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PUNCH | Inside LA's Tiki Underground

Americans have been drinking Mai Tais inside tropical-themed bars ever since Ernest Gantt a.k.a. Donn Beach washed up on Southern California shores …

Kitchens

PUNCH | Diagnosing the Tiki Psyche

Science fiction, wrote literary critic Northrop Frye, is “a mode of romance with a strong inherent tendency towards myth.” The appeal of the genre, …

The Mai-Kai turns 60 with special history presentations, celebration

<b>Updated Dec. 24:</b> Symposia Series sold out; get on the waiting list <b><br>See below:</b> Lost cocktails announced | Extended happy hour<p><b>UPDATE:</b> In a special …

How to Start a Tiki Bar from Scratch

"Beyond the drink, it’s about the complete transformative experience of leaving the outside world and coming to another world where it’s dusk, it’s moody, it’s atmospheric, the music, the decor… Everything is part of the process of getting you to that...<p><i>This first appeared on MUNCHIES in June …

Alcohol

Inside Clifton’s new tiki bar, Pacific Seas, while remembering its past

Fans of retro Polynesia and tiki bars are counting the days until Pacific Seas, the newest space in Clifton’s in Los Angeles, opens Oct. 25. It will …

Spiced Rum on the Rebound

From classic cocktails to tiki riffs, this historic spirit is back on the modern mixologist’s menu.<p>Just a few years ago, to be offered a choice of …

Tiki Glassware

While we love our vintage ceramic tiki tumblers, they don’t let you see what you’re drinking. This tiki-inspired drinkware is made from glass, so you …

10 Things to Know About False Idol, San Diego's Newest Tiki Bar

There are two huge local tiki happenings this month and one tiki ambassador who has an integral role in both of them — bar owner, cocktail expert, and book author <b>Martin Cate</b>, whose Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco is the country's preeminent destination for rum and tiki drinks. His perpetually …

A Tiki Time Trip to the Origins of Tiki Barware

During the 18th century, Martinique was occupied multiple times by the British, and during this time, the swizzle stick made its way to England. …

Tim "Swanky" Glazner Explores Tiki Culture and Rare Cocktails in Mai-Kai: History and Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant

"Several years ago, there were only two places on earth where you could sample Don the Beachcomber’s real recipes, the same ones he created over 70 …

Fort Lauderdale

Sad news: The LuWOW is closing soon

There is truly no bar in Melbourne like The LuWOW. We've enjoyed many a dance in Josh Collins' tiki wonderland, but it looks like as of December, …

Let's Talk Tiki Bars: Harmless Fun Or Exploitation?

Say you want to escape the doldrums of daily life — but you can't quite afford a trip to Hawaii. Why not to head to your local tiki bar for a sample of the South Seas?<p>These faux-Polynesian, palm-thatched rum palaces that were all the rage in the 1960s are now making a comeback. Leading this …

Alcohol

The Unsung Women of Tiki

The Unsung Women of Tiki<p>The tiki revival would be nothing without the historians and bartenders who’ve supported the movement through the bad times …

Little Man Ice Cream Owners Purchase Adrift Tiki Bar

If you're craving an umbrella drink, you might need to wait a few weeks. Denver's only tiki bar, Adrift, at 218 South Broadway, is closed for a …

Real Estate

False Idol Is a Study in How to Do Tiki Right

The new Little Italy bar captures the best of tiki culture<p>By Kelly Davis<p>Published: 2016.09.21 12:13 PM<p>False Idol | Photo: Zack Benson<p>Mid-century …

San Diego

Inside LA's Incredible New Tiki Palace

After many years away, Andrew Meieran’s upcoming bar <b>The Pacific Seas</b> seems to have been well worth the wait. In one sense the return of the Tiki-tinged drink destination has been <i>decades</i> in the making — an original location under the Clifton’s banner ran until the 1960’s — but soon the second-story …

Mai-Kai - The Calendar Girls

These are the calendars created by the Mai-Kai in 1963 to keep them in the minds of the snow birds when they headed home. When they returned to …

Tiki Bar Review #18 Tiki No North Hollywood, CA

The San Fernando Valley has many names. Some people refer to it as “the Valley.” Others may call it “North Hollywood.” The “No” in Tiki No is a …

Inside Don The Beachcomber: The Original Tiki Bar

<i>Glitz and glamour weren’t the only things that fueled the guys and dolls of old Hollywood. From award-winning pastry chef George Geary comes a</i> …

Saks Fifth Avenue