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August 25, 2010

Ordinary Bars, Extraordinary Tiki Drinks

Filed under: Continental Europe,Drinks,Houston,London,Los Angeles,New York,Perfect Tiki Bar,Portland,Seattle,Tiki,Washington, D.C. — Humuhumu @ 2:23 pm

Bartender Michael Bertrand tends to his fire at Vessel in Seattle,
photo by Rocky Yeh

First, let’s get this out of the way: the outstanding bars on this list are not ordinary by any measure, but one… they are not tiki bars. These establishments are part of a new class of cocktailing, where constructing a beverage is paid the same attention as that given to preparing a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

But they are not tiki bars.

You won’t find them in Critiki, and they may very well be off your radar. They may not even be able to make tiki drinks any time, any day, as the ingredients required are notoriously numerous and fussy. But each location on this list has at least one bartender on staff who shares your passion, and wants to make your Nui Nui dreams come true. Some have regular or periodic tiki nights, some even have dedicated tiki sections of their menu. When it comes to tiki drinks, frankly these places are going to deliver better than most any tiki bar out there. Encourage them, won’t you?

Drink – 348 Congress St., Boston, MA
Drink keeps a number of flavored syrups around just for making tiki drinks–prepared for them with love and care by none other than Randy Wong of Waitiki!

Death & Company – 433 East 6th St., Manhattan, New York, NY
Though Brian Miller, a driving force behind Death & Co.’s tiki drinks, has moved on, his imprint lingers. Tiki drinks, and tiki-leaning beverages, can still be found on the menu.

Please Don’t Tell (PDT) – 113 Saint Marks Pl., Manhattan, New York, NY
There are reports that you may be able to snag a high-quality tiki drink at the world’s worst-kept-secret bar.

Flatiron Lounge – 37 W 19th St., Manhattan, New York, NY
Joe Swifka: ask for him by name. He’s gotten to have a bit of a reputation as the go-to bartender for tiki drinks in New York. Tiki drinks make frequent appearances on Flatiron’s rotating menu.

Clover Club – 210 Smith St., Brooklyn, New York, NY
Clover Club has the same owner as Flatiron Lounge, Julie Reiner. Reiner grew up in Hawaii and plans to open a tropical (but not tiki) restaurant in Manhattan later this year. Clover Club is Victorian in style, but if you ask nicely, they may be able to hook you up with the good stuff.

Dram – 177 S 4th St, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Dram’s rotating menu often has tiki items on offer—at this writing, it’s a Jet Pilot.

Dutch Kills – 27-24 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY
Dutch Kills is from the same team that opened New York’s latest tiki savior, Painkiller.

Rum Bar – 2005 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA
Rum Bar is, well, all about rum. Most of the cocktail list is Caribbean-focused, but a few traditional tiki cocktails are also on offer.

Embury – 2216 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
Embury has a Tiki Tuesday event, and they’re game for tackling the complicated drinks.

Farmers & Fishers – 3000 K Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Zombies, Fog Cutters, Grogs… all part of their regular menu!

Anvil – Houston, TX
Anvil is perhaps most notable for their “100 drinks everyone should try at least once.” Naturally, tiki is part of the prescription, and Jeff Berry’s Grog Log is a heavily-thumbed reference behind their bar.

Vessel – 1312 5th Ave., Seattle, WA
Spur – 113 Blanchard St., Seattle, WA
Tavern Law – 1406 12th Ave., Seattle, WA
My hometown may be lacking in the tiki bar department, but I’m proud to say that when it comes to the drinks, it’s “ya sure, ya betcha.” All three of these establishments have the materials on-hand to whip up traditional tiki drinks, and each has periodic tiki nights. Vessel even serves some drinks out of tiki mugs.

Teardrop Cocktail Lounge – 1015 NW Everett St., Portland, OR
Teardrop hosts periodic Tiki Nights, typically with the involvement of local tikiphiles and cocktail obsessives Blair “Trader Tiki” Reynolds and Craig “Colonel Tiki” Hermann. The next one is on September 12.

Caña – 714 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Caña is dedicated to all things rum, so of course this means some tiki representation on the menu.

Lewers Lounge – Halekulani Hotel, Waikiki, HI
It’s tragically difficult to find a decent drink in Hawaii. You may have heard good things about the House Without a Key in the Halekulani Hotel, but the better bet is actually the Lewer’s Lounge in the same hotel.

Paparazzi – Laurinská 133/1, Bratislava, Slovakia
Paparazzi’s Stanislav Vadrna knows his way around a tiki drink… he’s even hosted a tiki drink seminar at his bar.

Cotton’s Rhum Shack – 55 Chalk Farm Rd, London, UK
Cotton’s Rhum Shack in Camden has a very long rum list, and a smattering of tiki cocktails to match. There is a sister location, Rhum Jungle in Islington, that may be worth trying, too.

The Merchant Hotel Bar – 16 Skipper Street, Belfast, Ireland
Crowned as the Best Bar In the World, the Merchant Hotel Bar’s menu is more of a book. The menu is exhaustively thorough, and tiki drinks do not get short shrift. On the contrary: Bar Manager Sean Muldoon takes tiki drinks so very seriously that he has the last remaining bottle of the true original Mai Tai rum: vintage 17 year Wray & Nephew. This is the only place in the world you can have a truly old-style Mai Tai—though it’ll cost you about $1,000.

Mahalo nui loa to the following for their assistance in compiling this list: Peter Andrijeski, Alice Berry, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Dan Budiac, Robert A. Burr, Nicole Desmond, Boris Hamilton, Liz Lang, Kiki Lenoue, Georgette Moger, Ben Wagner, Doug Winship

November 15, 2006

London: Vintage ‘n’ Retro Xmas Market at South London Pacific

Filed under: Events,London,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 6:13 pm
Vintage 'n' Retro Xmas Market
Vintage ‘n’ Retro Xmas Market

A Vintage ‘n’ Retro Xmas Market is happening at London’s South London Pacific on Sunday, December 10, from midday to 6pm. Admission is £1.50. The event is being organized by Miss Aloha, who also hosts South London Pacific’s Hula Boogie vintage music & dancing night, which happens every Tuesday. South London Pacific is located at 340 Kennington Road.

November 2, 2006

London: CheekyTiki Night at Mahiki

Filed under: Events,London,News,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:39 pm
Mahiki in London, photo by tikiracer
Mahiki in London, photo by tikiracer

London’s new tiki bar, Mahiki, opened just a couple of days ago. Some speak preview pictures have been posted to Tiki Central, and the place looks dark and elegant — just how I like my tiki bars! I’m eager to hear some reports now that it’s open to the public. Mahiki’s location at 1 Dover Street in Mayfair is just a few blocks from where the Mayfair Beachcomber once was. Legend has it that Joseph Banks, a botanist who gained his fame as part of Captain Cook’s 1768 expedition to Tahiti, stayed at 1 Dover Street and regaled visitors with tales of his South Seas adventures while mixing drinks with rum and botanicals he had collected.

Cheekytiki is throwing a party at Mahiki on November 10, starting at 6:30 p.m. From Tiki Chris:

What:
Bring your aloha spirit to Mahiki: London’s newest tiki bar designed, decorated, and kitted out by CheekyTiki. Come see what we’ve been up for the past few months!

Where:
Mahiki
Number 1 Dover Street
Mayfair (Green Park Tube)
London W1S 4LD

When:
6:30 pm until ???
Friday
10 November 2006

How:
Please RSVP by replying to chris@cheekytiki.com and let us know how many will be in your party.

October 3, 2006

Mahiki: New London Tiki Bar on its Way

Filed under: London,News,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 11:19 am
Mahiki, a new London tiki bar by Cheekytiki
Mahiki, a new London tiki bar by Cheekytiki, artwork by tiki racer

Cheekytiki, the London-based purveyors of all manner of tiki goodness, have a new trick up their sleeves — a tiki bar set to open soon in Mayfair. This new venture, called Mahiki, is sure to be lovely, given the fantastic talents of the people behind Cheekytiki. To stay up to date with the latest Mahiki news, get on the Cheekytiki mailing list.

February 6, 2006

London: 2006 London Luau

Filed under: Events,London,News,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 1:41 pm

Last fall’s London Luau went well enough that Cheekytiki is making it an annual event, with this year’s luau happening in mid-summer. Appleton is again a sponsor, and it will again be held at the historic London Trader Vic’s. The event will take place on Saturday, June 10 — lots of details are still to be worked out, but the organizers wanted to give plenty of time for those who want to make travel arrangements. Cheekytiki is also looking for artists interested in participating in a group show to coincide with the event.

January 8, 2006

London Trader Vic’s Tiki Time Discounts

Filed under: London,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 12:26 am

The London Trader Vic’s has started a weekday “Tiki Time” happy hour, with discounted drinks and complimentary tidbits and pupus. The London Trader Vic’s is notorious for its sticker-shock, and their new happy hour makes them a much more reasonable choice for a quick detour into the tropical. Every Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., choose from a menu of 10 cocktails for only £5 — Peachtree Punch, Tonga Punch, Zombie, TVs Own, Honi Honi, Rangoon Ruby, TVs Sling, Mai Tai, Kamaaina or Bahia. A Scorpion bowl is available for £7.

I Belli di Waikiki Playing at South London Pacific Jan. 22

Filed under: Events,London,Music,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:18 am

On January 22, Italian outfit I Belli di Waikiki will be playing at South London Pacific. It’s the third anniversary of the monthly Hula Boogie event, and is the birthday of DJ Miss Aloha. Advance tickets are available for £7, or you can wait and try your luck at the door where the tickets will be £8.50. The night starts at 7 p.m. and goes past midnight.

August 26, 2005

Extremely Rare Historic Rum Being Served at Trader Vic’s for the London Luau

Filed under: Events,History,London,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 12:52 pm

The London Luau, which is being organized by Cheekytiki, will be taking place on September 3, 2005 at the London Trader Vic’s. Cheekytiki has scored a massive coup for the event with Appleton Estate’s assistance — according to Cheekytiki, Appleton has “managed to get hold of some Rum for us from the same Barrel that provided the Rum that Trader Vic himself created the original Mai Tai.” This extraordinarily rare rum (which is not available for sale) will be used to make a Mai Tai for one lucky person at the event.

It sounds pretty remarkable, and I can’t help but wonder how it can possibly be true. However, I don’t doubt that it’s good old rum, and it makes a great story, which Vic would love. Sounds like a lot of fun — plus, one of my favorite bands, Fisherman Vibraphonic Trio, will be playing. Tickets include a three course meal and a Mai Tai in an exclusive event mug to take home. Hmmm, I wonder how much a flight to London would be….


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