Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018|2 a.m.
Not for nothing is regional bar owner P Moss’ book about tiki culture called “Liquid Vacation.” There’s something about a tall, cold, sweet tiki beverage that somehow turns this blistering heat into a property. Las Vegas now boasts a range of bars serving up island-style cocktails, and while not all their drinks are served in tiki mugs or under thatched roofs, they all have the capability to take your mind from the desert and deposit it on a beach.
Frankie’s Tiki Space: The drinks served at this Medical District-adjacent bar might not have medical worth, but if you’re entirely fed up with Vegas’ summertime heat and troubles, they’re good for exactly what ails you.
Frankie’s dishes out some of the most rejuvenating, the majority of potent tiki beverages you’ll enjoy in this life, including some perfectly made classics going back to the initial menus of Don The Beachcomber and Trader Vic’s (the Mai Tai, the Navy Grog) and a variety of originals (our present favorite: the Tiki Outlaw, with its winning mix of craft rums, pineapple juice, passionfruit syrup and blue Curacao) that you can knock back from keepsake mugs. And do not miss the art by Lynne Naylor, Shag, Crazy Al Evans and more.
Frankie’s Tiki Room is located at 1712 W. Charleston Blvd.
. Starboard Tack: This all-but-hidden east side bar does not necessarily look the part of an island hideaway, save for a couple of pieces of nautical-themed design and a hand-painted signpost pointing the method to other, similar bars in remote ports-of-call, consisting of Bangkok’s Teenagers of Thailand (8,275 miles away) and Vegas’ own Frankie’s (4 miles).
Starboard Tack, 2601 Atlantic St., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. But the beverage menu informs another story, with pure-summer mixed drinks like the Starboard Taquiri (Plantation Pineapple rum, lime, sugar and absinthe) and the Lucky Cat (Kikori scotch, Allspice Dram, Togarashi vanilla syrup and rice milk). And the bar bites– most notably those Szechuan chimichurri beef, tom kha mushroom, coconut shrimp and Kung Pao chicken skewers– are without local peer.
The Golden Tiki: The Golden Tiki is less a bar and more a liquid theme park. Instagrammers come here and lose their hashtags over the grotto-styled walls, whimsical tiki carvings, prop skeletons, shrunken heads, classic Disney antiques, giant oyster-shell chair and ceiling of LCD “stars.” (Not to point out a knife that once came from Hunter S. Thompson, happily displayed over the bar.)
Image credit: Mikayla Whitmore The Golden Tiki. Service market folk come here to let their hair down after their gambling establishment shifts. Hipsters come here for the burlesque efficiencies and for the live browse, garage and exotica beats.
And you need to go there for the refreshments, which vary from the mild (you can get a Dole Whip here) to the borderline flammable (Piranha Punch: Coruba Dark rum, apricot liqueur, fresh lime, orange and strawberry puree).
The Golden Tiki lies at 3939 Spring Mountain Roadway.
Tiki di Amore: Old-school Italian restaurant Casa di Amore may be the last location you ‘d believe to try to find a tiki bar, but that’s simply where you’ll find this charmingly gaudy outdoor patio lounge.
Tiki di Amore offers a beverage menu of time-tested tiki classics– the Blue Hawaiian, the Zombie, the Bermuda Rum Swizzle– and a food menu that includes delicious appetizers and pizzas from Casa’s fantastic kitchen area. Significance: You might get a Mai Tai, pair it with fried calamari or a margherita pizza, and enjoy it below the tentacles of a huge “octopus.”
It can be a little toasty sometimes– remember, it’s an outdoor patio bar– however the “always-happy-hour” prices make it worth the journey.
Tiki di Amore lies at 2850 E Tropicana Ave.
Jammyland: If for no other reason, you ought to visit this minimalist Arts District bar for the bread. Their Jamaican flatbread– determined on the menu as “Buss Up Shut”– is a real treat, and when you pair it with Chef Bubba Grayer’s chicken or shrimp curry, the experience verge on the divine.
However there are other needs to come here, much of them: the well-curated playlist of timeless and modern reggae and ska; the giant murals that basically tell the whole story of Jamaican music; and, naturally, the beverages– some made with unusual spirits, all them skillfully prepared.
Their Mai Tai– Appleton Estate 12-Year rum, Rhum Clemént VSOP and lime, with housemade curaçao and orgeat– is as transportive as a top-notch airplane ticket to Kingston.
Jammyland lies at 1121 S Main St.