Hold the mojito, Little Havana turns Polynesian for a change. The newest bar on Calle Ocho, Casa Tiki, brings everything South Pacific to the historic Cuban neighborhood.
The Homecookin ‘Hospitality Group (the group behind Drunken Dragon, Foxhole and Racket) followed their general way of working on this latest project – leave a nondescript entrance that leads to a themed adult playground. Walking through the door takes you to an imaginary location on the islands of Hawaii and Tahiti.
Inside is a multi-purpose room dominated by a large 180 degree bar with a thatched roof on one side and a lounge with a small stage on the other (we can only hope that some kind of fire dancer will take over soon ). Bamboo accents, rattan furniture, and ukuleles on the walls define the island scene. The atmosphere in Casa Tiki is very luau-after-dark with occasional steel guitar melodies or drumbeat to further reinforce the holiday feeling.
It all feels very tropical and exotic, but the real cherry is the drinks, which are mostly fruity and served in a variety of cute ceramic tiki mugs. Expect rum-based whipped creams and preparations with loads of ingredients and liquors to keep things lip-like sweet. Most are single-serving beverages, although several cocktails are also available in large-sized bowls for sharing. And if that all sounds like too much rum for your blood, Casa Tiki also sells beer.
Are you ready to pretend you’ve left Miami? Casa Tiki is located on 1728 SW 8th Street and is open Thursday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to midnight (or whenever there is curfew that day).
Photo: Casa Tiki
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