clock menu more-arrow no yes
Courtesy Kanaloa

Where to Sip Tropical Tiki Cocktails in Houston

These cocktails are like a vacation in a glass

View as Map

If you like pina coladas, Houston has you covered. The tiki craze that dominated cocktail, furniture, and fashion trends in the middle of the last century has officially retaken its place in the American bar scene. That’s especially true in the Bayou City, where rum bars with bamboo interiors and tropical cocktails have been steadily cropping up in the last 5 years.

With summer fast approaching, these 12 tiki cocktails will transport drinkers to exotic locales when a beachy escape just isn’t in the budget.

Is your favorite tiki-themed cocktail missing from this map? Shout it out in the comments.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lei Low Bar

Copy Link
6412 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 380-2968
Visit Website

Houston’s vanguard tiki bar has paved the way for every Polynesian themed paradise that followed. The mai tai here, nutty and stout, is the city’s best, but Lei Low has a multi-page menu of creative drinks like El Tiburon which trades a traditional rum base for smoky mezcal and adds mango, chile, salt, and lime for a briny bite.

Lei Low/Facebook

2. Better Luck Tomorrow

Copy Link
544 Yale St
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 802-0845
Visit Website

Though not traditionally tiki, Better Luck Tomorrow’s Mr. Sunshine with pineapple and satsuma, the passion-fruit imbued Long Story Short, and hurricanes (which are half off any time it’s raining) all have summertime appeal.   

Baylea Jones/Eater

3. HandleBar Houston

Copy Link
5219 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 831-1630
Visit Website

This Washington Corridor nightlife mecca has a Magnum P.I. themed speakeasy. Hawaiian-inspired pours include the Aku Aku with rum, peach, and mint and the HB rum punch: a dangerous concoction of rum, bourbon, gin, and grapefruit liqueur. But since the bar is hidden, you’ll have do some investigating of your own to find it.

4. Decatur Bar & Pop-Up Factory

Copy Link
2310 Decatur St
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 389-5008
Visit Website

This experimental concept new to Old Sixth Ward hosts a rotating chef-in-residence every 9-12 months. Current Chef Evelyn Garcia curated four island-inspired cocktails including the Thai Good, Like Shirt—a blue hued blend of gin, rye, lime, orgeat, and Blue Curaçao. On the main menu, the frozen forecast fuses fire and ice as habanero vodka and thirst-quenching cucumber combine.

5. Kanaloa

Copy Link
311 Travis St
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 582-6764
Visit Website

A rum-soaked oasis with bamboo paneling, Kanaloa serves sparkler-topped libations out of ukulele and treasure chest shaped vessels. The menu features standard tiki drinks, classic cocktails with a twist like a rum old fashioned or pineapple Manhattan, and vintage Donn Beach creations like the bittersweet Sumatra Kula with orange juice, grapefruit, and honey.

Courtesy Kanaloa

6. High & Dry

Copy Link
306 Main St #200
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 728-6851
Visit Website

With over 200 rums, house made syrups and tinctures, and imaginative garnishes like banana chips and fruit leather, High & Dry takes tiki to new heights. The Coco Loco delights and the Bajan Brew (combining rum, cold brew coffee, and coconut) provides a delicious pick-me-up. Head to the secluded second story patio complete with an ambient waterfall to experience Downtown’s own slice of paradise.

7. Boheme

Copy Link
307 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-1099
Visit Website

Boheme’s frozen mojito, a house specialty, is quite the crowd pleaser. The frosty mix of lime juice and muddled mint is a soothing balm on sweltering days.

8. Voodoo Queen Daiquiri Dive

Copy Link
322 Milby St
Houston, TX 77003

Daiquiris dominate at Voodoo Queen, but don’t sleep on the massive selection of mixed drinks. Order a mai tai, hurricane, rum barrel, or go big with a flaming scorpion bowl or the cursed mermaid, a hollowed out pineapple swimming with fruit juices and lots of rum.  

Amy McCarthy/Eater

9. Anvil Bar & Refuge

Copy Link
1424 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-1622
Visit Website

Anvil’s famed 100 list has an entire section devoted to tiki and tropical drinks. The 9 offerings include classics like the mai tai, painkiller, and blue Hawaiian. For something fruity, smooth, and refreshing, try the Missionary’s Downfall, a rum based drink with pineapple, peach liqueur, honey, and mint.

Baylea Jones/Eater

10. Night Heron

Copy Link
1601 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 527-8010
Visit Website

Night Heron has a few tropical drinks on hand including a serrano spiked daiquiri and the jungle bird with tart lime and pineapple mellowed by chocolate and cinnamon spiced mole bitters, but the piña colada, a less cloying version elevated with grated nutmeg, shines.

Baylea Jones/Eater

11. Nobie's

Copy Link
2048 Colquitt St
Houston, TX 77098
(346) 319-5919
Visit Website

The Toasted Coconut, a new tiki bar from the Nobie’s team is slated for a Montrose opening this summer. Until then, the Rum Away With Me—a meld of aged rum, herbaceous gran classico bitters, banana, and blanc vermouth adding sweet, floral notes—should hold you over.

12. Tropicales

Copy Link
2132 Bissonnet St Suite 100
Houston, TX 77005
(832) 649-7974
Visit Website

A newcomer to Boulevard Oaks, Tropicales cafe has the lush ambience and rich flavors of a Caribbean vacation. Standout options include the pink and white Baby Moon with silky guava creme, a tequila based pina colada with buttery avocado, and the robust bourbon, cinnamon, and citrus tinged Distant Beaches.

Baylea Jones/Eater

1. Lei Low Bar

6412 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009
Lei Low/Facebook

Houston’s vanguard tiki bar has paved the way for every Polynesian themed paradise that followed. The mai tai here, nutty and stout, is the city’s best, but Lei Low has a multi-page menu of creative drinks like El Tiburon which trades a traditional rum base for smoky mezcal and adds mango, chile, salt, and lime for a briny bite.

6412 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009

2. Better Luck Tomorrow

544 Yale St, Houston, TX 77007
Baylea Jones/Eater

Though not traditionally tiki, Better Luck Tomorrow’s Mr. Sunshine with pineapple and satsuma, the passion-fruit imbued Long Story Short, and hurricanes (which are half off any time it’s raining) all have summertime appeal.   

544 Yale St
Houston, TX 77007

3. HandleBar Houston

5219 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

This Washington Corridor nightlife mecca has a Magnum P.I. themed speakeasy. Hawaiian-inspired pours include the Aku Aku with rum, peach, and mint and the HB rum punch: a dangerous concoction of rum, bourbon, gin, and grapefruit liqueur. But since the bar is hidden, you’ll have do some investigating of your own to find it.

5219 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

4. Decatur Bar & Pop-Up Factory

2310 Decatur St, Houston, TX 77007

This experimental concept new to Old Sixth Ward hosts a rotating chef-in-residence every 9-12 months. Current Chef Evelyn Garcia curated four island-inspired cocktails including the Thai Good, Like Shirt—a blue hued blend of gin, rye, lime, orgeat, and Blue Curaçao. On the main menu, the frozen forecast fuses fire and ice as habanero vodka and thirst-quenching cucumber combine.

2310 Decatur St
Houston, TX 77007

5. Kanaloa

311 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002
Courtesy Kanaloa

A rum-soaked oasis with bamboo paneling, Kanaloa serves sparkler-topped libations out of ukulele and treasure chest shaped vessels. The menu features standard tiki drinks, classic cocktails with a twist like a rum old fashioned or pineapple Manhattan, and vintage Donn Beach creations like the bittersweet Sumatra Kula with orange juice, grapefruit, and honey.

311 Travis St
Houston, TX 77002

6. High & Dry

306 Main St #200, Houston, TX 77002

With over 200 rums, house made syrups and tinctures, and imaginative garnishes like banana chips and fruit leather, High & Dry takes tiki to new heights. The Coco Loco delights and the Bajan Brew (combining rum, cold brew coffee, and coconut) provides a delicious pick-me-up. Head to the secluded second story patio complete with an ambient waterfall to experience Downtown’s own slice of paradise.

306 Main St #200
Houston, TX 77002

7. Boheme

307 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006

Boheme’s frozen mojito, a house specialty, is quite the crowd pleaser. The frosty mix of lime juice and muddled mint is a soothing balm on sweltering days.

307 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006

8. Voodoo Queen Daiquiri Dive

322 Milby St, Houston, TX 77003
Amy McCarthy/Eater

Daiquiris dominate at Voodoo Queen, but don’t sleep on the massive selection of mixed drinks. Order a mai tai, hurricane, rum barrel, or go big with a flaming scorpion bowl or the cursed mermaid, a hollowed out pineapple swimming with fruit juices and lots of rum.  

322 Milby St
Houston, TX 77003

9. Anvil Bar & Refuge

1424 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Baylea Jones/Eater

Anvil’s famed 100 list has an entire section devoted to tiki and tropical drinks. The 9 offerings include classics like the mai tai, painkiller, and blue Hawaiian. For something fruity, smooth, and refreshing, try the Missionary’s Downfall, a rum based drink with pineapple, peach liqueur, honey, and mint.

1424 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

10. Night Heron

1601 W Main St, Houston, TX 77006
Baylea Jones/Eater

Night Heron has a few tropical drinks on hand including a serrano spiked daiquiri and the jungle bird with tart lime and pineapple mellowed by chocolate and cinnamon spiced mole bitters, but the piña colada, a less cloying version elevated with grated nutmeg, shines.

1601 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006

11. Nobie's

2048 Colquitt St, Houston, TX 77098

The Toasted Coconut, a new tiki bar from the Nobie’s team is slated for a Montrose opening this summer. Until then, the Rum Away With Me—a meld of aged rum, herbaceous gran classico bitters, banana, and blanc vermouth adding sweet, floral notes—should hold you over.

2048 Colquitt St
Houston, TX 77098

12. Tropicales

2132 Bissonnet St Suite 100, Houston, TX 77005
Baylea Jones/Eater

A newcomer to Boulevard Oaks, Tropicales cafe has the lush ambience and rich flavors of a Caribbean vacation. Standout options include the pink and white Baby Moon with silky guava creme, a tequila based pina colada with buttery avocado, and the robust bourbon, cinnamon, and citrus tinged Distant Beaches.

2132 Bissonnet St Suite 100
Houston, TX 77005

Related Maps