TikiCat

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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

9.5

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by 86 people

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Everyone You
Decor 9.9
Drink Quality 9.3
Drink Selection 9.2
Mood 9.6
Music 9.5
Service 9.5
Tikiness 9.7
Tilt 9.4
Vibe 9.4

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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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neanderthal85
neanderthal85 has visited TikiCat.
October 9, 2018, 10:45 AM
I've been wanting to visit TikiCat since I heard it was opening. With a Kansas City wedding reception happening literally down the street, this was the chance.

This is by far the best Tiki bar I've visited, and absolutely worthy of the #1 ranking. There are two kinds of Tiki bars it seems - the large, open, classic Tiki (Mai Kai, Trader Vic's, Tonga Room, etc.) and the smaller, more modern bar sized Tiki (TikiCat, Smuggler's, Three Dots, etc.) I much prefer the latter while absolutely appreciating the history of the former. I loved Mai Kai, but the intimacy of TikiCat is what propels it to the top for me.

The decor is fantastic. It was done in such a way that it seems all at once overwhelming, refined, cluttered, secluded, and relaxing. The furniture is right out of some 60's/70's Hawaiian resort. The lighting, decor, carvings - all of it is spot on. I went twice for extended periods of time, and I always felt like I was discovering something new.

The service is amazing - the whole bar staff were so gracious and welcoming. I've seen the other reviews about wait times or reservations - it's popular, that's for sure. But I never felt put off or unwelcome. In fact, I've not come across, as a whole, a nicer set of staff in any bar. I really think the world of them.

Finally, the drinks. Hands down the best I've ever had. I'll list out all of them I had or tried, with thoughts:

Mai Tai - best Tiki bar Mai Tai I've ever had, in the classic glass with mint sprig and half lime shell

The Luau - the popular flaming punch bowl is delicious, but the presentation is Instagram worthy, and this seemed to be the most popular option while I was there

Painkiller - maybe the second best Tiki drink I've ever had, with a rich caramel after taste...I ordered one each night I was there

Tiki Puka Puka - just a solid, well-rounded drink that my wife said was her favorite

Gin On, You Pisco Diamond - the only one I didn't care for, as it felt flat and without depth, like it needed a good syrup behind it

Puka Pumba's Paradise Punch - another favorite of my wife's that is a show-stopper when delivered

Tradewinds - one of my favorite that I tried, it's creamy but refreshing

Grog Right Meow - the best Tiki drink I've ever had, and while I'm very partial to creamy coffee drinks (White Russians all day for me), it just has a flavor that is worthy of a final dessert...I had one each night, and convinced a few others to order them, too

I know TikiCat won't be everyone's cup of tea, but in the grand scheme of things, it's certainly worthy of a #1 ranking, and should be a destination for folks who love Tiki.
BeccaSchmecca
BeccaSchmecca has visited TikiCat.
August 3, 2018, 7:33 AM
Went on a road trip to to TikiCat from Milwaukee just to check it out. We made reservations well in advance, which is recommemded.

So, letís me preface this be saying itís a great tiki bar and definitely in my top 5, but...it was a bit of a let down. We waited 25 minutes outside of the bar despite having a reservation. Really not a huge issue at all but I saw them turn several people away for not having reservations when the bar had plenty of empty seating the whole time we were there. The staff, however, was sooooooo nice about it. They even bought us a round to make up for it despite us not complaining at all....and a round at Tikicat is no cheap thing.

The decor is very detailed and well thought out. Great bamboo work and carvings. There are some pieces that Iím not a fan of (large, dayglo mod murals) but thatís more of a taste thing on my part. They were playing reggae music, though, which I just donít think belongs in a tiki bar. Plus they were out off ALL tiki mugs. None of the 4 mugs they sell were in stock and even the drinks were served in regular glasses. I have to admit I was a little more than bummed out about that as I looked forward to getting one for so long.

Hereís where they have everyone beat: their drinks and service. The staff was SO nice and accommodating. Really the nicest ever . Plus I can honestly say that the drinks I had were the best tiki drinks I have EVER had. I had the Port Light and the Puka Puma.

Overall a great tiki bar and not to be missed if youíre in KC, but not No . 1 in my book.

Nancifer
Nancifer has visited TikiCat.
July 30, 2018, 6:46 AM
I booked a couple months in advance. We were driving about 3 hours to get there. We had a late reservation, 10pm and arrived early. They were no accepting walk ins, but many tried to get in. My advice is to not arrive too early. The small, narrow waiting area has a lot of foot traffic from the bar/restaurant upstairs, ie staff carrying food trays, kegs etc. But they have plenty to look at as you wait. Manager and hostess were dealing with a couple of inebriated young ladies, they were unable to serve them because they were obviously too intoxicated. After they left we were seated and it was nothing but fabulous after that! We all started with painkillers (my personal favorite) after that round we all tried something new to us. My husband had the daylight come, my son had the planters punch and I had the puka pumbas paradise punch (off the recommendation of another guest) they were all delicious! Then hubby had a mai tai and my son and I split another painkiller.
Overall i found the decor to be pleasing, staff was extremely accommodating and fellow patrons were very chill. I can definitely see why Tikicat was rated #1.
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