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

Name:Lei Low
Type:bar
Street:6412 N. Main
City:Houston
State:TX
Zip:77009
country:USA
Phone:713-380-2968
Status:operational

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

From eater.com:
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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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PremEx
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Joined: Aug 23, 2006
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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:

http://houston.eater.com/archives/2014/02/26/take-a-look-inside-lei-low-opening-this-week.php#530d814af92ea135df003fa0


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Dagg
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From: Van Isle BC CA
Posted: 2014-03-10 11:45 am   Permalink

I like the name

 
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TheBigT
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 1564
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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EnchantedTikiLounge
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Joined: Nov 10, 2014
Posts: 36
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!!!
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WooHooWahine
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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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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!

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=48612&forum=4


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tropicali*honey
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From: Austin, TX
Posted: 2015-05-29 7:59 pm   Permalink

Planning a trip to Lei Low June 20th- Is there a hotel fairly close to the bar someone could recommend?
Also, are there any TC meet up nights?

Thanks!

Honey
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El Jefe
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Joined: Mar 13, 2012
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From: The Third Coast
Posted: 2015-05-30 9:19 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-05-29 19:59, tropicali*honey wrote:
Planning a trip to Lei Low June 20th- Is there a hotel fairly close to the bar someone could recommend?
Also, are there any TC meet up nights?

Thanks!

Honey





I really can't think of a hotel close by I could recommend. Best bet might be downtown but let me check. As far as a TC meet up night there is not one but there are a couple of us that frequent Lei Low so maybe your visit could be the catalyst for the 1st meet up.


 
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Freeland
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From: Austin, Tex
Posted: 2015-06-13 12:58 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-05-29 19:59, tropicali*honey wrote:
Planning a trip to Lei Low June 20th- Is there a hotel fairly close to the bar someone could recommend?
Also, are there any TC meet up nights?

Thanks!

Honey




I second El Jefe... Last time I was in Houston I was near the Galleria area, and the previous time to that downtown. Didnt take long at all to get there.
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absolute60
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Posted: 2016-03-09 09:09 am   Permalink

For those of you who haven't been, be sure to get there early if on a weekday. Parking is super limited...there's only around 3 actual reserved spots for Lei Low, and the open parking is limited to around 5 spots. If no parking is available, there is a subdivision at the connecting streets that you can park off the curb.

In regards to the drinks....the best you'll find in Texas, IMO. Everything is done by hand. It's pretty hardcore. The owner is super critical about how each drink is made, which shows his passion for Tiki. Us Houstonians are very lucky to have such a place.


 
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mikehooker
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From: Austin
Posted: 2016-03-09 11:23 am   Permalink

I super love this place and travel from Austin frequently just to drink there and enjoy the vibe. Cocktails are mixed right, garnish is outstanding, and bar tenders are knowledgeable and friendly. The menu changes seasonally which is pretty neat. They have a good mix of classic tiki drinks along with their own creations. They make their syrups in house. The decor is tastefully done. The music leans a bit more towards reggae than I'd prefer, but it's not inappropriate like other bars I've been to. Parking on site is limited, but there is plenty of street parking in the neighborhood behind the bar so I've never had trouble getting a spot within a short walk even on real busy nights like New Years or their two year anniversary party.

I posted pics a while back to the Texas tiki bar thread but here are some from our last couple trips:














 
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From: Houston, Texas
Posted: 2016-03-09 11:56 am   Permalink

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On 2016-03-09 11:23, mikehooker wrote:...on real busy nights like New Years or their two year anniversary party.



Yes...Happy 2nd Anniversary, Lei Low! Great party! And great anniversary mugs!





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davidphantomatic
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From: San Antone
Posted: 2016-03-18 5:19 pm   Permalink

I was very disappointed to miss out on the rel are of their 2 Year Anniversary mug. I hear they went super quick.
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Tiki Roa
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Posted: 2016-04-02 6:38 pm   Permalink

Apparantly I am in heaven i'm drinking a mai tai at an authentic tiki bar and the misfits hybrid moments comes on tbe stereo
I give lei low an A plus plus


 
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