- $15 for $30 worth of tropical appetizers and drinks
- See the menu.
Rose and Stanley Sacharski never meant to open a tiki bar. Their first watering hole, The Lucky Start on Fullerton and Lockwood, was a simple neighborhood tavern until some bamboo wall coverings inspired endless questions from customers: were they a tiki bar? By 1963, the Sacharskis decided their answer was yes, and let their young son pick a new name—Hala Kahiki—from a copy of Dennis the Menace Goes to Hawaii.
Now located inside a former greenhouse in River Grove, Hala Kahiki pours more than 100 tropical-themed cocktails, mingling rum with daiquiris and gin with tropical fruits. Hanging shells sway above the bamboo-lined bar, and rattan lampshades and cane chairs evoke the pleasures of an endless Hawaiian summer. Tables and chairs dot a spacious outdoor garden, and an on-site gift shop stocks Hawaiian shirts, leis, wood-hewn lamps, and several former cast members of Gilligan's Island.
92% of 2,841 customers recommend
“Sometimes it could be a little packed but never fear, you'll be seated quickly! Also, ID's must be brought to enter”
“Great experience They have a variety of drinks You want to try a bit of everything! Wonderful ambience, takes you back to Hawaii”
“They don't serve food, only chips and they have complimentary pretzels. Plus they have really good drinks and service”