We know the weather has taken a turn for the rainy, but if you fancy recapturing a bit of that summer feeling, vintage style, then a Tiki Bar is the place to go.
Tiki bars are a taste of the South Pacific, often featuring “god” masks and carvings, flowers and bamboo in their decorations, and serving lots, and lots of Rum Based Cocktails. The very first Tiki bar was apparently “Don the Beachcomber” in Los Angeles in 1933, but the style became hugely popular in the 40s and 50s.
Here at Vintage Norwich there are 2 bars we’d recommend for the Tiki lover. So ignore the rain, don your best frock and some hair flowers and head out for a cocktail.
Our favourite for recapturing a bit of Summer is Revolucion De Cuba. It’s not strictly Tiki, as its inspiration is Cuban rather than South Pacific, but it has a great Latin vibe and is a wonderful place to recapture that summer feeling. It’s open all day, so you can sit next to palms under whirling ceiling fans and enjoy a lunch time Mojito, or cup of coffee, and they serve food to soak up all that rum.
Wednesday nights are Swing nights, so worth checking out, and they have a regular happy hour with a very dangerous 2-4-1 cocktail deal. You can also book cocktail making masterclasses or rum tastings
If you’re looking for something with a more pure Tiki style, then Lola Lo is your venue. It’s frequently used in photo shoots as a location, this photo comes from a shoot for Lady Lucks Boutique by Andy Sapey.
The club allows you to book a “Tiki Booth” ahead of time and be treated to table service all night. They also have a list of amazing Tiki cocktails, and 15 speciality rums. The cocktail menu features drinks in proper Tiki mugs and drinks made for 2 to share. They also offer a private cocktail making masterclass.
Lola Lo’s however, is very definitely a night club, not a place for an early evening cocktail, it’s doors don’t even open till 10pm, and music (not of the vintage kind) features highly on it’s list of entertainments. It is available for private hire on Tuesdays and Sunday though, if you fancy throwing your own Tiki party to escape the autumn chill.
Of course, if you don’t fancy venturing outside much at all then you can always order yourself a tiki mug and make yourself a Zombie, this recipe comes from GreatCocktails.co.uk
- 1 measure dark rum
- 1 measure white rum
- ½ measure apricot brandy
- 2 measures pineapple juice
- ½ measure lime juice
- 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
- Garnish: cocktail cherry and pineapple wedge
Add all the ingredients into a cocktail mixer with ice and shake, then pour into a hurricane glass. Spear the pineapple and cherry onto a cocktail stick and place on the edge of the glass, finally add a straw.
View from the Vintage City Network
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