If the Tiki bar concept were to be born in modern times, it would be a complete PR disaster. Alas, it came to be back in 1933, designed to be a fun exaggeration of Polynesian island culture — appropriation, if you like. But the concept thrived for several decades in America before fizzling out and coming back in vogue the past couple of years.
There are two kinds of Tiki bars now: the gimmicky ones with overly-saccharine Mai Tais and the ones that take its homage to the drinking culture seriously, from sourcing the right bar decorations to recreating Tiki cocktails down to a T. But at the end of the day, it’s all about having a good, fun time at Tiki bars.
Most of the best Tiki bars in the world are, surprisingly, located in non-tropical countries and cities. But if you don’t find yourself heading over to America, we’ve rounded up five of the best Tiki bars in Asia you should check out for a selection of excellent rum and tropical cocktails.