Updated April 7, 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.
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 still allow take-out and delivery, alcohol included, so check with your local establishments for more info. It may be their lifeline.
Many establishments are now offering 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.), and Ventiki (Ventura, Calif.). The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale has begun offering gallons of four of its favorite cocktails to go on select dates. Call your local establishments to check, and visit this new Facebook group for the latest news on who’s offering take-out and delivery services.
‘Gallons To Go’ from The Mai-Kai
Signature cocktails available for pick-up in Fort Lauderdale.
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.
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.
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.
Chopper, Nashville, Tenn. – This recently opened robot-themed Tiki bar has gift cards available online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – When you buy a gift card at 20 percent off during the hiatus, the owners of one of the Midwest’s finest new Tiki bars will add a 40 percent tip for their staff. You can also pick up a new mug, pin, and hat, all with free shipping.
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.
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.
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 with 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 and an option to “tip your bartender.” Merchandise including mugs may be added soon. According to a Facebook post, the online ship is being reconfigured for merch pre-orders, classes and more.
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, for just $20, you can 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 by mail or, for the first time this year, online.
* Related: Okole Maluna Society – The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide
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 Mermaid, Los Angeles – The tropical cocktail bar in Little Tokyo is selling merchandise – including hats, mugs, and shirts – via a GoFundMe page.
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 the release of a new, limited-edition mug produced by Tiki Farm.
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).
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.
Porco Lounge & Tiki Room, Cleveland – The bartenders at this popular Tiki revival cocktail den have united to produce “bootleg” Porco T-shirts, with all proceeds going to the staff. They are available only as a pre-sale through April 10.
Saturn Room, Tulsa, Okla. – This relaxing Tiki lounge in the downtown arts district of Tulsa sells hats and shirts via its official website.
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.
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 helpd via GoFundMe.
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.
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.
NEW: 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.
Tiki Tolteca, New Orleans – This French Quarter craft cocktail lounge has several signature mugs for sale online.
Tiki Underground, Akron, Ohio – The third anniversary party scheduled for March 21 may have been shut down, but you can still buy the third anniversary mug, crafted by Eekum Bookum, plus an array of other merchandise celebrating this enthusiastic Tiki revival bar. The first anniversary mug, designed by Squid, is 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.
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.”
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.
Undertow, Phoenix – This small but vibrant modern craft cocktail and Tiki bar just 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.
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 the new Facebook group.
NEW: Cocktail Kingdom
The barware company is raising money for the staffs of multiple bars via the sale of special T-shirts. Includes unique designs for Death Or Glory (Delray Beach, Fla.), The Grass Skirt (San Diego), and many more.
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)
* 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)
* 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
NEW: Restaurant Strong Fund
* Restaurant Workers’ Community Fund
* Save America’s Restaurants (petition)
* Save Local Restaurants
* 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)
Industry and media coverage
NEW: 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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