St-Hubert Street is home to the city’s newest tiki bar, as a to-be-named purveyor of tropical drinks has opened behind existing bar Idole.
The bar (which we’ll call Tiki Room for now) is open as of this week, and will focus on classic drinks within the genre: think Mai Tais, zombies, and hurricanes.
Principal Anthoni Jodoin says he travelled to California (which is actually where tiki bars originated, and not the Pacific Islands, despite the tropical imagery they use) for research, and decided that a cozy space would be ideal — the Tiki Room only fits around 25 to 30 people.
“It’s in line with what I’ve seen traveling…it’s all little secluded areas, even if you’re eight or ten patrons in the bar, it looks like it’s full.”
As per the theme, it’s decked out with bamboo, lanterns, and some sultry lighting .
Jodoin and Jean-Max Giguère of cocktail hot spot Le 132 Bar Vintage in Ahuntsic are behind the Tiki Room (as with Idole). he room used to house loosely ‘80s themed rum bar Bleu Nuit, but Jodoin tells Eater he felt that a clearer identity was needed for the room to shine.
“Bleu Nuit was fun but it was kind of a mix and match and didn’t really have a true identity.”
STATUS — The Tiki Room behind Idole is open at 6388 St-Hubert Street from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thursday to Saturday, and available for private events at other times.