Nightlife

Word of the Day at Hula's Modern Tiki

Looking for something to do this week? "Night Owl" is a quick guide to special nights at bars and clubs around town. We'll give you a few hints re: cover, dress code, music, and atmosphere. Every Thursday marks Word of the Day at Hula's Modern Tiki.

The Word of the Day deal is the best bar buy we've discovered in a while. The cool and kitschy Hula's Modern TIki combines two-for-one fruity drinks, Dr. Funk, and 1950s style for a Thursday worth checking Facebook for.


The Place: 4700 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85012


The Time: Every Thursday, 6 to 11 p.m.

The Parking: Lot.

The Bar: After a short search of Facebook or Twitter for that Thursday's retro-themed code word (last week's was shag rug), Hula's Modern TIki offers up two-for-one fresh and fruity Dr. Funks and Pink Bikinis. Both drinks were sweet, but the Pink Bikini went to another level. It tasted exactly like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. 

The Music: Retro rock radio from surf to The Stones.

The People: A slapdash smattering of the old, the young, the hip, and the not.

The Style: A classier Bikini Lounge teeming with tons of tikis and totems.

What we loved: We loved the drink special, but Hula's Modern TIki also combines the best parts of Tiki bars, both present and past. The modern vibe, original architecture, and 1950s style combine in a way that really live up to the term modern tiki.

What we didn't love: Two-for-one drinks are too good for a 10 p.m. close time.

Are we going back? Yes, we already wish it was Thursday night again.


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Ryan Wolf