The tropics with Polynesian flavors and pirates have left the Las Vegas Strip and settled in Chinatown with the grand opening of The Golden Tiki.
Las Vegas’ new Polynesian tiki bar and gaming lounge in Chinatown celebrated its official grand opening first with a Polynesian hostess greeting guests with kukui nut necklaces and leis in the foyer with fountains filled with golden doubloons. The Son of Lord Baltimore then took guests on tour, first stopping at a live tiki carving by noted tiki artist Billy the Crud. After guests rubbed its belly (and other parts) for good luck, everyone stopped for selfies with Ms. Redd the mermaid. Walking through the darkness, guests entered the hull of a ship with The Golden Tiki’s resident animatronic skeleton, Captain William Tobias Faulkner, telling his shipwreck tale of woe. One could look out of the portholes and within the room see the original artworks of Tiki Bosko, Billy the Crud, Bill Collins and Oceanic Arts.
It was encouraged to wear disguises such as pirate hats and tropical print attire to blend in with the crowd. The legendary King Kukulele played his ukulele and DJ Rex Dart filled the air with the sounds of the tropics while hula dancers passed out leis and performed dances blessing the new establishment. What a party without drinks and guests enjoyed tiki cocktails and Dole Whip samples.
The Clark County Commissioner’s office issued a proclamation welcoming the establishment and Managing Partner Branden Powers thanked the crowd for coming. A four-tier volcano cake complete with dry ice created by Showboy Bakeshop sweetened the continuing festivities. Joining the party were local celebrities Chippendale Ryan Stuart, Monti Rock III and Dirk Vermin from A&E’s “Bad Ink” joined the party.
The Golden Tiki has been recreated as classic mid-century tiki bar, paying homage to Trader Vic’s and Don the Beachcomber and establishments. The cocktail menu features nostalgic classics and new creations, as well as a traditional Martinique ti service and a special treasure chest VIP experience. Three Dots and a Dash, One of Don the Beachcomber’s classics, combines Agricole Rhum with a Demerera Rum from Guyana, along with honey syrup, Velvet Falernum, Allspice, lime and Angostua bitters. Mai Tai is a Trader Vic’s classic, created in 1944. Jamaican and Martinique Rhum are mixed with Orange Curacao, fresh lime juice, Orgeat and simple syrups.
The Golden Tiki is open 24 hours a day for guest 21 years and older and located at 3939 Spring Mountain Road. For more information, visit thegoldentiki.com or call 702.222.3196. Like on facebook.com/TheGoldenTikiVegas.