Pilikia

Dallas, TX
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3113 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX
Opened in January 2017
Tue-Fri 5pm-2am
Sat 7pm-2am
closed Sun & Mon
(214) 263-2915

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Pilikia

6.7

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Everyone You
Decor 7.7
Drink Quality 6.7
Drink Selection 7.3
Food Quality 8.4
Food Selection 7.6
Mood 7
Music 3.3
Service 8.3
Tikiness 7.4
Tilt 4.8
Vibe 5.1

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Humuhumu’s description

Pilikia is a tiki bar and nightclub in Dallas, the name means "trouble" in Hawaiian. It opened in late January 2017. They serve tiki drinks and shared bowl drinks, and have a small menu of food. The entrance is flanked by two tall tikis, with a large moai looking over. Inside, the decor is spare, with carved tiki stools, paper lantern lights, and some bamboo. There is an outdoor patio.

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tikiglees
tikiglees has visited Pilikia.
October 5, 2017, 2:07 PM
Arrived before 9 on a Wed night and the place was close to empty. Didn't dig the TV's showing sports but liked the space and thought the decor was good, lots of room for improvement. Highlight were the bartenders and interacted with a few of them including the owner. All very cool and could tell they were digging it. Place has the opportunity to be something solid. Music was a good reggae/beat mix but as it got later it turned into full nightclub beats as the crowd came in. They are catering to their audience for sure - the Dallas club set under 30 - but if the audience is liking the tiki vibe hopefully the tiki side of this grows. I look forward to seeing this grow as time moves on and wish them well.
Cheap bastard
Cheap bastard has visited Pilikia.
June 19, 2017, 11:46 AM
A very welcomed addition to the tiki wasteland that is Dallas, TX. The decor and drink menu are awesome. The back porch is to die for. The only issue I had is that around 10 pm they turn on dance lights, play club style music and kinda kill the quiet tiki vibe. I would go before and sit on the porch. Loved it. I hear that the Swizzle Stick Lounge will be open in Dallas soon and I will be back to visit that location.
Grande Kahu
Grande Kahu has visited Pilikia.
February 27, 2017, 9:26 AM
Pilikia's recent opening makes them Dallas's only tiki bar at the moment (but not the only place serving tiki drinks), so there was a great deal of optimism that they would be able to do it, mostly, right by tiki aficionados eager to have a new spot since the closing of Trader Vic's here years ago. Understandably, given the fickle nature of bar- and restaurant-goers in the region, they sought to bring the renewed popularity of tiki to a model that has been repeated here with success, that of a upscale, club or club-like scene, complete with valet (typical for so many Dallas spots), bouncers, bottle service, house music, and wait staff in short black dresses. Although it's clearly more bar than restaurant, the approach reminds me more than a little of the ill-fated Hurricane Club in NYC and less-so, but perhaps more in the direction they are aiming, of Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago. So, it's a bit of a let-down for the dedicated tiki enthusiast or anyone wanting to enjoy a more casual experience that one typically associates with the informality of a tiki bar. No, it's not formal per se, but it is the kind of place where it's about being seen and for 20-somethings to gawk over and post endless selfies with their "awesome mugs." Not that selfies are a mood killer, but getting to the point and drawing up all the love for the attempt, their attempt to bridge the realms of classic tiki bar with hip club leans more toward the latter. The decor, especially upon first impression, is quite good, aside from a cribbed-together entry portico that looks less island casual than backyard tiki party after a run to a big-box store for decor. The dark interior, peacock chairs, pufferfish lights, and a wall of backlit skulls reminiscent of Three Dots and a Dash, but larger (hey, Texas) sets out a nice vibe. A covered patio with paper lanterns and bamboo trim also works well, even if more sparsely decorated and open than one might like (unless you are there to be noticed). But upon closer inspection some of the details don't hold up particularly well. Especially those "I ran out to the party store" tikis, stools, and brightly-painted masks and the lost opportunities of the bar itself with its glass-less lantern-style fixtures and its elaborate c.1900 barback that's more grand hotel than Polynesian paradise. If we waive off the latter as eclecticism, then we turn to the drinks and service. To get it out of the way, yes, they have bottle service where the egotists can spend $400 on a $30 bottle of gin or plunk down $2,000 for "The Heart of the Ocean" (I'm not sure naming your most expensive drink after a necklace in the movie Titanic is really a great thing). The drink, which consists of a twin bottles of Dom champagne, vodka, and a treasure chest, is meant for a large group, but like all such excesses, is truely meant to prove how much money you can blow in a single pop and thereby impress (or disgust) your guests or neighbors. So, the tiki drinks themselves include a few standards like the Zombie, Fogcutter, and "Trader Vic's Mai Tai" even as those drinks taste like distant cousins of their namesakes. And, after trying some drinks twice, I found you will get two different tastes from the same (at least in name) drink. There is little consistency beyond a single flavor profile such as "the Zombie tastes of cinnamon" and that may mean the accompanying flavor is dilute strong rum with not much else going on. The Mai Tai, while professing to include the traditional ingredients, was entirely too sweet with sugar syrup or orgeat and the melting ice only contributed to what I'll term a sno-cone like reaction. We decided the drinks, including a couple of their own design, went from blandly passable, but not inspired, to bad imitations after the classics. The mugs and garnishes have no particular connection to the traditional here, and while it's not a matter to fixate over, I did miss fresh mint in the Mai Tai where a flower took its place. The wait service was fine, though as the hours pass and the club/bar fills, it became slower and less attentive. Returning during their 5-7 happy hour, we found the crowd decidedly smaller and the service more personal. Even the music, which after 8 seems to go into genres and volumes that will put off any exotica-loving conversationalist, is in the earlier hours mostly reggae. Their happy hour menu is different from the standard drink menu and, much to our surprise, included short drinks, including their version of a Bee's Knees, that were really quite good. After happy hour, I relented and asked the bartender to suggest any drink on the regular menu. He offered the Banana Old Fashioned, which seemed my last choice. Again, to my surprise, excellent. So, one may hope continued feedback may yet shift the rest of their bar offerings to a better place. Dallas, you have a tiki bar once again. Let's make the best of it and encourage the owners to do likewise.
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