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Tonga Hut

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12808 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA
Opened in 1958
Daily 4pm-2am
(818) 769-0708

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Tonga Hut

8.1

Overall

by 212 people

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10

Detail
Everyone You
Decor 8.3
Drink Quality 8.1
Drink Selection 8.4
Mood 8.3
Music 7
Service 8.2
Tikiness 8.5
Tilt 8.5
Vibe 7.9

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Humuhumu’s description

Small bar in the middle of the San Fernando Valley with some absolutely fantastic tiki decor, with a bamboo-ridged drop ceiling, lovely green booths and some great carvings — but currently overcoming many years of decline as a generic dive bar (and not the cool kind), with blinking electronic dart boards and a large glowing jukebox filled with terrible music.
Ownership of Tonga Hut changed in February 2004, with no noticeable changes. The Tonga Hut changed hands again in November of 2005, and now things are looking quite a bit tiki-er, with the removal of beer signs, and vintage fountains running again after many years of dryness.
The new owners are dedicated to continuing improvements, and turning it back into the classic tiki bar it can be. In 2013, the owners opened a second location in Palm Springs
Tonga Hut
Palm Springs, CA
Bar & Restaurant
8.6
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TikiD
TikiD has visited Tonga Hut.
November 19, 2017, 6:35 PM
I just visited the Tonga Hut for the first time last night (11/18/2017), and had an amazing stay there. The bartenders were great and made awesome drinks. They also were very knowledgable about the history of the place along with the drinks. I purchased the fireplace mug there as well, and the one bartender packaged it up real nicely and threw in some extra tidbits as an added bonus. I will be back there soon.
DoktorTiki
DoktorTiki has visited Tonga Hut.
July 6, 2017, 1:20 PM
We have been by a couple of times before, stopping in when we are in SoCal. The decor, music and vibe are good as are the drinks. On a Sunday afternoon, the place was packed. The only negative has been the service. A lone bartender when you needed two plus perhaps a server. The poor guy was mixing non-stop so no time to talk, ask a question etc.
Atomic Tiki Punk
Atomic Tiki Punk is a semi-regular at Tonga Hut.
January 5, 2017, 8:04 PM
I have so many friends here, which help make the Tonga Hut a special place, but to be unbiased the drinks can be a mixed bag, unless you get Marie or Sid as your bartenders, during Tiki events or band nights the place is hopping, but it mostly caters to the local neighborhood hipster scene during the week, so prepare for a different mood on those nights, the decor is spot on, they have a great jukebox!
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gellyfish
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Monday, December 25, 2017
Nightime drink post-plane flight! Might be there between 10:30-11 PM!
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