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The Tiki Hideaway

Charlotte, NC
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1600 E. Woodlawn Rd
Charlotte, NC
Opened in December 2014
Closed in November 2015
No longer in operation.

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The Tiki Hideaway

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Humuhumu’s description

The Tiki Hideaway was opened by owner Mike Barrea in December 2014 in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte. The mid-century modern tinged space had a thatched overhang surrounding the bar, and a paneled relief back wall with stylized tapa designs and a Marquesan-esque face. Behind the bar was a towering Moai, housing the upper end of the bar's rum selection. The room was ringed with back-lit graphic tropical scenes. Orange vinyl seating contrasted nicely against the organic textures in the room. There was a small patio of outdoor seating.
The drink menu was a small, focused list of classic tropical cocktails, and there was a selection of higher-end sipping rums available. The food menu was in the form of small plate selections, and a few desserts.
After nearly a year in business, Tiki Hideaway closed in early November 2015.

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JenTiki
JenTiki was a semi-regular at The Tiki Hideaway.
November 10, 2015, 7:51 AM
As of November 9, 2015, Tiki Hideaway is permanently closed.
Trader Dave
Trader Dave has visited The Tiki Hideaway.
August 7, 2015, 9:00 AM
I was in Charlotte last week for business and had an opportunity to visit the Tiki Hideaway twice and enjoyed it very much. When I have a business trip coming up, the first thing I do is get on-line and find out if there are any new or older Tiki destinations near by. I was delighted to see that this establishment had recently opened. My first visit was on a Thursday night and the place was hopping. There was a large group of single women and several smaller groups. I arrived with my two co-workers, one would be experiencing tiki for the first time and other had last experienced tiki as a child at both Trader Vic's and the Luau in Beverly Hills.
I was immediately struck by the vibe and the decor. It's a small space, but the owners have made the most of it. A lot of the usual details you expect in an authentic tiki bar were there - blowfish hanging from the ceiling, exotica music playing, mid-centry mod furniture, etc. When we were seated, we were immediately given a full color drink menu. Although a small selection of drinks, I was not disappointed because it kind of fit the size of the space and many of the classics were there (Mai Tai, Singapore Sling, Zombie)and at least one drink new to me - the Corn & Oil. The name of the latter drink was certainly unappetizing but it actually was an excellent concoction, as were all the drinks. I found out on my second visit that the bartender, Jason, is a veteran of Trader Vic's in Chicago, and from the first sip, I knew somebody skilled and most importantly, passionate about the art of the cocktail was mixing the drinks.
One of my colleagues was trying a tiki drink for the first time. He tried the Zombie and I think we made him a tiki convert. My other colleague, who had experienced tiki as a child, had warm memories rush return to her and she was excited to get back to her home base of LA and check out some of the remaining tiki establishments there.
For the food selections, there is also a small menu. Being ravenously hungry the first time I visited, I was a little disappointed that the portions where on the small size, but they were nonetheless delicious and very reasonably priced. In total, in both visits, I ended up trying the plantain chips, summer rolls, pigs ears, island bowl and big kahuna teriyaki burger. All were excellent.
On my second visit, I went solo and sat at the bar on a Saturday night and was happy to have a nice conversation with the co-owner Marie. She and her husband have traveled far and wide seeking out the best in tiki and have worked hard to bring it to Charlotte - a city devoid of any other trace of tiki - past or present. My hat is off to them for their efforts. It's not always an easy sell for the uninitiated, especially in the narrow-minded South, and they may have an uphill battle for a while, but if they keep the quality of the drinks and food up, I think the word will continue to spread. Tikiphiles everywhere need to support this effort so that it lasts. Don't miss this if you are anywhere near Charlotte. If you know people in Charlotte, tell them to check it out.
eli
eli has visited The Tiki Hideaway.
March 13, 2015, 1:41 PM
Small tiki bar in a very modern strip mall. There's some cool lit up thatch over the back wall which also includes flat screen tv's that thankfully only show waves gently breaking on a beach. The decor behind the bar was far too cartoonish. This combined with a severe lack of clutter threw off a Disney/Ikea vibe. Music was solid and leaned more in the surf direction rather than exotica.

Mai-tai was decent and came with a orange slice and sprig of mint. Tasted better as the ice melted.. and at $13 it was a bit pricey for what it was.

But hey.. if you're in Charlotte and dig tiki then this is your spot!
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