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Trader Vic's

Atlanta, GA
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Courtland St. NE at Harris St. NE
Atlanta, GA
Opened in 1976
Tue-Sat 5pm-midnight
closed Sun & Mon
(404) 221-6339

Critiki ratings

Trader Vic's

8.9

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by 141 people

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Detail
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Decor 9.6
Drink Quality 8.6
Drink Selection 9.6
Food Quality 8.4
Food Selection 8.2
Mood 9.1
Music 8.5
Service 8.7
Tikiness 9.7
Tilt 9
Vibe 8.8

Upcoming Visits

  • RUMAWAYWITHME
    visiting on
    Thursday, September 27, 2018
    YAY!
  • okuma
    visiting on
    Monday, November 26, 2018
    for the first time
    September 11, 2018, 10:16 AM
    I work downtown— let me know if you’d like a local for chatting about all things Tiki!
    September 11, 2018, 10:59 AM
    Much appreciated, Jasper! I will be flying through ATL that day and am hoping to make a trip into town to visit Vic's depending on the length of my layover. I will let you know if I can make it!
    September 11, 2018, 12:26 PM
    Take the MARTA from the Airport to Peachtree Center Station. From there, it's just a matter of running the skybridge maze from Peachtree Center to the Hilton. Trader Vic's is down in the basement. You can probably make the MARTA ride, two Tiki drinks , and a return MARTA ride to the Airport in under four hours.

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Humuhumu’s description

This Trader Vic's opened in the basement level of the Hilton Hotel in downtown Atlanta in 1976. This is the only one of the Trader Vic's locations in the United States today that has not been updated in a way that removes some of the original charm. There have been ebbs and flows in the quality of the drink offerings over the last decade or so, but its value as a piece of Polynesian Pop history has helped it remain an important attraction.

Comments

DanTiki
DanTiki has visited Trader Vic's.
September 10, 2018, 5:33 PM
While the decor is still vintage, this is nothing more than a hotel bar with a tiki theme. No music, and the tv was showing CNN. Not the tiki escape I expected. Garnishes were a joke, a canned cherry and a pineapple chunk. Drink quality was ok, but seemed very meh. I can only imagine this place must have been like in the 70s swinging with some mood music.
Miss Catwings
Miss Catwings has visited Trader Vic's.
July 4, 2018, 1:46 PM
I think I what some people here are missing is that this IS the quintessential tiki bar before they were called tiki bars. The ambiance here reeks of tropical drinks and pacific and Asian food fare. Although not many tikis and the disappointment of no tiki barware I felt like I was transported to another time and place. I didnt feel like I was in the lower level of the Atlanta Hilton in the middle of the business district. I felt like I couldve been in Honolulu in the 70s, the only thing missing wouldve been Don Ho. I went at happy hour time and it was relatively empty since thats right when it opens and as I left more people started to fill the restaurant. Aside from the annoying couple next to me that were talking incessantly to the bartender about how they come down a two times a year and how into Tiki they are were (although it sounds like they had only been to a small handful of bars in their hometown- they didnt even know what to call a swizzle stick) and shit-talking the S.O.S. in Decatur, I still had a wonderful time next to the quiet businessmen enjoying their tropical cocktails in regular old glasses with tropical garnishments and the other young couple soaking in the lowlight of the bar. I decided to try their signature drink since I was in Atlanta, Atlantas own Peach Tree Punch. It was served with half a canned peach, and was a blend of rum, peaches and bit of orange. It was a delicious and delightful spin on a tropical drink southern style. I ordered the Mac Nut Encrusted MahiMahi which was served with a side of ratatouille and sweet potato mash. It was PERFECTLY cooked. I was amazed since this is a land-locked city and Im from Hawaii and have fresh fish all the time. It made up for the bill and was still amazing the next day as leftovers. Im very thankful I got to visit this Trader Vics. A taste of kitsch and old tiki bar culture. A hidden oasis in the middle of Downtown ATL.
neanderthal85
neanderthal85 has visited Trader Vic's.
June 18, 2018, 8:03 PM
I'm not sure if the rating is based upon visits from the past, but this was the most disappointing Tiki bar I've ever visited. I was absolutely dismayed, and it was one of the main reasons I visited Atlanta.

While the decor is nice, it pales in comparison to other vintage Tiki I've visited (Mai Kai) or newer locations (Three Dots and Dash, Archipelago, Smuggler's Cove). I could see cars driving through the back on the restaurant.

The bar was embarrassingly paltry for a Tiki classic. NO tiki mugs - there were two bowls if you ordered a larger group drink. Otherwise, glass (or even plastic) cups. I ordered a classic Mai-Tai. It was an abomination. As a few other recent comments have mentioned, the drinks are very "packaged", as in cheap OJ from a jug, bottled lime and lemon juice, sweet and sour mix, etc. It was so sweet, almost mouth puckering sour. I didn't even stay for a second drink.

When I asked about purchasing a mug for my collection, they said that all they had were small Mai-Tai glasses and hadn't had mugs for sale for awhile. While they claimed it was because each was handmade, I couldn't help but think, "You're a Trader Vic's!"

Of the many drinks I saw go out, there was no flair or artistry. It was a pick with a pineapple piece, a cherry, and a mint sprig - every single drink.

The bar has a TV. This visit, it was tuned to FOX News and Tucker Carlson's face. I felt so relaxed and Tikified seeing a defense of separating children from their parents.

This place, with a simple shift to classic, well-prepared drinks, could start to flourish again. However, it seems that it is what it is - a basic, bottom-of-the-hotel bar with terrible drinks.

If you are a Tikiphile and happen to be in Atlanta, go, but just to say you went. Take a few photos, walk in to the place, but save your money and head somewhere else. This is a sad, run-down roadside attraction of a Tiki bar.
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Upcoming Visits
RUMAWAYWITHME
visiting on
Thursday, September 27, 2018
YAY!
okuma
visiting on
Monday, November 26, 2018
for the first time
September 11, 2018, 10:16 AM
I work downtown— let me know if you’d like a local for chatting about all things Tiki!
September 11, 2018, 10:59 AM
Much appreciated, Jasper! I will be flying through ATL that day and am hoping to make a trip into town to visit Vic's depending on the length of my layover. I will let you know if I can make it!
September 11, 2018, 12:26 PM
Take the MARTA from the Airport to Peachtree Center Station. From there, it's just a matter of running the skybridge maze from Peachtree Center to the Hilton. Trader Vic's is down in the basement. You can probably make the MARTA ride, two Tiki drinks , and a return MARTA ride to the Airport in under four hours.
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