Ireland’s First Tiki Bar Opens in Dublin This Week
Ohana, Ireland’s first tiki bar, will open its doors on Dublin’s Harcourt Street this Friday, January 17.
Ohana is billed as an exotic, stylish and contemporary take on traditional tiki rum bars. The trend of modern tiki rum bars has boomed in cities such as New York and London over the past decade and now Ireland finally has its own.
The new bar offers an unmatched focus on unique rum cocktails with a Caribbean flare while always adding an Irish twist. Ohana will offer over 300 rums, including the most exclusive Bacardi Family range to ever hit the Irish market. Some of the finest selection of rums in Europe will be stocked, including Chai Rum, an ultra-premium offering from Trinidad and Tobago, as well as their own Ohana blended offerings.
In addition to original rum creations, Ohana offers a wide selection of classic cocktails and drinks, skilfully mastered to the bar’s own interpretation. Notably, there is a strong focus on the use of Irish spirits, such as Slingshot Gin, Glendalough Whiskey, Kalak Vodka, Tullamore Dew XO and many more.
Tiki bars began in the United states in the 1930s and are based on Polynesian culture, style and ethos. The experience is dreamlike, playful and exotic. Ohana means ‘family’ in Hawaiian culture, and was chosen due to the young, dynamic and driven team behind the creation of the bar. The new venue is independently run with experienced operators Doug Leddin, Will Lynch and Paddy Noir leading the venture.
Speaking about this new arrival to Dublin City, Doug Leddin, Creative Operator, said in a statement: “We have had so much fun creating Ohana, and I know we have some of the best staff from all corners of the world as part of our new family here. We all love what we do and hope that is evident in the individual experience our customers will find here.”
“This isn’t just another premium bar opening in Dublin. This is a fun and creative space where we can experiment with new cocktails, rum blends, spirits and so much more, while always changing with the demands and trends of our customers”.
Speaking about introducing this new rum focus to Dublin, General Manager Will Lynch added: “At Ohana we wanted to bring the spirit of Tiki to our guests – focusing on a relaxed and fun atmosphere, standout hospitality and exotic drinks and surroundings that allow you to escape. Gin has been a huge success in recent times, but we believe that rum will be the next big wave. We will be constantly working to curate an amazing cocktail menu, sourcing rare fruits and ingredients from around the world.”
The inspiration for the bar’s standout design comes from a mix of Polynesian influences, including Hawaii and Easter Island. The colour palette is a combination of teals and crystal blue, evoking images of the clear blue Pacific Ocean. Key design features include oversized palm leaves and pineapples printed onto custom wallpaper, bamboo cladding, Tiki heads and Easter Island statues, all combining to bring you from Dublin into a Tiki, tropical heaven.
Ohana is located on Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. The Luas, taxi ranks and many major bus routes are at the bar’s doorstep.
The opening hours for Ohana are Monday to Friday, 5pm – Late, and Saturday and Sunday, 3pm – Late. There will also be weekly DJ’s and monthly live music.