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8 tropical-themed bars and cafes in Vancouver to check out this summer

Summer is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious tropical drink (or two, or three)?? Whether you want the full tiki bar experience or just sip something delicious surrounded by lush greenery and tiki-esque decor, we’ve got you covered.

Here are 10 amazing tropical-themed bars and cafes to check out this summer.

Havana Vancouver

Inspired by the colors and culture of Havana, Cuba, this restaurant and bar offers equally vibrant food and drink. In addition, they have a nice patio ideal for a sunny day. Order ceviche or Spanish mussels for the table and treat yourself to a refreshing mezcal cocktail. You deserve it.

Where: 1212 Commercial Drive

The Shameful Tiki Room

Honestly this place takes the cake when it comes to showmanship. While the Shameful Tiki Room is a popular destination for after-dinner and pre-club drinks, you certainly wouldn’t know it if you were just dropping by. The windows are completely blacked out – but inside is a tropical paradise, complete with Polynesian dishes, waterfall sound effects, mind-blowing cocktails (with varying amounts of alcohol), burning fishbowls and even a small stage for authentic weekly hula performances.

Our suggestion? Reserve your place a few weeks in advance and share a mystery bowl or a volcano bowl with your friends. Or, if you prefer to fly solo, we recommend the rum-based Hurricane or Zombie – which is definitely our first and last drink of the night.

Where: 4362 Main Street

Juju’s drink shack

This is not your average tiki bar. Juju’s Drink Shack was once located in Published but has now taken over the space once occupied by The Whip on Main. The pop-up bar is open every Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight and allows customers to customize their drinks with different amounts of alcohol. Previous Sundays drinks include Worker Bee, Practically Ground, Throwing Shadow and more.

More recently, it looks like the drinks shack has been rebranded as a snack bar, serving Tom Hanks-inspired drinks. We’re sure the spot has some exciting things in the works for this summer! Definitely worth keeping an eye out for.

Where: 209 6th Avenue East

Tocador

Tocador is another vibrant Cuban kitchen in Mount Pleasant, offering a variety of seasonal dishes and daily happy hour specials, including two tacos for $8 and guava Spritzes for $9. The interior is bursting with bright colors, Cuban and beach-inspired decor, and cozy fairy lights. Plus, they have live music every Sunday at 6 p.m. which is definitely a great way to start the week.

Where: 2610 Main Street

Honolulu Coffee

While this list is more bar-focused, there are also some amazing cafes in Vancouver that fit the tropical-themed bill. Honolulu Coffee is just that, and more. Fresh and flavorful acai bowls that are as delicious as they are beautiful, sustainable, Kona coffee they roast themselves, and Hawaiian-inspired decor that makes you feel like you’re already on a beach.

We recommend heading in after a run or active day in the sun to top up on nutrients via a Sunshine or Energy bowl, topped with cocoa nibs, of course.

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wrecked bass

This spot in Kits is the epitome of a chilled-out neighborhood bar, with a tropical flair. Their happy hour margins are pretty unbeatable, as are their specialty tacos and boozy Sunday brunches. Come have a good time and a long moment.

Did someone say slushie Catalina Wine Mixer?! We’ll take three.

Where: 3293 4th Avenue West

Tangent Cafe

While this one isn’t exactly tropical in the literal sense, Tangent Cafe is a great, laid-back hangout serving up Malaysian dishes and signature cocktails that perfectly match the vibe. Mai tais, mojitos and a variety of mocktails await at this local watering hole.

Where: 2095 Commercial Drive

Beach Avenue Bar & Grill

Located on Vancouver’s waterfront, the Beach Ave Bar and Grill has a beautiful patio to offer patrons during the warmer months. Visitors can expect mouth-watering dishes like their Hickory BBQ Burger, Seafood Chowder, and Cajun Combo Rice Bowl. In terms of drinks, what does a refreshing Beach Blue Margarita sound like?? Oh, and $5 brew during their weekday happy hour, of course.

They also have great weekend brunch programming, so this place is definitely worth several visits this summer.

Where: 1012 Beach Avenue #1

And that’s the list, folks! We hope you enjoy your “vacation” and get away to one of these beautiful tropical themed spots in Vancouver. Hoping the weather gets the memo!

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement