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
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
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.
This is the home bar of Doug Thornburg.
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.
In a galaxy far far away called Florida I search for Tiki, good grub, Disney Adventures, geek fun and a shot of Rum/Whiskey 😎👍🗿🌴🍹
Adventure awaits at this home tiki bar tucked away in the Central Valley of California. The collection started in 2004 but remained in storage for many years. During the quarantiki of 2020, it was transformed into a tangible outpost inspired by the Disneyland Jungle Cruise and Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar.
Vintage Hawaiiana meets nautical with a splash of pineapple.
My tiny (9' x 11') bit of paradise here in San Francisco.
This is the home bar of Ron Ferrell and Mickee.
This is the monster-themed tiki bar belonging to Jorge and Liz Romero.
An Eclectic collection of many years of rescued vintage treasures. Motto, "It's always warm at Lush Gardens"
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.
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.
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.
based around a witco bar, the Sandy Clam is a work in progress
* UNDER CONSTRUCTION In the darkest, swampy corner of Shangri-La.....witches, zombies and other shadowy figures gather to conjure spirits, while imbibing during an occasional sacrifice.
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.
Thunder Cove is my home tiki bar and home office
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.
Fun backyard escape!