Pilikia

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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

6.3

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Everyone You
Decor 7.4
Drink Quality 6.4
Drink Selection 7
Food Quality 8
Food Selection 7.4
Mood 6.3
Music 2.9
Service 8
Tikiness 6.7
Tilt 4.6
Vibe 4.8

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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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KukePuluke
KukePuluke has visited Pilikia.
June 25, 2018, 7:48 AM
Contrary to information on Critiki, and in general on line,
Pilikia is only open perhaps a maximum of 10 hours per week.
Wednesday 10 pm until 2 AM, Saturday (.. sometimes it might be open 8 PM ?! or...)10pm as it's been the last 2 weeks....until 2AM.
We got to the door last night (saturday) at 8PM.
We are budget conscious, and parked a block away, not wanting to deal with the expense and annoyance of valet parking.
As I pulled on the door handle, my partner called my attention to the paper sign on the door saying there was a private party and the place would be open at 10.
When I'd dialed the phone number for the place hours earlier to re-verify the hours of operation, there was no indication of anything except the Wed and Sat hours.

There we were at the doorway, in our Aloha shirts....not feeling any Aloha eminating from the forbidden space.

I just looked up the definition of Pilikia and now realize the perfection in the establishments name.

I'm glad there are new places opening in far flung corners of the world.....
And I acknowledge that starting a new business is full of challenges....
But I also acknowledge my own experience as a would be patron.
We travel all over the world and go to Tiki Bars wherever we are....but I think we won't bother trying to go to this place again.... we've wasted too much time and energy on it already.

Pilikia: trouble of any kind, great or small;
Problem, nuisance, bother, distress;
Adversity, accident, affliction, difficulty;
Inconvenience, perturbation, tragedy, lack......etc.
Did the proprietors want this place to fail?!

We are anxiously looking forward to visiting 4 Kahunas in nearby Arlington.
TiKi75201
TiKi75201 has visited Pilikia.
June 11, 2018, 11:24 AM
This was my Yelp review from 2/4/2017

The decor was kitschy enough for a Tiki bar and they did have tasty rum based drinks served in whimsical ceramic mugs, but at $12-$14 a piece, it is on the expensive side. Our bill was $70 for 4 drinks (tip was included so be careful about adding extra gratuity).

The worst part about Pilikia is the music. Tiki culture is the celebration of all things Polynesia...Bob Marley is Jamaican and last I recall, the members of UB-40 were British! Would have preferred some Les Baxter or other music of the 50's Exotica genre that was popular during the tiki heydays of the 60's.

But it get's even worse, after 10, Pilikia adopts a club atmosphere complete with a DJ and bottle service that can be found at dozens of other establishments within Dallas that draws in the SMU dude-bro crowd!

I was really hoping Pilikia would be a true Tiki bar experience since Trader Vic's shut it's doors nearly ten years ago. Sadly it's just another typical uptown bar with a tiki theme...guess I'll have to wait even longer for e true tiki bar to open in Dallas.

Tiki Grabowski
Tiki Grabowski has visited Pilikia.
December 21, 2017, 5:12 AM
Went and checked out Pilikia while out in Dallas for training. Despite the mixed reviews I remained optimistic. Got there a little after 5:30pm(opens at 5pm). The decor inside was dark but gave it a nice vibe. A moai and tiki on the walls plus the skull wall that changed color was cool. I had a seat at the bar and was greeted by the very nice and friendly bartender Alex. As it was my first time I asked him what was good and what he would recommend. He made me a speciality off menu drink that was quite good. However I forget what he called it.
Initially the music was something to be desired. No tiki/tropical music was playing at all. I get that some of these new tiki bars struggle trying to find a balance of what music to play. But my opinion is that if you bill yourself as a tiki bar, you should play music that reflects that. Not techno, or rap or top 40, etc. But again that is just my opinion.
If you are in the Dallas area itís worth checking out if for nothing other than to check it off your Critiki list.
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