The Shameful Tiki Room

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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4362 Main St
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Opened in March 2013
Mon-Thu 5pm-midnight
Fri-Sat 5pm-1am
Sun 5pm-midnight

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The Shameful Tiki Room

8.8

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Decor 9.2
Drink Quality 8.9
Drink Selection 9.2
Food Quality 8
Food Selection 7.4
Mood 9.3
Music 9.3
Service 9.2
Tikiness 8.9
Tilt 9.2
Vibe 8.8

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Humuhumu’s description

The Shameful Tiki Room opened in Vancouver's Riley Park neighborhood in March 2013. Owner Rod Moore has dedicated himself to creating a classic Polynesian Pop escape, with a dimly-lit, windowless environment decked with bamboo and float lamps. The space is small, but there is a kitchen, and theme-appropriate live music acts are sometimes showcased.

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CWGross
CWGross has visited The Shameful Tiki Room.
July 6, 2018, 8:43 PM
On a recent trip to Vancouver, my wife and I made reservations for two evenings: a "Mai-Tai Mondays" and a "Waikiki Wednesdays" featuring hula dancers. Monday provided a great experience of just getting to meet the bar, try the drinks, and soak in the attentively, lovingly created ambiance. Wednesday provided a nice little "hook" with its half-hour long modern hula show. I'm glad that, in our three short days in the city, we spent two of our evenings at the Shameful Tiki Room. It was well worth it and perhaps THE highlight of our visit.

For food we had the Captain's Mix pupu platter both times, which was a fantastic sampling of very good finger foods. The coconut mango rice especially was to die for. Drinkwise, we tried the mai-tai which is always a little too tart for us no matter where we drink it, the excellent painkiller, and the mystery bowl. The latter came with much fanfare as well. Taking a cue from other establishments, different drinks come with their own unique fanfare. Luckily, with their extensive drink menu, nobody is ordering enough of the same drinks to make the fanfare a repetitive problem like in other places.

A reservation is the way to go, as the place was packed on both nights we went. Reservation seatings last two hours, after which they may reseat you at the bar if it is available. However, being merely visitors to the city, that two hour time frame was generally okay for getting us back out the door and on our way to see more of the city or turn in for an early rise the next day. I might have preferred an extra hour or half-hour to just enjoy it, but it also makes you leave wanting more, which is good marketing if nothing else. They could easily expend into the adjacent store space and fill that up too.

While I might agree that the Shameful Tiki Room isn't worth a special trip to Vancouver for its own sake, I did give it extra "tilt" for being Canada's own Tiki bar chain of the 21st century. It is definitely worth visiting if you are in the Pacific Northwest and, for me, it lived up to the hype. If they could be induced to opening more locations across Canada, that wouldn't hurt my feelings at all, even as it might hurt my pocketbook!
vgriffindor
vgriffindor has visited The Shameful Tiki Room.
June 5, 2018, 9:59 AM
Great atmosphere, and a large Tiki drinks menu. One of the best parts are the various magical things that happen when you order one of their bowls, which never fails to put a smile on everyone's faces, customers and staff alike.
KevinCrossman
KevinCrossman has visited The Shameful Tiki Room.
July 1, 2017, 7:24 PM
We tried to make a reservation but none were available so we took our chances with a walk-in around 6:30 on a Friday. Place was only maybe 2/3 full and still they sat us at the bar. My Mai Tai was good but a bit too sour, but the other drinks we ordered were well done. My wife liked her Chi-Chi (she was asked if she wanted a single or a double and surprised me by saying a double. The fact that she liked the boozier drink was surprising). We also had a Frankie's Special which I liked and she didn't.

The bar staff was super friendly as they made drinks, juiced limes, and talked to or they at the bar. The wait staff worked well getting the food out too (we had the potstickers and they were very tasty). The ladies working there were dressed up in a cool tiki style which aided the ambiance. Music was softer than I prefer and included a lot of surf. We mentioned being from San Francisco and one of the bartenders mentioned he'll be there for Rum Fest 2017 repping Hamilton Rums. (There was an obnoxious patron at the bar who used the F word constantly and it killed the vibe for us).

The decor here is very good and pays homage to other tiki bars. The wall of exotica and Hawaiian music was a nice touch.

We visited Hale Pele a couple days earlier and the layouts are similar. Perhaps this is coloring my view. I felt the Shameful Tiki room is a gem in Vancouver, but should not be considered in the upper echelon of tiki bars as some have opined. Something wasn't all the way there. But, definitely worth going to and patronizing frequently if you're a local.
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