Hala Kahiki

River Grove, IL
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2834 River Rd
River Grove, IL
Opened in 1966
Mon-Tue 6pm-2am
Wed-Fri 4pm-2am
Sat 4pm-3am
Sun 4pm-2am
(708) 456-3222

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Hala Kahiki



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Decor 9.9
Drink Quality 6.6
Drink Selection 8.6
Mood 9.5
Music 8.4
Product Quality 8.4
Product Selection 8.5
Service 8.1
Tikiness 9.8
Tilt 8.8
Vibe 8.4

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Humuhumu’s description

Hala Kahiki was opened in 1966 by Stanley and Rose Sacharski when they decided they wanted to get out of the funeral home business, and is still run by their family. Tucked away in a quiet suburb, Hala Kahiki is a beautiful classic tiki bar. The layout is sprawling but feels subdued and intimate. Witco carvings are featured heavily throughout the dimly-lit bar. The extensive drink menu tends toward the sweet and low-octane... consider bringing a flask to perk your drinks up a bit. The gift shop is large and includes a section of vintage clothing. Hala Kahiki was one of the stops during Exotica 2003, where Sven Kirsten gave a presentation on the art of Witco.


TikiChris is a semi-regular at Hala Kahiki.
May 8, 2017, 11:06 PM
It surprises me this place is still such a secret in Chicagoland. The place is absolutely beautiful and the drink menu runs for something like 20 pages. It's also a lot more affordable and easier to get into than, say, Three Dots & A Dash. I try to make it in whenever I am in the area.
Kahiki Guy
Kahiki Guy has visited Hala Kahiki.
April 26, 2017, 11:50 AM
A classic must visit for a good reason.
Tiare has visited Hala Kahiki.
July 3, 2016, 10:50 AM
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's but haven't made it it yet. I hear it's great. They have no food at the Hala Kahiki so would be a good stop to soak up the booze.
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