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Tiki-Ti

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4427 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Opened in 1961
Wed-Sat 4pm-2am
Closed Mon, Tue, Sun
(213) 669-9381

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Tiki-Ti

9.3

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Decor 9.5
Drink Quality 9.6
Drink Selection 9.9
Mood 9.4
Music 7.8
Service 9.2
Tikiness 9.6
Tilt 9.6
Vibe 9.3

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Humuhumu’s description

This famous little bar is a Los Angeles institution—opened in 1961 by Ray Buhen, it is now owned and operated by Ray's son Mike Buhen and grandson Mike Buhen, Jr.
The Tiki-Ti drink menu has over 80 drinks, but picking one can feel a little bit like picking a race horse—the menu is divided into sections for the base alcohols, but beyond that, it's just a list of colorful names. These recipes are closely guarded family secrets. There are plenty of classic cocktails on the menu, but many of the drinks are the creation of Ray or his son or grandson. One of Ray's creations, Blood & Sand, is named for the Tyrone Power bullfighting film by the same name, and as it is being mixed the bar's patrons call out "Toro, Toro!" Mike or Mike will happily take the time to ask you a few questions and guide you to a drink you're sure to like.
On Wednesdays, a tribute is made to Ray—a bell is rung five times, and the whole bar stops what they're doing to toast to Ray.
For decades, Tiki-Ti was owner-operated, with no employees, making it one of the very few places in California that could allow smoking. In June 2015, the Buhens hired their very first employee, longtime regular Greg Bansuelo, to help behind the bar. Smoking is no longer permitted at Tiki-Ti.
The Buhens close the bar when they go on vacation; be sure to check the Tiki-Ti website's calendar to make sure they are open before you stop by. Tiki-Ti is extremely small (just 12 barstools and a small handful of tables), and is incredibly popular—if you don't like crowds, be sure to get there right as it opens, preferably on a Wednesday. Be sure to bring plenty cash—they don't accept credit cards.

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Stephanie
Stephanie has visited Tiki-Ti.
February 26, 2018, 8:13 AM
Visited this bar on a Saturday night around 8:30pm. Perhaps it would have been a different experience on another, less busy night. Because I didn’t really enjoy this bar much at all due to the amount of people crammed into such a tiny space! Luckily I snagged a table by being near it when the prior occupants were ready to leave, but it wasn’t necessarily the best situation either due to being crowded by all the standing patrons in the bar. It definitely made me feel claustrophobic! It’s unfortunate that this was the situation because otherwise the bar seemed awesome. The drinks were tasty, well made, and decently priced. The decor was very well done (love the mug collection and the little water feature!). I would highly recommend visiting in off hours if you’re planning to make a trip to Tiki Ti!
TikiFunk
TikiFunk is a semi-regular at Tiki-Ti.
October 10, 2017, 10:19 PM
We've been twice in the last 8 months to Tiki Ti and had a blast both times. The first time the three of us pounded through six drinks apiece... whew. That was a night. Tiki Ti drinks are made in the most traditional way possible . They taste phenomenal, especially considering that while the juices are top notch but the booze is usually lower tier Barton's rum with floats of Corba Dark. I think that they use Lemon Hart 151 .... or maybe Goslings 151 ... I think another visit is necessary to scope out what they are using. All of the times I've gone it's turned out that the bar is too busy to talk to Mark or either Mike. So I'm gonna have to try for a week day. Great bar. Great history. Great drinks. A+
July 4, 2017, 6:40 PM
So I'm new to the tiki scene. Trader Sam's at Disneyland is my favorite tiki bar. The Undertow in Phoenix is number two with The Tonga Hut and Bootlegger Tiki in Palm Springs tied at number three. So, some context for my rating. Tiki Ti was clearly cool, and you certainly could feel the history there, but it was not my cup of tea-with regards to the bar as a whole. It was a little too divey for my taste. The Ray's Mistake was truly special and will certainly be one of the best tiki drinks I ever have. The Zombie did not strike me as much of a Zombie:( My wife and a Navy Grog that was certainly quality. That said, it was worth the visit, but I didn't connect with the space like I have with other tiki bars. FWIW.
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