Detroit’s Best Commercial Tiki Bars

Can’t get an invite to a basement tiki bar? No problem. Don Peterka shares his favorite tiki bars in metro Detroit.
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Detroit Tiki Co. makes cement tiki statues built to withstand Michigan winters. // Photograph by Amy Gillespie Photography

Mai Tiki, Ferndale

This recent addition to the Detroit tiki bar scene “do[es] the tiki genre proper,” Don Peterka, owner of Detroit Tiki Co., says. It builds on the grand tradition of hidden tiki bars, being concealed behind a secret door at the back end of TigerLily. The menu is small but wonderful with pork bao, sushi rolls, and crab rangoon.

Mutiny Bar, Detroit

For Peterka, this tiki bar in Mexicantown stands out from the rest. “Their attention to drinks and garnishes is outstanding, along with the atmosphere. You’ll feel like you’re in the South Pacific smack dab in the middle of the Rust Belt,” he says.

You’ll feel like you’re in the South Pacific smack dab in the middle of the Rust Belt,” he says.

Click here to learn more about Peterka and Detroit Tiki Co.