The Kon-Tiki

A Lost Paradise of Rum and Thatched Roofs From Some Hawker Fare Alumni

80 Rums and a Burger You Can't Miss in Oakland

By Joe Starkey ·
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If there's one thing we know about you, it's that your love of tiki drinks is only surpassed by your love of thatched roofs.

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Hey, let's actually just move things right along to the Kon-Tiki. It's, you guessed it, a whimsical new tiki bar in Oakland with bonus points for being brought to you by some Hawker Fare alumni. It's open now. Take a look around.

You'll want to come with a handful of fun people in tow. Fun people who are into tropical escapes brimming with tiki god totems, colorful string lights and kitschy whatnots everywhere. And rum. It'll really help if everybody likes rum.

Seat yourselves at the bar with a thatched roof. Or in a booth with a thatched roof. Or anywhere else, preferably with a thatched roof. From there, just start ordering drinks that come in garishly glorious vessels like the Virgin's Sacrifice with tequila, mezcal and pineapple gum syrup. Or better yet, brave the Kon-Tiki Zombie, an elixir so strong that it's limited to two per guest. 

And since you'll definitely want to fortify yourself against those elements, at your disposal will also be anything from pupu platters to a burger with Maui-onion jam, kewpie mayo, American cheese and crispy SPAM. Related: the kitchen is open as late as the bar.

And lo, your desperate search for late-night pupu platters finally ends.

Joe Starkey is the tallest person in the room 90% of the time. He enjoys liquors that aren’t smoky, dive bars that are, and has a vague dread that someone, somewhere might be having more fun than him.

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The Kon-Tiki
347 14th St
(between Webster and Harrison)
Oakland, CA 94612
510-823-2332
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