Mahiki: Get Your Tiki On

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A tropical island vacation with your friends would be a blast, but until that happens, you can enjoy the next best thing with a visit to Mahiki. This popular Mayfair nightclub named for the Polynesian path to the underworld channels a beachside bungalow scene so well that you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the South Pacific. The carved tiki heads guarding the doorway are your first clues that you’re in for a night to remember. Once you stroll in, you’ll find bamboo covering just about every surface, save for where bouquets of hibiscus and other tropical flowers pop out from the occasional corner. Take over one of the large wooden tables surrounded by wicker chairs and decide which huge sharable cocktail you’d like to split. Whether you order the Krakatoa – with its own dry ice eruption smoldering in the center – or a Polynesian Treasure Chest, served in a treasure chest overflowing with Mahiki Grog, coconut liqueur, and Falernum, you’ll find them to be well-executed versions of beach-resort classics. Each drink comes in its own unique glass–the “coconut grenade” even has a firing pin–so have everyone take a photo of their quirky barware to share the morning after. Drinks in hand, it’s time to mix and mingle with a seriously upscale crowd that frequently includes athletes, celebrities, and even a young royal or two. When the beat turns up the heat on the dance floor and the hula girl waitresses start making the rounds with sparklers, you’ll know this is the kind of luau that goes all night long.

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Mahiki

1 Dover St London W1S 4LD

44 20 7493 9529

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