Hala Kahiki

River Grove, IL
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2834 River Rd
River Grove, IL
Opened in 1966
Mon-Tue 6pm-2am
Wed-Fri 4pm-2am
Sat 4pm-3am
Sun 4pm-2am
(708) 456-3222

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Hala Kahiki



by 185 people



Everyone You
Decor 9.7
Drink Quality 6.9
Drink Selection 8.9
Mood 9.4
Music 8.1
Product Quality 8.1
Product Selection 8.3
Service 8.4
Tikiness 9.7
Tilt 8.7
Vibe 8.6

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Humuhumu’s description

Hala Kahiki was opened in 1966 by Stanley and Rose Sacharski when they decided they wanted to get out of the funeral home business, and is still run by their family. Tucked away in a quiet suburb, Hala Kahiki is a beautiful classic tiki bar. The layout is sprawling but feels subdued and intimate. Witco carvings are featured heavily throughout the dimly-lit bar. The extensive drink menu tends toward the sweet and low-octane... consider bringing a flask to perk your drinks up a bit. The gift shop is large and includes a section of vintage clothing. Hala Kahiki was one of the stops during Exotica 2003, where Sven Kirsten gave a presentation on the art of Witco.


Lady Kai
Lady Kai is a semi-regular at Hala Kahiki.
April 15, 2019, 6:41 PM
This is one of my favorite mellow places to hang and have a cocktail. Itís generally quiet before 7pm and I donít need to be wasted to enjoy the Witco museum that it is. Drinks are better than before, but I go to be encased in the tropical setting. Itís also one of the few places that keeps the music tiki related - no hip hop and B96 dance grooves here...
Rub the belly of the Buddha at the bar for good luck!
Kimberry226 is a regular at Hala Kahiki.
October 13, 2018, 6:38 PM
I have been coming here for along time.
Great tiki ďescapeĒ vibe good drinks, not fresh juices all pre made BUT still good. I think the liquor is cheap because I usually have a headache the next day even after just 2 drinks. I still love this place itís my favorite out of all the ones I had been too. It is very old and I think the carpet is the original from the 60ís they really need too invest in new flooring because it smells of mold. 50 plus years of Chgo winters a million wet snowy boots.........
The Porkchop Express
The Porkchop Express has visited Hala Kahiki.
August 14, 2018, 10:18 AM
This bar has a wonderful collection of witco and it is nicely decorated. End of praises... The drinks were bad and some were downright gross. I had a Mai Tai and a Zombie and neither could even be compared to a real Mai Tai or Zombie. They weren't busy when I was there, so I am not chalking this up to being rushed.
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