Where to Eat in Atlanta: Trader Vics Atlanta (Tiki Bar) Thursday 06 December, 2018

Atlanta truly has some cool hidden foodie gems. I haven’t been to a tiki spot in a long time, and if you want to experience a nice tiki bar spot in downtown Atlanta I would like to introduce you to Trader Vic’s. Tiki Bars are known for its cool exotic-themed drinking establishment that serves elaborate cocktails, especially rum-based mixed drinks such as the mai tais and zombie cocktails.

Trader Vic’s have been around since 1934. It’s restaurant has a rich history of creating a tiki bar franchised tiki chain of romanticized conception of tropical cultures inspired mostly the Polynesians.

Trader Vic’s has a rich history of success and innovation that all began in 1934 when Vic “The Trader” Bergeron built a cozy little saloon on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, California called Hinky Dinks.

After embarking on an adventure to Cuba to refine his skills as a bartender and explore the subtleties of rums from around the world, The Trader transformed Hinky Dinks into a tiki-bedecked tropical retreat aptly named Trader Vic’s and put into practice his research on rums. Years ahead of his time, Vic began serving simmering plates of island-style cuisine, and Trader Vic’s quickly became one of America’s first fusion restaurant concepts.

As popularity of Vic’s tiki haven grew, Trader Vic’s expanded to international shores in 1963 at London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane followed by a booming success in the Middle East in 1994 with multiple restaurant openings.

I love the history findings of this place and its great to know they kept up with the authentic tiki set up in Atlanta. I love the decor as there are personal touches of tiki items and fixures in all of the dining areas and bars. Trader Vic’s Worldwide has a full-time team of Anthropology experts who scour the globe to collect hand-crafted and authentic pieces for each of our restaurants. The fascinating artifacts collected from islands around the world help create a unique experience in each of our locations.Although its located the Hilton Downtown Atlanta hotel, it gives you vibes of being in a tiki hut surrounded by artificial torches.

Following his history-making creation of The Original Mai Tai® in 1944, Trader Vic created over 200 signature cocktails. Best described as Paradise In A Glass®, each handcrafted cocktail is an experience all its own.

This is a drink that is actual non-alcholic but it is still served in a fun tiki cup. It does look like in the photo, but this tiki cup is chill and kept cold for your entire dinner experience. Love the custom cup as it keeps it festive and true to the tiki vibes.

TIKI BOWL A delightful punch of light and dark rums, brandy and almond mixed with orange juice in an earthen bowl supported by three Tikis. (Serves two people)

The ancient Polynesian’s ceremonial Luau drinks were serve in festive communal bowls. This Tiki Bowl is pretty massive and fun to drink out of. Definitely made for two people (or maybe 3). Please share this drink, as they give you two long straws so you can consume without having to move the bowl around the table. Fun social drink!

If you like your tiki drink cup, you have the option to purchase many of the designs check them out here.

CRAB CAKE Asian Slaw, sweet chili ginger sauce

I have to highly recommend this appetizer. I’ve had many crab cake patties but this is by far my favorite! The flavor combos are so rich and the veggies mix with the sauce in each bit is amazing! If you want the best crab cake in Atlanta, please come here and order this!

WOK STIR-FRIED SEAFOOD Lobster tail, scallops, prawns, fresh fish, Chinese vegetables, jasmine rice

I love stir fry, but I never had it with lobster. Absolutely delicious with the lobster tails and shimp cascading around this amazing dish. I would recommend this entree dish if you really love a good seafood concoction.

MASSAMAN CHICKEN CURRY Spiced tomato curry, steamed jasmine rice

Chocolate Krakatoe Cake Molten chocolate cake with ice cream

So since this place boast of being home to The Original Mai Tai®, they have a weekly Thursday drink special here. Live Music & $6 Mai Tais every Thursday starting at 8:30 p.m. at Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Bar! 

Today, the Trader Vic’s family of restaurants has locations in 17 countries across the globe. The Trader Vic’s Atlanta location is inside the bottom level of Hilton Atlanta hotel. A true hidden gem for a tiki good time.

To learn more about Trader Vics Atlanta please check out their website at tradervics.com/locations/atlanta

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I am a not so typical, unstereotypical 20something year old lady who is trying to make my mark on this planet. This blog has many aspect through my visual perspective through photos, words & wittiness. I am highly creative, I love to socialize, and also a social media butterfly. I don’t follow trends, I create them.

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