Support Tiki bars now: Visit their online stores, contribute to fundraisers

Updated Feb. 28, 2021

With many bars and restaurants across the country (and world) still closed due to coronavirus restrictions, many establishments near and dear to our hearts are going through rough times. Even with reopenings, business is often minimal as the pandemic continues to surge across the country. Some are even experiencing a second or third shutdown.

Support Tiki bars now by visiting their online stores, contributing to fundraisers

We feel strongly about supporting the owners, managers and employees as they face severe turbulence in their chosen profession. Please do all you can to help them out by whatever means possible. One easy way is to frequent their online stores, buy merchandise and gift cards, and put some cash back in their coffers.

Also note that many areas of the country have expanded rules to allow take-out and delivery of alcohol as well as food, so check with your local establishments for more info. It may be their lifeline. You can also visit this Facebook group for more info on Tiki bars offering to-go food and cocktails. We’ve also noted some of these services below.

Support Tiki bars now by visiting their online stores, contributing to fundraisers

Below you will find links to many of the Tiki bars and restaurants across the country with merchandise and gift cards for sale online. Below that are links to crowd-sourced fundraisers for employees along with other organizations working feverishly to aid bar and restaurant workers. It’s sad, but we’re also compiling a list of bars (still small, fortunately) that have announced permanent closings.

We also remind you to continue to support the many artists and merchants who also depend on direct sales to customers to survive. You can find links to many of them in the right rail of this blog post. With marketplace events being canceled and postponed, they rely even more on a steady stream of online income. Some of the online events held around the world also include ways to make donations.

SUPPORT TIKI BARS ONLINE

The following establishments are offering online ordering. If you find any broken links, please let us know and we’ll update. Also, please send us any additions to this list via email or as a message on our social media pages (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram).

Aku Aku's Gill-Man Chu Tiki Mug

Aku Aku, Orlando This small and inviting mid-mod Tiki oasis near downtown has an online shop featuring gift cards, T-shirts and the new Gill-Man Chu Tiki Mug, designed by Doug Horne and manufactured by Tiki Farm. Aku Aku is open with restrictions and limited capacity.

UPDATED: Archipelago, Washington, D.C. The online merch shop for this island-themed neo-Tiki hotspot features a small but well designed assortment of glassware, including snifters and Mai Tai glasses along with a signature mug from Tiki Farm. Gift cards are also available. After operating outdoor patio seating for months, the bar closed in late December for a winter siesta. Takeout service resumed on Feb. 18.

Bahi Hut's Tiki Fever mug, released in January 2021
Bahi Hut’s Tiki Fever mug, released in January 2021.

Bahi Hut, Sarasota – This historic (est. 1954) but underappreciated Tiki landmark took a while to ramp up its merch, but in September finally launched an online shop. Shirts, pins and signature “Big Tim” mugs (created by Robo Tiki) are available. Recognized as the oldest Tiki bar in Florida, Bahi Hut is also site of the annual Tiki Fever event, which recently set a new date for October 2021. The bar reopened on Oct. 3 with both indoor and outdoor seating. In January, a collector’s edition Tiki Fever mug featuring both Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and The Disasternauts was released, selling out quickly.

Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29, New Orleans The bar and restaurant owned and operated by author and Tiki revival pioneer Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and his wife Annene Kaye is well represented in the BeachbumBerry.com store, including syrups and barware. While you’re there, pick up the Bum’s books so you can make the hundreds of tropical classics at home while we wait for our favorite bars to reopen. After six months, Latitude 29 reopened Oct. 2 with reservation-only seating, including a new outdoor area. Take-out food and cocktails were also available. Latitude 29 closed again on Jan. 7 due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the area. They promise to be back “when the weather is a little warmer and the days are a little longer.” Go to Latitude29nola.com for updates.
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The Robo mug from Chopper in Nashville
The Robo mug from Chopper in Nashville.

Chopper, Nashville, Tenn. – This new robot-themed Tiki bar has an extensive assortment of mugs in its online shop, including the signature Robo mug and leftovers from the Christmas holiday pop-up. Gift cards are also available online, along with the bar’s to-go service. Chopper is open with a take-out menu and indoor seating under social distancing rules.

Clifton’s Pacific Seas, Los Angeles – Closed since the early days of the pandemic, the Tiki bar inside the legendary Clifton’s complex is represented in its parent company’s vast online shop, Exposition Marketplace of The Neverlands. There are tons of exclusive items available, including artifacts to “create your own Tiki paradise” (nautical anchors and bells, mixology tools and books, rope buoys, and much more). Check back regularly for new items. Clifton’s is working with local and county agencies to determine when its venues can reopen.

Esotico Miami In addition to a wide selection of “Tiki Away Cocktails,” this tropical hideaway in the Magic City led by noted Tiki mixologist Daniele Dalla Pola offers unique custom bar tools and mugs. Esotico also has a GoFundMe page that benefits its employees. The restaurant reopened indoor dining under social distancing restrictions in August after offering outdoor dining as well as takeout, curbside pick-up and delivery throughout the pandemic.

Bosko’s Fog Cutter mug for False Idol.

False Idol, San Diego Consortium Holdings, one of the partners (along with Tiki bar guru Martin Cate) in this over-the-top throwback to classic Tiki hidden inside the Craft & Commerce bar, offers mugs and gift cards for sale online. False Idol has reopened, serving cocktails and food via reservations only. In November, pioneering Tiki artist Bosko (who designed much of False Idol’s decor) released The Fog Cutter mug for False Idol, exclusively available at TikiBosko.com. The mug also comes with a 20 percent discount on the documentary Bosko and the Rebirth of Tiki on the early years of the Tiki revival.

UPDATED: Forbidden Island, Alameda, Calif. You can buy apparel, mugs, and gift cards directly from one of the Tiki revivals’s first shining beacons. After being closed for more than four months, Forbidden Island opened a socially-distant Tiki garden and patio for limited hours in late July. New restrictions in December limited Forbidden Island to take-out service, but outdoor seating was fully open again in February.

Foundation Tiki Bar, Milwaukee Grab a Rum Barrel mug, a Mai Tai glass and other items from this long-running Tiki revival hotspot. Foundation is open with limited outdoor and indoor seating. Locals can also order to-go cocktail kits, which can sometimes include special signature glasses.

The Frankie’s Tiki Room 12th anniversary mug by Bosko
The Frankie’s Tiki Room 12th anniversary mug by Bosko.

Frankie’s Tiki Room, Las Vegas A wide variety of mugs, glassware and apparel fill the online store of this beloved Tiki bastion in Sin City. You can also pick up gift certificates and a copy of the 2013 book, Liquid Vacation, which features recipes for 77 of the cocktails served at Frankie’s. Frankie’s is currently open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with 50 percent occupancy, requiring face masks and observing all COVID-19 safety protocols. The annual anniversary party and mug signing was canceled, but a 12th anniversary mug by Bosko was released in December and quickly sold out.

Fuchsia Tiki Bar, New Paltz, N.Y. – This small tropical escape hidden away in Ulster County, around 70 miles north of the Big Apple, is plugging away with merchandise, gift cards and cocktails cocktails to go. On June 25, Fuchsia opened for indoor dining with limited seating capacity. On July 6, new T-shirts went on sale in the online store. After closing again Dec. 21 for a short hiatus, Fuchsia Tiki Bar reopened at the end of January with a new menu.

The Grass Skirt, San Diego This fun Tiki hangout hidden inside Good Time Poke in the scenic Pacific Beach neighborhood has a plethora of merch: Mugs, bowls and glassware; plus a variety of shirts and pins. Also, a portion of gift card purchases go toward helping the staff. The Grass Skirt reopened in late May and hosted the annual Christmas-themed pop-up, Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Santa, at the end of 2020.

Hala Kahiki, Chicago The historic Tiki bar and lounge, established in 1966 in the suburb of River Grove, has an extensive online menu available for pick-up. The family owned and operated establishment is open to guests with socially distant indoor seating plus a covered and heated “tropical patio.” There is also a vast array of food and drinks on the to-go menu for hungry guests, along with many items from the in-house gift shop (which is also open in a limited capacity). Locals can pick up Hawaiian shirts, glasses and mugs, even an assortment of spirits.

Hale Pele, Portland, Ore. – The Pacific Northwest’s long-running Tiki paradise has an array of merch in its new online store, from mugs to glassware to shirts to pins to gift cards. There’s also a virtual tip jar for the staff. While you’re there, sign up for the email blast to get news and updates. After initially offering cocktail mixes for pickup, Hale Pele was finally permitted to sell take-out cocktails (with food) in January.

Hidden Harbor's fifth anniversary edition of its signature Keeper of the Mug, aka or King Ku mug, designed by Crazy Al Evans.
Hidden Harbor’s fifth anniversary edition of its signature Keeper of the Mug, aka or King Ku mug, designed by Crazy Al Evans.

Hidden Harbor, Pittsburgh The web store at this popular Tiki revival craft cocktail bar offers gift cards plus (when available) exclusive mugs and other merchandise. Sign up for their newsletter and be the first to know about new offerings. Hidden Harbor has managed to say open since June, using its limited outdoor seating and special events to keep its loyal customers engaged and also shopping via a robust take-out menu (including merchandise). Hidden Harbor also offers cocktail classes in its tented, heated back patio focused on Tiki history. In celebration of the bar’s fifth birthday on Feb. 6, a limited edition of the bar’s Keeper of the Mug by Crazy Al Evans was released to guests at the anniversary event. Keep an eye out for two more editions later this year.

Hula Hula, Seattle The longtime kitschy karaoke and Tiki bar offers a wide selection of apparel, including multiple styles of shirts and hats. Hula Hula has been open since June for food, cocktails and karaoke under the state of Washington’s guidelines.

The Inferno Room, Indianapolis Check out the online store for mugs, pins, and menus. The Inferno Room reopened in June with limited capacity.

The Kon Tiki's Forbidden Ruins mug, designed by Trader Brandon and produced by Munktiki, is based on the faces of the Khmer temple in Cambodia
The Kon Tiki’s Forbidden Ruins mug, designed by Trader Brandon and produced by Munktiki, is based on the faces of the Khmer temple in Cambodia.

Kon Tiki, Tucson, Ariz., The venerable restaurant, established in 1963, offers a selection of mugs and apparel in its online store. New to the store is the exclusive Forbidden Ruins mug, designed by Trader Brandon and produced by Munktiki. You can also contribute to a staff GoFundMe page. The restaurant’s dining room has been open since May, along with take-out options.

Kowloon, Saugus, Mass. – This historic Asian restaurant with Tiki flair (est. 1950) has a full-blown online gift shop filled with mugs and bowls, shirts, hats and plushes. You can also buy gift certificates. Kowloon reopened with outdoor seating in June, then added drive-in movies and car-hop service for guests to enjoy from their cars along with an outdoor Tiki bar and live music. In January, it was announced that Kowloon would eventually be closed to make way for redevelopment of the property. On Facebook, the restaurant’s management said that they were “planning for the future,” but clarified that future would “be years not months away.”

UPDATED: Laki Kane, London The acclaimed craft Tiki bar from mixologist and author Georgi Radev has an online shop featuring a nice selection of mugs, plus signed copies of Radev’s Let’s Get Tropical. Laki Kane reopened in July 4 by reservation only under strict new guidelines, but was forced to close again on Dec, 16. It will remain closed under the national lockdown until May 17.

Last Rites, San Francisco – Dubbed “Polynesian noir,” this unique and modern take on Tiki with a backstory revolving around a plane crash has had to battle its own takedown by coronavirus. While the bar remains closed, you can buy gift cards and make donations to help the staff via LastRitesBar.com.

The signature mug from Lono in Hollywood.
The signature mug from Lono in Hollywood.

Lono, Los Angeles This Hollywood Boulevard haunt has a new online store offering several versions of its signature mug along with glassware, pins and hats. While Lono remains closed, a selection of cocktails are available for pickup and delivery via owners Umbrella Hospitality Group.

Lost Lake, Chicago Early in the pandemic, this award-winning craft cocktail bar created a GoFundMe page with 100 percent of the virtual tips going to the laid-off staff. Donors received a special newsletter containing food and drink recipes to make at home, plus other special features. In June, Lost Lake began offering takeout cocktails along with food. In October, the ambitious Lost Lake at Home program was launched, giving members access to unique and special rums, bottled cocktails, plus more.

The latest version of the Lost River house mug by Hamtramck Ceramck
The latest version of the Lost River house mug by Hamtramck Ceramck.

Lost River, Detroit The Web store of this rum-focused tropical neighborhood bar on Detroit’s Eastside features gift cards, plus an assortment of merchandise (mugs and glassware, plus shirts and pins). There’s also an option to “tip your bartender.” While indoor service is closed, Lost River features ambitious to-go cocktails, such as February’s Twilight Zone theme. In late January, a new limited edition lavender glaze of the bar’s house mug was released online. Follow new releases and the to-go program on Facebook and Instagram.

Thousands of fans unite to show support for The Mai-Kai during closing
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More than 10,000 have signed a petition and thousands are flooding social media channels as the historic restaurant plans events, take-home cocktails while potential partners/owners are sought.
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UPDATED: The Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale After closing in late October due to a back-of-house flood, The Mai-Kai re-launched its online Trading Post. The digital version of the historic restaurant’s on-site gift shop features custom mugs, apparel, jewelry, tikis, artist prints, menus, and more. Inventory changes, so check back often. The Mai-Kai also launched its first eBay store to sell vintage items that were used in the restaurant and never before available to the public. After closing in the early months of the pandemic, The Mai-Kai’s bar and dining rooms reopened to the public under social distancing rules in late May, remaining open until a massive storm hit just before Halloween. But that didn’t stop The Mai-Kai from holding its annual Hulaween bash as a drive-in movie party in the parking lot on Oct. 30. The restaurant’s 64th anniversary party was also held in the sprawling lot on Dec. 28. On Jan. 21, The Mai-Kai announced that it’s looking for potential partners and buyers. Meanwhile, The Mai-Kai family announced Jan. 26 that they will continue to offer their popular tropical drinks to go, sell merchandise at MaiKaiTradingpost.com and host ongoing events in the restaurant parking lot.

Max’s South Seas Hideaway, Grand Rapids, Mich. Featuring an in-house ceramic studio along with one of the most ambitious build-outs since Tiki’s mid-century heyday, this acclaimed new restaurant originally sold exclusively to its on-site guests. Now, however, they continually stock a vast online store with limited-edition mugs, bowls, clothing, and other collectible merchandise. Gift cards are also available. The restaurant reopened June 15 and had a special mug release launch on Father’s Day. Since then, they’ve ramped up their to-go offerings, which now include 26 different canned cocktails, from Mai Tais to Painkillers to Zombies and more.

Gecko The Artist mug designed by Doug P'Gosh for Max's South Seas Hideaway
Gecko The Artist mug designed by Doug P’Gosh for Max’s South Seas Hideaway.

It was announced on Oct. 30 that Max’s was filing for bankruptcy but planned to stay open while creditors are being repaid. In November, Michigan’s governor again closed restaurants to indoor dining in an effort to slow spiking coronavirus cases, effectively shuttering Max’s through January but allowing takeout and delivery. Max’ reopened Feb. 3 with limits on capacity and group size. Reservations are being accepted at MaxsTiki.com.
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The Mermaid, Los AngelesThe tropical cocktail bar in Little Tokyo has gift cards on its website, along with links to order food and cocktails to go. A GoFundMe page was created to help the staff before The Mermaid reopened in June. On-site service is currently being offered in an outdoor patio.

Mutiny, Detroit This cozy tropical craft cocktail bar in southwest Detroit, open since late 2017, is raising money for its staff with online sales of several new limited-edition mugs produced by Tiki Farm, plus T-shirts and gift cards. On Oct. 30, Mutiny opened for dine-in service at 50 percent capacity in addition to its carry-out cocktails.

Support Tiki bars now by visiting their online stores, contributing to fundraisers

UPDATED: Navy Strength, Seattle Order gift cards from this tropical-themed bar and restaurant with an eco-friendly attitude. There’s also a GoFundMe page for the staff. As of Feb. 17, Navy Strength is open for patio and indoor seating, plus takeout and delievery.

No Bones Beach Club, Chicago, Portland and Seattle The plant-based vegan restaurant with a Tiki flair offers a variety of merchandise (shirts, pins, and reusable metal straws) in its online store. After closing all of its locations since the beginning of the the pandemic, No Bones Beach Club began selling “socially-distanced party packs” to-go in December on a limited basis.

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UPDATED: Otto’s Shrunken Head, New York City You can buy signature mugs and shirts in the online store for this divey East Village den of Tiki. On March 27, Otto’s launched a Bandcamp page with a 20-song benefit compilation album that you can download. Like many other live music venues in NYC, the rock ‘n’ roll Tiki bar finds itself in especially dire straits. The Pandemic Punch comp spans a wide variety of genres (punk, rockabilly, garage, psychedelic and more), and all proceeds benefit Otto’s. You can also contribute to a GoFundMe page for the staff. Otto’s began offering cocktails and merchandise to-go on the sidewalk in front of the bar in early June, then added outdoor seating in early July. In February, Otto’s joined other NYC venues in resuming indoor service at 25 percent capacity.

UPDATED: Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge, Minneapolis The long-running kitschy bar and restaurant offers an online “Bou Tiki” featuring custom mugs and gift cards. The restaurant reopened with limited patio seating in June, but was forced to close for the winter due to state restrictions on indoor dining. Look for a reopening in April.

UPDATED: Rumba, Seattle – You can purchase gift cards via the website of this acclaimed rum bar and Caribbean restaurant, or help the bartenders through GoFundMe. While Rumba is closed, the staff has been hard at work building out the space next door for an upcoming Tiki bar called Inside Passage.

The Astronaut mug from the Saturn Room in Tulsa
The Astronaut mug from the Saturn Room in Tulsa.

Saturn Room, Tulsa, Okla. This relaxing Tiki lounge in the downtown arts district of Tulsa sells a wide variety of merch via its official website: Mugs, shirts, hats, hoodies, etc. Saturn Room is currently open with patio and limited indoor seating.

Shore Leave, Boston The South End nautical Tiki bar features staple items such as pins, hats, and mugs in its online store along with one unique bar accessory: a kitchen apron for stylish home bartenders. Shore Leave also offers gift cards online. A previously open patio space has closed for the winter along with the takeout menu, but Shore Leave is gearing up for a spring reopening.

Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco The award-winning nautical rum and Tiki bar from Tiki cocktail maestro Martin Cate has a new online store featuring mugs, donations to the staff, plus signed copies of Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki, the acclaimed book by Martin and wife Rebecca. There’s also a special page featuring occasional eBay auctions of rare items. Smuggler’s Cove began offering cocktails and rum to go in October. Drinks are fresh and canned for your convenience, available at Smugglerstogo.com along with food (required) and rare rums.
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The Zaya Rum mug, available from Strong Water in Anaheim
The Zaya Rum mug, available from Strong Water in Anaheim.

Strong Water, Anaheim This tropical bar featuring well-crafted Tiki cocktails and Asian fusion food has navigated the pandemic with takeout and curbside pickup, plus walk-up outdoor service and an assortment of merchandise. Pick up Mugs, glassware, pins and more in the online store.

Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago The award-winning tropical craft cocktail bar does everything big, and the online store is no exception. There are multiple pages of merchandise listed, from iconic signature mugs (Fijian Mermaid, Sea Urchin, Seahorse Bowl, Skull Wall), to apparel (aloha shirts, hoodies, T-shirts, hats, socks), and other cool items (swizzle sticks, shot glasses, pins, snowglobes, et al.). Employees can also be helped via GoFundMe. Check the official website for the latest info on limited indoor dining, heated and tented patio dining, plus take-out and delivery of bottled cocktails and cocktail kits.

UPDATED: Tiki Ko, Bakersfield, Calif. The online store for this tropical hideaway features mugs and glassware, plus shirts and gift cards. Tiki Ko remains closed to for in-person dining, but offers a wide variety of to-go items, including cocktails and rums. There’s also a Gofundme page for the staff. On Feb. 28, Tiki Ko announced the temporary shutdown of the website for all orders (pickup and shipped) for several weeks for retooling. While the bar will not be reopening yet, management is preparing “a new to-go style while we work on getting everything safe and ready for when we’re allowed to reopen.” Updates will be shared on the @tikikobakersfield Instagram page.

Tiki Iniki, Hawaii The lively bar and grill owned and operated by rock music legend Todd Rundgren and his wife Michele has a full selection of shirts, hats, and hoodies available in the online store. Tiki Iniki reopened on Oct. 15 for in-person cocktails and dining, but has been forced to close again starting Dec. 6 because of new travel regulations on the island of Kauai. According to an announcement on social media: “We hope to be back and rocking in the new year but until then, it’s not goodbye, just a hui ho!”

The second edition of the Ray's Mistake mug from the Tiki-Ti, designed by Thor and produced by Tiki Farm
The second edition of the Ray’s Mistake mug from the Tiki-Ti, designed by Thor and produced by Tiki Farm.

Tiki-Ti, Los Angeles – The legendary Hollywood haunt that’s still run by the family of pioneering Tiki bartender Ray Buhen has a robust online store featuring signature mugs, Mai Tai glasses, T-shirts, hats, pins, and bamboo straws. The small bar, in business since 1961, remains dark but has inspired faithful followers to hoist an online toast to Ray every Wednesday in the tradition followed since his death in 1999.

Tiki TNT, Washington, D.C. The sprawling bar and eatery attached to the Potomac Distilling Company (producers of Thrasher’s Rum) has gift cards available online. You can also help the cause by picking up some rum in the D.C. area. The Thasher’s Rum site also has gift cards and merchandise. Tiki TNT reopened with outdoor seating for food and drinks in June.

Tiki Tolteca, New Orleans This French Quarter craft cocktail lounge has several signature mugs for sale online, including one of the last mugs created by the late “Lord Of Lowbrow,” artist The Pizz. Tiki Tolteca is open with limited hours and capacity.

Tiki Underground's fourth anniversary Zombie glass, designed by Kymm Bang
Tiki Underground’s fourth anniversary Zombie glass, designed by Kymm Bang.

UPDATED: Tiki Underground, Akron, Ohio This Tiki revival oasis in northern Ohio has been very active online during the pandemic, opening in May with limited patio seating plus curbside pick-up and delivery. Indoor seating returned, and events were added over the ensuing months. In late August, owners Sean and Jessie Coffey expanded their offerings to include mugs and other branded merchandise. The online store also features a virtual tip jar, with 100 percent going to staff. In January 2021, Tiki Underground was forced to close again due to updated COVID guidelines. A March reopening is planned to mark TU’s fourth anniversary, along with new merchandise.
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The Tiny Tiki – The tiniest (and only) Tiki bar in Spokane, Wash., has gift cards available on its website.

NEW: Tonga Hut, Palm Springs and Los Angeles – The oldest Tiki bar in Los Angeles remains closed due to the county’s shutdown of all bars, but the Palm Springs location is open for outdoor dining and takeout. Merchandise, including Rum Barrels by Munktiki, are available in Palm Springs and T-shirts are available in the online store. Donations are being accepted via GoFundMe pages for the staff and owners of the Hollywood location. On March 4, Virtual Tiki Bingo will benefit the furloughed staff and feature exclusive prizes.
Virtual Tiki Bingo to benefit Tonga Hut

Trader Mort’s, San Diego It’s not a bar, but this historic “neighborhood market and beverage depot” on Shelter Island has been a Tiki staple since 1964, offering a wide selection of rum. You can buy select merchandise online, such as the signature mug based on “Mr. Tiki,” the carving by legendary artist Eli Hedley that has stood outside the store since the early 1960s. There are other mugs, plus apparel and even a few delicous Demerara rums: Lemon Hart 151 and Lemon Hart Original 1804.

A "Tiki Mug 3-Pack" from Trader Vic's
A “Tiki Mug 3-Pack” from Trader Vic’s.

Trader Vic’s The venerable chain of South Seas-themed restaurants that dates back to founder Victor “Trader Vic” Bergeron, creator of the Mai Tai, has many franchise locations worldwide in addition to its flagship in Emeryville, Calif. The corporate online store has always been extremely robust, with dozens of items including mugs, apparel, “gifts & swag,” barware, mixes & dressings, and “Trader’s Treasures.” Sign up for the newsletter and get info on special sales up to 30 percent off. While the Emeryville location reopened early in the pandemic, the vintage downtown Atlanta restaurant (the only other U.S. outpost) finally returned in November. With the pandemic still surging in California, the Emeryville location has been forced to temporarily close several times, so be sure to check the status before making the trip.

Trailer Happiness, London The longtime rum and Tiki haven in the UK has a new online store featuring shirts, hats and bar tab vouchers. Owner Sly Augustin states that 100 percent of the profits will go to the staff and the small independent suppliers that rely on the bar. He promises to add “more cool stuff as the weeks go by.” The bar has been open when local rules allow, and also provides cocktails to go.

The UnderTow Shrunk Head Mug, designed by Thor and produced by Tiki Farm
The UnderTow Shrunk Head Mug, designed by Thor and produced by Tiki Farm.

UnderTow, Phoenix This small but vibrant modern craft cocktail and Tiki bar launched a new online store featuring merchandise and collectible items that sell out fast. UnderTow reopened in its underground location in September, then announced plans to move to a larger space. While the new bar is under construction, UnderTow is partnering with Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, home of the annual Arizona Tiki Oasis, on a pop-up bar in the resort’s reception hall. The pop-up, which launched in January, will remain open until the new UnderTow opens in the old Century Grand restaurant space in Phoenix in March.

VenTiki, Ventura, Calif. Several signature mugs can be found on this Tiki lounge’s new online store, including the “Lucky Ku” designed, sculpted and produced by Outl1n3 Island. Tiki Tony also has several available: The VenTiki Mascot Mug produced by Tiki Farm, and the Pineapple Mug produced by Munktiki. The store also features shirts and hats, plus glassware. VenTiki also has a GoFundMe page for its staff. VenTiki is open for outdoor dining, plus a limited to-go menu.

The Tiki Times online events calendar
UPDATES: The Tiki Times: Exclusive 2021 events guide
Check the calendar for the latest upcoming live and virtual events, now updated through the end of the year.

SUPPORT BAR & RESTAURANT WORKERS

Following are just a few of the many relief funds and resources set up to support those in the industry whose livelihood has been curtailed by the coronavirus crisis. Email any additions to this list, send us a message via social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram) or comment in this Facebook group.

Retrolicious Digital Cocktail Book
Produced by author and bartender-at-large Tiki Lindy, this $20 eBook features recipes from 20 bartenders, who will share in all the proceeds. There are 20 cocktail recipes, 20 mocktail recipes plus two bonus recipes by Tiki Lindy.

Spiribam
All proceeds from the spirits company’s merch store will be donated to Another Round Another Rally. Items include mugs, pins, hats and shirts.

GoFundMe (and similar) pages
* Canoe Ventures (includes Navy Strength, Seattle)
* Esotico Miami
* Fuchsia Tiki Bar, New Paltz, N.Y.
* The Kon-Tiki, Oakland, Calif.
* Last Rites, San Francisco
* Lettuce Entertain You Employee Emergency Relief Fund (includes Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago)
* The Limbo, Nashville, Tenn.
* Miami Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
* Mother Of Pearl, New York City (proceeds used to provide free meals to children)
* Otto’s Shrunken Head, New York City
* Pagan Idol, San Francisco
* Pearl Diver, Nashville
* Rumba, Seattle
* Rum Club, Portland, Ore.
* Stardust Lounge & Aku Aku Tiki Bar, Orlando
* Swizzle, Miami Beach
* Tiki Ko, Bakersfield, Calif.
* Tiki Tango Hideaway Oasis, Atlanta
* Tonga Hut, Los Angeles – Staff | Owners
* Ventiki, Ventura, Calif.
* Victory Brands (includes The S.O.S Tiki Bar, Atlanta)
* Zombie Village, San Francisco

Venmo: A digital wallet
Share money virtually with these bars seeking aid. Go to Venmo.com, create an account, and search for the usernames listed below.
* Devils Reef, Tacoma, Wash. (@devilsreef)
* Lei Low, Houston (@LEI LOW STAFF)

Permanent closings
Sadly, the list of bars that have shut down for good due to financial hardship is growing. Some many return in the future in another location, but it’s unfortunate that anyone has to close up shop. Below is just a sampling of some of those that have officially announced permanent closings:
* BlackTalil, New York City
* Donna, Brooklyn
* Glady’s, Brooklyn
* Hidden Idol, Denver
* Mother Of Pearl, New York City
* Pegu Club, New York City
* Shore Leave, Toronto
* TikiCat, Kansas City

State and national resources
* Aid and Resources for Bartenders During the COVID-19 Bar Closures (Liquor.com)
* Another Round Another Rally
* Chicago Hospitality United Tip Jar
* Florida Restaurant Employee Relief Petition
* Hospitality Helping Hands (South Florida)
* Hospitality Industry Associates Fund
* Independent Restaurant Coalition
* Institute for Better Drinking Coronavirus Relief Fund
* The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund
* #LiftYourSpirits campaign from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
* National Restaurant Association restaurant recovery plan petition
* One Fair Wage – Emergency Coronavirus Workers Support Fund
* Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
* Restaurant Strong Fund
* Restaurant Workers’ Community Fund
* Save America’s Restaurants (petition)
* Save Local Restaurants
* Save the Night
* ServiceIndustry.tips
* SOBEWFF & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund
* Punch’s Tip Your Bartender initiative | Instagram
* Restaurant Rescue and Save Nightlife Plan (New York City)
* USBG National Charity Foundation
* World’s Biggest Tip Jar (GoFundMe)
Tales of the Cocktail: More resources

Industry and media coverage
* So Long to All That Bar Business (Punch)
* What Is the RESTAURANTS Act — and Can It Really Save the Hospitality Industry? (Grub Street)
* Late-night restaurant owners want to play fair. So far, they say, Newsom hasn’t (Los Angeles Times)
* For many bars in Atlanta, to-go cocktails are the only thing keeping them afloat (The American South)
* To-Go Drinks an Elixir for Public, a Lifeline for Business (The New York Times)
* The Nation Wanted to Eat Out Again. Everyone Has Paid the Price. (The New York Times)
* What happens if your bar doesn’t fit in CA’s reopening plan? Smuggler’s Cove doesn’t know
* Life Behind Bars: Can Bars Survive the Pandemic?
* How a cocktail can help quell the COVID-19 economic panic (Roll Call)
* How to Donate to Help Restaurant Workers as the Industry’s Covid-19 Struggles Continue (Robb Report)
* Thirst Group Unites Bars Across America In Fight For Insurance Protection (Imbibe)
* Bars Must Change for Good After Coronavirus (Food & Wine)
* How to Make Sure Your Restaurant Is Welcoming to Everyone (Food & Wine)
* What Will Make Restaurants Feel Safe in the COVID-19 Era? (Food & Wine)
* What reopening Looks Like For Cocktail Bars Across America (Imbibe)
* A Different Kind of Cocktail Revival (Punch)
* Bars Are Starting to Reopen. Owners Share Their Thoughts and Ideas. (Liquor.com)
* Funds and support initiatives for the New Orleans service industry
* Traveling in spirit: How to-go drinks and cocktail kits are letting us escape
* Diageo donates extra $1 million to on-trade
* The Emotional Toll of COVID-19 on the Hospitality Community
* Tobin Ellis’ Next Trick: An Virtual Hub For Industry Focused COVID-19 Relief Resources
* Over 500 distilleries have returned to alcohol’s roots to fight COVID-19 from the bottom up
* How American Bartenders Are Supporting Each Other Right Now (Liquor.com)
* How to Help the Hospitality Industry (Punch)
* How to Help The Hospitality Industry During COVID-19 Bar Closures (Imbibe)
* 5 Ways You Can Help Your Favorite Bartenders Right Now (Adweek)
* Cocktail Bars Demand Action in Light of COVID-19 Closures (Imbibe)

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7 Replies to “Support Tiki bars now: Visit their online stores, contribute to fundraisers”

  1. This is great Jim. I’ll try to spread the word on my site this weekend. You probably are already planning, this but cross-posting on TC would be great. Hamo started a bar-specific thread this week that I just ran across.

    1. Tiki Ti—. You guys need to offer more merchandise: a couple of new mugs, t-shirts, posters, etc… even bumper stickers that look like your bar-back pads, etc.

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