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Amazing space, particularly the downstairs area. Has a fantastic sense of style, from the mugs to the decor. Though certainly not cheap, it is worth the cost. Note that it is very difficult to get a reservation, though we've never had to wait long if coming just to sit at the bar. The drinks and the rum list are both impressive. It's great to have such an amazing bar in Austin!

Tiki Bar

Tiki Tatsu-Ya

Austin, Texas, United States

Tiki Tatsu-Ya is a long-awaited tiki bar and restaurant in South Austin, Texas, that opened October 4th, 2021.

Owner is Tatsu Aikawa, who owns several restaurants in town including neighboring Ramen Tatsu-Ya, and was inspired to open a tiki bar by his brother Shion. Aikawa emphasized tiki's long tradition of incorporating Asian elements, and the heavy influence of Asian cultures on Hawaii. The drinks program is led by Cory Starr (previously of Chicago tiki bar Three Dots and a Dash) alongside Tatsu-Ya beverage director Michael Phillips and Tatsu-Ya sake sommelier Bryan Masamitsu Parsons. In addition to tiki drinks, there is also a tiki-inspired menu, with Japanese flavors and dishes strongly represented. The bar is housed in the former Backbeat space, right next to Ramen Tatsu-Ya's South Lamar shop.