Octogenarian birthdays aren’t usually associated with riotous good times, stiff drinks and peanut butter-banana sandwiches. However, this is the King of Rock n’ Roll’s birthday, after all. On Thursday, January 8, Tiki No welcomes Elvis fans and impersonators alike to revel in what would have been The King’s 80th birthday. The tiki bar is bringing music, specialty tipples, and hearty food together in joyous celebration.
To reminisce on his years in Hawaii, the bar has created a memorable menu themed in Elvis-tiki fashion. Plus, there’s a costume contest with a pretty stellar prize: dress your best Elvis or Priscilla Presley for a chance to win a $100 gift card for Firefly in Studio City.
Here’s the 411 on the King’s birthday celebration:
Hunka Hunka Burning Love – Three Olives Coconut Water Elvis Presley Vodka, Crème De Banana, lime, honey, red passion fruit, and a cherry soaked in Bacardi 151 and set ablaze
Blue Suede Shoes – Kettle Orange Vodka, Blue Curacao, fresh lemon and lime juice, and a splash of Sprite
Jail House on the Rocks – Southern Comfort, Crème De Banana, and Blue Curacao
Heartbreak Hotel – Peanut Rum Liqueur, Crème De Cacao, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Crème De Banana, with a bacon garnish
To accompany the festive drinks, Burnt to a Crisp food truck will offer The King— a grilled sandwich with peanut butter and banana (Elvis’s favorite and also feature in the 2014 What If movie), along with a selection of barbecue items including Pulled Pork, Tri Tip Brisket and Chili Fries.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
4657 Lankershim Blvd.
COST: Specialty Elvis Cocktails $8; Food $7-12
Tiki Times at TIKI NO
Since 2010, Tiki No, in the heart of North Hollywood, has offered a cocktail experience in the grand tradition of Don the Beachcomber (an L.A. local and father of tiki drinks!) and classic tiki culture. From the exterior lit by the flames of torches, to the thatched roof, bamboo, crazy cocktail glasses and oversized carved totems inside, there’s no mistaking Tiki No for anything besides a true tiki bar. The menu features elevated versions of traditional tiki cocktails, incorporating high-end spirits and fresh juices into the strong, rum-based tropical drinks.
Lanee Lee is a Los Angeles based writer inflicted with irreversible wanderlust and an unquenchable thirst for craft cocktails, cuisine, culture and high-octane thrills. She also co-founder of the award-winning VoyageVixens.com travel blog. You can follow her next adventure on Twitter @laneelee1 and Instagram @laneelee.