great bartender, somewhat nice other girl bartenders, reasonable prices, great place, beautiful tiki, pretty bad skin, loved regulars
old and dingy.
The venue seemed old and not very clean... I liked the tiki theme but have seen better. The crowd wasn't what I expected. Larger girls, the bartenders weren't very attractive, they all looked old and tried to hard to be friendly...
The music was interesting but not very dance-ish...
Best Underground Valley Tiki Bar. It was Saturday Night...I went for a drink with a friend from out of town to check out the TIKI scene in the Valley. To my surprise there was a fun crowd, a DJ playing surf, exotica, rockabilly, lounge, and a llitle bit of punk. The crowd was mostly young and into tiki. I had one of the best Mai Tai's I'd ever had, and the bartender was real nice! The bartender said that the DJ comes every week on Saturdays and the rest of the time there is a good juke box to pick tunes. Now that this place is my local bar I will be there more often. This place is great for groups and partys because they have a bunch of booths and the decor is awesome. A beautiful fountain, tiki gods everywhere, with a relaxed tropical lounge vibe!!! Go and bring friends. We have to keep the cool tiki bars alive.
Tiki Haven in NoHo. Checked this place out last Thursday night. From what I was told there have been a lot of changes made. Beer signs have been replaced by polynesian style artwork, the jukebox actually has tiki and 60's lounge music along with newer stuff, they have a tropical drink menu and serve the drinks in tiki mugs. The bartender was nice and made an honest drink...and the prices are reasonable. Cheap happy hour specials go until 7pm. Overall, a very cool place, laidback. Its open all day but apparently the younger crowd comes in after 6pm.
tiki is makin a comeback in NoHo. This little bar has quite the atmosphere. Checked it out on New Year's for a few pre-party drinks and found to my surprise a cool spot with great prices. They had a dj spinning on turntables and great music. The regulars were cool, just a laid back kind of place. No shorting the customer either on alcohol, drinks are served just right. I will be visiting again.
Check out the Tonga Hut..... They have new owners who are really making this little dive bar - into quite the hidden hot spot of the valley. The Tonga Hut has reasonably prices, strong drinks and great bartenders. Absolutely loved the tiki decor with a bamboo-ridged drop ceiling... not the mention the 9 foot tiki-god made of stone. From what I heard, the new owners are slowly restoring the Tonga Hut back to some of its original glory.
the friendliest island in the world. Tonga Hut is absolutely divine. I moved to the valley from NYC in April and I've been looking for a place like this. Smoking ok; a cute, nice bartender who buys rounds; a jukebox featuring Toto and a parquet dance floor; tiki gods and bamboo torches and climbing ivy and bowling trophies. Cheap, strong drinks; cold beer; interesting local crowd; and a PRISTINE ladies room which also had a surprisingly AVANT GARDE art exhibition hanging in it. Lucky for me my good pal Julie found the listing for Tonga Hut on citysearch. When we read bethwells review for it, with an atmosphere rating of 1 and a description of the patrons as "chain-smokers and career drunks", we knew we had to check it out. And I'm very happy we did.
Not Tiki Chic!. Looking for that cool scene in the valley, look somewhere else. Aside from the tiki god in front, there is little to keep you at this hole. The career-drunks and chain-smokers have taken over this watering hole and turned it into something nasty.
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