Stop right there – we know what you’re thinking. A Tiki bar? In Beijing? With grass and parrots on the wall? Must be a short-lived joke, right? Actually, no. This is the real deal. High quality (and high alcohol content) Tiki cocktails in a carefully designed tropical hideaway – this is very much worth putting your grass skirt on for.
We never got over the short, rum-soaked kiss that was the first Bungalow bar. After a brief stint this summer in a hutong, the phone box sized Bungalow bar was promptly shut down. Phoenix like, it has resurrected itself. This time it’s bigger, tiki-er and boozier than ever.
Tiki Bungalow Bar is small, but exotically formed. Bedecked with enough details to fill a tropical island, you’re soon in the mood. The menu has dozens of Tiki cocktails, plus classics and then there’s the specials and even HOT COCKTAILS – ask for a Hot Zombie. We’re not Tiki experts (who is?), but we know a good drink when we get one. And clearly the glassware adds to the whole experience.
Such an extensive range of drinks needs a lot of ingredients, with some so hard to come by that they have to get friends visiting China to bring certain liquors in their luggage, owner Phil Tory tells us. They have a local customer who’s so delighted to see such a range of rums that he comes over and over, working his way along the shelves.
Drinks are all around 50RMB and killer-strong to boot. If you’re new to the whole Tiki concept, this is a great place to learn – sip by rum-filled sip.
Knock yourself out at the Tiki Bungalow Bar: 34 Jiaodaokou Bei Santiao, Dongcheng district (Tel: 155-1024-7991)
Or if beer’s more your thing, join us for a boozy tour of Beijing’s best taprooms.