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The Atomic Grog now features a new weekly feature, publishing early every Monday, with the latest news and events from around the world of Tiki, concentrating on the U.S. East Coast.

We'll look back at the highlights of the previous week, and look ahead to what's coming up. There's also a list of all the major upcoming events, plus a spotlight on some of our favorite artists, bands/music, Tiki bars, rums/cocktails, and websites.

The first edition (Jan. 12) featured news on ticket sales for The Hukilau, the Polynesian Village Resort's new DVC units, and Paul McGee opening Lost Lake in Chicago. We put a spotlight on Jeff Chouinard (Surf Soul Tiki), Stolen Idols, Latitude 29, and 5 Minutes of Rum. The featured rum and cocktail were Havana Club Anejo 3 Años and the Classic Daiquiri.

This week's edition featured updates on The Hukilau, Polynesian Village Resort and Lost Lake, plus news on Miami Rum Festival ticket sales, the return of the Chicago Tiki Tour, and the 40th anniversary of the Walt Disney World opening of Space Mountain and Carousel of Progress.

We also previewed this week's Tiki Mondays With Miller in New York City and Tiki Horror Nights in Miami. There's also info on two Florida events happening this weekend: Revenge of the Tiki IV in Fort Lauderdale and Planet of the Lost Tikis in Indian Harbor Beach. This week's features included Bosko Hrnjak, A Mountain of Crushed Ice, The Tiki Delights, and the new book on The Kahiki. The rum of the week, The Real McCoy 5, was featured in La Floridita Daiquiri.

Check the blog feed every Monday for the latest edition of The Week in Tiki:

If you have news or events to report, simply e-mail [email protected] and let us know what’s happening, along with any appropriate links. Feel free to send photos and flyers. You can also post info or links here if you'd like. If you post news or updates on a regular basis, let us know how to follow you (website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Events, music, art, cocktails, culture

The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide | The Tiki Times

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[ Edited by: Hurricane Hayward 2017-03-11 18:58 ]

This week's update includes news on the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival's sponsorship of a “Rum Reef” off Miami’s Key Biscayne, an announcement about Luau at the Lake, and a new Derek Yaniger mug being released today by Tiki Farm. This week's features include Tiki Central, the Alika Lyman Group, and Hala Kahiki. The rum of the week, Appleton Estate V/X, is featured in Lost Lake, the signature cocktail at Paul McGee new Tiki bar in Chicago.



Cool. I already found one item to pin on my Pinterest page, Luau Cindor. Thanks.

Thank you. It is important to remind people of the grandeur of the Hala Kahiki, it is not mentioned often enough, yet it is one of the most amazing original Tiki temples still in existence.

I remember well my first visit together with Jeff Berry, on my 1996 expedition to photograph the Kona Kai, and the Kahiki in Columbus for the Book of Tiki, and the photo Safari for Tiki Modern in 2003, where James Teitelbaum assisted me with the lighting.

It is simply amazing that this place is still up and running!

(…and I don't wanna hear anything about the drinks being not "craft cocktail" level! :) )

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Hi Hurricane, I don't believe I've seen any mention of The Tiki Hideaway in Charlotte, NC on your blog. It opened in December and has a thread here in the "locating tiki" section. It may not have the celebrity ownership/management of Lost Lake, but it is definitely tiki and deserving of mention. Thanks


Hi Hurricane, I don't believe I've seen any mention of The Tiki Hideaway in Charlotte, NC on your blog. It opened in December and has a thread here in the "locating tiki" section. It may not have the celebrity ownership/management of Lost Lake, but it is definitely tiki and deserving of mention. Thanks

Aloha JenTiki,

The Tiki Hideaway was mentioned in the second "Week in Tiki" post as one of the featured "Tiki links of the week". There's a link to a nice story from CharlotteFive.com that I enjoyed. I'll admit, this was the first I'd heard of the bar, but it sounds great. So expect more mentions in the future.

Aloha Sven! I've yet to have the pleasure of immersing myself in the Hala Kahiki, but I'll admit I've been mesmerized by the place since first reading about it and seeing your photos in Tiki Modern. I agree that in this case (and some others), we can overlook any cocktail shortcomings.

On 2015-01-27 06:12, bigbrotiki wrote:
It is simply amazing that this place is still up and running!

(…and I don't wanna hear anything about the drinks being not "craft cocktail" level! :) )

It's another week in the wide world of Tiki. Check out the latest news on Ohana: Luau at the Lake and Tiki Caliente, plus info on a kickstarter for a board game called Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge. Find out details on this week's "A Celebration of Jules Verne with Moog and Theremin" in Tampa, plus check out the updated list of upcoming events.


This week we also spotlight Eli Hedley, Kevin Kidney’s Miehana blog, Elliot Easton’s Tiki Gods, the Aku Aku Tiki lounge, Angostura 7-year-old rum and the Jungle Bird cocktail (above).

Lots of news to report this week:

The top story is the latest on The Hukilau, including the new website and tickets now on sale for the Tiki Tower Takeover and cruise with Dawn Wells of ‘Gilligan’s Island.'

The Tiki Tower Takeover features four of the country’s top barmen – Jeff Beachbum Berry (Latitude 29, New Orleans), Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco), Paul McGee (Lost Lake, Chicago) and Brian Miller (Tiki Mondays with Miller, New York City) – as they each serve up a cocktail in the revolving Pier Top Lounge on the 17th floor of the Pier 66 hotel on the Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway on Thursday, June 11.

And just announced: The Hukilau will welcome actress Dawn Wells from Gilligan’s Island for a “Three Hour Tour” Cruise on Fort Lauderdale’s inland waterways. Limited to 300 people, the cruise aboard a yacht will include open bar, food, Tiki tunes and more. The event is set for Friday, June 12.

The Hukilau’s new website is now live with complete coverage of the event: http://thehukilau.com

Around the rest of the Tiki world:

  • We have lots of details on Modernism Week, as it celebrates 10 years in Palm Springs. The highlight may be a release party for a new Shag print featuring music by The Martini Kings on Friday (Feb. 13).

  • In news from last week, Disney gave us a sneak preview of the drink menu at the upcoming Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. There will be at least five new drinks plus more than three others coming over from the Trader Sam’s menu at Disneyland.

  • In news from the West Coast, we report on the theft of a Fijian war club at Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, and the upcoming closing of the Conga Lounge in Oakland.

We also posted a whole lot of links from last week, including video and photos, a story on Montana's Sip 'n Dip Lounge, a bunch of rum links, and more.

In this week's spotlights, we feature:
TIKI BAR OF THE WEEK: Trader Vic’s, New York City
RUM OF THE WEEK: Koloa Coconut

Coming next week, coverage of the upcoming "Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown" at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (featuring Emeril Lagasse, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Martin Cate, and many others) on Feb. 20, plus the Lost Cocktails of The Mai Kai event on Feb. 21.

Also, hot off the presses, we just found out that The Mai-Kai has been named to the National Register of Historic Places:

More to come!

South Florida appears to be the nexus of the Tiki universe this week ...

On Friday, Emeril Lagasse hosts a who's who of Tiki bartenders and VIPs for "The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown" at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The showdown will feature eight cocktails from some of the most notable Tiki mixlogists, bars and restaurants from near and far: Lost Lake (Chicago), The Mai-Kai (Fort Lauderdale), Tiki Mondays With Miller (New York City), Frankie’s Tiki Room (Las Vegas), Royal Kona Resort (Hawaii), The Rum Line (Miami Beach), The Broken Shaker (Miami Beach), and Spike Mendelsohn’s upcoming Miami restaurant. Judging the competition will be Lagasse, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry (Latitude 29, New Orleans), Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco), and Lynnette Marrero (Diageo rum ambassador; DrinksAt6, New York City). Look for more info and full coverage upcoming on The Atomic Grog.

The Mai Kai hosts special musical guests on Friday and an evening of "lost cocktails" on Saturday. This all comes on the heels of last week's news that the Fort Lauderdale landmark has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Friday's happy hour features Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel, an acclaimed duo who have spent the past two years performing and teaching ukulele at festivals around the world. On Saturday, The Mai-Kai will serve a flight of cocktails that have never appeared on the acclaimed 58-year-old tropical drink menu.

Also upcoming this week in South Florida: A grand opening reception at the new permanent home of the "Surfing Florida: A Photographic History" exhibit; and the 12th annual Polynesian Cultural Festival.

We have more on The Mai-Kai's historic status, plus weekly spotlights on Critiki, Koop Kooper’s Cocktail Nation, and Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas. The rum of the week, Tanduay from the Philippines, is featured in the Shark’s Tooth cocktail.

It’s time for Tiki cocktails and the ever-growing culture that surrounds the movement to get a chance to shine. And there’s no better place for a moment in the sun during February than the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and an event hosted by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

Here's a full preview of tomorrow night's event, The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown ...

The contestants are:

  • Lost Lake (Paul McGee)
  • The Mai-Kai (Troy Gallant)
  • Tiki Mondays With Miller (Brian Miller)
  • Frankie’s Tiki Room
  • Royal Kona Resort (Jeff Isbister)
  • The Rum Line (Rob Ferrara)
  • The Broken Shaker (Randy Perez)
  • Spike Mendelsohn

There will be Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice winners. Who do you think will come out on top?

On 2015-02-19 15:19, Hurricane Hayward wrote:
It’s time for Tiki cocktails and the ever-growing culture that surrounds the movement to get a chance to shine. And there’s no better place for a moment in the sun during February than the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and an event hosted by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

Here's a full preview of tomorrow night's event, The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown ...

The contestants are:

  • Lost Lake (Paul McGee)
  • The Mai-Kai (Troy Gallant)
  • Tiki Mondays With Miller (Brian Miller)
  • Frankie’s Tiki Room
  • Royal Kona Resort (Jeff Isbister)
  • The Rum Line (Rob Ferrara)
  • The Broken Shaker (Randy Perez)
  • Spike Mendelsohn

There will be Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice winners. Who do you think will come out on top?

Sounds like alot of fun. Wish I could be there!


Looks like a great event! Are the judges going to swirl, swish and spit the drinks or are they going to go all out and get smashed?

Fez Moai, I will certainly take notes and let you know!

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"The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown" at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival was a smashing success. Full recap, more photos and drink recipes coming soon. Here are a few highlights (all photos by Hurricane Hayward) ...

Brian Miller (Tiki Mondays With Miller, New York City) mixes up the Pain Reliever.

Judges Martin Cate and Beachbum Berry enjoy The Mai-Kai's Molokai Swizzle.

Randy Perez and Gui Jaroschy from The Broken Shaker took home the People’s Choice award.

Brian Miller accepts the top prize, the Judge’s Choice award, from Emeril Lagasse.

Miller has big plans for the prize money. More to come ...


Last night. The Molokai bar was packed with VIPs Beachbum Berry and Martin Cate in the house as we sampled "The Secret Cocktails of The Mai-Kai" ...

The Atomic Grog has full coverage of the event:


Fun and insightful as always!

Here's a full recap of "The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown" hosted by Emeril Lagasse at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival:

Our story includes reviews and ingredients for all the competing cocktails, a bonus cocktail recipe for The Mai-Kai’s Molokai Swizzle, plus a photo gallery of exclusive images.

The Mai-Kai’s Kern Mattei and Troy Gallant are busy preparing the Molokai Swizzle.

But the big news, beside the Judge’s Choice award won by Brian Miller, was the New York City bartender’s announcement that he will soon be leaving the Big Apple for Los Angeles. Grasping his $5,000 prize, Miller said he hopes to “take a seat at the big boys’ table” and “hopefully pick up where Don (the Beachcomber) left off.”

In our Week in Tiki feature this week, we also recap The Mai-Kai's "secret cocktails" event and preview the Legacy National Cocktail Competition, sponsored by Bacardi and held in Miami. Other news includes the Instro Summit surf music fest lineup, two special concerts in Tampa Bay, Chicago Area Tiki Tour tickets, and the auction of a massive collection of Tiki artifacts from Disneyland and Disney World.


Our weekly features spotlight LeRoy Schmaltz of Oceanic Arts, The Pegu Blog, Double Crown Records, and Hale Pele in Portland. The rum of the week, Ron Zacapa 23 from Guatemala, is featured in the Zacapa Hurricane cocktail.

This week’s news includes a contest to win the new event mug for The Hukilau 2015 by Tiki Diablo, plus a preview of a New York City cocktail event featuring the crew from Tiki Mondays With Miller.


We also recap last week’s Legacy Cocktail Competition in Miami Beach sponsored by Bacardi, and an auction of Disney parks collectibles that netted $1.7 million.

Our weekly features spotlight artist Robert Jimenez, Digitiki.com and The Quiet Village, exotic band Ixtahuele, and former Tiki hotspot The Castaways in Miami Beach.

The rum of the week, Denizen white, is featured in the Rebel With a Cause cocktail.


News this week includes a historic bars contest that features four famous Tiki establishments, plus a sneak peak at The Hukilau’s 2015 event mug.

Be sure to vote for Tiki temples The Mai-Kai (Fort Lauderdale), Bali Hai (San Diego), La Mariana (Honolulu), and the Tonga Room (San Francisco). The deadline for the first round is 8 a.m. Eastern time.

A first look at the sculpt for the 2015 event mug for The Hukilau by Tiki Diablo. At right is the original drawing by Basement Kahuna.

We preview a party at the Tonga Hut in Hollywood on Sunday, ticket sales for Tiki Kon (which start Sunday), and Saturday's Dapper Day at Disney World. A new event joins the Tiki calendar: Vintage Tiki Weekend at the historic Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, N.J. ...

The event will run from Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17.

Also announced was a swap in Dole Whip locations at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, plus the Miami Rum Festival’s annual pilgrimage to The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale.

Our weekly features spotlight artist Crazy Al Evans, TheTikiChick.com, classic exotica artist Gene Rains, and acclaimed Tiki bar Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco.

The rum of the week, Plantation Jamaican, is featured in the Red Tide cocktail:


And in case you missed it, earlier this week we had a full update and photos of the construction at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The latest rumored opening date of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is March 26.


The Week in Tiki (March 16, 2015): Miller to remain in Big Apple; Tiki weekenders sell out in Chicago, N.J.


This week’s top story is the sellout of two upcoming events: the Chicago Area Tiki Tour, and the Vintage Tiki Weekend in Wildwood, N.J. Also, tickets for Tiki Kon in the Pacific Northwest are selling fast. Tiki Kon is also looking for bartenders to complete in the next Iron Tikitender contest.

Lost Lake, one of the stops on the Chicago Area Tiki Tour.

Speaking of bartenders, award-winning Tiki barman Brian Miller has had a change of heart and decided to not make a move to the West Coast. The Tiki pirate said he realizes that “New York City is where I want to be right now.” Did someone make him an offer he couldn't refuse?

We also have updates on Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace swapping locations in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, and a Tiki disappointment in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s historic bars contest.

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid (Medusirena) and her pod of Aquaticats perform in pool outside The Wreck Bar in June 2014 during The Hukilau. (Photo by Pat Duncan)

Our weekly features spotlight artist Eric October, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid’s new website, the music of Gold Dust Lounge, and the Tambu Lounge at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort:

The rum of the week, Mount Gay Eclipse, is featured in the The Monaco cocktail:

Read it all here:

The Week in Tiki (March 23, 2015)

The latest news from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort includes the pending opening of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, plus DVC and construction updates plus new resort merchandise.

There’s also news on a possible Jungle Cruise restaurant coming to the Magic Kingdom, plus a preview of next month’s Miami Rum Festival. Weekly features spotlight artist N! Satterfield, Tikiman’s Polynesian Village Resort website, surf rockers The Intoxicators, and Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago. The rum of the week, El Dorado 12, is featured in the El Dorado Mai Tai.


HH, noticed you were using the Orgeat Works orgeat in the Mai tai. What did you think of it vs others that are "store bought"?
I was recently trolling the old threads on TC for intel on orgeat (I need to buy some) and saw it, but not much of any real commentary on how it compares (but I did see you mention that the Bum recommends it. Maybe that's all I really need, come to think of it!)


Ryan, the orgeat is great stuff. Probably the best I've had outside of homemade. Which isn't surprising since it's essentially Adam's homemade orgeat that he brought to market. It's very rich, unlike some of the thin commercial products. I haven't tried the Small Hand Foods orgeat, but I've heard it's comparable in quality. The only issue is the high shipping costs. If you live in the Northeast, I think there are some stores that carry it.

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A little late this week. Got side-tracked by a visit to Trader Sam's Grog Grotto. Lots more on that coming up.


This week’s big news is the opening of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. There are also updates on Miami Cocktail Week, Tales of the Cocktail tickets, and a new mug from Kevin Kidney. Plus: Montreal loses a classic Tiki venue, while Milwaukee may be gaining one.

Weekly features spotlight artist Tiki Tony, Robert Burr’s Rum Guide, Japanese band Kenny Sasaki & The Tiki Boys, and San Francisco’s historic Tonga Room. The rum of the week, Smith & Cross, is featured in the Captain’s Blood cocktail.

The Week in Tiki (April 6-12, 2015): Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows open, Miami Rum Festival coming up


This week’s top news is the grand opening of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, plus the latest on Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Cocktail Week. Also noted are The Hukilau’s 2015 mug, and the death of Polynesian performer Ernie Menehune.

Weekly features spotlight artist Thor, website The Floating Rum Shack, exotica pioneer Martin Denny, and Tucson’s Kon Tiki. The rum of the week, Flor de Caña white, is featured in the Pieces of Eight cocktail.

Here's our full preview of Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Miami Rum Fest Cocktail Week ...


The Week in Tiki (April 13-19, 2015): Miami Rum Festival and Cocktail Week, Tiki Mondays With Miller, Ohana: Luau at the Lake


This week’s highlights are Miami Rum Fest Cocktail Week and Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. We also have a preview of Tiki Mondays With Miller’s Spring Equinox Edition, plus news on June’s Ohana: Luau at the Lake selling out.

Weekly features spotlight artist Doug Horne, website Inu a Kena, surf guitar legend Dick Dale, and Chicago’s Lost Lake.

The rum of the week, Plantation Original Dark, is featured in Trader Vic’s Tutu Rum Punch.



Hurricane Hayward, I really enjoyed the Tutu rum Punch, I like looking for recipes with grapefruit juice in them since I have a white grapefruit tree in the back yard. This was a real smooth and tasty drink.

On 2015-04-16 18:19, hiltiki wrote:
Hurricane Hayward, I really enjoyed the Tutu rum Punch, I like looking for recipes with grapefruit juice in them since I have a white grapefruit tree in the back yard. This was a real smooth and tasty drink.

Mahalo! That's one of those lesser known Trader Vic drinks that you don't hear much about. He didn't use grapefruit much.

FYI, if you're looking for drinks with grapefruit, on The Mai-Kai menu check out the Zombie, Special Planters Punch, Yeoman's Grog, Mutiny, The Hukilau, Black Magic, Bora Bora, Mara-Amu and Floridita Daiquiri. I also like the retired Big Bamboo.

Okole maluna!

The Week in Tiki (April 20-26, 2015): Rum fest invades Miami, South Florida’s underwater Easter Island, Shag goes to ‘The Twilight Zone’


As expected, the Miami Rum Festival dominated the news this week, but an unlikely story about giant Easter Island-style moai being sunk off the coast of South Florida certainly piqued our interest. Also worth noting is the return of the Chicago Area Tiki Tour, plus the upcoming release of a limited-edition print by Shag that pays tribute to The Twilight Zone.

Thousands of enthusiasts, experts and VIPs congregated in Miami last week for the seventh annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. The Doubletree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center was ground zero for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday grand tastings, with hundreds of rums exhibited, tasted and judged.

It’s a long way from the remote island in the South Pacific, but South Florida’s sleepy Deerfield Beach will soon be the home of an under-sea attraction that pays homage to Easter Island’s famous moai. The Rapa Nui Reef, scheduled to be sunk on June 7, will include 15 giant statues of cast concrete standing up to 22 feet from the ocean floor in 75 feet of water, according to a story in Fort Lauderdale’s Sun-Sentinel.

Weekly features spotlight artist Dawn Frasier, the Bahama Bob’s Rumstyles blog, the exotica and hapa haole sounds of Kinky Waikiki, and Miami Beach cocktail bar The Broken Shaker.

While this Miami Beach craft cocktail hotspot is not “Tiki” in the classic sense, it features all the hallmarks of a great tropical bar with drinks elevated to world-class standards (it was a James Beard Award semi-finalist in 2013). The bar staff is also very adept at tropical mixology, both classic and avant-garde.

To enhance your reading enjoyment, try some Pusser’s British Navy rum in the classic Painkiller.


The Week in Tiki (April 27-May 3, 2015): Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto grand opening


The arrival of new signature Tiki mugs marks the official opening of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort this week.

Also in the news is a seminar at Trader Vic’s in Atlanta, the new Tiki Magazine, the New England Tequila & Rum Festival, and a list of the 150 best bars in America.

Weekly features spotlight artist Basement Kahuna, the Exotic Tiki Island website and podcast, exotica supergroup Tiki Joe’s Ocean, and the adventurous Oakland bar and restaurant Longitude.

The rum of the week, Plantation Barbados 5-year-old Grande Reserve, is featured in Julie Reiner’s Plantation Mai Tai.



I'm new to this site. I'm a huge fan of tiki bars and incorporating ideas into them.

Anyway I've been hearing a lot about this new tiki bar that is opening up in Las Vegas.

Apparently its going to be like the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland?!

Has anyone else heard about it?


Hurricane Hayward, I just made the Yeoman's Grog and it was very tasty, thanks for a fine recommendation. I used a combination of RL Seale, Smith & Cross and El Dorado 5, and Lemon Hart 80.

Tikitraveler: I have heard nothing about a new bar in Vegas. Has anyone else?

hiltiki: Glad you enjoyed the Yeoman's Grog recipe. That's an interesting rum combo. I might have to try it.

The Week in Tiki (May 4-10, 2015): The Hukilau news and updates, plus summer Tiki festival season kicks off


The summer Tiki event season is heating up, and we have the latest news on The Hukilau coming to Fort Lauderdale in June, plus updates on this month’s Tiki Caliente.

The Hukilau news includes the official mug, new rum sponsors, two additional shows from MeduSirena Marina, and more ...

The four different glazes of The Hukilau’s official 2015 mug by Tiki Diablo.

There’s also news on Tiki Oasis tickets and the just-announced Hot Rod Hula Hop, plus the scoop on the temporary closing of the Tiki-Ti.

Weekly features spotlight artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker, A. Panda’s Tiki Lounge blog, acclaimed lounge band Martini Kings, and the vintage Trader Vic’s location in Atlanta ...

The rum of the week, The Real McCoy 3, is featured in the Vicious Virgin #3 ...


The Week in Tiki (May 11-17, 2015): Robert Drasnin, master of exotica, dead at 87


Sad news this week with the passing of Robert Drasnin, the exotica pioneer who composed the seminal "Voodoo" album.

Other news includes special cocktail flights at The Mai-Kai, Tiki Kon’s Iron Tikitender competition, and Angry Birds fly the coop to a tropical paradise.

Weekly features spotlight artist Miss Fluff, the Retro Roadmap website, El Capitan & the Band with No Name, and Tiki bar Forbidden Island in Alameda.

The rums of the week, Gubba Silver and Gold, are featured in Trader Vic’s Molokai Mike cocktail.


The Week in Tiki (May 18-25, 2015): New Beachbum Berry barware, The Hukilau 2015 merchandise now on sale


Just in time to jazz up your summer cocktail creations, premium barware company Cocktail Kingdom has teamed up with Tiki’s leading tropical drink historian, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, for a new collection of vintage barware. The Swizzle Cup, Pearl Diver Glass, and Skull Bar Spoon join last year’s Navy Grog Cone Kit as worthy additions to any bar, Tiki or otherwise.

The Hukilau’s official mug and pendant are now on sale as the June 10-14 event announces a new rum sponsor and updated entertainment schedule.

Other news includes a special cocktail event at The Mai-Kai, the reopening of the Tiki-Ti, a historic unveiling at the Caliente Tropics hotel during Tiki Caliente, plus new Shag artwork at a Palm Springs party and New York City exhibit.

Weekly features spotlight artist Mookie Sato, the Southern Surf Stomp! blog, instro icons Los Straitjackets, and Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge in Minneapolis.

The rum of the week, Wicked Dolphin Silver, is featured in the Piña Colada.


The Week in Tiki (May 18-25, 2015): The Hukilau ticket updates, Latitude 29 honored, Rapa Nui Reef sinking


The Hukilau announces more news as the June 10-14 Tiki weekender approaches, including the sellout of the Tiki Tower Takeover ...

The Hukilau has six rum sponsors lined up for 2015, more than any other year, including the acclaimed Rhum Barbancourt from Haiti. Organizer Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White has released more details about the participation of Rhum Barbancourt ...

Latitude 29 named one of the Best Bars in America

Barely six months old, Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 in New Orleans has already been given the high honor of being named to Esquire Magazine’s annual list of the Best Bars in America.

Rapa Nui Reef coming to South Florida next week

A distinctive man-made reef based on the famous moai of Easter Island is scheduled to be sunk off Deerfield Beach on Sunday, June 7, after two days of public viewings. The Rapa Nui Reef is touted as an underwater sculptural environment for divers to explore and marine life to inhabit.

Quick hits: Tiki Gardens and The Kahiki remembered, Tiki Caliente mugs, Wildwood Tiki Weekend recap, UK RumFest tickets

  • The Roadside Attraction vintage store in Largo, on Florida’s Gulf Coast, is hosting a special presentation on Sunday, May 31: “Speakeasy Sunday: Tiki Gardens with Jon Bortles.”

  • A new restaurant is resurrecting some tastes of The Kahiki, the beloved Polynesian palace that loomed large in Columbus, Ohio, from 1961 until its closing in 2000.

  • The Mark V Deep Sea Diver mug and the Caliente Tropics 50th Anniversary mug are both still available online on the official Tiki Caliente website.

  • Also, we have a recap of Retro Roadmap’s Vintage Wildwood Tiki Weekend and a preview of the UK RumFest.

Weekly features spotlight artist Bamboo Ben, leading mug manufacturer Tiki Farm, Surf Rock Radio, and The Wreck Bar on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The rum of the week, Wicked Dolphin Florida Spiced, is featured in Martin Cate's Henry & John cocktail ...


Note: Starting in June 2015, updates are being published twice a month, around the first and third week. But don’t worry: We won’t miss any of the latest news.

The Week in Tiki (June 1-14, 2015): The Hukilau 2015 latest news and updates

The Hukilau rolls into Fort Lauderdale for events Wednesday through Sunday, and we’ll be posting all the important updates.

Also, we have news on the sinking of the Rapa Nui Reef in Deerfield Beach ...

It was a grand build-up to a disappointing conclusion. Following months of anticipation and a gala weekend preview, 15 Eastern Island moai up to 22 feet tall were ready to take their place as a unique habitat on the ocean floor. But the sinking of the Rapa Nui Reef in Deefield Beach on Sunday, June 7, went horribly wrong when the statues slid off their barge and were crushed as the costly project went topsy-turvy.

Quick hits include a new seminar at Trader Vic’s in Atlanta, new bands at Tiki Oasis, plus Tiki Kon merchandise. Regular features spotlight the late Tiki carver Barney West, The Molokai lounge at The Mai-Kai, surf guitarist Skinny Jimmy Stingray, and Beachbum Berry’s new website ...

The rum of the week, Rhum Barbancourt 3 Star, is featured in Beachbum Berry’s Tahitian ...

See you at The Hukilau!


The Week in Tiki may be a bit delayed this week as we catch up on all The Hukilau recaps and photos..

If you're looking for coverage of The Hukilau, check out the official event thread:

We'll also be posting more updates on The Atomic Grog blog:

The Week in Tiki (June 15-28, 2015): Summer events in full swing with The Hukilau, Ohana: Luau At The Lake, more


The Intoxicators from Tallahassee make their 11th straight appearance at The Hukilau.

The year’s two major East Coast events, The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale and Ohana: Luau At The Lake in upstate New York, dominate June’s news. We have a full, day-by-day recap of The Hukilau (June 10-14) and highlights of Ohana (June 25-28).

We also have an update on the ill-fated Rapa Nui Reef in Deerfield Beach, plus news on October’s Ohana: Luau by the Sea.

Also announced for October: Mod-PalmSprings and The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown in the Big Apple.

Regular features spotlight the artist Squid, exotica ensemble Waitiki, the venerable Tiki-Ti in Los Angeles, and the Fraternal Order Of Moai website.

The rum of the week, Rhum Barbancourt 5 Star, is featured in the 1862 Rhum Punch.

Check out the full story ...

The Week in Tiki (June 29-July 12, 2015): Tiki Kon and Tales of Cocktail event previews, Tiki Diablo invades Home Depot


July’s event schedule features two of the most distinctive gatherings of the year, Tiki Kon in the Pacific Northwest and Tales of Cocktail in New Orleans. We have previews of both, plus news on acclaimed artist Tiki Diablo’s new merchandise deal with Home Depot.

Quick hits include news on Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, a special Wicked Dolphin rum, a new Trader Vic’s seminar, and the release online of the Plastic Paradise documentary.

Regular features spotlight the artwork of VanTiki; SoCal “hulabilly” band The Hula Girls; the Don the Beachcomber restaurant/bar in Huntington Beach, Calif.; and the BG Reynolds website.

The rum of the week, El Dorado 8, is featured in the Demerara 80 Swizzle.


The Week in Tiki (July 13-26, 2015): Your guide to all the sizzling summer events, from Hot Rod Hula Hop to Tiki Oasis


There’s no such thing as summer doldrums in the world of Tiki with plenty of major events spanning coast to coast this summer. First, we take a look back at July’s Tiki Kon and Tales of the Cocktail ...

Then, we preview August’s Texas Tiki Week, Hot Rod Hula Hop in Ohio, plus the Surf Guitar 101 Convention and Tiki Oasis in Southern California ....

Up next, quick hits on more upcoming events: the Trader Vic’s Portland anniversary party, Tiki Monday With Miller in New York City, and the Tahitian Terrace Diamond Luau at Disneyland ...

Our regular features spotlight the artwork of Ken Ruzic; the fuzzed-out sounds of Davie Allan and the Arrows; the Grass Skirt Tiki Room in Columbus, Ohio; and the Dionysus Records Empire website ...

The rum of the week, Denizen Merchant’s Reserve, is featured in an original creation, the Merchant’s Mai Tai ...

Plus, be sure to check out the full list of all the events scheduled for the rest of 2015 and into 2016.

The Week in Tiki (July 27-Aug. 9, 2015): Tiki Oasis blasts off, plus Summer event recaps, more rum and cocktail news


The summer Tiki event season reaches its climax this week with the big kahuna, Tiki Oasis in San Diego ...

We have a full preview, including a day-by-day preview of all the headlining entertainment, a list of all the symposiums, and info on Tiki Oasis Radio. The collaboration between ETI Radio and Spyrate Radio is broadcasting via a low-powered FM transmission at the event, plus a live stream at TikiOasisRadio.com and various apps ...

Late July and early August was perhaps the busiest time of the year for Tiki events, and we have recaps of some of the more memorable:

  • As part of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebration, Shag participated in an artist showcase at the WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney on July 25 ...

  • The historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood hosted Cinematheque’s 11th annual Tiki Night on July 25.

  • The Austin chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild welcomed regional and national bar and spirits industry VIPs to the fourth annual Texas Tiki Week on Aug 2-9.

  • The Tiki gods were smiling down on Columbus, Ohio, during the seventh annual Hot Rod Hula Hop hosted by the Fraternal Order Of Moai the weekend of Aug. 7-8 ...

    As part of the festivities, the famous monkey fountain from The Kahiki found a new home at the Grass Skirt Tiki Room. (Facebook photo)

  • Ears are still ringing in Southern California in the wake of the eighth annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention, which hosted its main event on Aug. 8 in Garden Grove but featured satellite shows throughout the region from Aug. 1 through Aug. 13.

QUICK HITS: It was also a very busy week for news with much to report ...

  • The Royal Kona Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii hosts the seventh annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival on Saturday, Aug. 15.

  • This month’s Rum Journey seminar at Trader Vic’s in Atlanta will explore rums from across the Caribbean and South America on Saturday, Aug. 15.

  • American and Cuban bartenders gathered at Havana’s Colón Cemetery for an unprecedented Daiquiri toast July 24 to legendary barman Constantino Ribalaigua Vert ...

    Ernest Hemingway at El Florida with bartender Constantino Ribalaigua Vert.

  • Fresh off a victory at the Spirited Awards during last month’s Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans (for Best American Hotel Bar), The Broken Shaker in the Freehand Miami hotel has been named one of the World’s 50 Best Bars for the second year in a row.

  • With his third independently-released book of wildly original cocktail recipes, Kahuna Kevin solidifies his status as the Sid Vicious of Tiki.

  • Some 500 tons of limestone boulders have been sunk near the remains of the ill-fated Rapa Nui Reef off the coast of Deerfield Beach in southeast Florida, raising hopes of that the crumbled Eastern Island moai may still become a tourist attraction and diving destination.

Our regular features spotlight Tiki mug creators PopTiki; the otherworldly music of Man or Astro-man?; the Bali Hai Restaurant in San Diego; and the website of Americana ambassador Charles Phoenix.

Finally, the rum of the week, Angostura 5, is featured in The Morning After cocktail ...

We have some breaking news ...

Shag to help toast The Hukilau’s 15th anniversary, The Mai-Kai’s 60th in 2016

The Hukilau will celebrate its 15th anniversary in June 2016 with a historic celebration of Tiki culture and the 60th anniversary of The Mai-Kai, joined by a very special guest artist. Shag, aka Josh Agle, will provide his artistic talents and also participate in several special events at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 hotel, organizer Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White announced while launching an updated website. It will be “a celebration of epic proportions,” she said.

Full story: http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/08/20/shag-to-help-toast-the-hukilaus-15th-anniversary-the-mai-kais-60th-in-2016/

Shag will present a symposium and also host an event called Shag’s SkyLounge in the hotel’s iconic 17th floor rotating Pier Top Lounge, White said. Guests will become totally immersed in the world of Shag, essentially becoming part of a live painting in the mid-century-styled penthouse that overlooks Fort Lauderdale Beach and the nearby port. Shag will also host several signings of his books and new prints for the 15th anniversary.

Check out the official Tiki Central thread here:

We also have a look back at the Tiki Tower Takeover at The Hukilau 2015, with reviews and recipes for all the cocktails served up by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry (of Latitude 29 in New Orleans), Brian Miller (of “Tiki Mondays With Miller” in New York City), Paul McGee (of Lost Lake in Chicago), and Martin Cate (of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco).


This includes a newly created tribute to Martin Cate's Formidable Dragon ...


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