- $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.
What some people are buzzing about:
92% of 2,792 customers recommend
“Call or email ahead to reserve a table for a large group. It gets busy after 9 on weekends. Great drinks and lots of fun.”
“Lots of drinks to choose from Friendly service”
“Eat big meal before you go - they don't serve food and drinks can be strong!!! Great spot - always a great time”