clock menu more-arrow no yes
Cocktail hour in a Hawaii Tiki Lounge, mai tai beverages served in tiki face glasses, ice cold with paper umbrellas. Moment Open

The Best Tiki Bars for Your Make-Believe Tropical Christmas

View as Map
This advertising content was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and our sponsor, without involvement from Vox Media editorial staff.

Portland’s infamous gray, damp weather is practically the polar opposite of tropical, which is all the more reason to give the city’s beloved IPAs a rest and plan a tiki-drinking escape for the holidays. Swapping hot buttered rums for flaming cocktails served in fish bowls is the first step. Next thing you know, you’ll be having a Blue Christmas with a colored drink in hand to match. Here are 10 bars around the city where you can find the best in tiki, from classic to creative.

Read More

1. Rum Club

Copy Link
720 SE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 265-8807
Visit Website

Rum Club doesn’t bill itself as a tiki bar, though the black stylized bird wallpaper and vintage glassware evoke the spirit — plus when you namecheck a sugar cane liquor, you best deliver on tropical drinks. The Mai Tai, made with a secret blend of three rums, might jump out at first, but ignore the flash and go with a perfectly simple daiquiri that features BACARDÍ 8 Años rum, lime juice, and demerara syrup for a deeper, almost caramel flavor.

2. Hale Pele

Copy Link
2733 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 662-8454
Visit Website

This bar teeming with bamboo, flaming beverages, and a rainstorm soundtrack is ground zero for tiki nerds — and rum aficionados, in particular. Hale Pele stocks over 300 rums — yes, 300 — and if you drink 50 from the “Fire Drinkers Guide,” available at the bar, you’ll be inducted into the Loyal Order of Firedrinkers (a group that not only garners accolades but discounts too). The cocktails are handily coded by strength from “lightly delightful” to “KA-BOOM!!” Many drinks are from the classic tiki canon, complete with source and date citations, but share a little holiday cheer with an original like the communal Volcano Bowl (rum, citrus, pineapple, tropical spices) that can serve up to six.

3. The Alibi Tiki Lounge

Copy Link
4024 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 287-5335
Visit Website

In North Portland you’ll find the city’s only remaining first-wave tiki bar. It’s impossible to miss since the blazing neon advertising lottery and karaoke would seem more at home in downtown Vegas than the Pacific Northwest. This dark dive that is long past retirement age — it turned 70 this year! — is fairly well-preserved in all its thatched roof glory. Try the Banana Hammock, which blends tropical rum, banana liquor, curacao (sadly, orange not blue), and coconut cream, then is finished off with a plastic monkey garnish and a dash of tiki bitters, a cinnamon-and-allspice nod to 21st-century mixology.

4. No Bones Beach Club

Copy Link
3928 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 206-6485
Visit Website

A vegan tiki bar is the type of mashup that might make outsiders sigh, “Only in Portland,” but they would be wrong. (The original is in Seattle.) Hula and surfboard decor lend to the beachy vibe in this bilevel space. Flautas may include jackfruit and nachos are drizzled with cashew queso, but the cocktails are highly traditional. Say aloha to a Painkiller (dark rum, orange juice, cream of coconut, topped with grated nutmeg) that arrives in a ceramic shark head with a paper umbrella sticking out of its mouth.

5. Driftwood Room

Copy Link
729 SW 15th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 820-2076
Visit Website

More moody mid-century than tiki kitsch, this dimly lit bar in the Hotel Deluxe has survived mostly intact as the hotel has changed hands and upscaled over the years. The cocktail menu features mostly original creations rather than relying on the past, though some drinks are updated with flourishes, like the flaming Negroni. The Water’s Edge, using both dark rum and BACARDÍ rums, lemon juice, and demerara sugar, is topped with a perfect Portland-meets-Polynesia rum barrel-aged coconut stout from local Santiam Brewing.

6. Pépé le Moko

Copy Link
407 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 546-8537
Visit Website

This subterranean bar beneath the Ace Hotel is part of the new wave attempting to make passé drinks good again. In fact, bar manager Jeffrey Morgenthaler might deserve credit for starting this trend. Thought and care has gone into modernizing cocktails like Grasshoppers and Long Island iced teas into concoctions 21st-century drinkers would actually order, so naturally, they serve a Blue Hawaii (light rum, vodka, pineapple and lemon juices, blue curacao) that’s basically a lagoon in a glass.

7. Salvador Molly's

Copy Link
1523 SW Sunset Blvd
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 293-1790
Visit Website

Yes, this is a strip-mall restaurant with a seemingly conflicted identity. The grand unifier of food served from Jamaica, Hawaii, Thailand, and New Orleans (and more) is near-tropical climates, emphasized with palm trees and a vague pirate theme. You will care less about the culture clash when you get your hands on a slushy Lava Flow consisting of a thick pineapple and banana base spiked with BACARDÍ rum and swirled with a strawberry layer.

8. Saucebox

Copy Link
214 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 241-3393
Visit Website

This sprawling, clubby holdout made its name on Pan-Asian fare, and sure, you can get a lychee-tini but why would you when there is a perfectly good tiki section on the menu? Choose between the Halekulani Mai Tai with its blend of BACARDÍ rums, lemon and orange juices, plus orgeat over crushed ice, or a stiffer Zombie served appropriately in a tiki glass. (Some bars limit Zombie orders to two per person — that’s not the rule at Saucebox.) The drink combines light and dark BACARDÍ rums, passionfruit and pineapple juices, plus “Don’s Mix,” a once-secret ingredient concocted by Donn Beach, the drink’s inventor. Hint: It’s grapefruit and cinnamon syrup.

9. Da’ Hui

Copy Link
6504 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 477-7224
Visit Website

Portland has a surprising Hawaiian presence for a city that’s nowhere near Waikiki. Poke and spam musubi abound, but Da’ Hui is one of the few island-themed establishments that has a dedicated lounge. The dive is a mix of sports pub and local haunt with touches like a bamboo-clad bar and black velvet paintings of topless lovelies in leis and grass skirts (plus Elvis of course). Check in to see if it’s your lucky day with rotating drink specials that include piña coladas, Blue Hawaiis, or Mai Tais, or try something more dessert-like: The Da Hapa Haole uses Chila 'Orchata, a creamy cinnamon rum, and coffee, and comes crowned with whipped cream.

10. Gold Dust Meridian

Copy Link
3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 239-1143
Visit Website

One of the newer bars on this list, Gold Dust Meridian took over a mid-century office and worked with the architecture, highlighting the wood plank ceiling and beams to transform the space into the retro rec room of your dreams. Snag a black leather banquette and share a classic tiki Jungle Bird (dark rum, Campari, pineapple, lime) with friends. They call these oversize drinks with extra-long straws “Family Bowls,” so you can pretend getting tipsy is a wholesome activity.

This advertising content was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and our sponsor, without involvement from Vox Media editorial staff.

1. Rum Club

720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Rum Club doesn’t bill itself as a tiki bar, though the black stylized bird wallpaper and vintage glassware evoke the spirit — plus when you namecheck a sugar cane liquor, you best deliver on tropical drinks. The Mai Tai, made with a secret blend of three rums, might jump out at first, but ignore the flash and go with a perfectly simple daiquiri that features BACARDÍ 8 Años rum, lime juice, and demerara syrup for a deeper, almost caramel flavor.

720 SE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

2. Hale Pele

2733 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232

This bar teeming with bamboo, flaming beverages, and a rainstorm soundtrack is ground zero for tiki nerds — and rum aficionados, in particular. Hale Pele stocks over 300 rums — yes, 300 — and if you drink 50 from the “Fire Drinkers Guide,” available at the bar, you’ll be inducted into the Loyal Order of Firedrinkers (a group that not only garners accolades but discounts too). The cocktails are handily coded by strength from “lightly delightful” to “KA-BOOM!!” Many drinks are from the classic tiki canon, complete with source and date citations, but share a little holiday cheer with an original like the communal Volcano Bowl (rum, citrus, pineapple, tropical spices) that can serve up to six.

2733 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232

3. The Alibi Tiki Lounge

4024 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227

In North Portland you’ll find the city’s only remaining first-wave tiki bar. It’s impossible to miss since the blazing neon advertising lottery and karaoke would seem more at home in downtown Vegas than the Pacific Northwest. This dark dive that is long past retirement age — it turned 70 this year! — is fairly well-preserved in all its thatched roof glory. Try the Banana Hammock, which blends tropical rum, banana liquor, curacao (sadly, orange not blue), and coconut cream, then is finished off with a plastic monkey garnish and a dash of tiki bitters, a cinnamon-and-allspice nod to 21st-century mixology.

4024 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227

4. No Bones Beach Club

3928 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

A vegan tiki bar is the type of mashup that might make outsiders sigh, “Only in Portland,” but they would be wrong. (The original is in Seattle.) Hula and surfboard decor lend to the beachy vibe in this bilevel space. Flautas may include jackfruit and nachos are drizzled with cashew queso, but the cocktails are highly traditional. Say aloha to a Painkiller (dark rum, orange juice, cream of coconut, topped with grated nutmeg) that arrives in a ceramic shark head with a paper umbrella sticking out of its mouth.

3928 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

5. Driftwood Room

729 SW 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

More moody mid-century than tiki kitsch, this dimly lit bar in the Hotel Deluxe has survived mostly intact as the hotel has changed hands and upscaled over the years. The cocktail menu features mostly original creations rather than relying on the past, though some drinks are updated with flourishes, like the flaming Negroni. The Water’s Edge, using both dark rum and BACARDÍ rums, lemon juice, and demerara sugar, is topped with a perfect Portland-meets-Polynesia rum barrel-aged coconut stout from local Santiam Brewing.

729 SW 15th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

6. Pépé le Moko

407 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

This subterranean bar beneath the Ace Hotel is part of the new wave attempting to make passé drinks good again. In fact, bar manager Jeffrey Morgenthaler might deserve credit for starting this trend. Thought and care has gone into modernizing cocktails like Grasshoppers and Long Island iced teas into concoctions 21st-century drinkers would actually order, so naturally, they serve a Blue Hawaii (light rum, vodka, pineapple and lemon juices, blue curacao) that’s basically a lagoon in a glass.

407 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

7. Salvador Molly's

1523 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland, OR 97239

Yes, this is a strip-mall restaurant with a seemingly conflicted identity. The grand unifier of food served from Jamaica, Hawaii, Thailand, and New Orleans (and more) is near-tropical climates, emphasized with palm trees and a vague pirate theme. You will care less about the culture clash when you get your hands on a slushy Lava Flow consisting of a thick pineapple and banana base spiked with BACARDÍ rum and swirled with a strawberry layer.

1523 SW Sunset Blvd
Portland, OR 97239

8. Saucebox

214 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

This sprawling, clubby holdout made its name on Pan-Asian fare, and sure, you can get a lychee-tini but why would you when there is a perfectly good tiki section on the menu? Choose between the Halekulani Mai Tai with its blend of BACARDÍ rums, lemon and orange juices, plus orgeat over crushed ice, or a stiffer Zombie served appropriately in a tiki glass. (Some bars limit Zombie orders to two per person — that’s not the rule at Saucebox.) The drink combines light and dark BACARDÍ rums, passionfruit and pineapple juices, plus “Don’s Mix,” a once-secret ingredient concocted by Donn Beach, the drink’s inventor. Hint: It’s grapefruit and cinnamon syrup.

214 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

9. Da’ Hui

6504 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

Portland has a surprising Hawaiian presence for a city that’s nowhere near Waikiki. Poke and spam musubi abound, but Da’ Hui is one of the few island-themed establishments that has a dedicated lounge. The dive is a mix of sports pub and local haunt with touches like a bamboo-clad bar and black velvet paintings of topless lovelies in leis and grass skirts (plus Elvis of course). Check in to see if it’s your lucky day with rotating drink specials that include piña coladas, Blue Hawaiis, or Mai Tais, or try something more dessert-like: The Da Hapa Haole uses Chila 'Orchata, a creamy cinnamon rum, and coffee, and comes crowned with whipped cream.

6504 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

10. Gold Dust Meridian

3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

One of the newer bars on this list, Gold Dust Meridian took over a mid-century office and worked with the architecture, highlighting the wood plank ceiling and beams to transform the space into the retro rec room of your dreams. Snag a black leather banquette and share a classic tiki Jungle Bird (dark rum, Campari, pineapple, lime) with friends. They call these oversize drinks with extra-long straws “Family Bowls,” so you can pretend getting tipsy is a wholesome activity.

3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

Related Maps