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Tiki-Ti

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4427 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Opened in 1961
Wed-Sat 4pm-2am
Closed Mon, Tue, Sun
(213) 669-9381

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Tiki-Ti

9.3

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Everyone You
Decor 9.4
Drink Quality 9.5
Drink Selection 9.9
Mood 9.4
Music 7.9
Service 9.1
Tikiness 9.5
Tilt 9.5
Vibe 9.3

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Humuhumu’s description

This famous little bar is a Los Angeles institution—opened in 1961 by Ray Buhen, it is now owned and operated by Ray's son Mike Buhen and grandson Mike Buhen, Jr.
The Tiki-Ti drink menu has over 80 drinks, but picking one can feel a little bit like picking a race horse—the menu is divided into sections for the base alcohols, but beyond that, it's just a list of colorful names. These recipes are closely guarded family secrets. There are plenty of classic cocktails on the menu, but many of the drinks are the creation of Ray or his son or grandson. One of Ray's creations, Blood & Sand, is named for the Tyrone Power bullfighting film by the same name, and as it is being mixed the bar's patrons call out "Toro, Toro!" Mike or Mike will happily take the time to ask you a few questions and guide you to a drink you're sure to like.
On Wednesdays, a tribute is made to Ray—a bell is rung five times, and the whole bar stops what they're doing to toast to Ray.
For decades, Tiki-Ti was owner-operated, with no employees, making it one of the very few places in California that could allow smoking. In June 2015, the Buhens hired their very first employee, longtime regular Greg Bansuelo, to help behind the bar. Smoking is no longer permitted at Tiki-Ti.
The Buhens close the bar when they go on vacation; be sure to check the Tiki-Ti website's calendar to make sure they are open before you stop by. Tiki-Ti is extremely small (just 12 barstools and a small handful of tables), and is incredibly popular—if you don't like crowds, be sure to get there right as it opens, preferably on a Wednesday. Be sure to bring plenty cash—they don't accept credit cards.

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Slowhandtikiman
Slowhandtikiman has visited Tiki-Ti.
April 20, 2020, 10:54 AM
3-11-2020
I arrived on my maiden visit, on a Wednesday about 5 pm, and was lucky enough to get a seat at the bar just as a couple early birds were leaving.
I had planned on ordering a Ray's Mistake before even entering , from many of my friends recommendations, and Greg had my drink set up in record time.
The mood was friendly, and the other patrons all were chatty and it became clear many were regulars. I stayed almost 4 hours that just flashed by while I mingled with 5 or 6 fellow drinkers, and even one who was brand new to the world of Tiki, declaring a fascination and enchantment with the whole vibe and subculture.
True to form for such a tiny place , it was packed to capacity when I departed, and I was a very satisfied Tiki-kane! I will definitely go back again!
October 9, 2019, 9:26 PM
Great vibe and loved the decor. Fun crowd participation drink traditions. Small so go early and enjoy the Mai Tai and 80 other drink choices. Visited in August.
Menehune
Menehune is a semi-regular at Tiki-Ti.
May 23, 2019, 10:36 PM
What can I say? Just a great place. And the fact that it is run by the family of Ray who connects it all the way back to Donn the Beachcomber it just makes the place special. Amazing selection of drinks and made well. I am lucky enough to live in LA and get to visit when I want to. The world needs more Tiki Ti's in it.
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