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Rapscallion is Lower Greenville's tiki haven
Rapscallion is Lower Greenville's tiki haven
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Where to Drink Tropical Tiki Cocktails in Dallas

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Rapscallion is Lower Greenville's tiki haven
| Katy Norris/Eater

Dallas’ tiki scene is changing. While in the past there wasn’t much in the way of tiki culture, the area has a brand new tiki-themed bar, and a bevy of local watering holes have added large rum selections with both creative and classic tiki cocktails.

One may not be able to hop a jet to the tropics this weekend, but the libations at these Dallas spots will at least take the edge off your island wanderlust.

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HG Sply Co.

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Alongside the healthy bowls and paleo-friendly fare, this Lower Greenville spot also serves up two rum cocktails on the menu fit for tiki time. Hold Fast features allspice dram, angostura bitters and turbinado sugar, while Fall Storm shakes things up with pimento dram, ginger beer and lime.

HG Sply Co.

Atwater Alley

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The menu is constantly changing at this hidden bar, but tiki libations are readily available. Order a perfectly-mixed Hemingway daiquiri or ask one of the totally capable folks behind the bar to create a unique tiki inspired cocktail based on your booze preferences

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Lounge Here

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This East Dallas cocktail den serves up Marfa vibes, but the tiki offerings will transport you straight to the tropics. Go for a classic Zombie or Dark & Stormy, or try the potent Luz de Tesoro with St. Lucian rum, Guyanese Overproof rum, falernum, madeira, amaro, and orange.

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Mudhen Meat and Greens

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The fruit piled on top of the Wai-Wai Punch is almost as pretty as the blood orange color of the cocktail itself. Sip this rum-heavy punch with real juiced fruit and carrots from a mason jar at Mudhen Meat and Greens.

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The Tipsy Alchemist

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Tell the mastermind bartenders at The Tipsy Alchemist that you want to “live the island life,” which is also the name of drink featuring pineapple vodka, coconut rum, pineapple and passionfruit juice, and a vanilla reduction. It’s the closest thing to Hawaii that Dallas has to offer.

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Rapscallion

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A stalwart of Dallas’ tiny tiki scene, this Lower Greenville restaurant has long served up some of the city’s best tiki drinks. The Southern Shipwreck (mixed with Smith & Cross rum, Knob Creek rye, orgeat, lime, and brown sugar) is the perfect blend of the restaurant’s culinary focus with island flavors. Also enticing is the Bali Until You Fall, a large-format drink for two mixed with Absolut Elyx, Appleton Estate rum, passionfruit, orange juice, and lime.

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Truck Yard

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Lounge at Truck Yard’s picnic tables during the best part of patio season with a freezing Mai Tai in hand — a frozen take on the tiki classic mixed with Cruzan rum, Triple Sec, lime, and orgeat.

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4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge

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4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge arrived in Arlington this spring, mixing up fresh juices and syrups like falernum and orgeat made at the bar. Groups can order drinks to share like the Volcano bowl, while the menu includes classics like the creamy coconut-based Painkiller made with Navy rum, and the Zombie, a very potent mix of multiple rums.

Thompson's

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With more than 50 drinks on its menu, this library-themed bar is no slouch when it comes to custom cocktail culture. We couldn’t help but place our bets on the Zombie — front-and-center on page one of the menu. Thompson’s is a bit secretive about ingredients (they aren’t published on the menu) but what we can tell you is the coconut base is perfectly paired with a handful of rums that fill the cup. This drink is so strong, Thompson’s limits patrons to two.

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Ruins just opened a dimly lit drinkers paradise in Deep Ellum that transports patrons to a sultry tropical nightclub. With a giant collection of rum-based cocktails, Ruins fulfills any drinker’s need to get to the islands STAT.

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This fairly new Asian-inspired eatery offers a small but solid menu of craft cocktails including its own take on the piña colada. Alice’s Ty-Ku Colada mixes Aviation gin with sake (appropriately), plus orange, pineapple, and coconut milk. It’s delicious.

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This new addition to the Dallas dining scene offers a solid roundup of custom cocktails including a bourbon-infused rum drink. Order a Lost At Sea to get out of Dallas quick which features the aforementioned spirits with copra nectar, lemon, and topo chico finished off with toasted coconut shavings.

Cocktails lined up on the bar at Smithy Courtesy Smithy

HG Sply Co.

HG Sply Co.

Alongside the healthy bowls and paleo-friendly fare, this Lower Greenville spot also serves up two rum cocktails on the menu fit for tiki time. Hold Fast features allspice dram, angostura bitters and turbinado sugar, while Fall Storm shakes things up with pimento dram, ginger beer and lime.

HG Sply Co.

Atwater Alley

Atwater/Facebook

The menu is constantly changing at this hidden bar, but tiki libations are readily available. Order a perfectly-mixed Hemingway daiquiri or ask one of the totally capable folks behind the bar to create a unique tiki inspired cocktail based on your booze preferences

Atwater/Facebook

Lounge Here

Lounge Here/Facebook

This East Dallas cocktail den serves up Marfa vibes, but the tiki offerings will transport you straight to the tropics. Go for a classic Zombie or Dark & Stormy, or try the potent Luz de Tesoro with St. Lucian rum, Guyanese Overproof rum, falernum, madeira, amaro, and orange.

Lounge Here/Facebook

Mudhen Meat and Greens

Mudhen Meat and Greens

The fruit piled on top of the Wai-Wai Punch is almost as pretty as the blood orange color of the cocktail itself. Sip this rum-heavy punch with real juiced fruit and carrots from a mason jar at Mudhen Meat and Greens.

Mudhen Meat and Greens

The Tipsy Alchemist

The Tipsy Alchemist/Facebook

Tell the mastermind bartenders at The Tipsy Alchemist that you want to “live the island life,” which is also the name of drink featuring pineapple vodka, coconut rum, pineapple and passionfruit juice, and a vanilla reduction. It’s the closest thing to Hawaii that Dallas has to offer.

The Tipsy Alchemist/Facebook

Rapscallion

Rapscallion/Facebook

A stalwart of Dallas’ tiny tiki scene, this Lower Greenville restaurant has long served up some of the city’s best tiki drinks. The Southern Shipwreck (mixed with Smith & Cross rum, Knob Creek rye, orgeat, lime, and brown sugar) is the perfect blend of the restaurant’s culinary focus with island flavors. Also enticing is the Bali Until You Fall, a large-format drink for two mixed with Absolut Elyx, Appleton Estate rum, passionfruit, orange juice, and lime.

Rapscallion/Facebook

Truck Yard

Truck Yard/Facebook

Lounge at Truck Yard’s picnic tables during the best part of patio season with a freezing Mai Tai in hand — a frozen take on the tiki classic mixed with Cruzan rum, Triple Sec, lime, and orgeat.

Truck Yard/Facebook

4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge

4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge arrived in Arlington this spring, mixing up fresh juices and syrups like falernum and orgeat made at the bar. Groups can order drinks to share like the Volcano bowl, while the menu includes classics like the creamy coconut-based Painkiller made with Navy rum, and the Zombie, a very potent mix of multiple rums.

Thompson's

Thompson’s/Facebook

With more than 50 drinks on its menu, this library-themed bar is no slouch when it comes to custom cocktail culture. We couldn’t help but place our bets on the Zombie — front-and-center on page one of the menu. Thompson’s is a bit secretive about ingredients (they aren’t published on the menu) but what we can tell you is the coconut base is perfectly paired with a handful of rums that fill the cup. This drink is so strong, Thompson’s limits patrons to two.

Thompson’s/Facebook

Ruins

Ruins/Instagram

Ruins just opened a dimly lit drinkers paradise in Deep Ellum that transports patrons to a sultry tropical nightclub. With a giant collection of rum-based cocktails, Ruins fulfills any drinker’s need to get to the islands STAT.

Ruins/Instagram

Alice

Alice/Facebook

This fairly new Asian-inspired eatery offers a small but solid menu of craft cocktails including its own take on the piña colada. Alice’s Ty-Ku Colada mixes Aviation gin with sake (appropriately), plus orange, pineapple, and coconut milk. It’s delicious.

Alice/Facebook

Smithy

Cocktails lined up on the bar at Smithy Courtesy Smithy

This new addition to the Dallas dining scene offers a solid roundup of custom cocktails including a bourbon-infused rum drink. Order a Lost At Sea to get out of Dallas quick which features the aforementioned spirits with copra nectar, lemon, and topo chico finished off with toasted coconut shavings.

Cocktails lined up on the bar at Smithy Courtesy Smithy

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