||Mountain Munchies Tiki Room, Estes Park, CO (restaurant)
Joined: Jun 09, 2010
From: Lincoln, NE
|Posted: 2010-07-27 2:09 pm  Permalink|
Name:Mountain Munchies Tiki Room
Street:189 West Riverside Drive
From the website: http://www.enjoyestespark.com/estespark.php?account=225
\"Escape from Paradise at Estes Park's only Tiki Bar! Come sit right next to the Big Thompson river and enjoy made to order food, boat drinks made with real fruit juices, and the most laid back atmosphere in Estes. We have the friendliest staff ready to take your order, and lots of Jimmy Buffet Music, live music on Fridays, and Happy Hour drink specials every day from 3-6pm. Food served until midnight seven days a week. Remember at the worlds highest Tiki Bar, YOU ARE NEVER TOO HIGH TO TIKI!\"
I don't know anything about this place. I was just in Estes Park last weekend and didn't see it, but I have some friends and family that live there that have all told me about some \"tiki place\" in Estes, so has anyone else been here that could fill us in? Denver tikiphiles, I'm looking at you.
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
|Posted: 2010-07-28 09:10 am  Permalink|
There is SOMETHING in that description above that kinda worries me.
Joined: Apr 03, 2002
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
|Posted: 2010-07-28 10:17 am  Permalink|
Escape from Paradise at Estes Park's only Tiki Bar!
Joined: Jun 09, 2010
From: Lincoln, NE
|Posted: 2010-07-28 7:40 pm  Permalink|
I was thinking about the Jimmy Buffett music. *shudders*
Joined: Jul 13, 2008
From: Denver, CO
|Posted: 2010-12-05 5:39 pm  Permalink|
We just drove by this place a couple of hours ago, after a really bitchin' snow hike up near Nymph Lake. They aren't open on Sundays, so we couldn't go in and check it out, but, regardless of the carved wooden bear, there are definitely some big tikis around the side of the building. Plus, lots of bamboo fencing and there appear to be some glass floats hanging inside.
Granted, the Buffett comment is suspect, plus I'm sure it's just standard Chinese restaurant drinks... but here in Colorado, we gotta take what we can get.
So, I think we're gonna check it out in a couple of weeks and see what it's like inside.
Report and pics to come.
Joined: Aug 22, 2016
From: Colorado (via Iowa)
|Posted: 23 days ago; 9:30 pm  Permalink|
I've lived in Estes for a while and drive past the Tiki Room almost every day, but I only just set foot inside a couple of weeks ago.
I can confirm that they pipe the SiriusXM Jimmy Buffett station throughout, but you probably can tell that just by looking at the photos.
It's certainly not the dimly lit, atmospheric establishment most TCers probably prefer. More like island beach bar. It's not completely awful--there are a number of tikis--but to me it has the kitschy 70s/80s vibe I imagine helped contribute to tiki culture's decline. Sitting on the patio by the river was nice, though.
Looking at their drink menu was frightening at first, since it's divided into sections dedicated to margaritas, frozen daiquiris, and "boat drinks." I ended up choosing the Captain Courageous (Myer's dark, coconut rum, 151 float [probably Bacardi]), which was surprisingly enjoyable; my sister got the Mountain Mai Tai ("rum, rum and more rum"), which unsurprisingly wasn't.
If I didn't live here and was only visiting Estes for a short period of time, I probably wouldn't seek this place out (and can't decide if I'll go back), but if you're in town for a few days, you might take an hour to check it out, especially if it's a rainy afternoon.
Joined: Jul 27, 2011
From: Southern CA
|Posted: 23 days ago; 10:15 pm  Permalink|
Thank you for the trip report, Hamo. Even though this particular establishment may not be much, I always enjoy hearing about "tiki" places -- especially with photos. Well done!