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Tiki-Ti

Los Angeles, CA
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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

9.4

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Decor 9.4
Drink Quality 9.7
Drink Selection 10
Mood 9.5
Music 7.9
Service 9.3
Tikiness 9.6
Tilt 9.7
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.

How to find it

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Tiki-Ti is in a small, free-standing building on the north side of Sunset Blvd, just past where Sunset merges with Hollywood Blvd. It is between El Chavo restaurant and the former KCET studios.

Parking

There is free parking available on the street in the neighborhood. Some folks used to park in the lot directly across the street, but this is no longer advised.

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I will be there when it opens at 4:00!
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Mzznlink
Mzznlink has visited Tiki-Ti.
April 7, 2017, 9:59 AM
Stopped by for my first visit. Parking is available our front but it's not free, parking meters, 2-hour limit.

Place is small but Cody, colorful crowd of regulars. Friendly bar staff, great drinks.

Didn't see any smoking inside, several gentlemen enjoying their cigars out front.

Imagine Frankie's without the smoke screen, more hanging stuff.
Cretin90
Cretin90 is a semi-regular at Tiki-Ti.
December 26, 2016, 7:38 PM
This place is the size of a bedroom, so prepare to get cozy.

And you anti-smoking Nazi's need to get over yourselves. IT'S A BAR..hello? ..I always bring Mile sr. a cigar, and he treats me right at the bar. It was fun lighting up a big stogey in there like they did in 1961 when the place opened.
The only gripe is the prices...be prepared to easily drop $100 ...and bring cash.
mattymo
mattymo is a semi-regular at Tiki-Ti.
December 25, 2016, 8:55 AM
So much history and many levels of awesome crammed into this little space. Timeless.
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