I was here for the Tonga Hut Tiki Wonderland party on December 11th, 2010. Also picked up the first edition Big Mo Mug designed by Kirby and made by GROG.
I've been here on countless visits over the years from back when just Jeremy Fleener and his girlfriend were running it up to the present with Murph and Claudia. I completed about half the Grog Log on premises and then moved to Portland which interrupted things...so I started on the Hale Pele list and made it halfway through that before I moved back to LA. Never going to complete a list! :(
Established in 1958, the Tonga Hut is a 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. "Big Mo" the moai lurks just inside the front door. Towards the back is the "Drooling Bastard" tiki fountain which is overseen by the many placards from patrons who have passed the Loyal Order of the Drooling Bastard test to drink every cocktail in Beachbum Berry's Grog Log (at the Tonga Hut) within one year.
In May 2021 the back parking lot was transformed into a garden area with tent canopy and the back entrance was graced with a new Kirby tiki mask.
In 2013, the owners opened a second location in Palm Springs.