Aku Aku

Orlando, FL
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431 East Central Blvd.
Orlando, FL
Opened in 2014
Mon-Sat 4pm-2am
Sun 2pm-2am
(407) 839-0080

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Aku Aku

7.8

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Everyone You
Decor 8.2
Drink Quality 7.8
Drink Selection 7.9
Mood 7.8
Music 7.1
Service 8.3
Tikiness 8.3
Tilt 7.6
Vibe 7.7

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Humuhumu’s description

Aku Aku opened at the beginning of 2014 and is a sister property of the adjacent mid-century-themed Stardust Lounge (Aku Aku's name is a nod to the relationship between Las Vegas' Stardust Casino and its Aku Aku
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Aku Aku
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). The back wall of the space is one large shelving unit full of rectangular cubbies of varying dimensions, filled with little bits of Polynesian Pop decor. A large Moai overlooks the room from a corner. A small selection of classic tropical drinks are available, and a longish rum list has some nicer sipping rums (and a lot of unfortunate flavored rums).

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JP
JP is a regular at Aku Aku, and is usually there weekday evenings.
November 11, 2017, 2:30 PM
Let me preface this comment with this: Aku Aku has the potential to be great. Some nights, it comes very close. But others...

Orlando has a lot of bars. A LOT OF BARS. In fact, Aku Aku is right above a bar called Stardust and next to a World of Beer. There's lots of options nearby for non-tiki fans/drinkers...and yet, the Aku Aku bar regularly has folks sitting at the bar drinking vodka and Redbull. WHY?! YOU'RE AT A TIKI BAR.

If you can get past the deadweight at the bar, the atmosphere is pretty good! The TV's usually have something pretty kitschy on, the music is usually on point, the bartenders seem to enjoy making tiki drinks (when they AREN'T pouring tequila shots)...so, you know, it's not bad.

The secret about Orlando is: a lot of the bartenders in town (at the cooler bars) are huge Tiki fans. You can request off-menu tiki drinks from these guys and girls, and they always deliver. So, there's always options.

Anyway, the drinks at Aku Aku are nice, and if you're into a bit of spice, ask for the Tiger Fucker (it's off-menu!)
KevinCrossman
KevinCrossman has visited Aku Aku.
September 24, 2017, 11:20 AM
Went with some Tiki muggles on a Saturday evening, and while there was a lively crowd there was also plenty of space on the lounge chairs for our group of six. Overall impression is that this isn't a bad tiki bar, and certainly better than the touristy restaurant/bars lining International Drive, City Walk, and Disney Springs.

Ordered the first round and each drink seems to come in its own tiki mug. My Mai Tai was served with a ton of mint, more then just a sprig. The Mai Tai supposedly is based on the 1944 recipe but didn't taste quite like that to me. It wasn't bad though. I also has the Aku Aku which was sweeter but still good for my palette.

I also ordered a Tiger Fucker, which is served flaming and features jalapeņo peppers. It's a very interesting drink but it really, really kicked me hard. Beware! But worth trying (maybe not with two other drinks, though). Weird that this drink is sort of their signature but isn't listed on the menu.

Decor is a mix of authentic looking (great looking Aku Aku statue, nice wood shelving behind the bar) along with some tacky tiki elements. TV above the bar playing football with no sound. The music was a mix of reggae and sixties pop (two Beatles songs, oy vey!). Bar staff was friendly but did lose track of a couple orders.
yesyesyes
yesyesyes has visited Aku Aku.
June 4, 2017, 8:34 AM
Remember, over 21 only
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