ANJALI PINTO/THREE DOTS AND A DASH
CHEF SHANGRI-LA
CLAYTON HAUCK/LOST LAKE
THE ORBIT ROOM
 TIKI TERRACE
VIRGINIA CARSTARPHEN/TRADER TODD’S
NICOLE BRUCE/Thrillist
NICOLE BRUCE/Thrillist
NICOLE BRUCE/Thrillist
NICOLE BRUCE/Thrillist
NICOLE BRUCE/Thrillist
ISLAND PARTY BOAT
NICOLE BRUCE/Thrillist
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1. Three Dots and a Dash 435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

Three Dots and a Dash is a tiki-themed speakeasy in the back of Bub City that's pouring out crazy tropical cocktails in vessels like glass skulls and treasure chests.

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2. Chef Shangri-La 7930 W 26th St North Riverside, Chicago, CA 60546

This 70’s style Tiki venue has Asian fusion specialities and popular island favorites like coconut fried shrimp po’ boy sliders, plus the super cheap tropical drinks you’ve been looking for. Elvis impersonators, Aloha Chicago’s hula dancers, and fire throwing performers put on shows here monthly, making it a festive atmosphere for swilling fruity drinks like the mysterious, neon green Dr. Fong.

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3. Lost Lake 3154 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Chicago Tiki mogul Paul McGee (of Three Dots and a Dash) is behind Lost Lake, a temple to all things Polynesian in Logan Square. The cocktail bar serves rum-soaked classics and originals, including daily daiquiri specials and group punches, in tiki mugs and volcano bowls. Decorated like the original Don's Beachcomber Cafe, Lost Lake is decked out with banana leaf wallpaper and thatched bamboo but doesn't have the kitschy vibe of many tiki bars.

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4. The Orbit Room 2959 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60645 (Avondale)

Relax in the stunning outside patio or survey the extensive cocktail list at the retro bar inside—you can’t go wrong at The Orbit Room. A surprisingly upscale bar for the neighborhood, the prices are reasonable and the décor is updated ‘70s tiki style. If you like strong drinks that come complete with tiny umbrellas, this is the place for you.

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5. The Tiki Terrace 1591 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60018

Amid the oversized palm fronds and totally Tiki kitsch, you won’t even remember you’re in a Des Plaines strip mall. Every Friday and Saturday night, their luau show, Echoes of Polynesia, features hula dancers and warrior chants from a variety of islands. Turns out, this is an awesome way to embarrass someone on stage for their birthday or anniversary.

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6. Trader Todd's 3216 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

At Trader Todd's you can sing karaoke, drink in a beer garden setting and make a fool of yourself all in one place. Grab a mic and a tiki-tropical drink and start singing.

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7. Kona Kai Tiki Lounge 334 Georgetown Square, Wood Dale, IL 60191

In Tahitian, the name of the quintessential Tiki cocktail “Mai Tai” apparently means “out of this world.” This Tiki lounge puts its own twist on Trader Vic’s original recipe from 1944, and they challenge you to find a better one. You could do that...or just stick around for any number of their live performances from iconic bands and vocalist groups, like The Drifters, and board the “Love Train” instead.

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8. Tong's Tiki Hut 100 E Roosevelt Rd #18, Villa Park, IL 60181

It can be difficult to sustain a Tiki-themed establishment for very long, but this mom-and-pop “hut” has been around for over 30 years. With a giant Easter Island Tiki head at its core, storefront windows, and doors covered entirely by bamboo, hanging decor like lobsters, “Tiki god” masks, woven fish traps, and large murals dedicated to the motif, the restaurant/bar caters to the dine-in and take-out crowd boasting the “best egg rolls” in town. And the piña colada might just have the creamiest coconut and rum blend you’ve ever tasted.

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9. Won Kow 2237 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616 (Chinatown)

All those Tiki cocktails can add up quickly, but this traditional Chinese abode has beverages that can easily accommodate two rum-guzzlers for the price of a single drink at other fine establishments in the city. Load up on some damn good dim sum while imbibing in giant, communal “volcano bowls” that include raised reservoirs filled with blazing 151 proof rum for $14 each.

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10. Paradise Club 7068 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60634

You’ll find a line-up of middle-aged men noshing on house sausages and potato chips while intently watching the Blackhawks at this quiet 60+ year old Polish dive with a Tiki flair. If you’re lucky, some patrons might take a break to tell you about the time they drank too many of the owner/bartender’s deadly Zombie Punches and saw Tarzan swinging in the Blue Lagoon painting. With most of the lights used to illuminate a few fish tanks in the place, you won’t exactly be able to see what you’re drinking, but you should be enjoying it with your eyes closed anyway. And, if you didn’t know it before you walked in, the lit sign by the bar will tell you, “This is a classy joint. Act respectable.”

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11. Malahini Terrace 321 75th St, Willowbrook, IL 60527

This Tiki joint with whimsical island decor has a mix of Chinese and Polynesian themed cuisine with tropical drinks and a lunch buffet for less than $7 each. Check out the Zodiac signs of various celebrities (did you know Sigmund Freud was a Dragon?) as well as your own while guzzling strong, fruity punches.

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12. Island Party Boat 400 East Monroe, Chicago, IL 60603

Tiki-philes can take their festivities to the next level via a waterslide-equipped Polynesian party barge out of Monroe Harbor. Seafaring groups of up to 36 people (and even their pooches) can cruise Lake Michigan and the river on one of eight vessels in the fleet, including the 50-foot Big Kahuna or smaller Polynesian. Once you’ve downed a few fruity margaritas, continue the party at their new Tiki hut on the Chicago Riverwalk, where they have a full bar and live music on Saturdays, not to mention the "Kahuna Burger" with fresh pineapple chutney.

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13. Island Party Hut 355 East Riverwalk South, Chicago, IL 60611

Located on the Chicago Riverwalk, this Tiki hut features a full bar, live music on Sundays, and a menu featuring tropical eats like its highly touted Kahuna Burger.

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14. Hala Kahiki Lounge 2834 River Rd, Grove , IL 60171

Named after a pineapple plantation in Hawaii, this lounge nobly sets a high torch for Tiki enthusiasts. Replete with soft glowing hula girl lamps, blowfish-turned-light fixtures, wooden statues, and an outdoor oasis, it’s a shrine to all things Tiki. Choosing from the pages of their extensive beverage menu is an adventure. Should you opt for the impressive Hala Kahiki in a frozen pineapple (and you should), it’ll be hard to pace yourself before you hit the bottom. But then you can ask for a spoon to finish it off as a rum-drenched slushie.