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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

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Trader Vic's

9

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by 124 people

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Decor 9.6
Drink Quality 8.7
Drink Selection 9.6
Food Quality 8.4
Food Selection 8.2
Mood 9.2
Music 8.6
Service 8.8
Tikiness 9.8
Tilt 9.1
Vibe 8.9

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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.

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Johnny Junior
Johnny Junior has visited Trader Vic's.
December 8, 2017, 1:39 PM
The decor and the history truly are the main draw here. I stopped in a few times over the summer while in Atlanta for work and was instantly charmed by the atmosphere. Inside you will find a sprawling layout with plenty of large tiki statues and a good old fashioned feel. It has been kept so well over the years that you feel like youíve traveled back in time the moment you walk in. The fact that it is located semi-hidden below the Hilton hotel adds to its mystique. I came in around 5 pm on a weekday and sat at the bar. It was a bit stuffy and sleepy at this hour but I was into it. Service was friendly and efficient. A TV behind the bar was showing sports while the bartender talked to a rowdy patient about professional wrestlers. I appreciated the lively conversation but could see how one might be turned off by the vibe. I started with a Mai Tai which was good though rather generic and artificial. I saw bartenders putting store bought Orange and Pineapple juices in cocktails which was a bit disheartening if not entirely sacreligious. I tried some chicken satay which was surprisingly good. The staff didnít seem to take much pride in tiki culture or know much about it other than having the recipes on the menu memorized. Overall it was a bit of a let down given how excellent I know a tiki bar can be. Especially one that wears the official Trader Vicís label and has such an amazing location. All of that said, it is worth a visit if you are a die hard tiki lover and I would definitely stop by again next time I find myself in the area.
thejetpilot
thejetpilot has visited Trader Vic's.
October 4, 2017, 12:24 PM
If youíre going to go, I suggest going for the history.

The transition from the Hilton to the bar/restaurant still does it for me here, itís cool coming down an elevator and seeing massive tiki statues with cool lighting.

We sat at the bar, which had a TV at each end playing sports. Kind of didnít help with the vibe much.

We both got the Mai Tai, it was suuuuuuuper sweet and corn syrupy. Pretty sure it was house syrups in it.

Bartender and other guests were yelling loudly about sports the whole time. Nothing wrong with liking sports just didnít contribute a lot to the experience. Screaming baby in the dining room too, at 11:15 on a Saturday. Rough.

Couple of the patrons made an in appropriate comment toward my wife. Rebuked them, got our check and politely left. I know the bar is under a Hilton and you get all kinds at hotels but a totally subpar experience.
Jasper Meer
Jasper Meer is a semi-regular at Trader Vic's.
July 22, 2017, 9:27 AM
This is the only vintage Tiki bar left standing in my hometown, so I should talk it up... but, I can't. The frat party, bro-vibe is overwhelming. While no joint can be entirely blamed for its clientele, this is a corporate hotel chain bar at its core. Expect the classic drinks, but do not expect any craft or premium ingredients to go into'em. Yeah, yeah, yeah... Ok, Hilton, Inc. does get a lot right, too. Someone's made an effort to put together regular programmed nights for Tikiphiles and those are perfect. Truly. And the Chinese wood-fired ovens are no joke. They're the real deal. And... the kitsch is on point. I might love this place more than I let on.
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KingDado
visiting on
Saturday, March 10, 2018
for the first time
December 1, 2017, 9:11 AM
I can probably drop by and say hello. What time?
December 1, 2017, 10:12 AM
not 10% sure as of yet, maybe 730pm until LATE haha
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