For thirty years from the early 1930s Tiki was the King of the Cocktail world. Ignored and denounced by cultural critics of its time, Tiki was always a purely populist movement. With its decline in the seventies it came to be seen as an embarrassing lapse of taste.
Now in a post modern world, Tiki is back and creating a wave of interest around the world with barmen who are interested in the history and origins of cocktails. It also represents something a little exotic, something a little fun.
Surfing this new wave interest is Tiki Bar and Lounge in Richmond Melbourne where they are giving people exactly what they want, authentic Tiki cocktails and atmosphere.
Owners David Backler and Dianne Heywood-Smith have been working in corporate entertainment together for seven years, performing with their dance and comedy act “The Dry Martinis”. They have now opened their groovy studio to incorporate a funky cocktail lounge where you will be able to sip the fabulous and famous Tiki cocktails in their original and unadulterated form whilst enjoying late night professional cabaret performances selected from some of the best acts of the professional circuit.
Awash with the “forbidden sounds” of 1950s Polynesian pop lounge music, the bar features a vivid collection of Tiki cocktails served with the imitable fresh and far out Tiki presentation. classic cocktails and of course martinis. Head barman “Cocktail Kev”, a self confessed Tiki culture enthusiast runs a cocktail journalism podcast “Soused”. His approach is all attention to detail and authenticity and research behind the recipes. Fresh ingredients and above all prepared with the heart, soul and rhythm of “New Tiki“.
It’s all about having a little fun……