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 155 people



Everyone You
Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 6.6
Drink Selection 8.7
Mood 9.5
Music 8.1
Product Quality 8.5
Product Selection 8.6
Service 8.2
Tikiness 9.8
Tilt 8.8
Vibe 8.3

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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.


Raider273 has visited Hala Kahiki.
March 17, 2018, 10:37 AM
Wife and I made a point of trekking out to Hala Kahiki the evening of Friday, March 9, 2018, while visiting Chicago. Well worth the trip. Drinks were solid (not great), but the decor, service and vibe were outstanding. Almost like a time capsule to to tiki bars of days gone by.

The co-owner took time to chat with us and as others have noted, the place has a kind of 'friends' feel to it, like you could come back a year later and feel like a regular.
JCorduroy has visited Hala Kahiki.
November 6, 2017, 8:30 AM
In town for a few days, and experienced a few of Chicago's tiki bars. I expected to enjoy myself at the Hala Kahiki, but I didn't expect to fall head over heels with it.

The exterior is amazing, with Tiki represented all over the outside. Entering the bar, and I was overwhelmed with what was there. It's a Witco museum, with stunning pieces all over the place, and amazing bamboo and texture everywhere. Our server was fantastic, and the drinks we had were spectacular.

The vibe of the place was off the charts - everyone felt like a regular and even though it was my first time in the bar, I felt like I'd be welcomed back without question. The music was amazing, and getting a seat next to the courtyard with the combination of the interior lighting and the natural lighting coming in from the picture window was awesome.

The gift shop was awesome, with a huge mix of clothing, decor, booze, and mugs. I took home a rum barrel for me, and a sculpted glass for the little dude. Awesome place, amazing experience.
NeilSmith has visited Hala Kahiki.
September 23, 2017, 11:50 AM
This bar is over 50 years old, it's kind of like a Witco Museum inside. A must visit for any Tiki enthusiast.
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