Lei Low

Houston, TX
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6412 N. Main St.
Houston, TX
Opened in 2014
Tue-Sat 4pm-2am
Sun 2pm-midnight
Closed Mon
(713) 380-2968

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Lei Low



by 82 people



Everyone You
Decor 8.7
Drink Quality 9.4
Drink Selection 9.3
Mood 8.7
Music 8.7
Service 9.2
Tikiness 9
Tilt 9
Vibe 8.8

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Humuhumu’s description

Lei Low opened in Houston's Heights neighborhood in late February 2014. The force behind Lei Low is husband-and-wife tikiphile team Russell and Elizabeth Thoede.
Lei Low serves drinks inspired by the historic tropical standards, but in their own modern style. Although Lei Low doesn't typically serve food, they do have occasional luau events.
A brightly colored mural of a tropical scene adorns the front entrance. Inside, the centerpiece of the space is a dramatic thatched A-frame structure behind the bar, which holds a collection of tiki mugs. There are a couple of vintage Witco pieces, and a few colored floats hang from the ceiling. There is seating in green booths, or on stools along the large bar. Tiki posts are found between booths and behind the bar. A grand peacock chair is near the entrance. Along most of the walls, the decoration comes in the form of framed art hung on framed pieces of lauhala matting.


Trader Anne
Trader Anne has visited Lei Low.
February 23, 2019, 10:32 PM
What a great tiki bar! Friendly and welcoming, exotica music, great drinks, fun decor... it is perfectly Houston and perfectly tiki. No theatrics like Hale Pele or the Disney bars, but a wonderful place to get your tiki fix.
GrandMarquis has visited Lei Low.
September 11, 2018, 10:35 PM
nice bar and tiki terrasse outdoor! great service and manager ! long live to the Lei Low !!
TikiFunk has visited Lei Low.
March 29, 2018, 6:39 AM
After many many business trips to Clear Lake TX, a friend and I finally made trek into Houston to Lei Low’s. Clear Lake only has the (shudder) Volcano Room, so I was really looking forward to getting my tiki on at the highly ranked Lei Low’s. The strip mall exterior has a neon “RUM” sign over the door and a large tiki mural painted on an adjoining wall, so it’s a wonderful experience when you open the door and get a face full of tiki. The interior décor is pleasant with lots of old tiki ephemera and delightful art on the walls, including what looks like original pieces. The bar has lots of seating and there a number of booths. We sat at the bar and had a wonderful time talking to the staff while sipping our way through five cocktails (each). I really liked the “Chai Diver”, a Lei Low version of the cold buttered Pearl Diver (8/10) and a one-person Rum Barrel (8.5/10). Of the others we sampled the Mai Tai (6), Space City Painkiller (7), Special Planter’s Punch (7), Fog Cutter (7.5), Jump the Shark (5), Bush Pilot (7), and Barefoot in the Sand (7). All of them were obviously made with care and used what looked like fresh juices and quality rums. A minor nit would be that all the drinks should have top-shelf garnishes … it really makes things special. Only two drinks really did that, the Rum Barrel that had both the custom Lei Low cocktail picks (great) and a paper whirly-gig (wow, original), and the Shark (served in a shark mug with splashes of fake blood and a life preserver gummy). The music was also bit of a disappointment (6.5/10), being a mix of soft rock tunes with a few exotica tunes here and there. I’m really a proponent of having 100% exotica … for me it makes going out tiki-immersive. Will I go back? Most Certainly. I can’t wait. I’m even getting a 4th anniversary mug!
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