The Tonga Hut Twin

The Tonga Hut Twin

On a recent Palm Springs getaway, I was pleased to discover the sister to the Tonga Hut (LA’s oldest Tiki Bar). Here’s an excellent example of how to make a new bar with a midcentury feel. They have painstakingly collected, recycled and reassembled parts from various Polynesian inspired restaurants and lounges that were sadly closed or demolished. Our bartender was happy to give a Tiki Tour showing off the various finds which includes displays, lighting fixtures, mosaic artwork, furnishings and shadow boxes displaying vintage menus, photos, matchbooks, etc. from the now defunct establishments. They even have a hula hideaway room which can be reserved and accessed for special events via a secret door through a phone booth. Next time you’re in the desert, visit this evil Tiki twin. Totally worth the desire you’ll have to sacrifice yourself into a hangover volcano the next morning.