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One of the Phoenix metro area’s hottest drink trends? Tiki. In case you’re not familiar with the trend, tiki drinks are tropical cocktails (usually made with rum) that are designed to make you feel like you’re sitting on the beach sipping on a cocktail. And these spots are slinging some of summer’s best drinks all over town. From an underground bar to one of the oldest bars in Phoenix, check out these four great tiki bars in metro Phoenix.


UnderTow is the city’s only underground tiki bar that’s designed to make visitors feel like they’re on board a ship—complete with a dark setting, handcrafted wooden bar, and port holes. To get there, head to Sip Coffee & Beer Garage in Central Phoenix and walk down the stairs underneath the Polynesian ship. Enjoy exclusive, handcrafted tiki drinks like the Lass Lock’s —aged Jamaican rum, banana liqueur, orange oils and sherries— all served in Instagram-worthy tiki glasses. Make reservations if you don’t want to wait. The 500 square-foot space holds just 39 and fills up fast.

Photo credit: Courtesy of UnderTow

Twitter: @DrinkUnderTow

Hula’s Modern Tiki

With two locations in the Valley, Hula’s Modern Tiki slings tiki drinks and fresh island fare in hip, modern settings. Drink options include Mai Tais, Hurricanes, margaritas, and original creations like The Zombie —Cruzan rum, passion fruit, pineapple, lime juice, and dark rum. Diners can pair their drinks with poke, coconut shrimp rolls, ceviche, fresh fish, burgers, and tacos. If you’re on a budget, Hula’s is a great option. This spot offers happy hour from Monday to Friday 3:30 to 6 p.m. where you can get every appetizer (except ahi) and all of Hula’s signature tropical cocktails for $6.

Twitter: @hulasmoderntiki

Market Street Kitchen

Market Street Kitchen is where North Scottsdale residents can hang out in a bustling light-filled setting in a strip mall while they imbibe tiki drinks along with new American food. Customers can order refreshing takes on classic tiki drinks like the “Chai-Tai” —a blend of rum, pineapple rum, chai, lemon, orgeat and lime— alongside mules, daiquiris and wine. Pair your drinks with fish tacos, lollipop chicken wings, or firecracker shrimp. On the third Thursday of every month, don your best Hawaiian shirt and get half off of all tiki drinks.

Bikini Lounge

Bikini Lounge on historic Grand Avenue has quite the history. For starters, this is one of Phoenix’s oldest bars that opened way back in 1947. And the dark bar with a retro feel comes complete with a pool table, neon bar signs, tiki art, and an exterior that looks like a wooden beach shack. Order classic tiki drinks like Mai Tais and Blue Hawaiian —all served in large, tiki mugs. Be sure to run to the ATM before you head over here. This spot is cash only.

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