Tiki is a grand American tradition. Born in that most fantastical of places—where else?—Hollywood, the kitschy cocktail trend kicked off with Don the Beachcomber, a bar opened by a Texan bootlegger whose vision was spurred by trips to the South Pacific and Caribbean. By the 1950s and ‘60s, Los Angelenos were hooked on the decorative torches and boozy rum drinks in silly glasses, a seemingly authentic taste of faraway lands that was anything but.
While tiki has come in and out of fashion in various cities, it will likely never fade away, and for good reason. It embodies drinking culture at its most celebratory. Modern mixology masters and mavens are constantly rethinking tiki with fresh ingredients, interesting liquors and bold twists. Here are the tiki temples old and new across the globe that are worth planning a trip around.