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4 Best spots for Tiki food and drinks in Atlanta


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Mai Tai’s, Poke and all the Tiki inspired decor you can imagine at these Atlanta tiki restaurants and bars.


Tiki Iniki Mai Tai and Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Hawkers Asian Street Food (located on the Atlanta beltline)

Hawkers, right on the Atlanta beltline, has several seating options. When the weather is nice, you can sit outside on the small patio tables or sit right at the outdoor bar. It’s great for people watching. But for Instagram worthy shots, be sure to sit on the inside near all the signage. On the Sunday afternoon when we visited, everyone was day drinking so no judgement as the cocktails go fantastically with the tiki fare at this Atlanta restaurant.


Hawkers on the Atlanta beltline is great Asian / Tiki fare!

Tasty tiki drinks are sure to please but don’t miss out on other Asian inspired drinks like the Malaysian Mule or Chinese Fire drill.


Come hungry as there are tons of dishes to try at Hawkers on the beltline

The menu at Hawkers is huge and we barely made it past the small plates. Korean fried chicken wings, a signature curry – Po Po Los with shrimp and and the fried wontons were all terrific starts to our meal.


Your Hawkers experience is not complete unless you have at least one noodle dish!

Trader Vic’s has fancy tiki food and cocktails

Located in the basement of the Hilton hotel downtown you’ll find Trader Vic’s. The spacious restaurant features a tiki theme throughout. And after a few Mai Tai’s you may just feel like you’ve been transported the South Pacific. Huge drinks with umbrellas are the perfect way to start your tiki experience here. Try the Kung Pao chicken, salmon or Rack of Lamb. DYK? Their Chinese wood fired oven dates back to the Han Dynasty?

Though there are several Trader Vic’s throughout the world, the Atlanta one was one of the originals, standing the test of time. They often have live music here too.

Tiki Iniki – this tiny spot is BIG on the tiki theme

Quite different from Trader Vic’s, is Tiki Iniki located in the Virginia Highland neighborhood in Atlanta. This small space is packed on the weekends with singles slurping down their $15 cocktails like the More Guns, More Gardens. However, go for dinner around 7 and you can easily snag a table and get some of their tasty tiki fare! All the  cocktails here (well the ones on the cocktail list) come in tiki glasses.


Pork Belly wraps at Tiki Iniki

Start your meal with the pork belly wraps. It was not much for two people, so I’d make two orders. We mopped up this delicious pork in minutes. We also order salmon two ways – topped on a bagel and beet cured. The latter was the best. I also enjoyed a poke bowl with tuna, rice, seaweed salad and sweet potato chips.


Salmon two ways at Tiki Iniki Atlanta

Visit the Tiki Iniki website here.

Bon Ton is another fantastic tiki spot with strong cocktails

bon ton atlanta tiki cocktails

Cocktails at Bon Ton are strong and well made!

Seafood rocks here at Bon Ton. Case in point is the shrimp burger pictured below. But we also had some Spicy Jicama & Papaya Salad that was outstanding. The charbroiled oysters at Bon Ton are quite delicious as well. So don’t miss them, or go with someone who doesn’t eat oysters (more for you!).


This shrimp burger was one of the best dishes we had at Bon Ton Boil House!

Tip: Make sure to read my warning about parking for when you visit Bon Ton – don’t get a parking ticket.


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Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!


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