Los Angeles, California, United States
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.