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Cocktail from The Skip
Cocktail from The Skip
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Where to Drink Tiki Cocktails in Metro Detroit This Season

Don't forget the paper umbrellas

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Cocktail from The Skip
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

Tiki drink culture, a figment of early-20th Century nostalgia, is on the uptick and Detroit bars and restaurants are catching on. This spring, there are a whole host of places to visit to get Polynesian-themed cocktail groove on. Whether you are in downtown, Midtown or the 'burbs, there are some great choices for these fruity, rummy, and tropical warm weather sippers — with or without the umbrella.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Honi Honi Tiki Bar

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201-1/2
Ferndale, MI 48220

Honi Honi is a summer weekend-only experience on the patio at Ferndale's lauded cocktail bar The Oakland. The mai tais and daiquiris are budget-friendly and ideal to cool down on a warm night. For something a little fancier try the shareable Volcano. Michael Zadoorian, author of Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit, is a huge fan of their Zombie. "The new school take at Honi Honi even surpasses the Zombie from the lost and much lamented Kahiki of Columbus, Ohio. That says a lot."

2. Chin's Chop Suey

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28205 Plymouth Rd
Livonia, MI 48150
(734) 421-1627
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Detroit's iconic tiki destination Chin Tiki, is sadly a figment of the past, but the nostalgia lives on at Chin's Chop Suey in Livonia where you can partake in a variety of tropical drinks served in vintage tiki mugs with old-school Chinese food.

3. Two James Distillery

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2445 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

Check out the unique round bar of Two James and fulfil your tiki desires with the rye/tai cocktail — an adventurous marriage of rye, mescal, lime, ginger, pineapple, and Campari with a Peychaud's float.

4. The Sugar House

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2130 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-0123
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Fresh off its Bill Murray re-branding, Sugar House is at it again with a tiki-themed spring menu takeover. The gorgeous foldout menu features island-inspired cocktails like the cacao old fashioned but the Thrown Painkiller is right behind and equally amazing.

5. Mudgie's Deli

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1300 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2000
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While the bottled beer list (and soon to be tap system) is unrivaled, Mudgie's makes a mean cocktail as well. Check out the sweet and spicy If You're Not Into Yoga. Rum, chili, coconut and pineapple can't scream tiki any more if they tried.

6. The Standby

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225 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 736-5533
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With a deep cocktail list, you can't go wrong with anything at The Standby. For the tiki hunter out there, check out the rum-based Crimes of Passion or the eye-catching, shareable Fabonacci's Curse served in a giant bronze pineapple.

7. The Skip

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1234 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226

Frozen drinks are more often than not, too sweet, but The Skip (Standby's outdoor cocktail lounge) has engineered a formula that for slushy cocktails that defies this pattern. Grab a Frozen Jungle Bird, an ice cold, tiki-inspired glass of heaven and take full advantage of patio season.

8. Vertical Detroit

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You might think this is only a wine bar but you would be wrong. On the last Thursday of every month, this oenophile's dream turns into a tiki bar. Olivene — named after the owner's mother — is a signature cocktail with Jamaican rum, Cynar, lime Amaretto, and elderflower.

9. The Peterboro

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420 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-1111
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Not the new kid on the block anymore, this Chinese fusion spot has made quite the name for itself and the bar program is standout. Belly up and order a Coconut Telephone. It's aged rum, laphroaig, pineapple, coco lopez and allspice. You might not be familiar with all the ingredients but the flavors will help transport you to a paradise state of mind.

1. Honi Honi Tiki Bar

201-1/2, Ferndale, MI 48220

Honi Honi is a summer weekend-only experience on the patio at Ferndale's lauded cocktail bar The Oakland. The mai tais and daiquiris are budget-friendly and ideal to cool down on a warm night. For something a little fancier try the shareable Volcano. Michael Zadoorian, author of Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit, is a huge fan of their Zombie. "The new school take at Honi Honi even surpasses the Zombie from the lost and much lamented Kahiki of Columbus, Ohio. That says a lot."

201-1/2
Ferndale, MI 48220

2. Chin's Chop Suey

28205 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150

Detroit's iconic tiki destination Chin Tiki, is sadly a figment of the past, but the nostalgia lives on at Chin's Chop Suey in Livonia where you can partake in a variety of tropical drinks served in vintage tiki mugs with old-school Chinese food.

28205 Plymouth Rd
Livonia, MI 48150

3. Two James Distillery

2445 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Check out the unique round bar of Two James and fulfil your tiki desires with the rye/tai cocktail — an adventurous marriage of rye, mescal, lime, ginger, pineapple, and Campari with a Peychaud's float.

2445 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

4. The Sugar House

2130 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Fresh off its Bill Murray re-branding, Sugar House is at it again with a tiki-themed spring menu takeover. The gorgeous foldout menu features island-inspired cocktails like the cacao old fashioned but the Thrown Painkiller is right behind and equally amazing.

2130 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

5. Mudgie's Deli

1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226

While the bottled beer list (and soon to be tap system) is unrivaled, Mudgie's makes a mean cocktail as well. Check out the sweet and spicy If You're Not Into Yoga. Rum, chili, coconut and pineapple can't scream tiki any more if they tried.

1300 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48226

6. The Standby

225 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

With a deep cocktail list, you can't go wrong with anything at The Standby. For the tiki hunter out there, check out the rum-based Crimes of Passion or the eye-catching, shareable Fabonacci's Curse served in a giant bronze pineapple.

225 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

7. The Skip

1234 Library St, Detroit, MI 48226

Frozen drinks are more often than not, too sweet, but The Skip (Standby's outdoor cocktail lounge) has engineered a formula that for slushy cocktails that defies this pattern. Grab a Frozen Jungle Bird, an ice cold, tiki-inspired glass of heaven and take full advantage of patio season.

1234 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Vertical Detroit

Detroit, MI 48226

You might think this is only a wine bar but you would be wrong. On the last Thursday of every month, this oenophile's dream turns into a tiki bar. Olivene — named after the owner's mother — is a signature cocktail with Jamaican rum, Cynar, lime Amaretto, and elderflower.

9. The Peterboro

420 Peterboro St, Detroit, MI 48201

Not the new kid on the block anymore, this Chinese fusion spot has made quite the name for itself and the bar program is standout. Belly up and order a Coconut Telephone. It's aged rum, laphroaig, pineapple, coco lopez and allspice. You might not be familiar with all the ingredients but the flavors will help transport you to a paradise state of mind.

420 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201

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