River Grove, Illinois: Hala-Kahiki Tiki Bar

"Gaze at your date by the glow of an illuminated dried blowfish."

Hala-Kahiki Lounge

2834 River Rd, River Grove, IL
On the west side of River Rd at the corner of Chestnut Ave.
M-T 7 pm-2 am, W-F 4 pm-2 am, Sa 4 pm-3 am, Su 6 pm-2 am (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free. Order drinks.
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Hala-Kahiki Tiki Bar

Three times a year they have an art fair called Lowbrow Aloha where you can buy custom glassware, shrunken heads, clothing, jewelry, tikis and more! I have a blast and always want to buy everything. Check Lowbrow Aloha on Facebook to find the dates of the next show and details on the artists who will be there. [Carla, 08/29/2018]

Hala-Kahiki Tiki Bar

Go early, close to when they open - especially in the summer when their courtyard is open. They get crowded and the wait can be long.

[Nicole L, 05/28/2016]
Hala-Kahiki Tiki Bar

A diamond in a rough-and-ready prairie town called River Grove. They have a gift shop with tons of trinkets and a great ambiance.

Sadly, they do not allow kids. The staff are very polite when you don't try to bring kids in. Overall, nice place.

[Ben Perdue, 05/13/2015]
Hala-Kahiki Tiki Bar

Go early (before 9pm). Parking is limited and you don't want to wait outside in line in the cold of a Chicago winter!

[N. Leipski, 05/27/2010]

Tiki bar.

Hala-Kahiki Tiki Bar

What could be better than escaping the frigid tundras of Chicago and relaxing into the tropical decadence of 1960s Polynesia? A short trip to the Hala-Kahiki!

We went to this famous tiki bar in the dead of winter and were warmed by the neon bananas, back-lit tiki heads, and rum laden cocktails. This classic bar opened in 1966 and has been the place for Chicagoans to meet and get their dates tipsy ever since. They specialize in tropical drinks (check out the black cherry daiquiri, the Tonga Trader, or the Lava Flo) and nibble the only food they serve: salty pretzels in a clam shell bowl.

True to the origins, the waitresses wear classic Hawaiian dresses, the lights are very low to better accent the scores of coconut-inspired decoration, and the table lamps each feature a real miniature pineapple.

A trip to the Hala-Kahiki is like walking into a 60s Mid-Westerner's idea of paradise. Gaze at your date by the glow of an illuminated dried blowfish, and you'll be tempted to rat your hair into a beehive, put on a coconut bra, and declare your love forever!

[Katy Spindler, 06/01/2009]

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