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Before the Date…

The history of Tiki in LA starts deep in the valley at the tiniest and most unassuming of places. Before diving in deep you’re about to take a journey back. Starting with the origins of modern scorpion bowls and a Big Kahuna’s backyard.  As the night progresses you’ll begin to realize with every sip you sink deeper into Tiki lore.

So grab your favorite Tiki pals and set your sights on the Noho Tiki Bar Crawl.

St0p #1: around 7pm


from a modern tiki hangout

What to Know

You’ll be arriving at the tiny tiki drinking hole at the perfect time to sit on their patio. Save a seat before heading to the bar to order.

Their menu is a history lesson all to itself as they make the original tiki cocktails from around the world. On the menu it shows the years and locations they were invented.

An amazing happy hour happens here everyday from 5-7pm with $8 cocktails and $4 PBR cans. 

What to order: Scorpion Bowl, Chief Lapu Lapu, or the Mai Tai.

St0p #2: 8:15 reso


in the “big mans backyard”

What to Know

Passing through the cavernous entrance you time travel back to the 1960’s but they opened their doors in 2014.

Reservations are highly suggested. Definitely request a table outside and preferably in the middle area, or one of the “private” tables over the fake river.

They do not a full liquor license but make soju mai tais. They’re alright but could be a better spot for a wine or a beer.

On Sunday’s they have a burlesque show that is worth checking out. When you call in for a reservation check to see if they have any special events going on. 

St0p #3: post dinner



What to Know

Battling the test of time the Tonga Hut is indeed the oldest Tiki bar in Los Angeles opening its doors in 1958.

The ordering process is very orderly as there is a single file line that forms at the bar and extends straight through to the front door. 

What to drink here: Mai Tai. It reminds you that Mai Tai is Polynesian word for “very good”.

On the weekends they have a taco cart outside in the back parking lot. After a few mai tais these hit the spot.

Bonus: If the good times need to keep on rolling jet on down the street to the Star Garden for the most cordial dancers and extensive beer list in the city.