The Tiki Bungalow, truly one of Beijing’s most iconic brands, hardly needs our help. Winner of the of Best Hutong Bar at Time Out Beijing’s 2016 Bar & Club Awards, the bar was ordered to close following a minor electrical complication a few months ago, but has found its feet once more with a location on the very same hutong – almost directly across the lane. Now in its fourth summer and third incarnation, this rumdrunk circus of faux-Polynesian fantasy is as visceral as ever, featuring the voodoo iconography and thatched grasswork of its erstwhile location and the soundtrack to match, led by hits of the brilliantly transportative post-war genre, Exotica.
The new Tiki Bungalow is a tad bigger and, notably, oriented lengthwise, making for way more access to the bar – a welcome new feature. Champions of the tiki cocktail gamut – including the to-die-for Painkilla and The Zombie – are mixed, as ever, with gorgeous rums and fresh fruits. It should be noted that much of the menu has seen a minor price increase, but other than that this is the same Tiki Bungalow you’ve spent countless nights in planning your tropical escape from Beijing, and boy does it feel great to be home.
By Frank Sweet