Kona Lei opened on March 27th, 2013 and appears to have closed around 2015.
Miguel Escobedo (Señor Castaway) and his partner, Eduardo, opened this bar at what was previously Bar Hernán Cortés.
Miguel is now the owner of Tiki Chateau in Madrid.
As of 2021, the location of Kona Lei is now home to La Hummuseria, a vegan restaurant.
For a number of years during the mid-1970s, the Tanela Restaurant was a fairly popular location for local people to get some Polynesian cuisine.
The Tanela was known for its large Moai statue and Polynesian-themed décor on the outside of the building. The business added several motel-like apartments at the rear of the property, but soon fell on hard times, the restaurant closing down, but the motel units remaining in operation. During the early 2000s, an attempt was made to revive the location, and it re-opened as a heavy metal-type venue called “Trance Buddha.” That didn’t work out either, and soon closed. Within a few more years, the apartments were closed. The building, along with the large Moai statue, remains intact at the Rt.e 20 location, although they are deteriorating. The property appears to be abandoned.
Caroline's Aloha Bar and restaurant is located in the Avondale neighborhood of Charleston. It opened in early 2005 as the Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge.
However, Caroline Smith-Adams, the face of Voodoo Tiki Bar for 15 years, passed away, so the team at Voodoo decided to rebrand the restaurant to honor her life.
From 10/22/2020 onward, the bar was re-branded as Caroline's Aloha Bar and given a new makeover along with a new website and Facebook page.
Opened in 2018.
The restaurant and bar is from Charleston restaurateur Karalee Fallert, who is also behind Taco Boy, The Park Cafe, and The Royal American, and her business partner April Bennett.
Executive Chef Jason DuPree has created a menu that offers slow-cooked meats accompanied by sides including rice, macaroni salad, greens, and starchy root vegetables.
Dishes include the grilled kona kampachi, a variety of poke bowls, a pu-pu platter, Southern-fried coconut shrimp, and Spam sliders.
Wiki Wiki Sandbar resides in a 6,500-square foot space that incorporates local artists’ work that embody the facets of tiki culture.
The four dining rooms have different themes including: the Octopus Bar featuring the work of Jeff Kopish; the Sunset Room featuring a sunset mural by Suzanne Allen; the Wave Room featuring a massive sculpture made of Japanese glass floats by KHA; and a traditional tiki bar that resides on the top floor with views of the Atlantic Ocean and dioramas by artist Hirona Matsuda.
Fallert recruited her partner from the Park Cafe, Xan McLaughlin, to develop the cocktail program with help from national rum connoisseur Daniel Parks of San Francisco’s Pagan Idol.
Long-time Charleston resident Roderick Groetzinger added his touch as bar manager.
Opened in August 2017 in the location formerly occupied by Rumor lounge.
This two-story white-painted structure may resemble a large fraternity house made over for a luau weekend on the outside, with its brightly painted tiki masks and Corona beer ads and banners/pennants strung across the balconies, but on the inside they appear to have something for everyone.
The bar offers classic and house cocktails in tiki mugs. They also have two full pages in their menu devoted to rum tasting notes on their large selection should you prefer to sip your spirits neat.
Additionally, they have a large selection of vodka, tequila, and beers on tap.
This location was originally a spinoff from the original Christian's Hut in Newport Beach from 1940s to 1953.
Later this location became the Doll House and Kona Hut.
Noelle Coley and Martin Armendariz opened the Toltec Tiki Room inside the Toltec building in December 2020 and it quickly become a staple in the property’s revival.
The Toltec Building is a historic structure in downtown El Paso built in 1910. Its original purpose was to be the home of a men's organization called the Toltec Club, which was founded in 1908. Members of the club were prominent business, civic and political leaders at the time. British-born architect John J. Huddart designed the building in a combination of the Beaux-Arts, Renaissance, and Sullivanesque (named after American architect Louis Henry Sullivan) styles. As such, the Toltec Building is one of the more unique landmarks in El Paso. Notable features include arched windows, geometric terra cotta decoration, and balconies in front of the second-floor windows. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, it has been used for office and commercial space since the club closed in 1930.
The bar adds to an existing Peking restaurant that is open for lunch during the week and a passport business.
This bar & restaurant opened April 21st, 1961 in Echo Lake/East Stroudsburg (Pocono Mountains area).
It became the Bamboo House and lost most of its tiki decor at that time. The Bamboo House is still running as of 2021.
This early pre-tiki establishment used a headhunter as its logo.
In January 1941, Jack Mitchell opened the South Ocean Club. It was situated north of the Lake Worth Casino when Ocean Boulevard ran directly along the beachfront, extending from the ocean to the lake. For its gala opening, Don Ferrara’s Latin American orchestra kept guests on their feet with congas and rumbas.
The lower floor of the South Ocean Club’s two-story West Indies-style building served as the beach club with colorful cabanas aligned along the shore. Highlighted by a circular teak dance floor, the upper-level restaurant and lounge overlooked the ocean and lake. A colorful mural of big game hunters and headhunters by R. Bushnell Hyman added to the exotic atmosphere.
But World War II deferred Mitchell’s club life. He served as a naval submarine commander from 1942 until 1946, before returning to Palm Beach and building his own club legacy, the Coral Beach Club.
The South Ocean Club was destroyed by fire in 1956.
Opened December 2016.
From their website:
"Kawenzmann means in sailor slang "Monsterwelle" (Monster Wave) and thus alludes to the origins of the Tiki culture of the ancient seafaring peoples of Polynesia. For us, Tiki means one thing above all else: exotic, completely casual and also a little ironic bar and drinking culture - so don't be too serious. In addition to iconic Tiki drinks, our own cocktail creations and some Colada variants, we also serve you over 60 types of rum from all over the world to enjoy."
The Hawaii restaurant opened in 1967. Together with the old-timer train, the Santa Fe Western Express, the fairy tale forest, the pony riding track, the puppet theater as well as the rowing and pedal boats, it was one of the first attractions in Phantasialand.
The Hawaii restaurant was the first culinary stand in Phantasialand. It offered space for up to 500 guests who could choose between exotic and local cuisine. In addition to the indoor seats, there was also an outdoor snack area. Outside the thatched houses, guests who did not want to eat were also entertained: a playground was set up for the children, while hula dancers provided live entertainment from time to time.
The Hawaii restaurant was demolished for the 1993 season and replaced by the children's area. The reason for this lay in several comments from many parents, who complained that the park had little to offer for the youngest visitors.
Opened December 5th, 2018.
This was the third in the chain of No Bones Beach Club locations, with the previous two on the West Coast in Portland and Seattle.
Due to Covid shutdowns, the first two brick-and-mortar locations were forced to close. The Chicago location is still listed as "temporarily closed" as of May 2021.
However, their website doesn't highlight any brick-and-mortar locations and seems to be simply a promotional page for their frozen wholesale food, so the Chicago location may be closing for good as well.
The No Bones Beach Clubs are (were) known for their all-Vegan menu paired with tropical cocktails in a beachy/tiki-light environment.
Lono Cove opened in Chester, United Kingdom, in September 2018, in the space formerly occupied by Zanzi Bar.
The bar is operated by Luke Edge and Carlo Guy, who formerly managed Red Door on St John Street, and who wanted to create a cocktail bar that, "takes elements of everything we've learned over the past few years and everything Chester requires from a cocktail bar."
Drinks are served in CheekyTiki (now known as Little Grass Shack) tiki mugs similar to what you might find at Lola Lo's or other UK tiki establishments.
The bar is intimate, decorated with palm wallpaper, trimmed in bamboo, and with an arched ceiling featuring a blue sky with magenta clouds and tropical birds winging overhead.
Like many tiki bars in recent years, it is a bit thin on actual tiki carvings, masks, or objets d'art such as one might expect from venerable forebears like Trader Vic's or Don the Beachcombers. The focus is mostly on the cocktail experience.
Originally built in 1953 as a meager 40-room roadside lodge, Town and Country is now a bustling, full-service resort with a nostalgic and playful celebration of its mid-century roots.
It is located 5 miles from the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park.
The Tiki Hut (aka Tiki Pavilion, Tiki Room) is an event space built on the grounds. The octagonal shake-covered building was designed by Hendrick and Mock (also designers of the Islands Restaurant and Hanalei Hotel -- at the site of the current San Diego Crowne Plaza) as part of a 1962 expansion project that brought 80 more rooms to the hotel complex. The pavilion was topped with a William Westenhaver Witco Mainlander carving named “Riki Tiki.”
On special occasions, Tiki torch flames or fireworks would be set off from his head. Riki caught fire a couple of times even though he was protected from the flames via a sheetmetal dulì (Chinese farmer’s hat).
San Diego Fire Department officials soon put a stop to that, and Riki Tiki was relocated to good ol’ terra firma. The pavilion and Riki Tiki have survived under various names to this day.
Starting in 2021, the Town and Country became host to the growing Tiki Oasis event, previously hosted at the Palm Springs Caliente Tropics (2001-2005), then at the San Diego Crowne Plaza (2006-2019), and briefly at San Diego's Paradise Point (2020).
The Samoa Beach Restaurant was located in Cocoa Beach, Florida, off of Highway A1A and one block south of the Cocoa Causeway.
It was located in a strip mall with Causeway drugs and other shops on either side but stood out because of a grass thatched A-Frame entrance that jutted out from the otherwise normal-looking rectangular building.
Created by Mr. and Mrs. Guy Hovia. Opening date is unclear.
Nani Maka, the Hawaiian star and dancer (who also performed at the Yankee clipper and Mai Kai among others) often performed here during their early years -- doing the "Tahitian Twist".
The restaurant caught fire in 1960 due to a short-circuited flood light that caught the thatching on fire, but this did not apparently harm operations.
In later years, hula dancing seemed to be less of a draw and ads from 1968-1970 show that they brought in magicians and topless Go-Go dancers...which together with their house band formed quite a nightly bill of entertainment.
Unclear when they eventually closed...
Today, the site appears to be home to Ron Jon Surf Shop.
The Pitcairn's neon sign was designed by Heathcote in 1961 and built by California Neon Products.
The hotel was demolished in 1998 as part of the City of Anaheim's "beautification" project.
Today, as of 2021, this location appears to be a parking lot in-between the Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant and Hampton Inn and Suites.
This location has a long history and is known as the Fred Thompson building. It was built in 1927.
In March 1962, the site opened as the Mauna Loa restaurant.
Mauna Loa did not last long.
By December 1963 it had become the Garden Room.
On May 6, 1965 it opened as Mouling, featuring Chinese cuisine in the Spanish Village, the Polynesian decor still intact. Mouling had a long run. A Times restaurant reviewer described the place in 1978 as “a slightly ramshackle patio in the old Hollywood style with plenty of Old Hollywood charm.” Mouling closed in April 1980, the equipment and fixtures (including the Polynesian decor) sold at auction.
Most people today associate the Fred Thompson building with its incarnation as the Cat & Fiddle from 1985-2014, although other restaurants have located here since then.
Coco Joe's was located in Punaluu, Hawaii. Located on the windward side of Oahu near Laie. Their grass shack eventually became completely covered with Wood Rose vines and was a photo opportunity in its own right.
The company was a maker of lava-based and Hawaiian wood-based ("hapawood" or half-wood) resin souvenirs. Coco Joe's was started in 1960 by Donald R Gallacher (a returning WWII veteran). They continued into the 1980s before going out of business. Gallacher was honored by the U.S. Small Business administration as the Hawaii Small Businessman of the Year in 1973 at which time he had 50 employees producing 400 designs (including jewelry and children's books, ashtrays, statues, plaques, and more).
This store in Heeia, Oahu, Hawaii flourished in the 1950s and 60s.
It was located across the Pali from downtown Honolulu at Kealohi Point, Heeia...a short distance beyond Kaneohe Town.
Here one could purchase gifts, jewelry, and curios, including koa wood bowls and other serving items.
It was also a photo opportunity and many people posed outside in front of the store next to the large tiki and outrigger canoe.
A two-story relic in the heart of Waikiki. The Breakers' close proximity to local attractions and its bargain rates make it a popular spot that is often fully booked. Relatively unchanged since it opened in 1954, the hotel is broken into six low-rise buildings centered around an outdoor sundeck and pool.
No tikis on this property but the mid-century, Japanese/Polynesian architecture is still intact, with shoji screens over the sliding doors and classic wood louvres covering the windows.
The property is walking distance to everything in central Waikiki, including the beach, which is a three-minute stroll away.
Built in 1955.
This location has 40 units and is 2 stories. It closed in 2009 and was Beachwalk Student Suites Apartments for a time. As of 2020, the property was purchased and renamed Pagoda, matching the other hotels in this mini hotel chain that is expanding to have a location on each island.
This Honolulu location and the nearby Breakers Hotel are possibly the last of the 1950s era smaller hotels remaining in Waikiki. The Hawaiiana was a little less well-maintained over the years, but it has tikis throughout the grounds and is definitely worth a look. The Hapu'u fern tikis are especially fragile but appear to have survived.
*1958 tri-fold brochure map background shows original layout.
This motel was incorporated on April 21st, 1959.
Postcards describe it as: "Florida's most unique vacation resort featuring the authentic gracious atmosphere of exotic Hawaii. Apartments and motel rooms - air conditioned - & heated - swimming pool - coffee shop, and the intimate Grass Shack Lounge for your entertainment." The front of the building had a rock fireplace with a large tiki mask and there was a ten foot tall die-cut and neon-lit hula girl over the driveway.
The Polynesian Motel permanently closed around 2015.
The wonderful neon sign was removed long before then, during or prior to 1997.
This vintage motel at one time featured an impressive neon sign on front and a large tiki pole below it.
Although it became a bit run-down, the sign and facade was basically original through at least 1997, if not later.
The motel was eventually remodeled completely and as of 2021 is named America's Best Value Inn & Suites Anaheim Convention Center.
The front lettering of "Samoa Motel" is gone and has been replaced by a diamond checkered pattern.
The Heart O' Denver Motor Hotel (1960-1975), featured a bar called the Tiki Lounge. Eli Hedley, the man who popularized the beachcomber aesthetic, designed this lounge.
The site is also historically noteworthy for being located on Colfax Avenue, the longest commercial street in the United States of America.
Later, this hotel became a Ramada and in 2005-2006 the Tiki Lounge space was home to a new tiki bar called Tiki Boyd's.
It appears, as of 2021, the space is now home to Ahuevo Cantina Kitchen.
This location originally opened in 1954 under the name "The Outrigger", located in Hotel Cosmopolitan at 18th and Broadway. The Hotel Cosmopolitan opened in 1926 and was demolished in 1984.
The Outrigger name changed to Trader Vic's in 1962 and later closed in 1978 when the corporation decided they wanted a fresher location than the, by that time, 52-year-old hotel, and Trader Vic's opened a different location at the brand-new Denver Hilton three blocks away.
This Don the Beachcomber's moved into the vacated spot left by Trader Vic's at the Cosmopolitan and was there from 1978 to 1984.
China Sails was a Chinese restaurant created in 1949 and owned by Dave Wong in Salem, Massachusetts, and was located on 516 Loring Ave (where there is now a different Chinese restaurant called Fantasy Island, which still uses the original China Sails sign, although the sign now says “Fantasy Island”).
Dave wanted to bring his style of Polynesian/Chinese cuisine to his customers and break away from the traditional norm of being grouped with other Chinese restaurants in Boston’s Chinatown. He found an opportunity in Salem, Massachusetts, a traditional working class community, to purchase an existing 60-seat Chinese restaurant, called Red Sails, whose name he quickly changed to avoid any imagined connection to Communism just before the McCarthy Era. In the late 1950’s, Dave expanded the restaurant -- tripling its size. China Sails was so successful that Dave eventually expanded to Revere, Chestnut Hill, the North Shore Shopping Center, and the Liberty Tree Mall.
China Sails produced a variety of branded Otagiri manufactured tiki mugs, including one with a Chinese junk logo.
Dave retired in 1985.
The Ambassador Hotel was a hotel in Los Angeles, California. Designed by architect Myron Hunt, the Ambassador Hotel formally opened to the public on January 1, 1921. It was especially well-known for its bar and nightclub, the Cocoanut Grove with its swaying coconut palm trees made of paper mache and monkeys with electrified amber eyes.
This pre-tiki establishment and its parent hotel were more Moorish in style than Polynesian, yet set the tone for tropical pre-tiki establishments. This was Los Angeles’ premier night spot for decades; host to six Oscar ceremonies and to every United States President from Herbert Hoover to Richard Nixon. Prominent figures such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Sammy Davis, Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Bing Crosby, John Wayne, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, and The Supremes were some of the many entertainers that attended and performed professionally at the Cocoanut Grove.
The hotel was the site of the assassination of United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968. Due to the decline of the hotel and the surrounding area, the Ambassador Hotel was closed to guests in 1989. In 2001, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) purchased the property with the intent of constructing three new schools within the area. After subsequent litigations to preserve the hotel as a historic site, a settlement allowed the Ambassador Hotel to be demolished in 2005.
Hugman's Oasis and House of Má, the new tiki bar and restaurant concepts from Esquire Tavern owner Chris Hill, opened in April 2021 in downtown San Antonio's Historic Witte Building.
Named for Robert H. H. Hugman, the architect responsible for the creation of San Antonio's River Walk, the bar occupies the building's river level. The restaurant, focused on Vietnamese homestyle cooking, is located at street level.
Bamboo Ben did the build-out on Hugman's Oasis, which features glass floats, bamboo trim, black lava, neon lit fountains, a ton of skulls (including skull chandeliers!) and a wall of hand-carved and painted tiki panels similar to the ones installed by Bosko at False Idol in San Diego.
Hugman's bar menu features drinks such as the Bermuda Triangle, a tropical rum-based sipper, and a Piñagroni, a pineapple take on a traditional Negroni. House of Má features separate libations including the Old Siam and Soi Cowboy.
Hawaiian Punch Village was an area tucked into the back of SeaWorld in San Diego — SeaWorld used to have lots of Polynesian theming, but it’s sadly gone now. (One of SeaWorld’s creators, George Millay, also owned The Reef, a Polynesian restaurant in Long Beach.)
SeaWorld San Diego opened in 1964 and the Village appears to have been original to the park. It was gone by the end of the 80s, however.
Hawaiian Punch Village featured Punchy's animatronic band and a Hawaiian Punch Restaurant where you could order a Hawaiian Rum Cooler if you were an adult.
Apparently there were other similar Hawaiian Punch Villages located in the SeaWorlds at Aurora, OH and Orlando, FL as well.
Just a stone's throw from Hollywood is Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, which opened in 1906. It is the final resting place for hundreds of celebrities from Walt Disney to Sammy Davis Jr. The sprawling cemetery is also home to "Henry", a thirty-one inch Moai head from Easter Island. Although the figure hasn't been authenticated, it was obtained in 1954 by park founder Dr. Hubert Eaton who affectionately named it after his friend Henry Wendt. On a trip to Easter Island, so the story goes, Wendt and Eaton received the head in a legal transaction between Rapanui fishermen who were using it as ballast for a boat.
The In Search of Tiki exhibition was held at the Forest Lawn Glendale Museum from August 8th, 2009 to January 4th, 2010. The show was curated by Doug Nason and Jeff Fox, and featured traditional oceanic art, Polynesian pop, and modern Tiki art. The group exhibition included Josh Agle (SHAG) whose original acrylic on board painting In Search of Tiki was used as the name and advertising print for the show. Henry the Moai is portrayed on the far right of the painting.
The Castaway (or "Cast Away" as it was sometimes spelled in advertising) was a bar located just outside of Geneva on the Lake, Ohio on Route 534 (eastside) heading north. South of The Strip although not located in the village, the night club became closely associated with the party scene of The Strip during the 1960s (it was open at least as early as 1963). The owner was James Brown (Jimmy). The entrance to the Castaway was a huge Easter Island Moai with gas flames coming out of its eyes. You entered through its mouth. The bar was destroyed in an arson fire in 1979.
The bar was known for its Go-Go shower dancers and for its live musical acts.
Conway Twitty recorded a live album there called "Conway Twitty Rocks At The Castaway: Geneva-on-the-lake, Ohio; 3rd-9th August 1964".
This modest motel has a spectacular neon sign probably built in the 1950s, but except for a few palm tree cut-outs along the fence line, is otherwise non-tiki in appearance.
Bretton's was open from 1945 to the mid-1970's. The Bali Hai Room was added in 1954.
Today this space is an office building.
The Tropics Lounge was a pre-tiki establishment opened sometime during World War II and was located on the third floor (they counted the basement level as #1, so the third floor today is more like the second floor or mezzanine level).
Here's a quote from the hotel's history flyer:
"After dinner, the gentlemen would retire to the third floor to the popular lounge called the Tropics. The sound of thunder was piped in and the lights fluttered and went out. A mechanical hula girl would emerge from behind the bar and dance in a grass skirt while it rained behind the bar."
Although the hotel is still running, it has undergone many remodels and it is difficult to see any sign of where the bar once was.
Tijuana's first pre-tiki bar opened in 1928.
A legendary social spot for over 80 years, the Aloha serviced the Prohibition crowd from the U.S. and sailors come to port. Originally it featured amateur boxing as its source of entertainment but then turned to dancing, featuring classic romantic dance numbers from Old Mexico and the popular Aloha girls, swaying and sashaying their way around the room to the music of the tropics.
It was burned down and rebuilt in 1938.
This was not a tiki bar as we think of them today and even by pre-tiki standards it was still essentially a Tijuana tequila bar. Other than a few decorations and tropical murals (which were on display for many years), the name, and the occasional hula dancing, this location blended in with other bars in the area.
However, it proved a popular spot for tourists throughout the 20th century -- the club grew and evolved with the times in both good and bad ways. As the century reached its final decades it operated as a disco in the 70s and a strip club in the 80s. In 2011, the Aloha burned down, thus ending a legendary bar and restaurant experience. The building's marquee however survived, and can still be seen on the front of the building to this day - a symbol of Mexican history and a physical reminder of Tijuana's once bustling, enterprising nightlife.
Originally named Tiki Village, the Tiki Hotel is an iconic Apartment Hotel located on the banks of the Nerang River at the end of Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise, Australia.
Built by Bernie Elsey (around 1965), who also built the Surfrider Hotel and the Surfers Paradise Beachcomber. Bernie's in-house entertainments were legendary. The pyjama parties and Hawaiian nights pushed the edges of the law, filling national papers with copy and his establishments with patrons. He also famously introduced the Surfers Paradise Meter Maids, clad in gold bikinis and armed with sixpences employed to rescue motorists from expired parking meters. They became internationally famous and still operate, nearly fifty years later.
Tiki Village was the first purpose built Timeshare Resort in Australasia and ran as such from 1982 until December 2018 when it was relaunched as a Full Service Hotel and renamed the Tiki Hotel Surfers Paradise.
Milan Flores Guanko (1906-1994) had a carving shop at Gray's Nursery on Beach Boulevard in Westminster.
Guanko learned to carve from his father in the Philippines before immigrating to the U.S. in 1928. During WWII, he began carving full-time. His tikis appeared at Disneyland, the Western Hills Hotel, the Royal Hawaiian Restaurant in Laguna Beach, The Islands Restaurant in Phoenix, Ren Clark’s Polynesian Village in Fort Worth, Texas, and many more restaurants, hotels and apartments throughout the world.
He died at age 87 in Glendale, where he’d moved his shop in later years.
Claire Fieberg opened The Tiny Tiki in 2018.
It is true to its name at less than 500 square feet, but provides a needed dose of tiki to the Spokane area.
Opened June 1975 (the hotel opened the year before).
This Kona Kai was part of a chain of restaurants that included locations in Chicago and Philadelphia. This location was the second to be built in Kansas City and was at the Plaza International (later the Hilton Kansas City Airport Hotel).
The second Kona Kai location was at the Plaza Inn just a block away from The Castaways.
Both Kansas City locations closed in the 80s and both locations featured "signature" 8-foot tall tikis carved by Oceanic Arts in Whittier, California (the tiki at this location has somewhat smaller nostrils -- a shorthand to tell them apart -- see last photo below). These tikis now reside in a private collection.
The Hilton Kansas City Airport Hotel is still running but all traces of the Kona Kai appear to have been removed. Instead, they now have the Asado Urban Grill as their hotel restaurant.
It appears that Asian Outpost was established here in 2013 but that the Hawaiian Hideout remodel and change happened in 2020.
AO Hawaiian Hideout describes themselves as "A hidden tropical gem, serving onolicious homestyle cuisines from East Asia, Southeast Asia & Polynesia."
They don't call their restaurant a tiki bar, but it has all the hallmarks of one. Some of those details include tikis, tropical wahine paintings, Witco carvings on the walls, Orchids of Hawaii lamps, an outrigger canoe on the dining area's ceiling, a life-sized shark hanging over the bar, and tapa-cloth-patterned booths.
The owner, Betty, is extremely passionate about her menu and taking care of their guests, and her husband, Duane, has done most of the island-themed buildout himself. Keeping with their tradition of supporting the local tiki community when they ran Chef Shangri-La, they built a stage to host the area’s surf, exotica, and rockabilly bands, as well as their popular Elvis tribute show.
Opened in 2016.
The Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum has only fifteen rooms and is surrounded by a magnificent jungle. Its architecture was inspired by mid-century modern architecture and it would be right at home in Palm Springs or Miami Beach.
There is a lounge area with bamboo bar, but other than the name, there are no tikis on site. However, they have started embracing tiki imagery and recently created some drink coasters with tikis and might be adding some other flourishes to match the namesake.
The hotel is an hour and a half from Cancun International Airport.
It is a 10 minute drive from the beach and not far from the Tulum Monkey Sanctuary.
Opened March of 2020.
Phat Sammy's began as a pop-up restaurant in spring of 2017. Co-owner Jeremy Esterly would do them at places like karaoke dive-bar Moody Monday's, cupcakery Sugar Belle and local brewery Yellowhammer. His Asian flavors/American dishes mashups quickly earned a local following.
Esterly was considering pivoting to a food truck for his next step forward, but he quickly found support and with 3 other co-owners was able to make this restaurant a brick-and-mortar reality.
Phat Sammy's has a very low key entrance marked outside by a small neon yellow and green pineapple sign -- located down two flights of stairs in a basement level room that is able to hold that perpetual state of twilight, blocked off from the outside, upon which tiki bars thrive.
With a capacity around 100, Phat Sammy's décor includes a mural, painted by local artist Logan Tanner, a full bar populated by tiki mugs and glassware to showcase signature as well as classic tiki cocktails (and rum flights).
They are a bit light on actual tikis, having a few signature pieces like the large molded Moai in their entryway and a giant filipino ifugao mask in their lounge area, but hopefully they will add more with time.
Located along the Historic John's Pass Boardwalk, The Hut Bar & Grill is known as a live music venue with great waterfront views. It is also attached to Skulley's Seafood Restaurant.
The Hut has a 15' tall carnival style pass-through tiki head entrance in front which opens to an outside breezeway where you can see a large house-like structure painted brick red with lime green trim -- matching the adjacent Skulley's Restaurant. The interior is a very large hall with some floor-to-ceiling tiki columns.
There is a wood-beamed tin ceiling. Flat screen TVs surround the room just below the ceiling, and along with the beer signs, you quickly realize that despite the exterior this is going to be more of a Florida style surf shack place than a traditional mid-century inspired tiki bar.
They do have some cartoony large molded tiki figures holding bottles but otherwise the decor is typical beer hall with some beach-style surfboard signs and made in Indonesia tiki masks thrown into the mix.
They have a full food menu, but their drinks menu emphasizes their machine-blended frozen slushy drinks and a limited cocktail list of what they refer to as "Surf Drinks" which don't include any of the Trader Vic or Don the Beachcomber classics favored by tikiphiles (no Mai-Tais or Navy Grogs here). The Painkiller dusted with nutmeg might be the safest bet if you aren't in the mood for a slushy drink. This is also the same drinks menu as the attached Skulley's restaurant, so you can order them at either location.
Along the boardwalk in back, you can see the entire top of The Hut's roof is thatched, which is an impressive amount of thatching.
They also have a 70 foot waterfront dock, which extends out into John's Pass for outdoor dining. Customers say it's not uncommon to see dolphins there.
Les Valentine's large Holo Wai Miniature golf course (next to Holy Family Cathedral) lasted from sometime in the 1960s until the late 1970s or early 1980s. It was apparently wiped out to make room for a freeway exchange.
Adjacent to Holo Wai was the A-frame Chinese restaurant, Kim's, at 574 South Glassell. Both Kim's and Holo Wai appear together in early advertising on matchbooks and other ads. Kim's apparently was re-christened as Yen Ching's in 1979 and stayed in business until New Year's Eve 2018. The restaurant was bought by a national senior living company that plans on tearing the restaurant down and building a 35-room permanent memory care facility.
Burnt Ends opened in March 2021, above the Dr. BBQ Restaurant, located in the EDGE District of St. Petersburg.
Frank Simontics, known as the Tiki Rancher, was called on to blend classic tiki design with Dr. BBQ’s smokehouse roots in the second-floor bar. Design elements include charred end cuts of wood with red backlighting, and simulating glowing embers. There is also a thatch and bamboo awning and an 8-foot moai-like figure of Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe greeting guests at street level.
The Avery family operated three very different types of Vermont Inns. They owned a country inn near Dartmouth College in Norwich, a downtown hotel near the state capital in Montpelier and Bonnie Oaks Lodge and Bungalows in Fairlee, Vermont (a television Newhartish setting with a population then of about 600).
The lodge was located on Lake Morey.
The season was from mid June to mid October.
It's unclear when the cocktail lounge was added but it was open through at least the early 70s.
Isla Nu-Bar is a walk-up bar located on the Lower Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood. It opened in summer of 2019.
The name is a play on words -- "Isla Nublar" is a fictional island that serves as a major setting in the first Jurassic Park novel and its film adaptations.
This bar was part of the newly renovated and imagined Jurassic World The Ride section of the park and features machine-blended slushy drinks as well as shaken cocktails -- all served in plastic take-home souvenir tiki mugs.