Ten Best Tiki Bars in South Florida

Photo courtesy Mai Kai
Over the past few years there has been a profusion of interest in mid-century tiki culture.

And hey, it works for us. With our abundance of palm trees, beaches, and mid-century, South Pacific-themed spots, the trend definitely helps South Florida's tourism industry.

With this weekend's grand tiki-themed event, the Hukilau, we decided to help out the Polynesian-loving community by compiling a list of Broward and Palm Beach's Best Tiki Bars.

See also:
- Mai Kai Restaurant: History of a South Florida Institution
- Hukilau is This Weekend: How to Roast a Hog Hawaiian-Style

10. Bahia Cabana
While it's not a true tiki bar -- it has more of a nautical theme -- the spot has been around since the mid-century and it most certainly has some kitsch. It's located directly across from the infamous Yankee Clipper in Fort Lauderdale. The waterside spot is the perfect place to sip on super sweet frozen tropical drinks while mingling with sunburnt tourists and leathery locals.

9. Kreepy Tiki/ Five Points Lounge
In terms of rockabilly and South Pacific flair, this place has got it hands down. The Fort Lauderdale tattoo-shop/ music venue/ bar is filled with tiki charm. Aside from the large bamboo bar, the spot is rife with Polynesian nostalgia--and plenty of Sailor Jerry era tattoos. What it lacks in terms of beachside location, it makes up for in modern albeit retro tiki culture.

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Location Info


3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar & Cafe

4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Joe's Tiki Bar Grill and Sushi

1318 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL

Category: Music

The Islander Grill & Tiki Bar

181 S. Ocean Ave., Palm Beach Shores, FL

Category: Restaurant

Crane's BeachHouse Hotel & Tiki Bar

82 Gleason St., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Music

Lava Tiki Bar & Grille

4000 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL

Category: Music

Bahia Cabana Beach Resort

3001 Harbor Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

The Backyard

511 NE 4th St., Boynton Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Retro Lounge

2608 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

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