Where to Get Your Tiki On in Dallas

Dallas has long had a love affair with tropical cocktails.

The Trader Nic at Montlake Cut. Photo by Catherine Downes.
The Trader Nic at Montlake Cut. Photo by Catherine Downes.

Story by tiki fanatics Nancy Nichols and Catherine Downes. From the July issue of D Magazine. 

Since the 1960s, Dallas has been smitten with South Pacific-themed glassware garnished with plastic mermaids. Ports O’Call opened in 1960 on the 37th floor of what is now the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, offering “pleasurable potions” such as Singapore Slings and Walking Deads. Trader Vic’s arrived on the scene in 1967 with a drink menu that included Mai Tais, Scorpions, and the flaming Black Stripe. It closed in 1989, reopening briefly in 2007 as part of the Hotel Palomar (now The Highland Dallas). But tiki drinks in Dallas never truly died. So put on your best Reyn Spooner Hawaiian shirt and pull up a bamboo bar stool. It’s tiki time in Dallas. Again.

Tiki on Fire

On July 17, Parliament owner Eddie “Lucky” Campbell will host a mixology class, tracing the tiki evolution from officers’ club cocktails to global flavor trends ($90). 2418 Allen St. 469-804-4321.

May Dragon Chinese Restaurant

The Flaming Volcano, a boozy mix of rum, pineapple juice, and grenadine, is served in a volcano-shaped bowl with a flaming crater. 4848 Belt Line Rd. 972-392-9998.

Jasmine Uniquely Chinese

Sweet and syrupy cocktails include The Scorpion, a saccharine mix of rum, brandy, orange juice, and orgeat. 4002 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 200, Addison, 972-991-6867.

Small Brewpub

Every Tuesday is tiki night. Order the Seacoast Defense, a modern mix of navy-strength Jamaica rum, Amaro Lucano, lime, honey, and coconut. 333 W. Jefferson Blvd. 972-863-1594.

Montlake Cut

This Seattle-themed seafood restaurant features playful tiki refreshments like the Trader Nic, a fruity mix of añejo rum, blue curaçao, absinthe, and a dash of bitters. 8220 Westchester Dr. 214-739-8220.

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