Tiki bar Hula Hula kissed Lower Queen Anne goodbye on March 18 and will resurface on Capitol Hill this Friday. With it will come the tropical cocktails, island-themed bar food, and nightly karaoke that made the bar popular, plus a promise to remain open 365 days a year.
Owner Keith Robbins was forced to shutter Hula Hula and its sibling bar Tini Bigs last month as the 1929 building that housed them both is slated for redevelopment. Hula Hula is taking over the former home of Irish pub Clever Dunne, which closed at 1501 E Olive Way in January.
For the uninitiated, expect drinks with tropical leanings like mai tais and piña coladas, plus two concoctions served in bowls — one of which is set aflame. There are also beer and wine if you’re so inclined, and happy hour runs from 4 to 6 daily with a hefty $4 off said tiki drinks. The food menu takes cues from Hawaii, with options like loco moco, Hawaiian corn dogs, and Sriracha honey shrimp.
Patrons will indulge surrounded by “cosmopolitan Polynesian kitsch,” as the website puts it, including thatched frond booths, dark bamboo wainscotting, tiki album covers, and illuminated pufferfish. Naturally, the bar will continue its tradition of daily karaoke starting at 9 p.m.
General manager Joe Zara will continue to run the bar, and also brings the same staff over from Lower Queen Anne.