Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are

Tiki Time: Where to Get Hawaiian Food and Tropical Drinks in D.C.

by Lanna Nguyen on Jul 26, 2016 in Roundups

Summertime is in full swing, and with the recent rise of local restaurants serving up trendy poke bowls and tiki drinks, it’s safe to say DC is getting into the tropical spirit. We’ve seen an uptick in Hawaiian dishes and drinks in the area, so get in on the island craze and check out these spots for poke, spam, poi and more.

Hawaiian Food
A food truck serving up authentic Hawaiian dishes including poke, poi and Kalua pig, Abunai also offers catering and regularly participates in pop-events throughout the area, meaning you can get your fill of awesome Hawaiian food whenever you want. Check out their Facebook and Twitter pages to see where they’re parked during lunchtime.

Daikaya
Although it’s better known for its stellar Sapporo-style ramen, Daikaya’s second story Izakaya serves up its version of the Hawaiian dish Tuna Poke. Made with diced yamaimo, basil pesto and rice pearls, it’s available during dinner and brunch. Donburi (rice bowls) are served during lunch, and if you have a craving for Hawaiian flavors, try the Tuna Poke bowl (raw tuna, shoyu, green onion, sesame, onion) or the Hawaiian Loco Moco bowl (hambagu, red wine sauce, fried sunny-side up egg). Stop in during brunch for a true Hawaiian breakfast: seared spam, fried egg, teriyaki sauce and furikake served over rice. (705 6th St, NW; 202-589-1600)

The District Fishwife
Head to Union Market and choose either Atlantic Salmon or Yellowfin Ahi Tuna poke bowls served on rice with seaweed salad, pickled ginger, carrot, soy ginger dressing and spicy aioli. (1309 5th St, NE; 202-543-2592)

Hula Girl Bar and Grill
Thanks to its roots as a popular food truck, Hula Girl expanded to a brick and mortar space last year. Here you’ll find traditional Hawaiian dishes such as Lomi, Spam Musubi, Kalua Pork and Cabbage and Loco Moco. Pair your meal with fun tiki cocktails like the Hula Girl Mai Tai or the Hawaii Kai Margarita. (4044 Campbell Ave., Arlington; 703-998-4853)

Maki Shop
The fast-casual sushi shop on 14th Street serves up its variation on the traditional Poke Bowl (tuna poke, white rice, carrots, cucumber, radish sprouts), and also offers it in a hand roll with black rice, toasted sesame oil, papaya, shiso, and kaiware sprouts. (1552 14th St, NW; 202-545-6333)

Poke-Man
The Northern Virginia food truck offers a number of poke options, including Shoyu Ginger Salmon Poke, Spicy Mayo Salmon Poke, Korean Gochujang Squid, and Thai Chili Garlic Shrimp.

Tiki Drinks
Archipelago
This island-themed bar offers a roster full of tiki cocktails. They’ve got all the classics, like the Pina Coladas, Banana Daiquiris and Mai Tais as well as larger, tiki drinks including one made with gin, scotch, Thai tea and guava. (1201 U St, NW; 202-627-0794)

Bar Charley
Come to Bar Charley during happy hour for $5 Tiki Taps with cocktails Molokai Mule (light and dark rum, brandy, orgeat, lime, orange juice and bitters) and Suffering Bastard (gin, bourbon, house ginger beer, angostura bitters and lime). Happy hour runs all night on Mondays and until 6:30 PM Tuesday - Friday. (1825 18th St, NW; 202-627-2183)

Farmers Fishers Bakers
Tiki drinks are the main feature of Farmers Fishers Bakers' cocktail menu. With over 30 different tropical drinks including Zombies, Mai Tais, Pina Coladas, and Daiquiris, you can enjoy your beverage of choice in one their signature tiki mugs. (3000 K St, NW; 202-298-8783)

Freddie’s Beach Bar
As the name would suggest, the Crystal City bar is all about beach-themed tropical cocktails. Try the High Tide Mai Tai with rum, sour mix, Amaretto, Grenadine, orange and pineapple juices or the True Blue Hawaiian with vodka, Blue Curacao and pineapple juice. Bonus: Freddie’s regularly hosts karaoke nights and drag shows. (555 23rd St, Arlington; 703-685-0555)

Jack Rose
Head to the second floor Tiki Bar at Jack Rose (open Thursday-Saturday) for tropical cocktails including the Tidal Wave (Tanqueray Gin, Blue Curacao, guava nectar, lime) and the Painkiller (rum, pineapple, orange juice, coconut cream). (2007 18th St, NW; 202-588-7388)

Pepita Cantina
On Thursdays, Mike Isabella’s Mexican cantina goes all out Hawaiian, complete with specialty dishes (like pupu platters, tuna poke, and skewers) and tiki cocktails like frozen hurricanes, tequila coladas, and mai tais. Pepita’s Tiki Thursdays begin at 5PM and run through close. (4000 WIlson Blvd, Arlington; 703-312-0200)

Photo via Flickr user Sam Howzit

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Where to Grab a Drink After a Day of Ice Skating in D.C.

Where to Grab a Drink After a Day of Ice Skating in D.C.

Here are our top picks for where to warm up after getting your skate on....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Feb 5, 2019
Detox With These Low-Alcohol Cocktails in D.C.

Detox With These Low-Alcohol Cocktails in D.C.

Lots of drinkers do dry months, but if you can't commit to doing a completely alcohol-free month, here are some great options for lower-alcohol conten...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jan 22, 2019
Behind the Bar: Dustin Wilson of Verve Wine & the SOMM Film Series

Behind the Bar: Dustin Wilson of Verve Wine & the SOMM Film Series

In this installment of Behind the Bar, we spoke to Dustin Wilson, a Master Sommelier who appeared in the SOMM ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jan 21, 2019
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
You Can Rent a 'Bubble Tap Trailer' To Serve Up Prosecco On the Go

You Can Rent a 'Bubble Tap Trailer' To Serve Up Prosecco On the Go

If you're looking for a unique feature for your next event, look no further - you can now rent a 'Bubble Tap T...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jan 8, 2019
Ryan Reynolds & Aviation Gin Have Released a New, Hilarious Making-Of Video

Ryan Reynolds & Aviation Gin Have Released a New, Hilarious Making-Of Video

Ryan Reynolds & Aviation Gin have been teaming up to create some of the funniest ads in the business for quite...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jan 4, 2019
Pedialyte Has a New Product That Might Help Cure Your Next Hangover

Pedialyte Has a New Product That Might Help Cure Your Next Hangover

If you've been picking up Pedialyte at the corner store after a long night of drinking, you're not alone — a...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jan 4, 2019
Cozy Up to These Winter Cocktails in D.C.

Cozy Up to These Winter Cocktails in D.C.

From themed drinks to warming cocktails, the holiday season and wintertime in general is the best time of the year for fun, festive drinks....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Dec 11, 2018
Amy Poehler Has Opened a Wine Store in Brooklyn

Amy Poehler Has Opened a Wine Store in Brooklyn

Amy Poehler has a new role - she has opened a wine store, Zula Wines & Spirits, in Brooklyn's Park Slope, according to Eater. ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Dec 11, 2018
Stay Warm in D.C. This Winter With These Hot & Spiced Cocktails

Stay Warm in D.C. This Winter With These Hot & Spiced Cocktails

Here are our top picks for D.C. tipples that will warm you up from the inside out....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Nov 27, 2018
Red Spot Whiskey Has Returned after 50 Years Out of Production

Red Spot Whiskey Has Returned after 50 Years Out of Production

After 50 years out of production, Red Spot Whiskey has returned to join the Spot Whiskeys family once again....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 26, 2018
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close