I fell in love with the tiki aesthetic when I was a wide-eyed kid inside the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. Each year, my family and I would also stay at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas and I developed a weird obsession with its heavily embellished hibiscus flower and palm frond decor, along with all the frozen drinks inside hurricane glasses, garnished with mini umbrellas. (Wasn't allowed to drink them of course - but I was fascinated just the same.) When I finally became of drinking age, (yay!) the first bar I frequented was The Lucky Tiki in Mission Hills. As soon as I walked in, I was in love. The cocktails, bartenders, interior, and the atmosphere were everything I ever wanted in a bar! It became my weekly haunt and favorite place... Until it closed. And now, many years later, the world of tiki is still beloved to me with its delicious libations, kitschy decor, and sometimes over-the-top gaudy accouterments. I've also become quite impressed with the magic of the Tiki Ohana and have met some amazing people that I'm proud to call friends.
TikiBri has been to 38 of the locations in Critiki: