Tiki bars add a nice, exotic touch to a place. Just seeing it makes you think of sunsets spent lying in a hammock under a coconut tree while sipping some exotic tropical cocktail.
First introduced in the 1930s, tiki bars are making a comeback in recent years. The elaborate cocktails may have taken inspiration from the earlier decades. But the aesthetics have definitely evolved.
Earlier tiki bars were usually attached to hotels and restaurants. Today, more and more homeowners are choosing to install tiki bars in their outdoor spaces.
If you’re planning to have one at home, here are some luxurious tiki bar ideas for you.
Tiki Bar Decor
In a nutshell, the tiki bar concept is a romanticized version of island life. This means that elements which feature largely in island cultures should also be present in your tiki bar.
Remember that these bars offer an escape from the daily challenges of urban life. Thus, stepping inside it should also feel like entering a completely different world.
Some of the basic decors every tiki bar must have include:
Since tiki bars should reflect tropical island vibes, it should have tropical decorative elements. Think of the usual things people associate with the tropics and incorporate them into your design.
You can add live plants, bamboo trees, indigenous artworks and the like. The architecture itself should also be tropical. The trick is to make it look like you’ve brought an exotic tropical island right into your backyard. Some tiki bars even go overboard with bamboo bridges and tropical birds which make it look more authentic.
Lighting can make or break a bar. The same is true for tiki bars. Remember that you are trying to exude exotic tropical vibes. Thus, your tiki bar should have that mysterious yet intimate ambiance.
To achieve this, keep your lighting minimal. Low-wattage bulbs in the right places often do the trick. You can also use decorative LED lights. Just be careful not to overdo it.
Other tiki bars also use candles and bonfires to recreate island nights. But if you’re putting up the tiki bar in your backyard with limited space, they could become fire hazards.