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Tiki Ti, Los Angeles

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The Tiki Ti is a Polynesian-themed tiki bar on Sunset Boulevard, in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles.

Established in 1961 by Ray Buhen, the Tiki Ti's only employees, Mike Sr. and Mike Jr. Buhen are also the sole owners. The establishment is only open part of the week, closing instead on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. The bar is a well known stop as an underground landmark, often serving as a prelude stop before attending other clubs in the popular Silverlake/Hollywood area. The bartenders are known for their "heavy" pours and specialty drinks like the "Blood and Sand," where patrons synchronously yell "Toro, Toro, Toro" while the drink is topped off with tequila, an homage to the 1941 Tyrone Power film about bullfighting. The other chanting drink is the "Uga Booga" where patrons yell "ooga booga" as the drink is being prepared.

The Tiki Ti does not have a happy hour, but on Wednesdays the "Ray's Mistake" cocktail is reduced in price. Also on that day, Mike will raise a toast to his father, Ray Buhen. The strongest drink is purported to be the "Stealth."

Although the Tiki-Ti does not serve typical bar cocktails such as the martini, the cosmopolitan or beer, their drink menu does consist of over 80 exotic drinks—many of which are originals. Drink names are colorful and include Yellow Bird, Laka Nuki, Bayanihan, Bonnie & Clyde and the Missionary's Downfall, just to name a few. For those who cannot decide what drink to choose, the bar offers a wheel that patrons can spin to help them make up their mind.
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  • So...the place opened at 4pm--we had been visiting with our son and decided to drop in for a drink...when we arrived at 345, there were already 6 people waiting to get in! By the time we got out of...  more »
  • This little gem is an absolute must if you’re a fan of tiki drinks and flare (or alcohol and happy hours in general). Such a fun atmosphere and dynamite drinks made for a wonderful Wednesday night...  more »
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  • Amazing experience!!! Super packed but managed to get a seat at the bar in about ten minutes. The view is spectacular, the service was great especially considering how busy it was, and the crowd is super hip. Now let's talk about the drinks. Hands down some of the most creative and delicious cocktails I have ever tasted. 10/10.
  • This is such a wonderful space! The artists on display are different from what I have seen in other galleries and the events held here are so much fun. The employees are always striving to accommodate the needs of everyone and can solve most if not all problems that arise with patience and efficiency.

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