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Where To Find Tiki Cocktails in Las Vegas

Tropical flavors find a home in the desert

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Every rum cocktail deserves one of those little umbrellas in a city as hot as Las Vegas. Tiki drinks bring a magical combination of rum and fruit whether savored by the pool or sipped in the dark corner of a dive bar.

Cocktail historians generally credit Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt with inventing the tiki drink at his bar Don the Beachcomber, where he created classic cocktails such as Navy Grog, the Zombie and Tahitian Rum Punch. Gantt got his inspiration by exploring the Polynesian islands in the South Pacific and discovering the fresh fruit and ever flowing rum now synonymous with beaches, palm trees and blue seas. Gantt paired his cocktails with West Indies rum, which became easily available after Prohibition ended, and even served them in those kitschy mugs at his Huntington Beach watering hole.

Mandalay Bay Beach may be the closest thing to the South Pacific in Las Vegas, but plenty of places can transport drinkers from the desert to the tropics with Tiki drinks. Here’s a look at nine places to find Tiki drinks in Las Vegas, listed from north to south.

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Frankie's Tiki Room

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The iconic pink neon sign outside of Frankie’s Tiki Room lures travelers off of Charleston Boulevard and into the otherworldly space. The legendary bar serves strong tiki drinks, rated by potency on a scale of three to five skulls. Classic tiki drinks such as the Fog Cutter — a powerful combination of citrus, rum, gin and brandy — make the menu along with local specialties including the aptly named Ninth Island, a rum and pineapple concoction that makes Las Vegas feel just like Hawaii.

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Herbs & Rye

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The dimly lit interior and vintage wallpaper of Herbs & Rye oozes cool — and so does the cocktail list. The drink selections, arranged by era, include the tropical flavors in the Tiki Boom section of the menu. Historically accurate tiki drinks such as the Fog Cutter and the Beachcomber offer a nod to original recipes from tiki godfathers Trader Vic’s and Don the Beachcomber.

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Starboard Tack

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With its floral wallpaper and ocean bay mural, Starboard Tack has the feel of a beachside cocktail lounge with just the right amount of Vegas kitsch. The hipster hangout offers up tropical cocktails with appropriately nautical names such as the Coral Cocktail, a mixture of J. Wray rum, grapefruit juice, fresh lemon, apricot liqueur and bitters. For something frozen, the Mango Chi Chi — made with vodka, pineapple, coconut and mango — offers the antidote to a hot summer day.

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Fireside Lounge

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Nothing compares to the neon pinks and blues and the girls in silk gowns passing out cocktails at the Peppermill’s Fireside Lounge. The 1970s vibes of the 24-hour restaurant and lounge pair perfectly with the selection of tiki drinks, such as the 64-ounce fruit-adorned Scorpion, the Caribbean-colored Blue Hawaiian or the classic Mai Tai.

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The Golden Tiki

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An evening at The Golden Tiki feels like a night aboard a technicolor pirate ship under the stars — it’s that weird (and that awesome). From the conch shell seat to the Dole Whip-infused cocktails, calling The Golden Tiki an immersive experience is an understatement. Tiki drinks such as the Painkiller, made with Pusser’s rum, coconut cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg can be ordered in souvenir mugs, guaranteeing that even if the night is a blur, the island memories can live on forever.

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Rhumbar

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With a name that pays homage to both the French spelling of rum and the rhumba genre of dance, Rhumbar set a pretty high standard for itself. Fortunately, the sleek white setting delivers with upscale tiki drinks such as the Tatonga, made with spiced rum, mango rum, lime, agave nectar and bitters. Tropical favorites like piña coladas and Mai Tais make an appearance as well.

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Margaritaville

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It’s only fitting that a stroll past the live flamingos that call their namesake hotel home ends with tiki drinks. The Las Vegas branch of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville serves essential tiki drinks including the Zombie and Planters Punch along with signature beverages such as One Particular Harbour, an enlivening combination of blueberry pomegranate puree, Cruzan Vanilla Rum, Blue Chair Spiced Coconut Rum and pineapple.

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Island Time Floats

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No day of shopping can end without a cocktail break. And if that cocktail break calls for something frozen and filled with rum, Island Time Floats at the Grand Bazaar Shops will fit the bill. The outdoor tiki bar offers tropical cocktails such as the Rum Milk Punch, which is made with espresso liqueur and brown sugar cinnamon syrup, and the Whip It, which features pineapple Dole Whip, coconut cream and rum.

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Sagos Baja Tavern & Lounge

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A true local’s bar, Sagos Baja Tavern & Lounge proves that piña coladas taste just as good away from Strip hotel pools. The drink menu also offers three different flavors of fruity mojitos, a Bacardi-spiked lemonade and a Bomb Pop margarita made with Dekuyper Razz Tazz and Blue Curacao.

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Frankie's Tiki Room

Tiki drink at Frankie’s Tiki Room
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The iconic pink neon sign outside of Frankie’s Tiki Room lures travelers off of Charleston Boulevard and into the otherworldly space. The legendary bar serves strong tiki drinks, rated by potency on a scale of three to five skulls. Classic tiki drinks such as the Fog Cutter — a powerful combination of citrus, rum, gin and brandy — make the menu along with local specialties including the aptly named Ninth Island, a rum and pineapple concoction that makes Las Vegas feel just like Hawaii.

Tiki drink at Frankie’s Tiki Room
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Herbs & Rye

Painkiller at Herbs and Rye
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The dimly lit interior and vintage wallpaper of Herbs & Rye oozes cool — and so does the cocktail list. The drink selections, arranged by era, include the tropical flavors in the Tiki Boom section of the menu. Historically accurate tiki drinks such as the Fog Cutter and the Beachcomber offer a nod to original recipes from tiki godfathers Trader Vic’s and Don the Beachcomber.

Painkiller at Herbs and Rye
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Starboard Tack

Tropical cocktails at Starboard Tack
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With its floral wallpaper and ocean bay mural, Starboard Tack has the feel of a beachside cocktail lounge with just the right amount of Vegas kitsch. The hipster hangout offers up tropical cocktails with appropriately nautical names such as the Coral Cocktail, a mixture of J. Wray rum, grapefruit juice, fresh lemon, apricot liqueur and bitters. For something frozen, the Mango Chi Chi — made with vodka, pineapple, coconut and mango — offers the antidote to a hot summer day.

Tropical cocktails at Starboard Tack
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Fireside Lounge

Blue Hawaiian at Peppermill
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Nothing compares to the neon pinks and blues and the girls in silk gowns passing out cocktails at the Peppermill’s Fireside Lounge. The 1970s vibes of the 24-hour restaurant and lounge pair perfectly with the selection of tiki drinks, such as the 64-ounce fruit-adorned Scorpion, the Caribbean-colored Blue Hawaiian or the classic Mai Tai.

Blue Hawaiian at Peppermill
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The Golden Tiki

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An evening at The Golden Tiki feels like a night aboard a technicolor pirate ship under the stars — it’s that weird (and that awesome). From the conch shell seat to the Dole Whip-infused cocktails, calling The Golden Tiki an immersive experience is an understatement. Tiki drinks such as the Painkiller, made with Pusser’s rum, coconut cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg can be ordered in souvenir mugs, guaranteeing that even if the night is a blur, the island memories can live on forever.

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Rhumbar

Tropical cocktails at Rhumbar
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With a name that pays homage to both the French spelling of rum and the rhumba genre of dance, Rhumbar set a pretty high standard for itself. Fortunately, the sleek white setting delivers with upscale tiki drinks such as the Tatonga, made with spiced rum, mango rum, lime, agave nectar and bitters. Tropical favorites like piña coladas and Mai Tais make an appearance as well.

Tropical cocktails at Rhumbar
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Margaritaville

Tiki mugs at Margaritaville
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It’s only fitting that a stroll past the live flamingos that call their namesake hotel home ends with tiki drinks. The Las Vegas branch of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville serves essential tiki drinks including the Zombie and Planters Punch along with signature beverages such as One Particular Harbour, an enlivening combination of blueberry pomegranate puree, Cruzan Vanilla Rum, Blue Chair Spiced Coconut Rum and pineapple.

Tiki mugs at Margaritaville
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Island Time Floats

Dole Whip at Island Time Floats
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No day of shopping can end without a cocktail break. And if that cocktail break calls for something frozen and filled with rum, Island Time Floats at the Grand Bazaar Shops will fit the bill. The outdoor tiki bar offers tropical cocktails such as the Rum Milk Punch, which is made with espresso liqueur and brown sugar cinnamon syrup, and the Whip It, which features pineapple Dole Whip, coconut cream and rum.

Dole Whip at Island Time Floats
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Sagos Baja Tavern & Lounge

Sagos Baja Tavern
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A true local’s bar, Sagos Baja Tavern & Lounge proves that piña coladas taste just as good away from Strip hotel pools. The drink menu also offers three different flavors of fruity mojitos, a Bacardi-spiked lemonade and a Bomb Pop margarita made with Dekuyper Razz Tazz and Blue Curacao.

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