Updated July 3, 2020
With bars and restaurants across the country (and world) forced to close due to coronavirus restrictions, many establishments near and dear to our hearts are going through rough times. Even with many reopenings in May and June, severe restrictions are keeping business to a minimum as the pandemic still ripples across the country, and some are even experiencing a second shutdown.
We feel strongly about supporting all of 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 for all of us to do this 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.
Many establishments have offered food and inventive cocktails to go. These include Archipelago (Washington, D.C.), The Bamboo Club (Long Beach, Calif.), Death or Glory (Delray Beach, Fla.), Hidden Harbor (Pittsburgh), The Jungle Bird (Sacramento, Calif.), The Kon-Tiki (Oakland), Lono (Hollywood, Calif.), Lost River (Detroit), Lun Wah (Roselle, N.J.), Max’s South Seas Hideaway (Detroit), Strong Water (Anaheim, Calif.), The Tiki Terrace (Des Plaines, Ill.), Ventiki (Ventura, Calif.), and The Hub Bar (Tampa). The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale has ramped up their offering from gallons of signature cocktails to wine and a extensive menu of hot appetizers and entrees. Call your local establishments to check, and visit this Facebook group for more info on who’s offering take-out and delivery services.
UPDATED: Cocktail quarts join gallons as The Mai-Kai expands takeout menu
The historic Polynesian restaurant continues to adapt and adjust to meet guest demand, expanding the curbside pickup menu to include 32-ounce jars of five different classic tropical cocktails. Check out the full coverage of how The Mai-Kai is handling the pandemic, including behind-the-scenes photos. The Mai-Kai’s bar and dining rooms reopened to the public under social distancing rules on May 29.
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 that are working feverishly to aid bar and restaurant workers.
We also remind you to continue to support the many artists and merchants who now 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 events being closed and postponed, they rely even more on a steady stream of online income. Some of the online events held around the world also include marketplaces and ways to make donations to Tiki establishments
UPDATED: The Tiki Times: Exclusive 2020 events guide
The Tiki Times calendar features live online meet-ups, interviews and happy hours, plus benefits helping those in need.
SUPPORT TIKI BARS ONLINE
Following are links to bars and restaurants in the greater Tiki scene offering online sales during these trying times. 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). There’s also a new Facebook group to join and add comments, find more ways to help.
NEW indicates listings newly added to this page, not necessarily new stores or merchandise.
NEW: Aku Aku, Orlando – A small and inviting mid-mod Tiki oasis near downtown, Aku Aku has had its ups and downs during the pandemic. They rolled out a robust takeout program, then got the go-ahead to reopen the bar to customers in early June. However, they were forced to shut down again at the end of the month due to Florida’s out-of-control outbreak. In early July, a new Kickstarter campaign was launched to sell the new Gill-Man Chu Tiki Mug, designed by Doug Horne and manufactured by Tiki Farm. Supply is limited, so reserve your mug now. Additional Kickstarter tiers include T-shirts, signed mugs and prints, plus a special hand-painted mug.
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.
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Esotico Miami – In addition to a wide selection of “Tiki Away Cocktails,” a new to-go service, 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 under social distancing restrictions on May 27.
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 False Idol mugs and aloha shirts for sale online. Gift cards are also available. In June, Craft & Commerce announced the reopenings of many of its venues, including False Idol.
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. On June 3, Frankie’s reopened to the public.
Fuchsia Tiki Bar, New Paltz, N.Y. – Gift cards and a selection of mugs are available for purchase on the official website of this new tropical escape hidden away in Ulster County, around 70 miles north of the Big Apple. You can also order cocktails to go.
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 on May 29.
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.
Hidden Harbor, Pittsburgh – The web store at this popular Tiki revival craft cocktail bar offers gift cards, plus exclusive mugs and other merchandise (while supplies last). Sign up for their newsletter and be the first to know about new offerings. Hidden Harbor reopened with limited outdoor sidewalk seating beginning June 12.
Hula Hula, Seattle – The longtime kitschy karaoke and Tiki bar offers a wide selection of apparel, including multiple styles of shirts and hats.
The Inferno Room, Indianapolis – Check out the online store for mugs, pins, and hats. On June 8, The Inferno Room reopened at 50 percent capacity.
Kon Tiki, Tucson, Ariz., – The venerable restaurant, one of the few Tiki temples dating back to the mid-century, offers a selection of mugs and apparel in its online store. There’s also a staff GoFundMe page. On May 11, the restaurant reopened its dining room in addtion to offering take-out.
Kowloon, Saugus, Mass. – This historic Asian restaurant with Tiki flair 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 on June 9. On June 25, the restaurant will add drive-in movies and car-hop service for guests to enjoy from their cars along with an outdoor Tiki bar.
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 the bar’s own spiced dry rum. Also, guests who already created a custom rum can reorder a bottle. Note that shipping is available only within the UK.
Lono, Los Angeles – There are quite a few items to choose from in the online store for the Umbrella Hospitality Group, which owns this Hollywood Boulevard haunt. You can pick up a gift card, plus signature mugs, glassware, pins, and hats.
Lost Lake, Chicago – This award-winning craft cocktail bar sadly had to lay off its entire staff, so they created a GoFundMe page with 100 percent of the virtual tips going to their team members. Donations will earn you a special twice-weekly newsletter containing food and drink recipes to make at home, plus other special features. Donors also get a membership card for priority seating and “special treats” when Lost Lake returns.
Lost River, Detroit – The Web store of this rum-focused tropical neighborhood bar on Detroit’s Eastside features gift cards, plus a wide assortment of merchandise (tons of mugs and glassware, plus shirts and pins). There’s also an option to “tip your bartender.” According to a Facebook post, Lost River is planning on reopening in August (subject to change).
The Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale – The Mai-Kai Trading Post is the historic restaurant’s longtime online version of its vast on-site gift shop, offering custom mugs, apparel, jewelry, Tikis, artist prints, menus, and more. Also online, gift certificates and vouchers can be purchased in multiple demoninations. You can also join The Mai-Kai Club, a loyalty program that entitles you to 25 to 50 percent off food, drinks and merchandise. Click here for more info and join the club for just $20 by mail or, for the first time this year, online. The Mai-Kai’s bar and dining rooms reopened to the public under social distancing rules on May 29.
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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’ve launched a vast online store featuring their limited-edition mugs, bowls, clothing, and other collectible merchandise. Gift cards are also available. There’s also a GoFundMe page to aid employees. The restaurant reopened on on June 15 and scheduled a special mug release for Father’s Day, June 21.
The Mermaid, Los Angeles – The tropical cocktail bar in Little Tokyo is selling merchandise – including hats, mugs, and shirts – via a GoFundMe page. There’s also an online option for gift cards on its official website. The Mermaid reopened on June 11.
Mother Of Pearl, New York City – This post-modern Polynesian inspired restaurant and cocktail bar has gift cards available online. A GoFundMe page raises money to provide free meals to children via the restaurant and other partners.
Mutiny, Detroit – This cozy tropical craft cocktail bar in southwest Detroit, open since late 2017, is raising money for its staff with several new limited-edition mugs produced by Tiki Farm, plus T-shirts and gift cards.
No Bones Beach Club, Chicago, Portland and Seattle – The plant-based vegan restaurant with a Tiki flair offers online gift cards as well as a variety of merchandise (hoodies, shirts, pins, and reusable metal straws).
UPDATE: 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 merchadise to-go on the sidewalk in front of the bar in early June, then added outdoor seating in early July. Check Facebook for updates.
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 on June 5.
Saturn Room, Tulsa, Okla. – This relaxing Tiki lounge in the downtown arts district of Tulsa sells hats and shirts via its official website. Saturn Room opened with patio seating by reservation only on May 20.
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.
Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco – The award-winning nautical rum and Tiki bar from Tiki cocktail maestro Martin Cate has a brand new online store featuring merch, gift cards, and donations to their staff. Grab their cool signature mugs, a 10th anniversary lapel pin and Zombie glass, plus T-shirts, pendants, bowls and much more. You can also pick up a signed copy of Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki, the epic book by Martin and wife Rebecca.
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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 five 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 updates reservations for patio seating and limited indoor service.
TikiCat, Kansas City – The highly regarded bar at the forefront of the Tiki revival in the Midwest has an online store that includes several well-designed mugs and shirts. Contribute to this GoFundMe page to help the employees of TikiCat and neighboring HopCat. A reopening plan is in the works, according to the official Facebook page.
Tiki Ko, Bakersfield, Calif. – The online store for this tropical hideaway sold out of the rare Ofrenda Mug by Tiki Diablo, but still offers shirts and gift cards. Tiki Ko also has a Gofundme page for its staff.
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. Check the Facebook page for live virtual happy hours.
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.
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 opened outdoor patios for food and drink service on June 3.
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 Underground, Akron, Ohio – The third anniversary party scheduled for March 21 may have been shut down, but this enthusiastic Tiki revival bar made up for it by selling out of their third anniversary mug, crafted by Eekum Bookum. Other mugs are still available along with T-shirts, pins, and magnets. When you buy a gift certificate, Tiki Underground will put 10 percent into an emergency fund for their staff. In late May, Tiki Underground reopened with limited patio seating to go with its ongoing curbside pick-up and delivery.
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The Tiny Tiki – The tiniest (and only) Tiki bar in Spokane, Wash., has gift cards available on its website.
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.
Trader Vic’s worldwide – 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 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.
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.”
UnderTow, Phoenix – This small but vibrant modern craft cocktail and Tiki bar launched a new online store featuring merchandise and collectible items including their signature Coconut Mug by Tiki Farm, The Howling Warrior Monkey of Angkor Wot Mug by Thor, the Manuia Mug by Tiki Diablo, Mai Tai and Zombie glasses, T-shirts, pins, hats, and more. You can also help the staff via GoFundMe. Check out the official Facebook page for virtual happy hours featuring exclusive cocktail recipes. Undertow owners Barter & Shake Creative Hospitality has announced that 100 percent of the proceeds on select UnderTow merchandise will be donated to the Arizona Community Foundation’s Black Philanthropy Initiative.
VenTiki, Ventura, Calif. – Several signature mugs designed by Tiki Tony can be found on this Tiki lounge’s website, including the VenTiki Mascot Mug produced by Tiki Farm, and the Pineapple Mug produced by Munktiki. VenTiki also has a GoFundMe page for its staff. VenTiki reopened in late May.
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.
All proceeds from the spirits company’s merch store will be donated to Another Round Another Rally. Items includ mugs, pins, hats and shirts.
GoFundMe (and similar) pages
* Barter & Shake (includes Undertow, Phoenix)
* Canoe Ventures (includes Navy Strength, Seattle)
* Esotico Miami
* Existing Conditions, New York City
* Forbidden Island, Alameda, Calif.
* Fuchsia Tiki Bar, New Paltz, N.Y.
* Jungle Bird, Sacramento
* The Kon-Tiki, Oakland, Calif.
* Last Rites, San Francisco
* Lettuce Entertain You Employee Emergency Relief Fund (includes Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago)
* Max’s South Seas Hideaway, Grand Rapids, Mich.
* 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
* TikiCat, Kansas City
* Tiki Ko, Bakersfield, Calif.
* Tiki Tango Hideaway Oasis, Atlanta
* Tonga Hut, Los Angeles – Staff | Owners
* Tonga Hut, Palm Springs
* 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)
The Hukilau hits the road to benefit closed Tiki bars
The tour will include The Mai-Kai, other stops across U.S., plus The Hukilau London in October.
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* Facebook: Join this group to comment, find more ways to help
* Ladies Who Tiki: Check out the list on their website
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)
* 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
* 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)
NEW: Tales of the Cocktail: More resources
Industry and media coverage
NEW: What Re-Opening Looks Like For Cocktail Bars Across America (Imbibe)
NEW: A Different Kind of Cocktail Revival (Punch)
NEW: 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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