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Tonga Hut

North Hollywood, CA
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12808 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA
Opened in 1958
Daily 4pm-2am
(818) 769-0708

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Tonga Hut

8.1

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by 294 people

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10

Detail
Everyone You
Decor 8.3
Drink Quality 8.2
Drink Selection 8.5
Mood 8.3
Music 6.9
Service 8.1
Tikiness 8.4
Tilt 8.3
Vibe 7.9

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Humuhumu’s description

Small bar in the middle of the San Fernando Valley with some absolutely fantastic tiki decor, with a bamboo-ridged drop ceiling, lovely green booths and some great carvings — but currently overcoming many years of decline as a generic dive bar (and not the cool kind), with blinking electronic dart boards and a large glowing jukebox filled with terrible music.
Ownership of Tonga Hut changed in February 2004, with no noticeable changes. The Tonga Hut changed hands again in November of 2005, and now things are looking quite a bit tiki-er, with the removal of beer signs, and vintage fountains running again after many years of dryness.
The new owners are dedicated to continuing improvements, and turning it back into the classic tiki bar it can be. In 2013, the owners opened a second location in Palm Springs
Tonga Hut
Palm Springs, CA
Bar & Restaurant
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Slowhandtikiman
Slowhandtikiman has visited Tonga Hut.
March 10, 2020, 2:14 AM
I visited on a Monday and Ian my bartender was EXCEPTIONAL!
Truly a master mixologist.
I had never visited Tonga Hut until tonight, and had a absolutely wonderful time, on a Monday!
This place wad busy with at least a dozen regulars, so I had fabulous chats with 6. or 7 of them as well as Ian
I do not think that I have ever felt as at home in a first time visit as I did this visit. The drinks were spot on, and perfectly fit with the vintage 1950's Tiki decor.
I can't see that Tonga Hut would ever be thought of as a " dive"
Bunzter
Bunzter has visited Tonga Hut.
October 2, 2019, 11:01 PM
"Classic" but doesn't necessarily equate to "Must do". Fair warning there's a jukebox here. Great rum selection, but the slinger behind the stick pours drinks like I'm back in college. Zero balance, all booze.
Malibu Marcie
Malibu Marcie is a semi-regular at Tonga Hut.
May 22, 2019, 10:38 PM
Tonga Hut is one of my favorites in Los Angeles. They do some great special nights and a favorite band The Glasgow Tiki Shakers play there once a month. Some of the best bartenders around.
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