Some wicker furniture, grass mats on the walls and hula girls serving drinks does not a genuine tiki bar make – as any true tikiphile will tell you, tiki is not cheesy beach-themed decor and ukulele music. It’s a lifestyle, and people who are into it take it seriously. Which is why people who are truly into tiki culture like Aku Aku Tiki Bar, a Polynesian-themed oasis in downtown Orlando that embraces tiki culture like no other bar in town. The artwork on the walls is by tikiphile artists, the drinks served at the bar are authentic tropical cocktails made with quality ingredients (no drink mixes here), the decor is retro, the atmo is laid-back, and yes, there are real tiki god totems here, carved by genuine tiki artists. Stop in to Aku Aku, order yourself a Tigerfucker, marvel at the real pufferfish lanterns hanging over the bar and pray that Kane Milohai smiles upon you.
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