For over half a century the Tiki-Ti has been a staple in the tiki bar scene, drawing in thousands of tropical rum guzzlers into its tiny bamboo lined walls on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Tiki-Ti stands as a mini-museum to the culture, collecting items that have been curated by the owner/operators and donated from the loyal legion of fans - the locals that have graced this bar over the decades.
Sure, the Tiki-Ti is a dive bar at heart but the best usually are. If you want frills and gimmicks Tiki-Ti isn't the place - we're talking about one of the originals here. You can smell it on the permanently rum stained floors and see it in the bloodshot eyes and on the aloha shirt clad bodies of the regulars that squeeze into the stools that await their presence night in and night out. But fear not because you won't be chased out of the line-up if you're new in town as Tiki-Ti is used to gathering visitors from all over the world that have come to lose their tiki virginity to one of the establishments 90 plus tropical drink menu. If you want beer or wine then you best head off to one of the bars on the strip because there's only room for island style concoctions where rum is the main ingredient. Funky decor aside, Tiki-Ti truly is about the mixology and the family crew behind the bar use age old recipes handed down from generations passed and left unshared to the public (aside from nightly tasting of course) because Tiki-Ti doesn't hire - you can only inherit the job. This fact is the same reason that for so long patrons could freely smoke in the bar because the law preventing smoking in California technically only applies to those with employees in their charge but since it's all in the family Tiki-Ti escapes through that loophole. Granted that may have kept a few smoke averse tourists from entering but you won't see too many complaints from management because they maintain a steady line outside from Wednesday to Saturday.
OK, so enough of the scene setting and let's get to the goods - the drink menu. While serving over 90 drinks it's safe to say there's something for everyone at Tiki-Ti and personal tastes really dictate what you should order, we will recommend a few unique ones here. If you happen to be in the mood for something warm and cozy the 151 Rum Swizzle - a heavy cinnamon flavored drink made w/Bacardi 151, lime and fruit juices mixed onto dark Jamaican rum - will do the trick. The Bayanihan is a tasty island drink with a familiar mix of rum, coconut and pineapple but with a secret recipe of additional juices to make it unique. or those craving a little unique gin and juice the Dr. Funk tastes like Sambuca slapped upside the head with Seagram’s and a few indiscernible juices. If you like creamy blends then the Milky Way - Kahlua, Amaretto, and Bailey's - is out of this world tasty. TheStealth (151 rum, kahlua, Amaretto, Grand Marnier, Baileys, and various liqueurs) is probably the strongest of the lot at Tiki-Ti and will likely require Advil relief in the AM after. There are so many other rum, gin, vodka, tequila, and liqueur laden options to choose from that Tiki-Ti offers its own wheel of fortune in the Wheel of Tiki Drinks - leaving fate to decide what umbrella drink will soon find its way into your grasp. If you find yourself strapped for time in one of those "if you could only order one" scenarios then out of respect to the founder you should order Tiki-Ti's signature drink Ray's Mistake - made with botanic liqueurs, passionfruit, dark corub rum, and a secret blending of "none of your business".
Tiki-Ti is the ultimate tiki dive bar in Los Angeles and a true drinker's paradise.