The Forbidden Hole is the home tiki bar of Cool Breeze located in Omaha Nebraska. It can be found on Instagram using #theforbiddenhole or @todd_wyatt
Not that long ago, in a neighborhood not that far away… Tatooiniki started with an impulsive purchase of a large, beach-themed, inlaid-wood bar top—salvaged from a South Jersey mansion—in 2014, shortly after we moved to the Jersey ‘burbs from Brooklyn with our family.
We had nowhere to install it at that point, so it sat in a corner of our garage draped in some moving blankets. A couple of years later, once we had done some work to make our formerly-leaky basement watertight, we began the process of designing a bar around our bar top. Peter began building in earnest in 2018. The bar made its debut Labor Day weekend 2018 and has hosted monthly parties ever since, even as its decor and furnishings are constantly evolving.
Tiki Palace is the home tiki bar of the Palazzo family: Alex, Melissa and Nick. It is in the covered back patio of their home in Granada Hills, California. They converted the 21'x12' space into a tiki bar in June 2016. The name is a nod to their last name; Palazzo means "palace" in Italian.
The bar is surrounded on two sides by the house, and on a third side they have built a movable sliding wall that is closed when the bar is in use. The movable wall is covered with paintings drawn by the family's daughter and inspired by The Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. The hand-built bar, ceiling, and part of two walls are all covered in thatch, the other walls are covered with abaca cloth and reed. The bar seats seven comfortably, and a lounge area seats an additional four. A half wall with a counter looking out to the yard can handle four more standing patrons. There are several tikis, tiki masks, and a puffer fish. The exterior walls are covered in bamboo with some bamboo trim running along the ceiling that separates the the patio from the yard. At night the bar is lit with warm yellow lighting.
Several times a week, the family sits in the lounge area to talk, listen to tiki music, and occasionally have a Mai Tai or two. About every 4 to 6 weeks they throw a party with tiki cocktails, beer, and wine. For larger parties the lounge area becomes the food area for a buffet, and the lounge seating and picnic tables are moved into the backyard, which is lit with string lights.
The bar is a work in progress and will probably never be finishedthey are always on the lookout for more Polynesian decor, with plans to add another decorative light and mask from Oceanic Arts. There are also plans to extend the capacity by adding pavers in the backyard for outdoor seating.
We have tiki parties twice a year and have been doing Quarentiki FaceBook live thru the pandemic. Built in bar in our den. The den is a sometimes Board Game room and sometimes Tiki Bar. Rum collection somewhere around 90
You enter the room through two wood-screened folding partitions that swing outward.
I have a wet bar and all my alcohol in the front room, so this is less of a functioning bar space than a lounge area to drink, hang out in, and where I can display all my tiki collectibles.
The first incarnation of this home bar started up in Portland, Oregon in 2011-2015 in a rental apartment that I had painted the walls and ceiling in a gingerbread brown. Now we are back down in Los Angeles and renting this house and I've opted not to go all out with dark paint or wall coverings.
I have several swag lights. The puffer fish light I made back in my old Rumpus Room Days and the eyes are taxidermist glass eyes meant for a cougar! The other lights are vintage lucite spaghetti that I picked up here and there.
The rattan bar and stools I found up in Oregon.
The orientalia style rattan hutch was found at the Pasadena City College flea market back in 2007 and I refurbished it up in Oregon and found an appropriately sized lower hutch to set it on.
Between the hutch and the fireplace is a 5-foot-tall carved Moai KavaKava Man that I picked up in Portland. I remember buying him for a great deal at a women's clothing shop my wife was checking out. I carried him three city blocks back to the car while passers-by cheered me on. That was a great day! Now he is my official mascot in the Hoodoo Room.
Thanks for checking out my space!
It’s a 20 year old 10x10 garden shed I converted into a backyard tiki bar instead of tearing it down. It’s just a few years old now. I am still going through some iterations, but my basement tiki bar is starting to side track me
The Kākau Canteen is a heavily-themed home tiki bar located in the Columbus, OH area. It draws inspiration from Trader Sam's, Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar, and Adventureland at large.
The Hut is the home tiki bar of Erich Troudt. The construction for the Hut was started in 2012, and the inside was completed in 2016. The Hut is in a freestanding 16' x 20' building in the backyard of Troudt's home. It is filled with lauhala matting, tapa, bamboo, and custom wood trim around the walls and doors, carved by Troudt himself. The hut houses a collection of over 300 mostly vintage mugs, 200+ Coco Joe's, Witco pieces, matchbooks, tourist tiki pieces and historical nautical pieces.
It has a Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room corner, bamboo furniture, barrels, fishnets, glass floats and many tikis, including a 7-foot-tall Maori piece from Jungle and Sea Imports, and an 8-foot-tall Papua New Guinea statue. Many of the tikis, shelf supports and other pieces were carved by Troudt's father. All the modern amenities such as wifi, television, audio/visual equipment, and a refrigerator are present but hidden.
The outside is currently under construction. Next to the hut is a lean-to with a "trading post" feel, featuring a cannon, lava rock, a large moai, ship lamps, nautical pieces and barrels. There will soon be a dock, a crashed boat, and more lava rock.
Lalotai; Den of Monsters, is the home bar of Jonathan and Allison Chaffin, part of Horror In Clay World Headquarters. Home of Hundreds of tiki mugs with a heavy pop art and horror theme. Constantly evolving and changing, birthplace of Mugcrate and Inuhele; Atlanta's Tiki Weekend and the Atlanta Tiki Homebar Tour.
An Eclectic collection of many years of rescued vintage treasures. Motto, "It's always warm at Lush Gardens"
The Fuzzy Smudge is the home tiki bar of Mark & Debbie Whitehead, created in April 2014 in their home in Olalla, Washington, just across Puget Sound from Seattle and Tacoma.
Regarding the bar's name: "When we bought the house, there was a grease and hair smudge on the floor in the Fortress of Solitude (the shop). There was a lot of discussion among us and our various friends about what it was. Some thought is was a rat, some a cat, some (including me) a squirrel, and one smart-ass said it was a wombat! I finally pointed out that it was my shop and my fuzzy smudge, therefore it was a squirrel. Sometime later, when we were trying to come up with a name for the bar, we both hit on the Fuzzy Smudge at the same time. So, the place is named after a dead squirrel."
The room's colorful look was inspired by bright aloha shirts. The decor is a mix of tiki, pirate, nautical and Navy elements. The room opens onto a patio, with a built-in music system providing music inside and out. Some of the lamps were made by Mark while recovering from heart surgery. There is a real shark (dead) hanging above the Shag-inspired doors.
The bar is a full-service bar, with over 180 drinks on the menu, including plenty of options for those who don't want a tiki drink.
In a galaxy far far away called Florida I search for Tiki, good grub, Disney Adventures, geek fun and a shot of Rum/Whiskey 😎👍🗿🌴🍹
Our small 8' x 12' bar in SF's foggy Sunset district.
Thunder Cove is my home tiki bar and home office
Ho'i Hou Ke Aloha is the home tiki bar of Trey and Tammy Goodwin in Maryville, Tennessee, just south of Knoxville. The bar and living area is a 2000 -square-foot space and was created in January 2015 in the basement of their home. The name means "let us fall in love all over again" in Hawaiian. The couple also host on Airbnb. Look us up. We have three rooms Disney Haunted Mansion, Place of Refuge Hawaii room and Stranger Things an 80's themed room.
The name was inspired by a painting done by Clee for me which was based on a Llama Witco magazine rack!
The Drama Llama Lounge came about when I saw the good 'base' for a home bar and just had to purchase it. I then had customer pieces carved for it from Bosko and Mischief Motu, re-upholstered it, carpeted the edges and base with the world famous PDX carpet, and did custom decal work on the bar top. Mixed together with decor, it fits perfectly into my cozy little studio apartment.
My Tiki Bar is an elaborate annual pop-up re-skinning of my basement bar. Each year, I add new features and details to the build. I cover major surfaces with real bamboo panels, bring out my mugs, etc. for Tiki decor, and set up huge amounts of real and (mostly) silk tropical flowers and foliage. I install a rock fountain, working volcano, and my two talking robot parrots. I finish the effect with Phillips Hue lighting to bring it all together, as well as to facilitate special effect scenes coordinating with wind machines, the parrots, or the volcano.
Ken's Tiki Lounge is the home tiki bar of Ken and Gloria, in Lomita, California, near Los Angeles. It was created in 2004 in a converted garage in the couple's home. It was inspired by the very earliest days of tiki-themed restaurants, and the couple has sought to preserve that style as much as possible. The lounge contains a bar down one side, a hidden home theater setup, and extensive mug collections. It also contains some mirrored balls and disco lights in a nod to Kelbo's ballroom. They are avid collectors of Polynesian art and artifacts, and are especially proud of the many pieces recovered from now defunct tiki palaces such as Kelbo's, Bahooka, Trader Vic's, Don the Beachcomber, and several other lesser known establishments. It may alternately contain a rattan dining set or pretzel furniture depending on the event. Aside from the electrical wiring, all construction and decoration inside and out was done by Ken and Gloria. They entertain family and friends in the space, and it is their little hideaway at home. Fatutu, a Tiki tOny original tiki, sits atop the roof and welcomes visitors to "Ken's Tiki Lounge: the best little place no one ever heard of!"
The Below Decks is the home tiki bar of Steven D. Matthews, in Los Angeles. The bar is in the former garage and patio of his home, and has now become the home's living room, with all entertaining beginning and ending there. The bar's focus is cocktails, well made ones, drawing inspiration from the works of cocktail experts Beachbum Berry, Dale DeGroff, Gaz Regan and Martin Cate. The bar's name is a nod to The Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland. Design-wise, Steven's inspirations include The Enchanted Tiki Room, Swiss Family Treehouse, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Disneyland; Tiki-Ti; Trader Vic's; and Oceanic Arts. The current canine mascot of The Below Decks is his sweet Veda-Roux.
This is the home bar of Doug Thornburg.
First opened as the High Street Taproom in 2014 and centered around the bar built from scrap material, the former garage has worn a number of faces before finally evolving into the Torture Chamber it is today. The room has been a bar to show off experimental beer, house aged and infused spirits, and at one point an operating speakeasy. The bar has built an ever growing list of unique house cocktails, and one off (often tiki inspired) beers on draft. Pulling inspiration from lifelong passions of skateboarding and horror films, the dim dungeon of a bar is full of treasures waiting to be found.
This is the monster-themed tiki bar belonging to Jorge and Liz Romero.
A small home bar where we enjoy time with family and friends and share our love of Tiki and Tequila. Our bar contains a lot of tiki love and memorabilia from our travels so we consider it to be "Eclectiki".
When my husband surprised me with a tiki bar for my birthday, it reignited my interest in tiki and began a long, never ending quest. It's definitely a work in progress.
This is the home bar of Ron Ferrell and Mickee.
My basement Tiki bar includes a home theatre, game room, bar, plenty of art by SHAG and many other wonderful Tiki artists, and pandas. It also houses my home office for my day job.
Inspired by our trips to Hawaii, Akua (roughly translates to "Island Spirit" in Hawaiian) - is the home bar of Justin Peterson and Erin Sullivan. Work was mostly completed by April 2020. The bar area is part of the larger lounge / living room, inside our 1954 mid-century modern home in west Orlando. Featuring a hand-painted mural, custom shelves, mugs, and artwork & nicknacks from Oahu.
Bloody's is my home tiki bar. I started small versions of it in 2006, but I'm currently finishing a more permanent home on my deck. It over looks a small subtropical garden and koi pond, and has a smaller tiki hut for watching the fish and sipping beverages.
My tiny (9' x 11') bit of paradise here in San Francisco.
Eclectic tiki bar with salvaged bar and backbar mixed with new and old authentic arts and crafts. Started in 2010 but never done. Some souvenirs from various SoCal locations as well as the odd PNG mask here and there. Working on getting some diner booths set up in this 21x21 foot room with vaulted ceiling because, well, we have room.
based around a witco bar, the Sandy Clam is a work in progress
The South Pacific Room is the home tiki bar of Derek and Roxanne in Vista, California (north of San Diego). Derek is masterful with a router, and has built many of the room's features, including the bar and a large table. The room is filled with detailed trim pieces carved by Derek, and they have made most of the lamps themselves, too.
Even better than having the know-how is sharing the know-how: The South Pacific Room hosts regular instruction sessions to teach folks how to make their own lamps and routed pieces of art.
Trader Scott's Tiki Bar and Lounge was created in 2004, but underwent an expansion in 2010 to its current size of over 600 square feet. The bar's motto is "Drift On In and Relax" and is billed as "A Bar for Drifters." The liquor selection is large, with over 100 rums and 100 whiskeys on hand.
A small 12' x 12' bar with BIG personality. Vulcania is filled with unique items from my two passions, Trader Vic's and 20K Leagues Under the Sea. Some of the unique items include the original front doors to Trader Vic's Dallas, Tiki's from various TV locations, Autographs of cast and crew of Disney's 20K Leagues movie and seaweed from the Disney World 20K Leagues ride lagoon just to name a few.
The 65th Street Revival is the home tiki bar of Ron and Chris Amittone. The name is a nod to the nearby vortex of early tiki in Oakland at 65th & San Pablo: Hinky Dinks, which became the original Trader Vic's, and Zombie Village. The home has been in his family for generations, and his family spent many evenings in both of those establishments.
Ron's former career as a garbage collector has given him access to incredible treasures. Every bit of the bar is covered with the most amazing rare bits and bobs of vintage Tikiana, Hawaiiana, and fun old booze stuff. Ron constructed the bar and shelves himself, he has incredible taste and great skills in bringing it all together on a scale that works just right in this space.
A. Panda's Tiki Lounge is the home tiki bar of Andy and Jessica Montero in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. They created the lounge in the basement of their newly-constructed home in October 2006. There are three sections of the lounge: a tiki bar and game room, a home theater, and a toy train layout. Andy's interest in tiki was originally sparked by the art of Shag. A. Panda's Tiki Lounge is a pun on Andy's longtime nickname, Andy Panda.
Ahu TongEriki is the home tiki bar of Erik, created in October 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is spread across every room of his apartment. The name is inspired by Erik's admiration of the Moai; Ahu Tongariki is the largest ahu platform on Rapa Nui, and it was a short spelling hop to Ahu TongEriki.
Erik is slowly collecting objects to fill his tikified space, with each room starting to have its own focus. The bedroom has palm-print walls lined with masks. The bathroom has a nautical theme. The living room walls are filling in with old tourist art, including a black velvet piece with hundreds of small bits of bamboo constructed into a fishing village scene. Small nooks are filled with tchotchkes and small framed photos of tiki locations. The vibe of the apartment is mid-century modern, with a goal to have the walls eventually filled in with bits of the South Pacific. Wood, bamboo and rattan furniture are being collected into the space where possible, and there is a growing collection of tropical plants. There are several citrus, sea-grape, cycad growing in pots. There are 14 species of palm trees between Erik's home and his office, it all started with a single palm he bought over a decade ago.
Akau Tiki Lounge is the home tiki bar of Dave and Tonia in Windsor, Ontario, just across the US/Canada border from Detroit. They started converting their outdoor garage into a tiki bar in the spring of 2017, with a swing-out door on hinges to open the bar, and by painting the outside of the garage. The couple is continuing to add tiki items to decorate the inside. The yard has a beautiful koi pond that goes well with the tiki bar.
James first decided to devote an entire room to his expanding Tiki collection around the same time that he launched the Tiki Bar Review Pages in 1995. The unnamed room moved into its current location in 1998. After a major redecoration in late 2003, the room was finally named: Aku Hall. Said fast enough, the name is a silly pun, but it also reflects James' particular fascination with Easter Island.
The house drink, Pisco Sour, is a heavily customized versionof the drink most commonly served to tourists in Chile and on Rapa Nui.
Aloha Lounge is the home tiki bar of Tiki Carl and his wife Debbie, in Fox River Grove, northwest of Chicago. The lounge was created in 2005 in their basement. They were inspired by several local places: Hala Kahiki, The Bamboo Room, and the Paradise Club, where the couple had their first date. They were also inspired by their trips to the Hawaiian islands. The lounge houses their collection of tiki artifacts from their travels, and is used for entertaining friends and for their own tiki evenings.
Aotearoa Tiki Lounge is the home tiki bar of Brian (Mr. LDT) and JoAnne (KeKona) in Columbia, Missouri. It was built in the backyard of their home in November 2016; the first iteration of their home tiki bar opened in 2005. They've pulled inspiration from their travels to tiki bars around the world, and especially from their travels to New Zealand, the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Atomic Lagoon is the home tiki bar of Richard Ridley and Steve Bultemeyer in Phoenix, Arizona. The bar was created in April 2017. The name is a nod to their house: "Atomic" for its mid-century modern design, and "Lagoon" for its original 1963 lava rock fountain and pond. The mid-century modern bar has a built-in glass case used to display tiki mugs. There is a liquor cabinet which is able to rotate to display the content either outdoors behind the bar, or inside the interior of the house. The lava rock fountain is surrounded by 50-year-old Mediterranean palms. Atomic Lagoon is used for tiki parties, lounging during the warm Phoenix evenings, and gives them an oasis in the desert.
Balhi Ha'i is the home tiki bar of Critiki creator Humuhumu (that's me!). My original home tiki bar, The Humuhumu Room, closed when I moved away from Seattle in 2003. Balhi Ha'i made its debut in 2011.
Balhi Ha'i occupies half of the lower level of my home, roughly six times the size of the Humuhumu Room. Visitors pass through a dark jungle area, with nighttime wildlife sounds, before entering the main area, which plays an Exotica soundtrack. The room includes a built-in wet bar (vintage circa 1968) upholstered in avocado green vinyl in tribute to the green upholstery found in golden era Trader Vic's locations. There is a good amount of vintage rattan seating, and the room has its own bathroom. A rain lamp birdcage, decorated in tribute to Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room, hosts a bird named Mimi. A large, firelit shelving unit showcases highlights from the mug collection. A dramatic, towering rattan chair with a scooped "wave" top has a hanging lit pufferfish named Jack. A floor-to-ceiling dimly-lit panel is covered with tapa cloth. Most of the carved pieces in the room are in a traditional style. Highlights include several large authentic Papua New Guinea pieces, a Maori-style plaque carved by Basement Kahuna, and a couple of Witco tikis. One wall has an arrangement of smaller pieces of art, including carved Maori plaques, some Coco Joe's "lava" pieces, and a few pieces of modern Tiki art. Balhi Ha'i has its own logo, imprinted on custom zombie glassware. Stemmed drinks are served in vintage Noritake Bamboo pattern coupes. A rotating selection of tropical drinks is presented on a carved Marquesan-style tiki drink menu. There is a growing selection of sipping rums available. We host a party on the second Saturday of every month.
When not in use for bar entertaining, a projector screen comes down and the space becomes a home theater with surround sound.
Balis' Hai'deaway is the home tiki bar if Mr. Bali Hai and his wife. It features carved tiki poles, masks and thatch from Oceanic Arts, bamboo stools, pufferfish lamps, and a vintage 1973 Bally pinball game, Bali Hai.
Barnacle Brian Tiki Bar is a home tiki bar created in 2017 in Beaverton, Oregon. Half of the home's garage has been converted into a tiki bar/surf shack.
Bloody's is a home tiki bar in Portland, Oregon, created in 2006. It is an outdoor bar, set up for parties, with a tiki hut for lounging and sipping beverages that overlooks a koi pond.
Blue Ka-Tiki is the home tiki bar of Dwayne & Kelli in Salida, California, just northwest of Modesto. The bar was created in their backyard in April 2016. The name was inspired by a visit to Trader Sam's at Disneyland. They loved the blue drinks they'd enjoyed there, but could not quite recall the drink's name ("Ka-blue-ie") when they got home. The couple referred to it as "the Blue Ka-Tiki drink" and the name stuck. They used the name for their home bar, and created their own blue drink to match.
The tiki bar is a four post modified A-frame design. It is filled with their collected antiques and other items that blend into a full tropical, tiki feel. They designed or modified all of the lighting to make the nighttime at Blue Ka-Tiki come alive, with music to bring it all together.
Other parts of the yard hold a large waterfall with a raised planter of tropical plants, a shipwrecked pirate on black lava rock, a barbecue in a structure that looks like a boat house, and the highlight is a bed of burning lava rocks you can walk across near the bar, lit with buried LEDs. The couple host friends and family on a regular basis, and would love to share with others who are into tiki culture.