The Valley’s original island-style hideaway, Hula’s Modern Tiki in Phoenix moved inside a stylishly revamped mid-century modern building on 7th Street just north of Camelback (5114 N. 7th St., 602-265-8454), the new Hula’s features a sweeping indoor-outdoor patio, a 40-person private dining ‘Tiki Room’ and a (secret) second tiki bar named The Captain’s Cabin. Handcrafted by Hula’s owner, M. Dana Mule, this custom-designed space will replace the original Hula’s Modern Tiki in Phoenix, which launched in 2009 and will be torn down by the landowners as part of a new residential redevelopment.
“This all-new Hula’s location allows us to remain in the Uptown Phoenix neighborhood that has loved and supported us since day one,” Mule says. “Plus, we’ve added a private dining and event space called ‘The Tiki Room’, a larger main dining room with lots of cozy booth seating, and a bigger main bar. We’ve also blown out the existing north wall and added a fire-pit to create a new version of the (pet-friendly) indoor-outdoor dining patio that Hula’s Phoenix is famous for.” But that’s just a taste of all the exotic tropical elements aboard the all-new Hula’s, including a second hidden tiki bar with its own entry off 7th Street. “This intimate 28-seat bar is named The Captain’s Cabin, and will serve up both modern and classic tiki cocktails in an wood-paneled space featuring custom tiki artwork and nautical decor reminiscent of a 1950s Tahitian sailing ship cabin.”
The Captain’s Cabin is also the perfect spot to savor Hula’s premium “Uku Nui” Cocktail Menu brimming with craft cocktails and rare rum flights. Already offered at Hula’s in Phoenix and Scottsdale (bar area only), the “Uku Nui” menu (which means “premium” in Hawaiian) showcases six gourmet tiki tipples, all hand-shaken with fresh squeezed juices and housemade bitters and syrups, and offered for $11 each. Plus, Hula’s just added its first-ever Rum Flights Menu, allowing guests to take their taste buds on a self-guided tropical tour of 24 of the world’s finest rums. This is offered in additional to Hula’s standard cocktail menu, featuring 16 Signature Tropical Cocktails such as the best-selling Hula’s Mia Tai (strong and limey vs. fruity and sugary), the award-winning Painkiller and the flaming-rum-topped Scorpion Bowl, with prices starting at $6 during the weekday Tiki Time Happy Hour (M-F, 3:30 – 6 pm).
Pair it all with Hula’s award-winning menu of Island-style eats, including South Seas Fish Tacos, Crispy Coconut Shrimp Rolls and authentic Hawaiian Ceviche and Island Poke—all made from-scratch and featuring the freshest fish and other premium ingredients. Plus Hula’s is home to the Valley’s tastiest Weekend Brunch, including Eggs Benedict topped with your choice of ham, Portuguese sausage, ahi tuna or fried spam (a Hawaiian favorite), or the hearty Loco Moco (burger patty, rice covered in brown mushroom gravy, sunny side up eggs).
Hula’s Modern Tiki is open Monday & Tuesday, 11am – 10pm, Wednesday & Thursday: 11am – 11pm, Friday: 11am – 12am*, Saturday: 10:30am – 12am*, Sunday: 10:30am – 10pm. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 10:30am – 2:30pm (*Full menu until 11pm). For more information call Hula’s Phoenix 602-265-8454 or Hula’s Scottsdale 480-970-HULA (4852) or visit www.hulasmoderntiki.com.