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Tiki Drinks?

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Where can I get a good tiki drinks- during daylight hours too? Tiki Ti always seems to be closed when i try to go, and Formosa for a Mai Tai doesn't open until 6 on weekends. Trader Vic's drinks - while good have way too much ice and the drink is gone in a few sips. Any suggestions? Would prefer east over west side of town. Pasadena/Glendale area is good, so is Silverlake, Los Feliz, etc.

Tiki Ti
4427 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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  1. check out bahooka's in rosemead. a bit old, dated and janky...but has tiki drinks and is open for lunch.

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    1. re: wilafur

      The atmosphere at Bahooka is exactly as it should be, in my not-at-all-humble opinion. That was one of the last places my late pa-in-law requested we take him, and we all enjoyed the experience, and the drinks, immensely (the food, well, it was edible). If that ancient fish by the cash register is still alive, be sure to get the demo of why you should not stick your fingers in there …

      1. re: Will Owen

        The Bahooka teriyaki dishes are suprisingly edible, esp. after 2 or 3 of their flaming bowls.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          After 2 or 3 of their flaming bowls I could find the paper napkins edible, I suspect. Don't know because I was the driver …

          I did enjoy what I ate there, but as I remember absolutely nothing else about it it must not have been terribly interesting. I just remember sitting amongst all that gurgling/bubbling, which had An Effect on both Papa and me, causing us to have to leave the table and subsequently refuse further water refills.

          1. re: Will Owen

            After 2 or 3 of their flaming bowls I could find the paper napkins edible, I suspect.

            Y'know, Will, those bowls are meant to be shared. (I jest).

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I know. The effect is still deadly. We have photos of an evening at a Tiki joint in Nashville (since long gone), with six or eight of us sucking from a giant flaming bowl through long pipelines constructed of straws joined end to end. I seem to recall at some point trying VERY hard to say "pupu platter" …

    2. Roy's has Mai Tais and other tropical drinks. It's been forever since I've been but I recall Damon's in Glendale having Tiki drinks.

      1. its a bit out of the way, but HACKERS bar at the rio hondo golf course in downey, makes the craft cocktail mai tais, they open at 7am and serve until 8pm, and the bar over looks the golf course... Awesome view and great drinks. Ask for keith or mark...

        1. Help me out with the name hounds, there's a little place across Sunset from the old Pioneer Chicken.

          Pioneer Chicken
          4376 W Sunset Blvd-out of business, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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          1. re: JAB

            JAB, I'm pretty sure that is the Tiki Ti.

            Tiki Ti
            4427 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          2. I don't know if they're technically tiki drinks, but I love the fruity drinks at the Good Luck Bar (right by Tiki Ti). I don't think it's open during the day though...

            There's also Ivy at the Shore - again, maybe not technically tiki, but it does have a tropical vibe. I love the Ivy gimlet.

            Good Luck Bar
            1514 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            Tiki Ti
            4427 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            1. Damon's Steak House is famous for their house drinks: Mai Tai & Chi Chi. Damon's also has several other South Seas themed drinks on its menu.
              317 N Brand Blvd, Glendale
              Sun-Thurs 11AM-10PM; till 11PM Fri-Sat
              (although the link says "brunch" it is actually a link to Damon's Menu)

              Damons Glendale Steakhouse
              317 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

              1. I like the mai tais at Dukes. Looks like they are closed for lunch on Mondays during the winter, but open all other days.

                1. If you're willing to venture out that way, try the Tonga Hut, on Victory in North Hollywood. It is an authentic tiki bar that's been around since the 50s. It doesn't open until 4 PM, but usually isn't a mob scene like Tiki Ti can be. Unfortunately, I don't think you're going to find much that's open for lunchtime tiki cocktails.


                  Tonga Hut
                  12808 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

                  1. If your ever in the South Bay (just an FYI = I haven't tried it):

                    Old Tony's - Redondo Beach Pier:

                    1) Bar opens at 11:30 a.m.
                    2) 7 days a week
                    3) Top of Tony's - Great view of the Pacific

                    Maybe a little too touristy, but Scroll down for a paragraph....


                    1. Highly coincidental that the LA Times actually featured a story today about a place in North Hollywood called Tiki No. See this blog http://thetikichick.com/2010/12/04/ti... for a nice write up and I'll link to the LAT's story in a couple of minutes. If you look at the blog story it has what looks to be a fairly comprehensive list of Tiki bars & Tiki drink places along the right hand side of the story.

                      ADD: http://www.latimes.com/theguide/bars-...

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                      1. re: Servorg

                        thanks! i'm ahead of the trend! haha.

                        1. re: Servorg

                          And, while geographically further from OP's ideal territory, I just noticed today that the former Sam's Seafood in Huntington Beach is now being converted to Don the Beachcomber - sounds like Tiki drinks are on the horizon in the OC.

                          Don the Beachcomber
                          16278 South Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

                          1. re: carter

                            And even further down the coast in Laguna Beach, there's Royal Hawaiian which has dangerously strong drinks, most notably the lapu lapu.

                            Royal Hawaiian
                            331 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

                        2. love, Love, LOVE the Bahooka.
                          Rosemead Blvd./Lower Azusa Rd. in Temple City, north of the 10 fwy.

                          1. Bahooka


                            Go to the "Menu" page. At the bottom is a $5 coupon you can print. Also the Bar Drink photo and its corresponding menu...