It’s tiki time.
Summer is gone for another year, but if you’re having a hard time reconciling with it, you can imbibe the warm wavy vibes of the beach at Dallas’ new tiki paradise, Swizzle Luau Lounge, that is now open. [Featured image: @antiki_atx]
After half-a-decade in the making, beachcomber tiki bar, Swizzle, will finally makes it public debut. The company behind the bar has been on DFW’s tiki cocktail scene since 2016, producing Dallas Tiki Week, the Waipun Tiki Flea artist showcase, and other area pop-ups.
Decked up and down in bamboo, the Swizzle Luau Lounge is housed in the space formerly occupied by Dallas Beer Kitchen. Inside, low chromatic light fixtures cast ambient light on the wooden sculptures, tropical flora, and other beachy island artifacts decorating the space.
Given the difficulties of the present situation, Swizzle will be conducting a bit of a trial run with its menu, including opening up a full scale Hawaiian kitchen. The menu will include a cornucopia of Polynesian-inspired plates, complete with kalua pork, SPAM platters, lumpia, and homespun Dole Whip. In this flourishing oasis, Swizzle will also serve a medley of tropical cocktails featuring island favorite Mai Tais and Painkillers. Both menus are said to develop when “things are more normal,” says owner Jen Reyes.
Given the present circumstances, Swizzle has implemented a number of safety measures and precautions. To visit, patrons must make a reservation beforehand for a 1.5 hour time slot of drinking and/or dining. This allows the bar to thoroughly sanitize the space between visiting parties. Furthermore, all patrons must wear masks when entering the bar. Bandanas do not count, although the bar will supply a mask if need be. The bar also administers temperature checks upon entry.
“We are thrilled to share this tropical escape with you, we have worked hard over the last five years to bring this experience to Dallas and the time has finally come,” the bar writes on its website. “We hope you love it as much as we do! Thank you for your continued support over the years! Dallas FINALLY has a tiki bar! Let’s celebrate!”