The Polynesian Room

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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1489 East Hastings St
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Opened in 1955
(604) 253-7141

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The Polynesian Room



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Decor 8.9
Drink Quality 6.1
Drink Selection 5.9
Mood 7.5
Music 4.3
Service 7.4
Tikiness 7.5
Tilt 8.7
Vibe 6.6

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Humuhumu’s description

The Polynesian Room is located in the Waldorf Hotel. For much of the '90s and '00s, it was available only as a rental hall for private events. The Waldorf came under new ownership in late 2010, and the new owners have re-emphasized the Polynesian Pop angle. The Polynesian Room was renovated and restored, and a new era-appropriate analog sound system was installed. It reopened to the public in early November 2010.
It is made up of three rooms, the Polynesian Room, Tahitian Lounge, and Menehune Room. The Polynesian Room has a large collection of black velvet paintings by Edgar Leeteg, collected by one of the original owners of the hotel, Bob Mills.


AtomicTikiSpy has visited The Polynesian Room.
January 26, 2020, 12:42 PM
They do have traditional tiki drinks on the menu! They are trying! I had a Mai-Tai and a Zombie. The Zombie had 9 ingredients. Music was appropriate. Lights were low. This was a privately booked happy-hour event, so I don't know what it is like other times.
tiki-mike has visited The Polynesian Room.
March 10, 2019, 1:19 PM
Since the late 70's when I was just out of highschool trying to get work (unsuccessfully) as a longshore man I always thought of this as the bar where longshore men went to drink when they didn't get work for the day (the Waldorf is across the alley from the longshore hiring hall). I don't know if the bar improved over the years or my early perception was wrong, but after seeing various advertising that the bar was under new management and embracing it's too heratige, I decided to give it a try.

The decor is very nice, but a bit more Polynesian than tiki. The drinks were good, but the menu was a little sparse, although they did take orders for cocktails off the menu.

They had a food menus, although we did not order anything off of it, we thought it looked rather unimpressive.

The ambiance was a bit loud playing top 40 music. This is another tiki bar struggling between being a tiki bar and a night club.

If you are looking for a tiki experience in Vancouver stick to the Shameful Tiki.
AtomicTikiSpy has visited The Polynesian Room.
November 22, 2018, 12:09 AM
Hopefully the TIKI BAR at the Waldorf will eventually find its potential. A fairly recent review and viewing the online cocktail menu had things looking extremely promising.... definitely worth an exploratory mission to see if this place can be recommended to friends! The place didn't open until 8pm. The lights were too bright negating the whole ambiance of the star-filled night sky ceiling effect. Music? There were several patrons spread-out enthusiastically enjoying karaoke. Good for them, but not my thing: I didn't stick around to have a drink. I do hope to visit again sometime when the lights are dimmer, appropriate music is playing, and there is better ambiance.
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