Updated March 31, 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.
Some establishments – such as Hidden Harbor in Pittsburgh, Death or Glory in South Florida, Max’s South Seas Hideaway in Detroit, and Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago – are providing inventive cocktails and/or to go. According to the FDA, “there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19” and “there is no evidence to suggest that food produced in the United States can transmit COVID-19.”
Below you will find links to many of these Tiki bars and restaurants across the country. 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.
* Related: The Tiki Times event guide, updated with postponements and cancellations
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. 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 is being beefed up with new items in addition to gift cards, a variety of exclusive mugs, and other merchandise.
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 this Hollywood Boulevard haunt, from signature mugs to glassware to pins to 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 is a one-stop shop for merchandise (a wide array of mugs and glassware, T-shirts and pins) plus various to-go food and drink packages. There’s also an option to “tip your bartender.”
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.