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Kon Tiki Lounge

Tucson, AZ
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4625 East Broadway
Tucson, AZ
Opened in 1961
Mon-Thu 11am-1am
Fri-Sat 11am-2am
Sun 11am-midnight
(520) 323-7193

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Kon Tiki Lounge

7.7

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Decor 9.7
Drink Quality 6.1
Drink Selection 8.1
Food Quality 6.4
Food Selection 7.3
Mood 8.7
Music 5.6
Service 7.8
Tikiness 9.5
Tilt 8.6
Vibe 7

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Humuhumu’s description

The Kon Tiki Lounge (no relation to the Steven Crane Kon-Tiki chain) is a classic original tiki bar. Open since 1961, the Kon Tiki Lounge has seen modern-day Tucson grow up around it on all sides. It is tucked back a bit on its busy street, surrounded by strip malls and small office buildings. The small-looking building feels a bit out-of-place. There is an almost lush little garden area out front, with tikis and a small "water feature" -- Tucson's arid climate wouldn't easily support a pond, so a tiled mosaic pond is in its place, with a small walkable bridge over it. To the left of the building is a great old Milan Guanko tiki.
Inside, the restaurant is dark and mysterious, with no windows, and much of the original decor still in place. A former aviary behind the bar is a jarring flash of light -- it used to house parrots, then a lizard cage, now it is used as an outdoor patio space. Large bamboo, gorgeous light fixtures, and tikis aplenty are throughout. The room is structured with smaller sub-rooms encased by bamboo and thatch dividers, giving a feeling of coziness and mystery.
The menus are standard fare for an old tiki bar -- barbecue ribs & similar items for food, and lots of tropical drinks (though a bit on the sweet & sugary side).
Today, the Kon Tiki's future continues to look very bright. It has been kept open through the years with a never-ending supply of college kids who love the place and keep it packed on weekends. These people are who we have to thank for keeping the place alive, but it's a bit more enjoyable when visited earlier in the day or on a weeknight, when the music is more in keeping with the environs and the place isn't so packed with bodies that the decor can't be seen.
In recent years the management has been working on spiffing up the place, while keeping it classic. The Kon Tiki now has their own tiki mug, designed for the Milan Guanko tiki outside, and has undergone some sprucing up courtesy of Bamboo Ben. A new Bamboo Ben bar looks like it has always been there.

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kahunam
kahunam is a semi-regular at Kon Tiki Lounge.
August 14, 2017, 7:02 PM
I have visited this one many times, in fact, ANY time I am in Tucson....it is on the menu for a visit! The food is always great and there are many Tiki classics on the menu. Possibly some of the better food I have had at any Tiki location. The drinks are relatively good. The liquor is NOT top shelf, but neither are the prices. It is an older Tiki bar in a location where they are doing their best to stay competitive. Sure, they play non-Tiki music. They are doing what they can to stay open, and I appreciate that. They are making Tiki available to the younger audience and are doing it successfully. It's a great fusion of old and new, and a MUST STOP if you are ever in Tucson. The CocoLoco is a favorite of mine!
mermaid1111
mermaid1111 has visited Kon Tiki Lounge.
April 11, 2017, 11:33 PM
I was absolutely blown away when I first walked in. The decor was fantastic but the drinks blew the whole thing. Great drink menu but the drinks had horrible ingredients and they were the syrupy fruity concoctions that are every Tiki drink aficionado's nightmare. There was a drink there called the Kon-Tiki Mai Tai which wasn't even remotely a Mai Tai, and had no business baring that title. Then the traditional Mai Tai there, was sweet and syrupy. Just no good. The bar is visually pleasing but the drinks suck.
Cheap bastard
Cheap bastard has visited Kon Tiki Lounge.
January 25, 2017, 6:56 AM
This place is awesome. Not enough can be typed here to describe just how awesome the decor, food, drinks, service, and tikiness of this place. It's just simply one of the best places I've been to. The locals at the bar were very welcoming. They have souvenir mugs with their name on the back and even have limited edition mugs as well.
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