Las Vegas, NEVADA
Venture off the beaten Las Vegas strip and enter a world of tropical enchantment at The Golden Tiki, a one-of-a-kind tiki bar located in Las Vegas' Chinatown district. A beloved haunt for both locals and tourists alike since opening its doors in 2015, this kitschy throwback haven is nestled amidst a bustling strip mall, making it the perfect hideaway to get delightfully boozy before venturing out to the neighboring pho joints, izakayas, or all you can eat sushi (AYCE sushi) for a late-night meal.
Inside, the captivating atmosphere of The Golden Tiki is a feast for the senses. The décor, handpicked by Creator Branden Powers, is a treasure trove of curiosities, featuring everything from Polynesian artifacts to risqué paintings of Powers and his wife, Lisa. The space is also home to an intriguing collection of shrunken heads, paying homage to individuals admired by Powers and the Tiki staff.
A Pirate's Life for Me
You'll be instantly captivated by the spellbinding atmosphere that evokes more "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride than island getaway. The Golden Tiki is adorned with intricate Polynesian artifacts, a stunning thatched roof, carved wooden totems, and vibrant tiki masks on the walls. The ambiance is further accentuated by the soothing sounds of waterfalls, a mesmerizing aquarium, and a collection of shrunken heads representing famous personalities.
This tropical haven is divided into four themed lounges, offering guests a diverse and captivating experience. Upon entering through the secret lava rock cave entrance, you'll be whisked away to areas such as The Pirates Lair, The Mermaid Cove, and The Headhunter's Village, complete with a 20-foot waterfall called Seamen Falls.
X Marks the Menu
Helmed by award-winning Beverage Director Adam Rains, the drink menu at The Golden Tiki features a tantalizing array of classic tiki cocktails and inventive new creations. Don't let the over-the-top atmosphere deceive you, these tropic concoctions are masterfully blended premium spirits with fresh fruit juices, syrups, and spices, crafting delectable and exotic libations that will transport you to a tropical paradise Expect flaming garnishes, artfully presented concoctions, and the occasional drink served in a hollowed-out pineapple. And for those in the know, The Golden Tiki also offers a secret menu—just be sure to ask when you visit.
Don't miss the Banana Batida, a delightful blend of Brazilian rum, banana liqueur, coconut cream, and fresh pineapple juice, topped with a sprinkle of nutmeg. Another must-try is their spin on the classic Zombie cocktail, which combines rum, apricot liqueur, lime juice, and a secret blend of spices to create a truly invigorating concoction. The menu is a treasure map for cocktail seekers. Asterisks serve as a useful signifier (some would say warning) of the alcohol content, and a flame emoji lets you know it comes served on fire! Though a single $1 will add fire to any drink of your choosing.
The Golden Tiki is more than just a bar – it's a vibrant hub for live entertainment. With an ever-changing program of events, you can expect ladies' nights, psychic healers, drink specials, and throwback DJ sessions throughout the week. Tuesdays are industry nights, perfect for mingling with fellow tiki enthusiasts.
Celebrities have also been known to frequent The Golden Tiki, like "Breaking Bad" stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, who sipped on tiki drinks made with their own Dos Hombres tequila and posed with their honorary shrunken heads.
Whether you're in search of a whimsical date night or a lively gathering with friends, The Golden Tiki is your go-to destination for an unforgettable, island-inspired adventure in Las Vegas. So, leave the hustle and bustle of the Strip behind, and embrace the magic of The Golden Tiki – where tiki dreams come to life, and every visit is a tropical escape. Photos: https://www.thegoldentiki.com/gallery