Tropic like its hot: The best tiki bars in metro Atlanta

Located in the lower level of the Hilton Atlanta hotel, Trader Vic’s is a tropical getaway nestled in downtown Atlanta.
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Tiki bars are known for their extravagant cocktails and aesthetic ambiance inspired by Polynesian culture, combined with a retro feel. Donn Beach and Victor Bergeron originally pioneered the concept of a tiki bar not long after the Prohibition era ended, around the late 1930s and early 1940s. In fact, Victor Bergeron became known as “Trader Vic,” operating one of the most prominent tiki brand names in the world. Today, Atlanta boasts one of two Trader Vic’s in the United States (the other being in Emeryville, California).

While Atlanta has seen many tiki bars come and go in the past few years (RIP to Tiki Tango and Tiki Iniki), the city still offers plenty of tiki-inspired getaways. We’ve gathered a list of tiki bars and tiki-inspired menus for you to sip back and relax.

Trader Vic’s

Located in the lower level of the Hilton Atlanta hotel, Trader Vic’s is a tropical getaway nestled in downtown Atlanta. Trader Vic’s is located in 17 countries around the world, and this location happens to be only one of two in the United States. Each location has its own local flair – in the Atlanta location, enjoy a Peachtree Punch, a fun fishbowl drink made of light rum, orange, coconuts and a “soft southern whisper of peach.” Sipping on a Mai Tai is also a must because the drink is based on its original recipe invented by Trader Vic himself in 1944. Pair the potent potion of your choice with a diverse fusion cuisine incorporating flavors of East Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

Location: Downtown - 255 Courtland St NE; Website: tradervicsatl.com; Contact: 404-221-6339

The S.O.S. Tiki Bar

You’ll find “exotic eats and unsinkable spirits” at this tiki enclave located just off Decatur Square. S.O.S. Tiki Bar boasts “tropical luxury” with its expansive menu of tiki-inspired drinks in signature mugs and fishbowls that serve up to eight friends. Come hungry, too - S.O.S. Tiki Bar offers a food menu by Mushi-ni featuring dumplings, baos, bowls and more.

Location: Decatur - 340 Church St; Website sostiki.com; Contact: 404-377-9308

Bon Ton

This Vietnamese and Cajun-inspired seafood joint in a quaint, painted house on Myrtle Street not only serves delicious food but also offers tiki-style drinks at its bar. From the Smoked Bourbon Mai Tai featuring pecan orgeat, orange curacao, lemon and smoked bourbon (of course) to the Broken Parachute, consisting of dark rum, cinnamon-infused mezcal, pineapple and pomegranate grenadine, “laissez les bon temps rouler” tiki-style at Bon Ton.

Location: Midtown - 674 Myrtle St NE; Website: bontonatl.com; Contact: 404-996-6177

The Bookhouse Pub

This nerdy pub on Ponce de Leon Avenue is named after the television show “Twin Peaks” and is also a subtle nod to tiki culture. In addition to books that adorn shelves on the wall, you’ll find tiki-inspired decorations scattered throughout, including on the patio. Order a drink such as Jungle Birds in a take-home tiki mug and pair it with a chorizo burger, Guinness mac and cheese and other pub fares.

Location: East Atlanta - 736 Ponce De Leon Ave NE; Instagram: @the_bookhousepub; Contact: 404-254-1176

Match Bar and Oven

Match Bar & Oven, located in downtown Atlanta, may not officially be a tiki bar, but it provides a Polynesian flair to its decorations and a selection of island-inspired drinks, such as the Match Flaming Margarita, served in a signature 18-oz glass, or the Flaming Bob Marley, made with five rums. You’ll feel like you’re by the beach while you sip on a drink while overlooking the Atlanta skyline from the restaurant’s rooftop.

Location: Downtown - 199 Walker St SW; Website: matchloungeatl.com; Contact: 404-228-1078

Margaritaville Atlanta

While not quite officially a tiki bar, downtown Atlanta’s Margaritaville aims to transport you to a tropical island getaway as an escape from the urban jungle. In addition to a plentiful array of margarita options (as the name would imply), Margaritaville’s drink menu offers many island-inspired rum concoctions, such as the Volcano Blast and Bahama Mama.

Location: Downtown - 155 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW; Website: margaritavilleatlanta.com; Contact: 470-781-2336

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