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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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by 279 people

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Everyone You
Decor 9.4
Drink Quality 9.6
Drink Selection 10
Mood 9.4
Music 7.8
Service 9.2
Tikiness 9.6
Tilt 9.6
Vibe 9.4

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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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July 4, 2017, 6:40 PM
So I'm new to the tiki scene. Trader Sam's at Disneyland is my favorite tiki bar. The Undertow in Phoenix is number two with The Tonga Hut and Bootlegger Tiki in Palm Springs tied at number three. So, some context for my rating. Tiki Ti was clearly cool, and you certainly could feel the history there, but it was not my cup of tea-with regards to the bar as a whole. It was a little too divey for my taste. The Ray's Mistake was truly special and will certainly be one of the best tiki drinks I ever have. The Zombie did not strike me as much of a Zombie:( My wife and a Navy Grog that was certainly quality. That said, it was worth the visit, but I didn't connect with the space like I have with other tiki bars. FWIW.
Trader Trace
Trader Trace has visited Tiki-Ti.
June 26, 2017, 1:34 PM
After a long Taxi ride from Santa Monica. I was ready for a great experience. The place was pretty busy with regulars who were very friendly. The staff however made me feel invisible. The lengthy menu of drinks had no description that I remember. The guys on staff acted put out to any questions. I ordered a handful of drinks, all were just variations of orgeat tasting mixtures. I guess you bring your mug if you want anything other than a clear plastic cup.
The only fond memory is that the Band I play for was playing over the speakers...Trust me its not Martin Denny....
Just another Bass Player "out of Boston"
Aloha....I'm out the Greek Theater awaits.
Trader Trace
Trader Trace has visited Tiki-Ti.
June 26, 2017, 1:34 PM
After a long Taxi ride from Santa Monica. I was ready for a great experience. The place was pretty busy with regulars who were very friendly. The staff however made me feel invisible. The lengthy menu of drinks had no description that I remember. The guys on staff acted put out to any questions. I ordered a handful of drinks, all were just variations of orgeat tasting mixtures. I guess you bring your mug if you want anything other than a clear plastic cup.
The only fond memory is that the Band I play for was playing over the speakers...Trust me its not Martin Denny....
Just another Bass Player "out of Boston"
Aloha....I'm out the Greek Theater awaits.
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Upcoming Visits
Humuhumu
visiting on
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Hoping to arrive at opening time, 4pm.
Humuhumu
visiting on
Friday, October 6, 2017
This is the night of The Art of Tiki show at La Luz de Jesus down the road... so there's got to be an invasion at Tiki-Ti, right?
Noland Nocount
visiting on
Saturday, October 7, 2017
We'll be showing up early for some birthday cocktails.
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