A big thanks to Carole and Andy Mikonis for inviting us into their home and serving us cocktails that transported us from the pre-Spring Chicago doldrums to tropical vistas. We enjoyed every minute of our time sipping Mai Tais and snapping pictures. It was a good reminder for us: forget the egos, first and foremost, making cocktails and gathering round the bar should be fun.
You have a great story behind the naming of your bar. Can you share it with us?
Why a tiki-bar?
How did you score all this awesome stuff? Are they stow-aways from your Hawaiian travels or relics from now defunct tiki bars?
Any tips for us on creating our own version of Hoku's Hideaway?
We’re trying to capture that 1950’s-60’s Polynesian Pop aesthetic. For inspiration, I recommend the Tiki Central forums at tikiroom.com. People post all kinds of old photos of the mind-blowing interiors some of these places had, as well as new places, home bars, and other related topics. If you want to get serious, look for a copy of The Book of Tiki, which is out of print, and Tiki Modern, both by Sven Kirsten.
As cocktail aficionados, what tiki bar history should we know?
Can you give us a favorite recipe?