People Waited for More Than Five Hours to Drink at LA’s Best Dive Bar Again


After 16 months of closure, LA’s legendary tropical cocktail landmark Tiki Ti reopened yesterday. It’s a welcome sight for Los Feliz locals and those who appreciate a 20-ounce blue Hawaiian or mai tai at the historic bar. Fans camped out beginning at 10:30 a.m. in order to among the first to get into the bar when it opened at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

It’s not unusual for Tiki Ti to close for extended periods, since the Buhen family, which has owned the bar since 1961, often temporarily shutters the bar when they’re on vacation or need to undergo minor construction. But in 2020 and 2021, bars were some of the hardest businesses hit by COVID-19. For the most part, places like Tiki Ti weren’t allowed to reopen for business due to regulations at the county and state level since March 2020. The reopening is a welcome sight for fans of the iconic dive along Sunset Boulevard, who come for strong drinks and friendly service in the tiny space.