This weekend, Arizona Tiki Oasis will take over the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale with food and drink tastings, art and music for tiki enthusiasts across the state. The event is the companion event to the highly regarded Tiki Oasis Festival in San Diego.
Kick off your weekend of island life in the desert with the official launch party at HULA’s Modern Tiki in Old Town Scottsdale on Thursday, April 22 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
HULA’s will be hosting Tiki Time Happy Hour, where guests can enjoy all of the restaurant’s signature cocktails and classic appetizers as well as specialty tiki cocktails whipped up by HULA’s mixologist David Muhlstein.
The event, which is free to the public, will also be guests’ first opportunity to pick up official 2021 Tiki Oasis merch and collectible tiki souvenirs.
“It’s the perfect place to come for dinner or grab drinks pre- or post-dinner somewhere else,” HULA’s owner Dana Mule says of the Old Town location. “It’s just a great spot to hang out and enjoy yourself and forget about the last year that we’ve been through.”
The event is sponsored by Barbados-based Mount Gay Rum. Muhlstein will be mixing classic rum cocktails, including an original 1950s-era, pre-blender daiquiri. Mount Gay has three new cask-aged rums that HULA’s will be featuring in its specialty offerings.
“[Muhlstein] was able to take those rums and come up with some pretty cool stuff,” Mule says.
He adds that HULA’s is the perfect place to kick off Arizona Tiki Oasis because of its “laid-back, escapist vibe.” He encourages anyone to attend the event, even if they aren’t taking part in Tiki Oasis itself.
“Whether you’re coming from out of town or you live here, we want to provide you with a place of reprieve and escape, where you can feel like you’re on an island somewhere enjoying a resort cocktail without having to leave the confines of Hulas’ Modern Tiki,” he says. “It’s nice to be able to get away and not have to leave town. I think a lot of people are looking for that [right now].”
HULA’s other locations in Uptown and North Phoenix will also be offering Tiki Time Happy Hour, though they are not hosting an official event.
“It’s the best place to escape without actually having to leave Phoenix. After the year we’ve all had, everyone needs a little reprieve,” Mule says. “They need to go somewhere and have fun and forget the stresses of the day. Maybe if you close your eyes, you can even feel a cool tropical breeze.”