May 11, 2018
Think Tiki drinks and you immediately imagine the South Pacific, Jimmy Buffet in the Caribbean or a beach bar in Miami. But, when poured properly, there is nothing so delicious as a tropical cocktail and who better to bring the first authentic Tiki bar – Trader Vic’s apart – to London, than King Cocktail himself, master mixologist Dale DeGroff who trained staff at the Player and the Match bars. Set in terminally trendy Notting Hill on the boho-chic Portobello, the décor is palm-tree retro kitsch, with dark walls, bright splashes of colour to match that in the Sours and Sunrises, and the odd Tretchikoff on the wall – South Africa’s master of the kitsch genre. The crowd is typical Notting Hill cool – celebrities, media tarts and fashionistas are a dime a dozen in these parts – but the bar is every bit as laid back and fun as was intended. And well priced too: a masterful cocktail for £4 in Notting Hill? That makes me happy. All this and you get great music and fine food from an Aussie chef. Go get Trailer H.
What their peers say
“The very first in a resurgence of modern tiki bars.” Ryan Magarian