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Bootlegger Tiki

140 W. Via Lola St. (N. Palm Canyon Dr.) Send to Phone
760-318-4154
Bootlegger Tiki in Palm Springs offers exotic cocktails in a small, island-inspired space.
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Bootlegger Tiki, Palm Springs, CA

Bootlegger Tiki Restaurant Review

: Bootlegger Tiki inhabits an historic building that in the 1950s was home to the Palm Springs branch of Don the Beachcomber, a Polynesian-themed establishment from bootlegger-turned-restaurateur Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt (aka Donn Beach). This tiki bar references his former profession, while neighboring sister spot Ernest Coffee Co. pays tribute to his given name. (Below the ground are tunnels that some speculate may have been used in the 1930s to escape gambling raids from a nearby hotel.) The small interior space is covered with lauhala matting, bamboo and seductive black velvet paintings. There are just a few booths plus several spots along the bar. The roster of exotic cocktails includes three variations on the Mai Tai: classic, Donn Beach's 1934 recipe and a new version dubbed The Bitter Mai Tai. Beverage director Chad Austin brings in unusual ingredients like tobacco bitters in the aptly named drink Coffee & Cigarettes. A popular choice is the Pod Thai, made with white rum, cardamom-lemongrass syrup and Thai basil. While imbibing, patrons can snack on Sriracha coconut popcorn, Coachella Valley dates or cheese and charcuterie plates.

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