Tiki bar designs infuse tropical, Polynesian flair into the backyard by using bamboo and thatched palm as key features. For a modern twist, add industrial steel tiki torches.
Freestanding tiki bar designs consist of a pyramid hip roof over a four-post frame with thatched palm adhering to the angled panels. An overhang counter and totem-carved bar stools complete the look. An alternative design uses only dark wood with Polynesian masks hanging on the bar panels. In a more natural style, bamboo slats are applied to a pyramid ceiling. A simple modern design uses a pergola surrounded by metal tiki torches.
A basic backyard tiki bar uses a lean-to design adjacent to the house. A split piece of bamboo acts as a gutter, and bamboo trim around the bar is decorative. Bamboo paneling for the bar front is functional since it never rots. Saloon style doors complement the easy design.
In 1933, the original tiki bar opened in Southern California. It had rattan wicker bar chairs and bamboo paneling on the bar. Nautical lamps in various shapes and sizes hung from the ceiling. Contemporary tiki bar owners often display ceramic tiki mugs or serve rum punches in them with mini umbrellas. Vintage mugs from the 1930s are collectibles.