||JnK's Tiki Bar - Perth, Australia
Joined: Mar 11, 2010
From: Perth, Australia
|Posted: 2010-06-24 12:27 am  Permalink|
Hi there …. another couple of TC lurkers here putting their hands up and confessing to having a Home Tiki Bar … well a Tiki Bar of sorts. Although not a traditional Tiki Bar, the same sentiment has gone into it. We like to think our bar reflects a little of the surf scene, some retro style, lots of tiki art and as many Tiki statues & mugs that we could get our hands on. We live and breathe “all things tiki” and yes the word “obsessed” has been mentioned to us by all our friends here in Western Australia… just the sight of a new tiki mug or statue, sets our hearts pumping. It is so difficult to find “Tiki” over here … most folks in Australia don’t even know what a tiki is … but we love welcoming people into our bar and giving them an education and a “mai tai” to wash the lesson down! So without further adieu … here’s a couple of pics … what do you fellow TC’ers think …. can it put in the Tiki category or just totally tikified? Mahalo to Pua @ House of Tiki for pointing us in the direction of TC and for filling us with much aloha
In the beginning ... a steel shed!
Many years later ... ta da
Mai Tai anyone?
But you know what? The Tiki Bar will never be finished until we cover up those white walls ... and that damn white fridge!
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Joined: Nov 14, 2008
|Posted: 2010-06-24 12:45 am  Permalink|
Aloha and welcome! I think your place looks great.
Nice attention to details. I do agree about the white
walls. Once you cover them it will have a better tiki atmosphere.
A little more mystery. Nice pool too!
Velvets by J. Sallin
Joined: Aug 20, 2007
|Posted: 2010-06-24 03:15 am  Permalink|
Ktiki, I really really like your tiki bar! Because of the white walls and the metallic ceiling and the lighting and the organization of the wall decor, it definitely has more of a mid-century home feel... and that's fantastic! Many do the cluttered-tiki-shack-look, but you've got something else that's very appealing!
Joined: Aug 24, 2008
From: Elk Grove, CA
|Posted: 2010-06-24 05:26 am  Permalink|
I love you Tikified room. It's very inviting. Thanks for bringing Tiki to Australia.
Joined: Mar 13, 2009
From: Afton, NY
|Posted: 2010-06-24 05:32 am  Permalink|
OMFG....I love it...and the way it opens out to the pool is way cool.
Joined: Nov 21, 2006
From: North Shore, O'ahu, to OC, Cali.
|Posted: 2010-06-24 07:33 am  Permalink|
WOW! That is off-the-hook BEAUTIFUL! What a great look and feel and you can really sense the care you've taken to make this little tiki heaven of yours..well, just that...a tiki heaven. Good on ya. If the hubby and I ever make it over to NZ and Australia to visit his 'ohana, I'm hoping to be invited to the KTiki Tiki Bar. Tradition? Eh, it's what you make it. And you folks have truly made it something spectacular. I told ya the TC 'ohana would love it..no worries. Besides, if they didn't, it's just 'cuz everyone wishes they could have an awesome tiki space like that right in their own home! Oh da jealous!!!! Mahalos for sharing guys, and bigger mahalos for your aloha and support.
Malama Pono, Pua
Joined: Mar 31, 2009
From: Tornado Alley
|Posted: 2010-06-24 07:47 am  Permalink|
Joined: Jun 03, 2007
|Posted: 2010-06-24 08:07 am  Permalink|
Welcome to TC KTiki. What an AWESOME pad. Whilst I don't have my own space to turn into a Tiki room-shed-shack per se, I know that when I do it would probably end up looking very similiar to yours. That's because I love a room to be filled with things to look at wherever you turn, but I also love the clean mid-century feel as well.
I do agree with not having the white walls though, although I personally think that if you have a space with so much interesting stuff to look at, the room should be bright enough to see everything. I know that,that is not what most Tiki bars look like, but that is what I prefer.
I also noticed your menus from Hula-Bula bar. I flew over to Perth last year specifically to check out that bar and must say I wasn't disappointed. It's a shame you didn't post earlier. I might have been able to check out your place when I was there. If you are ever in Melbourne, let me know and i'll show you where to get a good Mai Tai.
P.S. Great photography as well.
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Joined: May 28, 2008
From: Forney, TX
|Posted: 2010-06-24 08:38 am  Permalink|
On 2010-06-24 00:27, KTiki wrote:
what do you fellow TC’ers think …. can it put in the Tiki category or just totally tikified?
Well I think it looks fantastic! It definitely is not "traditional tiki" in that it doesn't have the "organized clutter" look and doesn't have much in the way of "authentic" tiki decor (hanging tapa lamps, puffer fish, glass floats, Witco, etc.) But the cool thing about tiki is that it's spinning off in some new creative directions and yours is a great example of how that can be pulled off effectively. Well done, and thanks for sharing the photos!
Joined: Jan 18, 2006
From: Washington, DC
|Posted: 2010-06-24 11:32 am  Permalink|
Wow. Aussie got good taste! I agree its more Mid Century-SoCal than Tiki. Whatever it is, its very well done. Gets my highest ranking- I could get drunk there.
Joined: Jul 18, 2004
From: AB, Canada
|Posted: 2010-06-24 4:18 pm  Permalink|
Now that's a great job!! Your place looks awesome and is very inviting!
Everyone is right by saying it is not the "traditional style Tiki Bar" but that's what I like about it. And believe me, I love the traditional full to the rafters Tiki Bar look! What you have done really works and all ties nicely together.
The ceiling is awesome as well as the the floor and the cool bar. You got any close ups of that bar? It's a little hard to tell the details of it but it looks cool.
Your photos are done very well and they sure make me wish I had a better camera to take shots of my little Lounge. Now nobody tell Bamboo Ben I said this but I like the white walls and trim. It really gives it a clean modern look and with all the art work it look like a little gallery where you just want to sit back and enjoy the surroundings.
I like seeing the items you have in your collection and decor you have chosen as you have probably collected what you like and available to where you are. It's nice to see something done a little different. Your red couches are cool and look good in your space. It all looks great!
Thanks for sharing and welcome to TC!!
Joined: Mar 11, 2010
From: Perth, Australia
|Posted: 2010-06-25 12:18 am  Permalink|
ALOHA … mahalo to everyone for their kind comments .. must admit we were a little nervous putting it out there with all the other “authentic” and super cool Tiki Bars on this site. Just wanted you all to know what an inspiration TC has been to us and we hope to make our bar a little more tiki and a little less white … but the shipping costs are adding up! We will continue to spread the word of “tiki” down under, one Mai Tai at a time, and hope to meet some of you next year when we will do our best to make it to Hukilau (will definitely need a shipping container to take home all the “tiki goodies” that we will buy!) Pua … not only are you and your hubby very welcome, it would be an honour to have you at our bar. Swizzle … you’re on for that Mai Tai when we’re next in Melbourne. And lastly … can’t take credit for the photography – we had a professional do it
Joined: Nov 29, 2009
From: Gold Coast, tropical paradise
|Posted: 2010-06-25 9:11 pm  Permalink|
Good to see another fellow countryman here. The Tiki movement is starting to grow on our shores at last. Great bar!! keep up the passion and post updates so we can see.
Joined: Apr 02, 2006
From: Reno, Nevada
|Posted: 2010-06-26 07:43 am  Permalink|
Sweetness! You have some fun stuff that I'd love to incorporate into my tiki place - such as the musical instruments, albums, etc - but mine is outdoors. Ah, for an indoor tiki bar...
Joined: May 27, 2010
From: Sarasota, FL
|Posted: 2010-06-27 12:31 am  Permalink|
The tiki room of yours looks great! Like others have said, I like that it's not "traditional tiki," but the fact that it fits very nicely and has a very difinite theme to it. Very, very nice!