Top Tiki Bars

The Tiki Chick’s Top Tiki Bars in America

Molokai Bar at the Mai-Kai

1. Mai Kai – Fort Lauderdale, FL

With a luau-style floor show, lush garden full of tikis and waterfalls, very potent potables and a bar that looks like the inside of a pirate ship — the Mai Kai was more than I could have dreamed of. (Read the full review.)

Tiki-Ti in Los Angeles

2. Tiki-Ti – Los Angeles, CA

Slinging rum is the family business for the Buhens, who have owned and operated the tiny Tiki-Ti for more than 50 years. Order a Ray’s Mistake and soak up the history. (Read the full review.)

Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco

3. Smuggler’s Cove – San Francisco, CA

Rum expert and master mixologist Martin Cate opened Smuggler’s Cove in late 2009 and the accolades just keep coming in for its topnotch cocktails and captivating nautical decor. (Read the full review.)

Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago

4. Three Dots and a Dash – Chicago, IL

Three Dots and a Dash took the state of tiki in Chicago to a new level with its serious mixology, good food, signature mugs and swizzle sticks, and impeccable decor that provides the perfect setting for a bit of tropical escapism. (Read the full review.)

Psycho Suzi's in Minneapolis

5. Psycho Suzi’s – Minneapolis, MN

If you’re in Minneapolis, forget the Mall of America and check out Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge for its atomic-inflected tiki decor, fun food, decent drinks and pet-friendly riverfront patio. They also have three additional tiki bars upstairs and a rockin’ gift shop with signature Tiki Farm mugs. (Read the full review.)

Tonga Room in San Francisco

6. Tonga Room – San Francisco, CA

The Tonga Room feels like the set of a grand, old-school, over-budget MGM movie trying to embody Polynesia. It was in danger of being demolished to build condos, but The Fairmont hotel seems to have put off those plans for now and the place is more popular than ever thanks to shout-outs on Anthony Bourdain’s show “The Layover.” (Read the full review.)

Trader Vic's Emeryville

7. Trader Vic’s – Emeryville, CA

This is the flagship (though not the original) location of the Polynesian-inspired chain founded by “Trader Vic” Bergeron. It boasts great decor and gorgeous waterfront views.

Tonga Hut Palm Springs entrance

8. Tonga Hut – Palm Springs, CA

The secret tiki room is the trump card for this desert outpost of Tonga Hut. (Read the full review.)

Frankie's Tiki Room in Las Vegas

9. Frankie’s Tiki Room – Las Vegas, NV

Frankie’s is a must-stop in Sin City for its awesome decor and unique souvenir mugs. And it’s open 24 hours! (Read the full review.)

Disclaimer: I haven’t yet had the pleasure of visiting Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 in New Orleans or Hale Pele in Portland, but I’m sure they would make this list.

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