tiki restaurants

Say you want to escape the doldrums of daily life — but you can’t quite afford a trip to Hawaii. Why not to head to your local tiki bar for a sample of the South Seas?

These faux-Polynesian, palm-thatched rum palaces that were all the rage in the 1960s are now making a comeback. Leading this nouveau-tiki movement are Lost Lake and Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, Lei Low in Houston and Latitude 29 in New Orleans.

The newest, hippest island-themed establishment in Washington, D.C., is called Archipelago — and it’s tiki-kitsch to the max. There are glass fishing floats hanging from the ceiling. A lamp in the corner is shaped like a sexy hula dancer. And by the bar they’ve got a shrine dedicated to our favorite Hawaii-based TV private investigator, the ‘80s-tastic Tom Selleck.

Let’s Talk Tiki Bars: Harmless Fun Or Exploitation?

Photo: Frank N. Carlson/Courtesy of Archipelago