tiki bar


Definition of tiki bar

: a restaurant or bar decorated in a simulated Polynesian theme that usually serves exotic cocktails

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He's transported his mobile tiki bar as far as Antarctica in the name of education. Kate Krader, chicagotribune.com, "These Caribbean rum distilleries are worth a vacation in themselves," 14 May 2018 In 2001, he was commissioned to design and decorate the first new tiki bar in America, Taboo Cove at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Escondido's influential tiki man 'Bosko' is subject of new film," 8 July 2018 Seems there's something of a statement Tales of the Cocktail's judges are making this year: There's a lot of love for tiki bars making complex cocktails. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Are the World's Best Bars, Says Tales of the Cocktail," 23 July 2018 Notably, many of these modern mai tais exist at non-tiki bars. Lou Bustamante, San Francisco Chronicle, "The rise, fall and redemption of the mai tai," 10 May 2018 Just down the way JungleBird, at number 254, is a deeply cheeky tiki bar owned by the same folks as La Factoria. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Spend 72 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico," 20 Mar. 2018 Tiki drinks in general are on the rise, and Detroit now has two tiki bars: Mutiny Bar in southwest and Lost River on the east side. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Founders goes tropical with new tiki-inspired beer aged in rum barrels," 21 June 2018 The couple met in May 2013 after Ms. Horn and her friend sat next to Mr. Spencer and his friend at Maggie’s, an outdoor tiki bar that was in Bethesda. New York Times, "Leigh Horn, Michael Spencer," 10 June 2018 However, the fun lasted only until the late 1960s, when tiki bars and Polynesian restaurants started to seem kitschy to a large majority. Kevin Hopper, idahostatesman, "Recipes survive gone-but-not-forgotten culture of 1950s," 2 June 2018

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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US : a bar or restaurant that is decorated in a Polynesian style

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