||Hula's Modern TIki, PHOENIX, (restaurant)
Joined: Apr 21, 2002
From: Phoenix, Arizona
|Posted: 2009-10-30 11:57 am  Permalink|
On 2009-10-22 13:32, bigbrotiki wrote:
Whoaah! Nice. Veeery modern, in a Tiki-sparse sort of way. But that seems to be what peeps feel comfortable with nowadays. Congrats to a successful opening!
Someone must have sacrificed their mug collection for that bar case! Has anybody fallen off the bar stool trying to see it yet?
Long before I discovered Tiki I started liking the modern look so the decor works well for me. The carved wood framing the window is very nice. I like Scottsdale's Trader Vic's more, I could live there.
People were looking at me funny as drooled over the mugs. Great collection of Munktiki.
If those Ryden's disappear, I swear it wasn't me.
Joined: May 20, 2006
From: La Mesa, SoCal
|Posted: 2009-11-01 11:46 pm  Permalink|
Place Looks killer!!!!
I will have to stop in next time I'm in Phoenix.
Joined: Apr 19, 2010
From: Phoenix, AZ
|Posted: 2010-08-27 11:23 am  Permalink|
the place looks cool and it appears you're having success! good job. stopped by on a friday nite and it was super-crowded. unfortunately i had to bail due to a strong aversion to lynrd skynrd (which was playing over the pa) but i'll be back at a more chizill time to peruse and imbibe! cheers
Joined: Apr 21, 2002
From: Phoenix, Arizona
|Posted: 2010-09-14 4:23 pm  Permalink|
Hula's is celebrating it's one year anniversary on September 28th!
Joined: Jun 30, 2007
From: Casa Grande
|Posted: 2010-09-28 8:54 pm  Permalink|
We just got back from this event and it was MAGNIFICENT! Free food and drink and friendly people.
Could have used some Baxter or Drasnin instead of the 80's tunes (a reflection, I think, of its being a bit of a destination for the local lasses and lads).
None the less if you missed this you really missed out.
Hula's is always on our "list" whenever we're in Phoenix.
[ This Message was edited by: zond2 2010-09-29 05:30 ]
Joined: Apr 09, 2003
From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
|Posted: 2010-09-28 9:28 pm  Permalink|
On 2009-10-22 13:30, tikiyaki wrote:
Tiki and Modern (Mid Century style) ...my 2 favorite things.
Joined: Sep 02, 2008
|Posted: 2010-09-28 9:37 pm  Permalink|
Weird timing but Surfalaia just sent me the mug from Hula's and I picked it up at the post office today.
Since i didnt see a pic of it I thought I would add it.
Happy 1st Anniversary!
Joined: Feb 12, 2007
From: No Cal
|Posted: 2011-01-16 2:45 pm  Permalink|
ooh, this place looks great! Matt the Cat & I will be in Phoenix, AZ in late March for Spring Training. We'll definitely come by! I'll see if I can find a website with hours. Can't wait!
Joined: Aug 07, 2007
|Posted: 2011-03-16 5:30 pm  Permalink|
Here's the website: http://hulasmoderntiki.com/
They also just had a write up in the local New Times with a slideshow featuring a bit of their collection: http://bit.ly/g4MmlT
Always up for meeting at Tiki Time Happy Hour, TikiMookie! When will you be in AZ?
Joined: Oct 09, 2005
From: Boston, MA
|Posted: 2011-04-27 7:33 pm  Permalink|
So, I went back again this week to Hula while visiting AZ. I had a nice time; we went during a very slow period which was good because I had a specialty cocktail for them to make. Maybe I am spoiled with NYC and Boston mixologists who have revived the tropical drink recipes with style and diligence but, they were a bit clueless as to simple things like "what is lemonhart" and even where the rums are all from. They did however, make me a decent Cuban Anole on request (and then made themselves one as well!) I offered to share the recipe for the '34 Zombie - i think about 6 ingredients in, the bartender lost interest in copying down the recipe.
Hula is in a neat little revival space in downtown phoenix where I used to live; so that's fun to have something close to the folks' home. Its more palm-springs modern than tiki really; the cocktails are a solid B I would say but it is clear that their focus isn't really on the drinks it would seem.
I do love the design of the space; they did a great job reviving this dumpy location into something very hip. Kill that TV and put some exotica on the stereo and it would be even better. I almost left a couple of the Orchestrotica's new CDs but, I guessed it may be kinda useless given the stuff I heard playing while I was there. Regardless, I would and will go back on my next visit as I love modern-meets-tiki and they did a nice job!
Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica
Esquivel Big Band & Global Jazz and Exotic Chamber Music Quintet
“anything but straightforward”–Washington Post
Joined: Jul 18, 2010
From: Las Vegas
|Posted: 2013-04-04 9:18 pm  Permalink|
Going to make a road trip soon.
Any more pics?
Do they sell mugs n such?
Worst sound ever, slurp of an empty tiki mug through my straw!!!