The Omni Hut, Smyrna I&#39;ve been a regular since 1965.... this is the best food I have put in my mouth, and when Polly closes this place my entire family will be devastated. I wish she would publish her recipes ( i.e., Jim&#39;s recipes). they are simply the best food you will ever eat tiki Smyrna Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:15:42 PST Comment1312 STMSHDW on Tiki-Ko, Bakersfield Off to a great start. Two exclusive Tiki Mugs from Tiki Farm. Small drink menu as well as small square footage. The owner says they are working on expanding both soon. The basement is being finished for expansion. Low lighting and the kind of music you would expect. If you are in the area it is a great stop. tiki Bakersfield Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:25:41 PST Comment1310 ollie vees on Le Tiki Lounge, Paris Le tiki lounge has vinyl decks, we DJ&#39;d there, we were made really welcome and really drunk! <br />Definitely returning. tiki Paris Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:36:44 PST Comment1309 Schwafish on Trader Vic's, Atlanta Tvs in the bar:-( tiki Atlanta Sat, 11 Jun 2016 08:58:26 PST Comment1308 Schwafish on Tonga Hut, North Hollywood Had this fire place in our living room as a child. tiki North Hollywood Sat, 11 Jun 2016 08:57:01 PST Comment1307 Schwafish on Aku Aku Tiki Bar, Oslo Everything in Norway is crazy expensive. Got thing about Aki Aku is they make a stiff cocktail. Met some very fun Locals as well. Will deft go back again tiki Oslo Sat, 11 Jun 2016 08:53:16 PST Comment1306 Schwafish on Aloha Polinesian Bar, Barcelona Giant TV at the at is a no-go for me, had a soap opera on it. Mai tai was.... Not a Mai tai. This place could has great tiki bar bones! tiki Barcelona Sat, 11 Jun 2016 08:49:14 PST Comment1305 Schwafish on Trailer Happiness, London Amazing service!!!!! Phenomenal cocktail program!!! tiki London Sat, 11 Jun 2016 08:29:44 PST Comment1304 Gonzo Tiki on The Golden Tiki, Las Vegas Not a Tiki crowd - they do order the drinks (75% ish) - first time here on a band night - crowd is definitely gathering. (Usually here happy hour where btw they have great pot stickers, egg rolls & wings on the house) tiki Las Vegas Fri, 10 Jun 2016 21:51:15 PST Comment1303 retrocelt on Trade Winds Tropical Lounge, St. Augustine Trade Winds is a dive bar with a South-Pacific theme, for smokers. Very loyal patronage and some great live music of the Merle-country/southen rock/Zyedeco feel. No Tiki cocktails that I could find, or really any Tiki culture, but had a great time here. Real people, but I&#39;m pretty sure a lot of them come just to smoke and drink indoors. tiki St. Augustine Thu, 09 Jun 2016 07:52:51 PST Comment1302 KauaiChicken on Archipelago, Washington, D.C. I stopped by Archipelago finally, and I really enjoyed it. I got there literally right as they opened, so it was a little quiet at first. The bartender I talked to (one of the owners) was friendly enough, but didn&#39;t seem overly interested in talking about the bar. The drink menu was pretty interesting and there is a nice selection. I had two drinks, the Drowsy Gator and the Oil Can Boyd. They were both good, but the Oil Can Boyd was my favorite. They make their own olive oil infused rum and that basically is the drink. The menu says it has falernum, but he made mine with Angostura bitters. It&#39;s a very unique drink. I also had one of the apps, the ham and cheese sliders on Hawaiian King rolls. Those were spectacular. Once it livened up, I felt kind of compelled to leave because everyone else seemed to know each other and were kind of talking around me. Next time I will grab a table instead. The decor is pretty good. Definitely not up there with Trader Vic&#39;s or Trader Sam&#39;s etc, but a solid effort. The lowest score I gave was vibe. The crowd was local U Street types and didn&#39;t seem to care that it was a tiki bar, so much as that it was a bar in the neighborhood. I am really glad that this place is there and I will definitely go back. tiki Washington, D.C. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:27:17 PST Comment1301 JimNeumayer on Hale Pele, Portland If you are a tikiphile this is a must visit, as it serves as the benchmark for tiki establishments. I had a 151 Swizzle and <br />my wife had the Pain Killer, both were exceptional. The decor, lighting and tikis are wonderful. Drinks are served in <br />authentic mugs and the service is very attentive. tiki Portland Tue, 07 Jun 2016 06:23:10 PST Comment1300 ggbj1966 on Trader Sam's Grog Grotto, Orlando What can I;s Tiki done Disney. tiki Orlando Mon, 06 Jun 2016 17:28:00 PST Comment1299 ggbj1966 on The Tiki Terrace, Des Plaines Great little place. Richard the bartender/ host was awesome. Friendly staff. A great place for a much needed tiki fix. tiki Des Plaines Mon, 06 Jun 2016 17:22:17 PST Comment1298 ggbj1966 on Lost Lake, Chicago This is a case study in neighborhood Tiki Bar. tiki Chicago Mon, 06 Jun 2016 17:18:07 PST Comment1297 ggbj1966 on Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago This is Sexy Tiki!!!! tiki Chicago Mon, 06 Jun 2016 17:12:09 PST Comment1296 PNGMedicineMan on Tiki-Ti, Los Angeles This is the spot for drinks. Their drinks are really hard to beat. It&#39;s small , not that tiki , but you got to love the drinks. I will drive from Victorville to here everyday if I could that&#39;s how much I love their drinks. Can you tell I love their drinks ha ha ha tiki Los Angeles Sun, 05 Jun 2016 01:37:32 PST Comment1295 PNGMedicineMan on Frankie's Tiki Room, Las Vegas Went here Friday Night of BHOF. Pretty busy with it being first Friday. They had a tiki carver doing live carving. Love the interior although it does smell like 60 years of smoke. I don&#39;t smoke, I&#39;m not a complainer , but the rumors with this are true. My lady wasn&#39;t having it though, she hated it and I had to hear her complain about the smoke ruining her outfit. We went back tonight to meet friends after The Golden Tiki. It was pretty dead where Golden Tiki was slammed. They did have the carver again and my friend won a spear, which was cool. We were bummed we left Golden Tiki though, there&#39;s just no comparisson. Also tonight the bartender was really rude. I have thick skin but it seemed like he was having a bad coke night. That and the smoke made for a bleh evening. We will our luck again tomorrow. I really want to love this bar. The drinks we had were good, really sweet but good. It&#39;s vstill better than any bar in Victorville. All tiki is good tiki tiki Las Vegas Sun, 05 Jun 2016 01:32:36 PST Comment1294 PNGMedicineMan on The Golden Tiki, Las Vegas In town for BHOF with the Mrs. All I can say is holy cowabonga. I wish I could pitch a hut and live here forever. This is a tiki lovers paradise. Their drinks are all on point. I love Tiki Ti for drinks (atmosphere blows) and these drinks are just as good, and that is really hard for me to admit. The interior is fun, whimsical and fantastical. So much detail, its beyond Trader Sams even. Yep, I said that too. I am so impressed. We love it! Luckily we live kind of close in Cali so we will be making the road trip back here often. Thank you Golden Tiki tiki Las Vegas Sun, 05 Jun 2016 01:19:22 PST Comment1293 CaptainSaveaHo on The Golden Tiki, Las Vegas Back here again! Had to give it all 10&#39;s . This place rocks . They have added a magician named Krystal on the Weekends to entertain you as they make their delicious drinks. It&#39;s seems every time I come I notice something new . This time several new shrunken heads AH MAZING! Love love love it here tiki Las Vegas Sat, 04 Jun 2016 22:32:30 PST Comment1292 TikiTravis on Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29, New Orleans Really enjoyed my visit here. Fantastic food, and the drinks were both showy and great to taste. Met a fun couple of tiki enthusiasts who were also visiting, confirming that this was the place to be. Only reason this place wasn&#39;t perfect was its inability to remind you that you were in New Orleans, with windows to the outside courtyard, but since this is connected to a hotel, I can&#39;t blame them too much. Also, the music didn&#39;t start out tiki-friendly, but it quickly became that way. (I think the staff noticed tiki-friendlies were inside, and not normal hotel patrons.) <br /> <br />The staff was extremely friendly- best experience yet in that regard. <br /> <br />If you love tiki, and are in New Orleans, it would be a huge mistake to not visit. Especially since this is Beachbum Berry&#39;s own place. are you using his Total Tiki app? You should be. Are you reading his books? You should be. tiki New Orleans Sat, 04 Jun 2016 06:18:43 PST Comment1291 PeterVenkman on Ciral's House of Tiki, Chicago My grandfather lived in an apartment above the bar. When we went to visit we used to meet him in the bar. Though I was only a kid, they&#39;d let me in (my grandfather was a regular) and I got to have a drink (a watered down coke) at the bar. I loved the bamboo and different tiki lights hung over the bar. Ciral&#39;s was my first real tiki experience. Can&#39;t say anything about the drinks, but my dad probably has some memories of them. tiki Chicago Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:55:25 PST Comment1290