On the distant shores of Trail Creek in the wild lands of Indiana, lies an oasis for travelers and locals alike to commiserate and discuss their adventures and travels afar. Paying homage to the host’s Filipino heritage and the Filipino influence in tiki history, the Lapu Lapu Lounge greets all weary visitors with a warm welcome and cold cocktails.
Hidden deep in the jungle, somewhere near the legendary Schweitzer Falls, this small oasis provides a respite for explorers venturing far enough to discover its secrets to trade exotic liquors and forbidden potions in exchange for a few tales of adventure.
My personal home bar and display room
Designed and built by Notch; our main large tiki and several other elements by Tiki Diablo.
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
Based in Eagle Rock, the Cocoanut Canteen is the home bar of Trader Sampson (Chase Sampson).
Sampson started, bit by bit, building a tiki bar in his spare room, influenced equally by LA’s tiki culture and the Disney version of it. The Cocoanut Canteen comes from Sampson and his wife Alexis’s mutual love of art deco and an iconic Disney character. “I love the Indiana Jones influence on Trader Sam’s,” he explains. “It’s pulling in a lot of adventurey, 1940s vibes in the decor and the postcards on the walls. It feels like you’re in a different time. That’s the vibe I wanted for the home bar.”
Sampson wanted his bar to feel more like an organic extension of the art deco vibe in their home. “All of my decor is pre-1945,” he says. “Everything on the walls, all the photos, they’re meant to evoke the feeling of being in a different time, whereas in a lot of tiki bars you’re just in a different place.”
A tiny tiki hut on the shore of a mysterious pond. A place with good drinks for good people.
This was an offshoot of our Screaming Monkey Bar, as we needed a place to make drinks and have a little ohana in our lives. We love tiki and love to share it whenever we have the chance!!
My build has been slowed due to covid and other related projects....Its a work in progress folks.
Our home bar in Orlando, FL. Heavily inspired by Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
Lakeside bar for laughter and fun
Just a little place to relax among the relics.
This is the home bar, work space, and back deck area of Tiki tOny's in Ventura, California.
The Chi Chi Lounge is the home bar of Atomic Chick and located in Riverside, California.
This is the home bar of Adrian Eustaquio (Polynesian Pop) located in Corona, California.
It is also the home of his podcast, named after the bar, Inside The Desert Oasis Room.
Adrian is a long time Tiki enthusiast, active member in the Tiki community and avid supporter of the current Tiki revival, considered as one of the major influencers of the Tiki scene.
Based in Long Beach and built in 2019, this is Doug Horne's home tiki bar -- which displays his own artwork and other collections, including his vintage collection of naughty cover paperbacks!
This is the home bar of tiki carver and artist, Kirby Fleming.
This is the home bar of Kurt Steinmetz of Huntington Beach, CA.
"Somewhere deep on a Tropical Island in North Texas lies a Forbidden Paradise where Legends of Fact and Fiction merge. Those lucky enough to find it come seeking Adventure, others the Perfect Drink, but BEWARE the inhabitants. Some claim to have seen a MAN that walks like a FISH, others a Voodoo Witch. Those that do make it out have written stories worthy of Hollywood Lore..."
The Forbidden Relics Bar by John Goins is located in Allen, Texas.
John was a Rumpus Room regular and member of the Los Angeles Tiki Scene for several years before moving with his family to Allen.
In the Forbidden Relics Bar, John has a wide space to showcase his collections and interests which combine tiki with adventure, nautical, pirate, and horror themes for fantastic effect!
Years of memorabilia collecting led Alan Smart and Michael Uhlenkott to turn their basement into an island shrine.
THERE'S AN underlying sense of levity and playfulness in the Echo Park house that Alan Smart and Michael Uhlenkott designed. Then there's the basement.
Head downstairs, turn right at the bottom of the steps and you enter Smart and Uhlenkott's re-creation of a 1950s tiki bar -- the HaleKahiki (or "Tahitian Room"), as they have dubbed it, which rivals the best Polynesian room you've seen.
"Michael and I have been going to swap meets, collecting Hawaiiana and surfing things for years," Smart says. "I figured, if you don't have a room for it, there's only so much you can collect."
Completed in 2006 after four months of construction, practically every surface of the HaleKahiki is covered with memorabilia. "We wanted old stuff, so we did our research to see how tiki bars were built in the old days," Smart says of the 1950s and '60s, when Polynesiana was popular in Southern California.
Beach signs and other artifacts are layered over block-printed and tapa-papered walls. Lauhala-style woven matting is overhead, between the ceiling joists. A faux roof made of bamboo and palm leaves is suspended above the bar; a raised platform at one end of the room accommodates vintage rattan seating in front of an exotic black-lighted volcano lagoon mural that Uhlenkott painted.
Artist John Bok created the bar's rattan panels and hammered rusty-tin-can edging (sealed in a clear resin). The bar top features tiles designed by Uhlenkott, inspired by traditional Marquesan patterns. Tiki Tony, a Camarillo artist, carved several palm-wood posts and skull poles.
Hawaiian music drifts through the space; the dim lighting and candles set the mood. Smart plays bartender, serving up vintage martini glasses full of fruity cocktails ("known to cause bigger hangovers than less sugary drinks," he warns).
This tiki shrine is a favorite party destination.
"It is used fairly often," Smart says. "I have friends who threaten to come over every week."
Nestled on a tranquil private cul-de-sac just steps from the prestigious Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa, lies a unique estate property with two amazing turnkey structures. One is an exquisite 12,300sf residence designed by two of America’s top architects, Myron Hunt (Huntington Library, Langham Huntington Hotel, Rose Bowl Stadium, Hollywood Bowl) and Gordon Kaufmann (Caltech Athenaeum, Los Angeles Times Building, Hollywood Palladium), and the other structure is a unique and exceptional 20,500sf entertainment gallery designed by noted architects Kelsey and Ladd (Norton Simon Museum).
Set on 2.5 acres of gated park-like grounds. It is most definitely a trophy house and a trophy museum sited on trophy grounds in a trophy location.
The adjoining entertainment gallery, built in 1973, boasts a 50-seat movie theater, an authentic Tiki bar, game arcade, card room, gym, lounges, conference rooms, screening atrium, five bathrooms, plus a guest apartment with fireplace and catering kitchen; and is a lavish extension of the exceptional personal residence. A private underground passage, served by commercial elevators, connects the two buildings.
The Tiki bar was designed by Bamboo Ben and features two bartender stations, speed racks, under-counter refrigerators, beer taps, ice-maker, freezer, and a back-bar of rough hewn wood shelving. Twin tiki poles hold up the thatching over the bar. A lava rock waterfall in corner and mood lighting from the soft glow of a massive shell lamp overhead also set the mood.
Not the least, this bar has its own house tiki mug, created by Tiki Farm.
This is a super secret speakeasy home bar version of the much beloved Bahooka which used to exist in Rosemead, CA.
It was designed by Adrian Eustaquio (a.k.a. "Polynesian Pop"/Host of Inside the Desert Oasis) and is owned by Jeff Godbold.
The home bar features some of the original props from the original Bahooka, with a full bar, separate lounge, a game room, and a private theater.
Murals by Rarabird, two aquarium booths, a sliding jail bar door, plastic parrots, and much more!
Located in Monrovia, California.
This is the home bar of Jason Graeber. It's a backyard tiki bar in the NW Houston suburbs.
This is the home bar of David Eck and Mimi Freedman.
Version 1.0 of The Lothario Lounge was established by David in South Pasadena (circa 2010 - April 2016).
The Lothario Lounge moved and expanded in 2016 when David and Mimi combined households and moved to their current location in Los Angeles, CA.
David originally envisioned the Lothario Lounge as a Mid-Century modern bachelor pad. In fact, some of his self-carved tikis had women's lingerie hanging off them at the old South Pasadena location. Mimi has since tidied up the lounge and added some of her own vintage decor, but out of fondness for the old days, they've retained the old Lothario name.
The Tiki passion is alive and well in this home Tiki bar. Where the Mai Tai's flow and atmosphere reflect the gentle south seas weather.
This is the home bar of "Spike" Matt Marble from the band, The Hula Girls.
Spike films a youtube videocast Cocktail Hour from the Breezeway every Friday night.
Located in Costa Mesa, CA.
Tiki patio and backyard of MadDogMike. Mostly a place to display my creations since my wife won't let me decorate the living room. About 90% of the decor is things I have made or acquired through the Tiki Central Art Swap. An eclectic collection ranging from classic Tiki, to Papua New Guinea, to Adventureland.
This is a home bar build by Billy Crud (Crud-Tiki), entitled “Tikibuktu” for a government contractor friend.
It has African and Adventureland overtones with PNG, Maori, and Hawaiian carvings.
Named after the legendary Lanai San Mateo that I grew up with and frequented many times.
Located in the heart of the urban jungle near our nations' capital....lies the TomAndrea Lounge.
This is the home bar of Rob Ripley, in Orlando, Florida.
Logo lettering by Ivan Castro.
The Bamboo Grove of Westwood is the home of Tiki Artist Dawn Frazier, also known as Sophista-Tiki. It was a single-apartment vacation rental for a time, from about 2008-2016.
It is located in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle. The unit is filled with vintage midcentury furnishings including a rattan couch, and has a built-in bar and tiki mural. The unit has a full kitchen, wireless internet, off-street parking and a private bamboo garden. Two twin beds can be pushed together to make one king-size bed, and a third person can be accommodated on a fold-away bed.
Since about 2016, Dawn no longer makes The Bamboo Grove available for rent, and today it is just her private residence. It is still as spectacular as ever and Dawn is continually making improvements and additions.
The Liki Tiki Poker Lounge is a long labor of love for tiki drinks, tiki decor and of course, poker. Mid-century modern furniture provides a comfortable movie viewing area in front of the bamboo-faced & bamboo ceilinged bar, with a genuine talapa awning handcrafted from Oceanic Arts. Lots of tiki carvings and mugs constantly being added and evolving the area.
Home bar in North Whittier Ca.
This is the home bar of Dan Watson.
Vitu Waitui is a shipwreck of both nautical and tiki stuff washed up on to the hills of eastern San Diego. Vitu Waitui is ever evolving and seems to have a life of its own. This is the caretaker's second attempt at a home tiki bar. The first iteration was the Sharkbait Bar. Between rounds of cocktails in this nearly five hundred square foot lounge, visitors often enjoy billiards, video poker or classic arcade games.
This is probably the earliest fully realized home tiki bar still in existence. Amazingly, it is still in pristine original condition and open to the public.
Nestled in the basement of this 1886 Queen Anne mansion is a delightful surprise. Upon moving into the home in 1937, Howard Hall sought to create a space to entertain friends and business partners. At a time when life in America was becoming less formal and basements were utilized as living spaces, Howard created the Tahitian Room. Decorated with a bright South Seas theme, the room features a map of Tahiti’s location on the floor and dioramas. With the flip of a switch, the sound of a Tahitian rainstorm is simulated through water dripping on the tin roof ceiling (just like Don the Beachcomber had at his venue when Howard had visited it in Hollywood).
Howard’s fun-loving personality can be seen throughout the room, as can his business sense. The room was used not just to entertain, but to make a lasting impression on his business associates who came to visit his Cedar Rapids home.
The Tahitian Room continues to make an impression on Brucemore visitors today and is open to public tours.
Wolf Lair Castle (aka Wolf’s Castle) is a 1927 storybook mansion built on 3.3 acres in the Hollywood Hills to resemble a Norman castle.
Milton Wolf built Wolf Lair in 1921, overlooking Lake Hollywood.
He also had celebrated architect John Lautner design a gate house adjacent to the castle, decked out in teak and redwood with a green granite fireplace. There is a two-bedroom suite in the guest cottage designed like a Tiki Room. It has a bamboo roof and bare-breasted native girls painted on the windows.
The musician, Moby, owned this property for a time but sold it in 2014 for $12.4 million.
Private home tiki bar in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
This is the home tiki bar of Jordan Reichek, an animator who worked on Ren & Stimpy starting with the pilot, and has continued to make a career in animation.
This bar is actually version 2.0, since the first Booze Cave was a temporary set-up in his rental home.
Pictures below are from 2017, leading up to his auction at La Luz de Jesus Gallery where he sold off a huge portion of his collection -- many of the pieces being purchased to outfit the new Max's South Seas Hideaway in Grand Rapids Michigan.
The centerpiece of the bar is a 19-foot-long wave-shaped bar-top with over 1,200 vintage matchbooks from Polynesian restaurants embedded in sand and epoxy resin. Also of note are the many swag lamps, including one that makes use of a sea turtle shell and has a resin fish inlaid into the shell.
The Headhunter in San Diego is owned by Jonny & Ilze Guilmet.
The 18' tall A-Frame was already built when Jonny had Bosko come over and help design and build the fascia panels along the roofline and the crocodile head at the peak that really put it over the top. The orange underpanels under the roofline are hand-silkscreened from an old Bali Hai New Orleans menu cover graphic.
Jonny has festooned the interior and surrounds with 25+ years of collectibles, including an impressive collection of Bali Hai headhunter mugs along the back wall.
This bar has its own instagram account and was featured on a youtube episode of Jim Stacy's The Tiki Show.
This is the home bar of Bosko Hrnjak, begun in 1990 in Escondido, California. It is an A-frame design and in the interior is housed one of the tall interior support tikis from the now long-closed Kapu-Kai (Rancho Cucamonga). This was Bosko's very first tiki bar buildout. He was also married here with Beachbum Berry officiating the ceremony.
Vince and Karen's exotic tropical hideaway. This concept encompasses most of the living space of our Los Angeles area home. It has been evolving over the last few years, as we visit additional tiki market places, thrift shops and yard sales. It is named after our former dog Smokey. She dug out a special place in our backyard bamboo stand to create a special hideaway for her. Bamboo Ben did and excellent job on the mug shelves.
AKA: "The Tabu Tiki Lounge"
This is the home tiki bar of David "Duke" Carter and Amy Carter of Munster Indiana.
The Carters take the concept of a home tiki bar to another extreme. The entire lower level of their California modern-style home in Munster, Indiana, is a South Seas fantasy: thatched walls, bamboo wainscoting, bamboo furniture, hula girl lamps, framed Polynesian prints, tikis large and small, and a massive vintage mug collection, much of which is featured in their book, Tiki Quest: Collecting the Exotic Past (published in 2003 under David's tiki-collector pseudonym, Duke Carter). They call the basement the Tabu Tiki Room, the result of a long-shared obsession with tiki culture, especially its visually rich architecture and graphic design.
The Lagoon of Mystery is an outdoor tiki bar in Central Texas begun in January of 2017. It is not complete, because tiki bars are never completed. It consists of a 65' covered patio along with a swimming pool surrounded by mature sabal palm trees. A detailed build-along blog may be viewed at the first link provided. My YouTube show, "A Moment of Tiki," may be found at the second link and my "Lagoon of Mystery" Instagram account at the third.
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.