The Grass Skirt

San Diego, CA
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910 Grand Ave.
San Diego, CA
Opened in 2016
Daily 5pm-2am
(858) 412-5237

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The Grass Skirt

7.7

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Decor 8.3
Drink Quality 8.2
Drink Selection 7.9
Food Quality 7.9
Food Selection 7.4
Mood 7.3
Music 6.2
Service 8.5
Tikiness 7.9
Tilt 7.7
Vibe 7.3

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Humuhumu’s description

The Grass Skirt opened in November 2016, in San Diego's Pacific Beach neighborhood. It is owned by the SDCM restaurant group. This speakeasy-style tiki bar is hidden behind a poke restaurant, Good Time Poke. There is a full menu of tropical cocktails, mostly their own creations, and a menu of seafood-centered dishes. Carved posts by local tiki legend Tiki Bosko support thatch over booths wrapping around a central fire pit, and backed by a grand mural of Diamond Head with a hula dancer. The bar is backed with orange tile and lava rock, and fronted by bamboo, lauhala and tapa cloth. One booth sits inside the mouth of a huge tiki head.

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Tiki Kiki
Tiki Kiki has visited The Grass Skirt.
December 30, 2017, 9:35 PM
I almost didnít go to this tiki bar because of some of the comments on Critiki, but I am glad I went to see for myself. I thought this was a pretty decent tiki bar. The owner/operaters seemed to have put in effort to make this a nice tikicentric place. It was bigger than most tiki bars, but was completely full of people early on a Saturday night. There were lots of fun tiki things to look at and the drinks were pretty good and well balanced. Not sickening sweet There were fun theatrics when certain drinks were ordered like at Trader Samís. Prices about the same as every other tik bar. It was easy to get a reservation, granted it was for 5:00 when they opened on a Saturday night though. My only criticism is that the music was too loud. They played surfer beach music which was fine, but wished it wasnít quite so loud. Hard to have a conversation, but really enjoyed my time there. There were lots of mugs to buy. I would love to visit again next time I am in the area. Important note, there is plenty of parking right out front of this place. No need to find parking on any side streets like a lot of other places in Pacific Beach.
nkash001
nkash001 has visited The Grass Skirt.
December 15, 2017, 1:44 PM
Didn't really care for this one. The bartender that waited on us was nice, but the drinks were so-so and the entire bar just feels kind of chintzy. It's an amalgamation of better tiki bars. The bar makes noise and changes color kind of like Trader Sams near Disneyland, but the bartenders don't put on a show like they do there, nor does the "interaction" seem to coincide with any particular order. Also, I HATE that this is one of those faux speakeasy places where you need a reservation. We made one, and they seated us at this communal round table that was hot with no space. Eventually we asked if we could sit by the bar, which had plenty of spaces. Best thing to order here is the Tipsy Tentacle for the cute banana octopus. Other than that, don't waste your time. Fake bamboo and wallpaper.
Kuai Craig
Kuai Craig has visited The Grass Skirt.
October 22, 2017, 9:59 PM
The Grass Skirt is the 35th Tiki Bar that I have visited on my quest to visit them all and I have to say that my experience there was in the bottom five.
So, we pulled up and got out of the car, the exterior is cool and Tikiesque, until you get out of your car and hear 1970s Disco at 130 decibels. Then you go next door to go through the "refrigerator" of a Noodle food storefront - BUT WE JUST SAW THE BAR ON THE CORNER WITH THE BIG SIGN!
The speakeasy thing is cool, when you have to kind of be an insider to know where the place is, not when ABBA is blasting from your obviously "tiki bar" complete with a big sign that says "THE GRASS SKIRT." So - LAME!
Then our group of eight got our seats. The waitress was sweet, but the disco was so freaken loud, we couldn't enjoy the experience. Then the Disco shifted into Rap Complete with Mother F'n this and Mother F'n that.
We left after one marginal drink each.
I am not likely to return to this vomitous abomination of a "tiki bar."
I will say that the decor was pretty cool, but that's about it. Cool Hula Girl lamps and some nice touches, but - NOPE!
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