TikiCat

Kansas City, MO
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401 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO
Opened in April 2017
Tue-Thu 5pm-midnight
Fri-Sat 5pm-1:30am
Closed Mon, Sun

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TikiCat

9.6

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by 70 people

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Decor 10
Drink Quality 9.6
Drink Selection 9.4
Mood 9.7
Music 9.6
Service 9.4
Tikiness 9.8
Tilt 9.6
Vibe 9.5

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Humuhumu’s description

TikiCat is a tiki bar in Kansas City, Missouri, it opened on April 13, 2017. The bar is part of the HopCat group, a chain of beer-focused pubs around the midwest. The focus here is pure tiki, not beer, and the group has enlisted the help of a number of noted specialists and artists: the buildout is by Bamboo Ben; Martin Cate has helped with the cocktail program; there are carvings by Dave Hansen (Lake Tiki), Patrick Sousa (OB Tiki), Ken Pleasant, and Jason Joffe (Smokin' Tikis); tiki mug and menu design by Anthony Carpenter; lamps by Jason Shelfow (Tiki J's Custom Lamps); and art by Thor Thordarson.
There is a vintage Witco bar and stools, and vintage furniture for seating. There are some intimate hut areas for groups, and table seating. The space is richly decorated, with carvings, art, bamboo, thatch, matting, and faux foliage throughout.
Reservations are recommended, and can be made via the website or OpenTable.

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TikiLizzy
TikiLizzy has visited TikiCat.
June 29, 2018, 9:58 AM
TikiCat is my first Tiki Bar! A colleague of mine introduced me to Critiki and we decided to start my Tiki journey here at TikiCat.

Great ambiance and loved the secret squirrel entrance. The staff was friendly and very informative. The Puka Pumba master himself was enjoyable as well!

The Port Light was YUMMY!

I would definitely come back next time I'm in Kansas City!
KariRyan
KariRyan has visited TikiCat.
June 14, 2018, 2:09 PM
I absolutely loved this tiki bar. One thing that made it stand out, besides the drinks, was how amazing the staff was. Their attention to the customer is beyond compare. I cannot wait to go back.
KukePuluke
KukePuluke has visited TikiCat.
May 23, 2018, 7:57 PM
What is the essence of Tiki?
Is it created by making a shopping list and procuring the goods and installing them?
If something looks right, does it always feel right?

Tucked away in a basement of another bar, just past the restrooms, is a compact wonderland in Kansas City, MO.
Past the toilets the décor changes – there are tikis on the ceiling and the lighting is extremely subdued. A wooden door, next to a foreboding sign listing the rules of entry, looks like a good tiki portal point. The doorbell is pushed and one is buzzed in. Into the lush tiki-cat-acombs!

The interior is a gorgeous assemblage of well chosen tiki elements. The lighting is beautiful. We were delighted with the Creature From The Black Lagoon, and Sleestak images among the tikis, pufferfish, glass floats, etc.

On my first visit here Yma Sumac was heard, and the second and third time. On the third visit there was a DJ playing whimsical obscurities from the 60’s and 70’s. Generally the music heard here is all over the oldies spectrum and not funneled into a quintessential tiki quality.

My Mai Tai was superb.
The other drinks I sampled were fine, but I did not care for the Puka Pumbaa Punch……too much like “Hawaiian Punch with rum” (were they paying homage to SF tiki dive bar Trad’r Sam’s?).

So the place looks great and the drinks taste good. BUT, there’s and element of fascism going on here that for us obliterated the aloha. Spontaneity is basically forbidden.
Drop-ins are not welcomed. RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED! The reservation policy is heavy handed with a policy of charging $10 per person for no shows (one must furnish a credit card number to reserve) and the right to refuse seating if the correct number of your party hasn’t assembled. Inside voices please, no woo-hooing!

I’m glad there is interest in Tiki and there are new bars opening. I appreciate the homework the TikiCat folks have done in creating a beautiful space. I understand wanting to have a space filled with an appreciative crowd, especially if the establishment is in a neighborhood full of places to party.
I suggest regulating the joy out of an evening is not the way to go.


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