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Tonga Hut

North Hollywood, CA
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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

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by 222 people

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Decor 8.3
Drink Quality 8.2
Drink Selection 8.4
Mood 8.2
Music 6.9
Service 8.2
Tikiness 8.4
Tilt 8.4
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
8.5
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20th Century Man
20th Century Man is a semi-regular at Tonga Hut.
February 20, 2018, 8:21 AM
I'm here with a buddy at least once a month, usually on Friday and Saturday nights. Love this place. Drink quality is mixed, as others have said, though overall it's still good. And if you don't drop at least a few dollars on the jukebox for lounge, exotica, or Hawaiian music, your ears may be concussed with R&R, hipster disco or something equally inappropriate. I guess that comment makes me an old man.

And since Tonga Hut has no food service of its own, their saving grace is hosting the amazing Ede of Durango's Tacos in the rear parking lot. She cooks up delicious carne aside and barbacoa burritos and street tacos under a set-up canopy. We look forward to our Tonga Hut visits and Ede's food allows us to stay longer and enjoy more drinks.
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.
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