And now there’s one in Glendale, called The CanTiki.
The CanTiki is a cantina-style cocktail bar with tiki flair that brings an up-scaled vibe to tiki. It features lush design and lighting, lounge-style seating, a long horseshoe-shaped bar and a piano, stage and a DJ booth.
The CanTiki serves up a mix of tropical cocktails while still remaining a local watering hole for those just looking for a PBR with a shot of JD.
The fully plant-based menu is vegan and vegetarian friendly and will features Scorpion bowls and “LA River Water,” as well as cocktails.
“Kill Mai Pain” is a signature drink that is a cross between a Mai Tai and a Painkiller with orgeat, rhum (differentiated by its use of pure sugar cane in place of molasses for tang and depth), house made pineapple-washed rum, orange liqueur (from local Downtown LA distillery Greenbar), caramelized pineapple, coconut, yellow curry sauce, a little lime, a spritz of fresh-squeezed orange and allspice dram for clove and anise.
“Hemingway’s Mistress #2” is a house daquiri inspired by the Hemingway daiquiri and his long list of mistresses. This refreshing and palatable cocktail uses sotol (which is indigenous to Chihuahua, from the asparagus family and known for its vegetal taste), Luxardo Bitter Bianco, kiwi turbinado oleo saccharum, and celery bitters. There’s also a gin-based cocktail for the so-inclined, “Bangkok Betty,” using Citadel gin (dry and French) that’s infused with makrut lime leaves, a plant-based milk Thai curry sauce and a bit of bubbles.
The bar plans to get involved in the community by supporting local and small-batch distilleries and breweries whenever possible, hosting local musicians and artists regularly, and scheduling specialty and theme nights like karaoke, comedy, open mic and burlesque.
Future goals include expanding into liquor and spirits education, serving holiday-themed make-at-home cocktail kits, supporting women-led businesses and broadening the scope of the menu to include food and Brazilian cachacas.
It is open Wednesdays thru Sundays starting at 5 p.m.
CanTiki is located at 1300 S. Brand Blvd. in Glendale. Map
Website: The CanTiki