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Where To Have The Full Tiki Bar Experience In Ohio

Columbus isn’t exactly exploding with tiki bars. Luckily, we don’t have to travel too far. But we all know it’s about quality, not quantity, and that’s where this list of destinations excels. There’s not too much you need to do to prepare yourself for this tiki tour, but I do have a few suggestions.

When you go, don’t hesitate to order something fruity and delicious. Arguably, the best thing about tiki bars are their drink menus, so you’d really be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t have at least one beverage involving a tiny umbrella.

The tiki bar craze officially started in Los Angeles in 1934 at a bar called Don the Beachcomber. The tiki bar was the brainchild of Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt (whew, what a name!) who was a New Orleans native who loved to travel. He changed his name to Don Beach when he set up shop in LA and created a bar inspired by the tropical flavors he found while traveling the Caribbean and South Pacific.

Menu from Don The Beachcomber, 1943

It took a while for the full tiki bar obsession to take hold. During World War II, young Americans were deployed throughout the South Pacific and it was there that the got they fell in love with all things tropical.

Here in Columbus, the most iconic of the tiki establishments remains The Kahiki, even though it closed years ago. If you’re on the hunt for those Kahiki vibes, you’ve come to the right place.

Sacred Palm

If you’re seeking out a mysterious sort of night, the speakeasy under Mikey’s Late Night Slice in the Short North is the perfect fit. Sacred Palm feels exclusive. They’ve got a great drink menu and the secret entrance is super clever. Plus, you’re just a few steps away from a midnight snack.
Address: 457 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Sacred Palm (Instagram)

Huli Huli Tiki Lounge

Huli Huli Tiki Lounge opened back in 2019 and they’ve quickly made quite a name for themselves. In addition to a great tiki-inspired cocktail menu, they also have a wicked small plates menu, full of tropical flavors. If you want a great deal on a delicious drink, don’t miss Tiki Tuesdays. That $5 Mai Tai will make you feel like you’re a million miles away.
Address: 26 W Olentangy St, Powell, OH 43065
Website:Huli Huli Tiki LoungePorco Lounge & Tiki Room

Porco Lounge & Tiki Room

A true oasis in Cleveland, Porco Lounge & Tiki Room is a standout with its potent Polynesian-inspired cocktails and its kitschy, tropical decor that transports you straight to a mid-century tiki haven. The lounge is known for its authentic tiki ambiance and an extensive menu of both classic and innovative drinks, crafted with premium spirits and fresh, exotic ingredients. If you’re in the mood to indulge, try their Zombie cocktail, but be warned – they limit them to two per customer for good reason!
Address: 2527 W. 25th St. Cleveland, OH
Website:Porco Lounge & Tiki Room

Tiki Underground

Located in Cuyahoga Falls, Tiki Underground combines the traditional tiki bar vibe with a touch of modern flair. This spot serves up a wide array of tropical drinks, complete with all the flamboyant garnishes you’d expect, in a laid-back, friendly environment. Their events calendar is packed with live music and weekly specials, making it a perfect spot to unwind and escape the mundane. Don’t miss their TU Mai Tai, a house favorite that’s both refreshing and beautifully balanced.
Address: 1832 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls
Website:Tiki Underground

Tiki Tiki Bang Bang

Tiki Tiki Bang Bang brings a playful and quirky twist to the Cincinnati tiki scene. This bar is not just about great drinks but also about creating a fun, engaging experience with its tropical, retro decor and a lively atmosphere. Their cocktail list is a whimsical exploration of tiki traditions, featuring everything from classic Mai Tais to inventive new concoctions. For an unforgettable night, check out their signature Bang Bang Punch.
Address: 965 E. McMillan Street, Cincinnati, OH
Website:Tiki Tiki Bang Bang

Source : Columbus Navigator



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