Get Tropical at These Fun-Loving Tiki Bars in Sydney
Masks, palm trees and enough tiny umbrellas to stave off a blizzard. You’ve probably guessed it by now… it’s tiki time! Grab your mates, grab a lei and prepare yourself for a good time because we’re about to go on a tropical journey through Sydney’s best tiki bars.
Bungalow 8 is always a good place to be. The burgers are hearty, the seafood fresh, and it really does look quite pretty when it’s all lit up at night. It’s not as overtly tikified as many such places, but the greenery, bamboo and cocktails more than bring the tropical vibes. On that note, try the Tiki Sunrise Jug, with Ketel One Citroen Vodka, Aperol, watermelon, orange, lemon, raspberry and soda. Lovely!
“Great bar and fun atmosphere, live music Saturdays.” – Hecster SS
Flirt with the darker side of tiki at Papa Gede’s, Sydney’s very own little voodoo hideaway. Candles, colonial furniture and many fascinating concoctions await you within, and we’re particularly fond of the Barbados Slim (inspired by everyone’s favourite limboing ladies’ man, of course). It’s made from real Jamaican rum, coconut, Campari, lemon, pineapple and plum bitters, and it’s simply delish.
“Love the vibe at this bar – from the moment you walk through the alleyway and enter the voodoo themed bar!! Amazing cocktails with plenty to choose from. Definitely my new favorite bar!” – LWJ_2210
Let’s take the colonial theme and supercharge it! With its beautiful entrance, winding red couches, classical chairs, antique cigar tins, grand old portraits and wood-panelled floor, The Lobo Plantation is straight out of Interview with the Vampire. It’s big, lively and the bar staff are awesome, and you should definitely try the Shipwreck cocktail (spiced rum, pineapple syrup, grapefruit, fire rum float).
“This place impressed right from the door. The door host was fun and welcoming, the fitout was on another level and an energetic bar team turned out the most delicious cocktails. Simply a must.” – jay-illy
Grandma’s Bar is apparently a “Retro-sexual haven of cosmopolitan kitsch and faded granny glamour”. Excellent. This cosy little gem also has a cheeky tiki thing going on, and its “Ultimate” Mai Tai may well be just that. 12 year-old Appleton rum, curacao, almond syrup, pineapple and bitters, set gloriously ablaze. The place has got some damn tasty jaffles, too! Just like granny used to make, in fact…
“walking in it very much felt like being at Grandma’s – retro furniture and drinks on doileys. Very professional staff though and a great range of cocktails. An excellent place to stop for a drink and a chat.” – 4chillis
Tucked away in the Kirketon Hotel, Eau De Vie is a slick, mood-lit sanctuary of dark wood and expert mixology. It’s a wonderfully relaxed and intimate place to bring a special someone, particularly if you go for the Any Port in a Storm punch cocktail. It’s packing genever, white port, ginger and mint stem syrup, Amaro Montenegro and lime, and comes with fruits and edible flowers. Perfect for sharing!
“Sometimes when you have had dinner in Darlinghurst Rd you want to go to a bar that takes you away from the busy crowds of the local pubs. Eau de Vie is the perfect location to have a relaxing cocktail in a beautiful environment that has a beautiful atmosphere. Friday and Saturday are busy and can mean that you will need to wait a while for a cocktail but you won’t be disappointed.” – ChristinaCo.