Kanaloa

London, United Kingdom
Bar & Restaurant
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18 Lime Office Court, Hill House, Shoe Lane
London, United Kingdom
Opened in 2009
Mon-Fri 4:45pm-3am
Sat 8pm-3am
+44 20 7842 0620

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Kanaloa

4.9

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Decor 6.5
Drink Quality 2.4
Drink Selection 5.4
Food Quality 5
Food Selection 6
Mood 4.4
Music 1.6
Service 5.5
Tikiness 5.7
Tilt 7
Vibe 4.8

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Humuhumu’s description

Kanaloa is a tiki-themed restaurant, bar & nightclub, owned by the same folks behind Mahiki
Mahiki
London, United Kingdom
Bar & Restaurant
7.4
, along with Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding. It opened in London's Blackfriars neighborhood in 2009. Much effort goes into creating a welcome space for women at Kanaloa: going beyond free entry and discounts for women, house rules discourage men from treating women like prey. The main bar has lots of sleek bamboo and shell lamps. The ceiling in one room is densely encrusted with many different colors of glass floats. An elevated "treetop" room has some artificial palms. The club has a large and varied rum menu. In 2011 a second Kanaloa
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Kanaloa
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Bar
location opened in Glasgow, Scotland.

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SenorSwanky
SenorSwanky has visited Kanaloa.
November 21, 2016, 4:10 PM
Located in the heart of the sterile, steel and glass streets of London's financial district is this little bar. Think about the Bugs Bunny cartoon where he refused to move his rabbit hole when they wanted to build a highway. Except this is clearly in a modern building. Although largely empty when we arrived most of the tables were reserved, we ended up in what I'd consider a staircase landing. Mostly open floor space for the party crowd. The decor and the drinks were largely forgettable. Zero Tiki vibe, can't really recommend it.

Boilerplate London Tiki Bar Comment: (you'll see this on all my reviews from London so if you've read it once you can skip over it). All the tiki bars in London are very thinly tiki themed, under their skin they are all just after 9pm party bars. It should be noted that all our visits were before that, about 6pm. None of them played any music that came close to exotica, cocktail, surf.... They all had very vodka forward cocktail menus and even though there were recognizable drink names they were generally void of any rum. Our general process for cocktail evaluation is for us to try a couple of their signature drinks and then order a simple Havana Club Daiquiri and a MaiTai. None of the London menus had a traditional MaiTai or Daiquiri listed. There are probably exceptions to this rule but in general pubs are for boys and all other types of bars are for girls. The burlesque club and tiki bars we visited had pretty much exclusive customer base of women and "Hen Parties", just a drinking culture thing here in London I assume.
Wiki Tiki
Wiki Tiki has visited Kanaloa.
February 17, 2015, 11:50 AM
We visited last week. The place looks terrific -- plenty of tikis and old-school décor. The lighting and drinks menu are both good. The drinks themselves are pretty good, and nicely presented (one came in a real coconut with a lit sparkler).

The food is mediocre, a combination of bar food and some Thai specialties (which I might have counted as a nod to pan-Asian tikiness, except I saw that same combination of burgers and Thai food in our hotel's non-tiki restaurant -- it seems to be popular in London).

The music is modern club music, and the crowd is mostly young club-goers, not tikiphiles. The staff was very welcoming and gave us both leis (we were the only ones in the place wearing them).