Tiki Break in Breck
Don and I headed to Breckenridge last May.
It was a surprise to find Tiki Mana, in my search.
Don and I arrived a few days before our kids joined us. We decided to locate the place early, so we could do some celebrating with the youngin's later. They love tiki adventures, too.
We walked over from our condo and found Tiki Mana, in the lower level of a hotel. The place wasn't open, but we could see some tropical decor through the windows. The patio faced the creek and looked pleasant in the sunshine.
Memorial Day Weekend Weather
We hadn't exactly expected snow for our visit. By the time we were gathered with our kids and their spouses, we were ready for a warm escape, to a tropical environment.
Tuesday Tiki Time
We concluded the bar/restaurant was open on Tuesday afternoon. We headed over for Happy Hour, at 4.
The entrance by the creek was much more festive than entering through the hotel. There was a cute little gathering space, right inside the door.
We stepped into the main bar and dining area and I was surprised with the bright lighting. Usually my aged eyes go into shock, when I enter dimly lit, tiki bars.
On a chilly Tuesday at 4:00. I wasn't too surprised that we were the first. It gave me a chance to peek around and snap a few pics.
There were cozy booths and thatched roofs.
There were bamboo walls and plants and windows. I'm not sure I've ever been to a tiki bar that had windows.
There were lots of Aloha Girls in the art and carved faces.
And carved Polynesian masks...
Our group of 6 could have fit into this sweet booth with seaside pillows.
Menus and Water
You know you're visiting a high altitude Tiki Bar, when the bartender hands you big glasses of water with your menu. He did not give us the leis.
I packed the leis, because I am always prepared with props, for dining or tiki adventures! Luckily the kids went along with my silliness.
The Tiki Gang
Only two of us were willing to brave the cold and wear a tropical shirt, for our outing.
I failed to get close ups of our tiki cocktails. Besides the colors, they weren't really all that exciting to look at. I guess I had my hopes up, because we were sitting at the bar staring at some typical tiki cups. Oh well, we did enjoy our Mai Tais and Blue Hawaiians. We had a few toasts, while flurries blew outside.
Our tiki time was brief and then we were off, to other things.
Mana Tiki just was not cozy enough. It needed better music and a happier bartender... which would have brought more customers and a better vibe. Maybe Breckenridge needs to stick to the mountain theme that it does so well.
Hmm? A Yelp search says that Mana Tiki has closed. Not sure.
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.