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Tiki Tatsu-Ya offers various tropical drinks that will transport you to a tropical island. (Jody Horton/Tiki Tatsu-Ya

Ten months into the year means you're probably in need of some serious vacation time but you may not be able to book a trip to Hawaii just yet. Luckily, we've compiled a list of the best tiki bars in Austin to be your own mini-vacation away from work—so bring out the grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts!

Tiki Tatsu-Ya, 1300 South Lamar Blvd.

Hours: 4 p.m.-midnight Wednesday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2-10 p.m. Sunday

Chef and owner Tatsu Aikawa, genius behind Ramen Tatsu-Ya, DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya and Kemuri Tatsu-Ya in Austin, recently launched this tiki bar in South Austin. Tiki Tatsu-Ya serves tropical-themed dishes such as poke and stuffed squid as well as cocktails like the classic Mai Tai and even specialty drinks like the Jungle Crane. They also offer shareable drink options such as the Rum Barrel or the Skeleton Cruise, which is served on a miniature ship.

Pool Burger, 2315 Lake Austin Blvd.

Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-midnight Friday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday

Across from Deep Eddy Municipal Pool sits this hip walk-up tiki bar. After enjoying a long day at the pool, sip on drinks inside Pool Burger's beach house-themed indoor seating or vibe to the music outside on the mini turf lawn. Aside from burgers and rum cakes, they also serve classic tropical drinks like Mai Tais and Zombies as well as specialty drinks like Arm Floaties. Happy hour is 3-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, offering $5 frozen Hurricanes and rosé and $2 Red Stripes.

HenHouse Basement (The Lost Lei), 117 West 4th St.

Hours: 4 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday

This dimly lit tiki bar offers chill island vibes with colorful lights and indoor seating. Customers have the option to get classic tiki cocktails such as the Zombie or Saturn as well as specialty drinks like their Polynesian Retreat. They also sell souvenir tiki mugs for $25 each or four for $75.

Shangri-La, 1016 East 6th St.

Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday to Thursday, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday to Sunday

Shangri-La isn't so much a tiki bar but more so a tiki dive bar. Customers can enjoy the foliage on the back patio underneath string lights or sip on their drinks at the smaller second bar hut. A lot of their menu consists of frozen drinks with mini umbrellas, so don't miss out on their specialty drinks like the Shangri-Lada and D'Mango Unchained. They also have live music and free billiards.

The Cat’s Pajamas, 610 Nueces St.

Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, noon-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

This boat-themed rooftop bar is the perfect place to have some drinks with your friends if you're wanting a night out on the town. Customers can sip on their piña coladas while they sit at the bar swings or take a photo in front of the posed jet skis. They also offer some specialty drinks including their Galveston Is The New Miami, which features Western Son Peach Vodka.

Zanzibar, 304 East Cesar Chavez St.

Hours: 4 p.m.-midnight Monday to Thursday, 2 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday

Seven stories up sits a high-end rooftop tiki bar decked out with tropical foliage and a rooftop pool with cabanas. Not only does it offer modern tiki cocktails but also island-inspired fare such as sushi burritos, duck egg rolls and spicy tuna poke. Come enjoy this private paradise in the middle of the concrete jungle of downtown!

Hula Hut, 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

Though this is not so much a tiki bar but a tropical-themed Tex-Mex restaurant, they still offer many island-inspired drinks such as Mai Tais and their signature cocktail Hu-La-La. Since opening in the summer of 1993, it has provided beautiful lake views, tasty tropical fare and island vibe scenery with their outdoor colorful lights, bamboo walls and grass skirt roofs.

Happy vacation!



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