Our Critics' Picks

MORE

Tonga Hut

12808 Victory Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91606
818-769-0708
Best Of
Tonga Hut +

Lina Lecaro

Details

  • Daily 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Tiki enthusiasts and vivacious valley girls and guys flock to this festive luau-like bar experience. The old bar (opened in 1958) was bought about 5 years ago and subtle changes were made, including the new "drooling bastard" fountain, a refurbished kidney-shaped drop ceiling, and a nice smattering of Polynesian masks and velvet paintings. It's kitschy but not tacky, cozy not crazy -- rare with these kinds of environments. Even the 7-foot-tall moai (Easter Island statue) seems at home. The hut is a happening hub most nights thanks to tasty concoctions -- The Tonga Lei, Ginger Flame, Tonga Punch, Rhumboogie, and Cum in a Hot Tub shot are witch-doctor lethal -- and a jumping jukebox filled with Exotica, Rockabilly, and Lounge plus a little 80's Rock, Classic Rock and R&B and Hip-hop.

Related Stories (5)

  • Best San Fernando Valley Happy Hours
    25 days ago by Lesley Jacobs Solmonson

    For some Angelenos, the San Fernando Valley is a far more relaxing place to work, live or drink. These days, though, with its many bars — ranging from retro to tiki to modern — the Valley is a drinking destination worth driving to. ...

  • Winter Wonderland
    3 months ago by Liz Ohanesian

    Feeling a little retro this holiday season? Head to the Tonga Hut for their ninth annual Winter Wonderland party. The North Hollywood tiki bar has been around since 1958 and the vibe is distinctively ’60s cocktail party. Sip on a Zo...

  • 15 Surprisingly Awesome Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in the Valley
    5 months ago by L.A. Weekly

    The San Fernando Valley is easily one of the most misunderstood regions of Los Angeles. Long mocked for its suburban strip malls, vapid "Valley Girl" accents and affordable tract housing, the Valley gets a bad rap as L.A.'s tragical...

  • Top 5 Tiki Bars in Los Angeles
    2 years ago by James Bartlett

    Even if it's reborn as part of the newly-imagined Clifton's, many still mourned when aquarium-filled Bahooka tiki bar in Rosemead closed its doors recently. But in NoHo, the Tonga Hut will be celebrating its 55th birthday this year ...

Load More Articles