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Lei Low, Houston, TX (bar)
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Joined: Aug 23, 2006
Posts: 316
From: Houston, Texas
Posted: 2014-03-05 12:10 pm   Permalink

Name:Lei Low
Street:6412 N. Main

New (February 2014) neighborhood tiki bar located in the Heights section of Houston, Texas.

From eater.com:
Get ready for some rum because Lei Low, which has been hosting soft services, is finally opening to the public on February 28. The upcoming Tiki bar that's been teasing us with peeks inside its tiny new space, including Instagram shots of its vintage-America-meets-Polynesian décor that conjures images of '60s-era island life. A traditional Tiki A-frame at the center of the bar with a thatched roof covers Tiki mugs and coconut-like cups, and dark bamboo lines some of the walls all around the small space. It's decidedly a theme bar, and one that comes courtesy of some familiar names: Down House's Elizabeth and Russell Thoede teamed up with bar owners Brad Moore and Ryan Rouse (Grand Prize, Big Star Bar, Goro & Gun) to bring Houston a taste of the Tiki bar revival that's going on in different parts of the country. Both Russell and Elizabeth are longtime Tikiphiles; Russell was hooked after coming across a book on "Trader" Vic Bergeron—one of the founders of Tiki culture in America, along with Don the Beachcomber. "The history of Tiki bars and Tiki culture is really inspiring to me," Russell told Eater in December. "When you think of these two guys who created this movement and these drinks that evoke such a time and place. We've seen many of the new Tiki bars that have opened in recent years, in California and New York. They're intimate and they're doing great work with drinks. We're ready to bring that to Houston."

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Joined: Aug 23, 2006
Posts: 316
From: Houston, Texas
Posted: 2014-03-05 12:30 pm   Permalink

Finally! Houston has the real deal for lovers of tiki.

Attended the preview on February 27th in "The Heights" section of Houston, and as we expected...walked in and found Formikahini already at the bar!

Very nice décor and the owners and 'tenders are fun yet serious about their craft and bringing a true tiki bar to Houston. Drinks were great and made from scratch. Great Mai Tai and also enjoyed one of their own creations called the "Bali Heights".

Located in a non-descript strip center by a convenience store. But the inside is done up nicely. Not quite finished as they have to build out the ceiling and complete the outside patio in the back. But it's 85% ready and waiting.

Thank the Tiki Gods the long wait is over!

Much better photos can be found here:



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Joined: Jun 26, 2012
Posts: 328
From: Van Isle BC CA
Posted: 2014-03-10 11:45 am   Permalink

I like the name

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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 1427
From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2014-11-03 10:39 am   Permalink

Adding more images as Lei Low is alive and well!

Doesn't look like much from the outside, but wait...

Vintage tiki mugs across the top. Personal tiki mugs for the patrons below.

A genyouwine AMATE tiki (one of several here).

Cool places to sit. Memorabilia on all the walls. Mrs. T approves...

If you're in town, Lei Low is a MUST DO.

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Joined: Nov 10, 2014
Posts: 28
From: Conroe, TX
Posted: 2014-11-11 10:35 am   Permalink

I recently went here; I showed up early and was watching them make their own concoctions. NO store bought pre-made crap! Other place say they're tiki bars because they have some bamboo and tikis, but they play Jimi Hendrix & Jack Johnson, have too sweet of drinks with no garnish, and wrong decor like Caribbean & African instead of Polynesian.

These people know what they are doing!!! Right music, drinks were not sweet but had a great fruit taste, lots of garnish and plenty of rum, decor was good, lighting was right, nice back patio (but needs some palapa leaves).

Over all I loved Lei Low, would recommend the place and will be back.

This place has it right!!!
Brian Martin

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Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3167
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2014-12-15 5:28 pm   Permalink

WooHoo! Soccertiki and I will be in Houston next Saturday for the night. We are looking forward to checking Lei Low out

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Joined: Aug 23, 2006
Posts: 316
From: Houston, Texas
Posted: 2014-12-20 09:52 am   Permalink

Going to Lei Low's Mele Kalikimaka Party for some holiday Aloha spirit and spirits, tomorrow 12/21/14!



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