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17 Fun Tiki Bar Ideas for Your Backyard (or Indoors!)

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Get ready to create the best Tiki bar for your home this summer. Just take a look at a few of these fun Tiki Bar ideas below, and you’ll be all set!

Fun Tiki Bar Ideas

Fun Tiki Bar Ideas For Your Home!

Whether you live in the United States or abroad, you can bring the tropical island lifestyle right to your home.

With these tiki bar ideas, you can turn your backyard or indoors into the perfect place for sipping tropical drinks and making memories with friends and family.

Moreover, if you’ve ever dreamed of creating your very own tropical paradise at home, now is the perfect time to start creating a designated area for a tiki bar!

With a bit of creativity, a few tools, and some colorful decorations, you can create a tiki bar that will be the envy of your friends and family.

Imagine the fun you can have sipping cocktails under a thatched roof, surrounded by island-inspired decor.

You’ll also be able to host luau parties or relax and unwind in your private paradise.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started creating your tiki bar!

Here are some fun tiki bar ideas for your backyard or indoors!


17 Fun Tiki Bar Ideas for Your Backyard (or Indoors!)

fun tiki bar idea

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1. Shop for a Tiki Bar (or build one!).

Shop for a Tiki Bar or build one

The first step to creating a Tiki Bar in your backyard is to shop for one. There are a variety of sizes, styles, and materials available to choose from.

fun full set tiki bar

Make sure to find one that fits your space and style, like this tiki bar

Or you can always build one. Whatever you decide to do, let your imagination go wild!


2. Hang String Lights.

You can easily set the mood for your tiki bar inexpensively with fun colored glimmery string lights.

Just adorn your pergola or the surrounding fence of your outdoor tiki bar, and you are halfway there!

String lights are a great way to add a tropical vibe to your backyard. Hang them around your Tiki Bar to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

Hang String Lights for your tiki bar in your garden


3. Don’t forget a tropical umbrella.

tropical straw outdoor umbrella

A tiki bar is not complete without some shade. Even if you live in a cold environment, it doesn’t mean your tiki bar has to! An umbrella will always do the trick. 


4. Install a Tiki Torch.

Install a Tiki Torch

Installing a Tiki Torch is a great way to add a little extra ambiance to your Tiki Bar. Be sure to follow all safety instructions when installing the torch and keep it away from any flammable materials.


5. Hang a Hammock.

Hang a Hammock for your backyard tiki bar

A hammock is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a summer day. Hang a hammock near your Tiki Bar for a place to kick your feet up and relax.


6. Decorate with Tropical Decor.

tiki bar tropical cups

Add tropical decor to your Tiki Bar for a classic island feel. Think tiki masks, tiki cups, tropical plants, and beachy accents.

ome tropical decor to your Tiki Bar


7. Add a Water Feature.

Tiki bars are often characterized by their water features. Whether it is a small waterfall or a mini pond, a water feature is a must have for any tiki bar.

tiki bar water feature

Adding a tiki bar water feature to your backyard adds a tranquil and calming vibe. Choose from various sizes and styles to find one that suits your backyard.


8. Create a Tiki Bar Sign.

Tiki Bar Sign

Create a unique and custom Tiki Bar sign with your own personal style.

Tropical Garden sign, hand painted weather station Bar Sign, Hawaiian Tiki (1) (1)

Tiki bar signs are also a great way to make your tiki bar even more unique and inviting for guests, mainly because it has your own personal touch. 


9. Hang Up a Surfboard.

surfboard or two to your tiki bar

Hang up a surfboard or two to your tiki bar to give your backyard a real beachy feel. This will also give your guests something to talk about.


10. Set Up a Tiki Bar Cart.

Tiki Bar Cart

Setting up a Tiki Bar cart is a great way to store all of your Tiki Bar essentials. Store your favorite drinks, mixers, and snacks on the cart for easy access.


11. Play Some Island Music with cool outdoor speakers.

cool outdoor speakers for tiki bar ideas

Nothing says Tiki Bar like some island music. Some classic island tunes paired with fun speakers will get your guests in the mood for a great time. 


12. Set Up a Grill.

outdoor bbq for tiki bar area and backyard

a Grill

Grilling up some fun tiki bar food is another excellent way to enjoy some food with friends and family. Set up a grill or an outdoor bbq near your Tiki Bar for a place to cook delicious food.


13. Install an Outdoor Bar fridge.

Outdoor Bar fridge

If you really want to go the extra mile, installing an outdoor bar will make your backyard Tiki Bar complete. Make sure to choose one that fits your style and needs, and you’ll be all set to enjoy the fruits of your labor.


14. Incorporate Natural looking Greenery.

plants for tiki bar

Incorporate some natural elements into your Tiki Bar with tropical-looking houseplants. Add some bamboo, palm trees, and other tropical plants to give your tiki bar a true island tropical feel.


15. Add a Fire Pit.

fire pit to bring tiki bar to life at night

A fire pit is always going to win the award as one of the best ways to keep warm on a cool summer night. make sure to find one that suits your needs and fits your backyard, and you are almost ready to enjoy your fun tiki bar creation!


16. Don’t forget the bar stools.

tiki bar bar stools for outdoors

Obviously a tiki bar in no bar at all without bar stools. So once you find the seating you like, get ready because you are almost ready to invite your friends over!


17. Hang Up a Parrot.

classic parrot for tiki bar ideas

Last but not least, no Tiki Bar is complete without a parrot in some way, shape, or form. Hang up a parrot or two for a fun and unique touch!


Fun tiki bar inspiration:

Do you need more inspiration to set the tone for your tiki bar? Take a look at these inspiring tiki bar looks to spark your imagination. 

Build a tiki bar out of pallets! You can also include several tropical colors or even garlands to add to the island vibe.
authentic tiki bar tropical beach look with thatch roof


A tiki bar should have all of the typical decorative elements you expect in a tropical paradise, like palm trees, thatched grass roofs and bar stools.


outdoor bar cart with drink area

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 Simple yet beautiful. This is another example of an easy-to-make wooden bar cart on wheels that can be easily decorated with tea towels and flowers.


outdoor cabinet painted and turned into a outdoor bar

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Did you know that you can also upcycle an old hutch into a totally stylish and very functional outdoor bar complete with a mini-fridge and even bar menu! How fun is that?!


upcycled wood furniture painted blue and turned into a outdoor bar cart

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A unique design is key to making a tiki bar authentic. You can transform your bar into a pirate’s shack by adding mermaid statues to it and even a treasure box.

very pretty white outdoor tiki bar with loads of drinks

southern weddings credit

If you’re looking for a less permanent structure, this is a great idea! I love the cute retro striped awning!

outdoor round tiki bar idea



outdoor kitchen made to look like an outdoor tropical oasis



outdoor bar with fridge built in

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Here’s a fun outside bar complete with its own mini-fridge. Talk about a great way to incorporate necessities!


Turn Your Home into a Tiki Bar for Under $100

If you don’t have the time or money to build a permanent tiki bar in your backyard, there are a few easy ways to get the tropical island vibe. One way is to install a raffia grass table skirt for a beachy look. Another is to throw in some beachy and nautical objects such as sand underfoot, seashells, driftwood, and coconut shells.


Tiki bar FAQ.

What should a tiki bar have?

A tiki bar should have a tropical atmosphere, with tiki torches, a thatched roof, and a variety of tropical drinks and food.

How do you make a simple tiki bar?

To make a simple tiki bar, you will need to construct a frame out of wood, cover it with bamboo, add decorations, and install a bar top.

How tall should a tiki bar be?

Typically, the height of a tiki bar should be anywhere from 42-45 inches tall.

How do you winterize a tiki bar?

To winterize a tiki bar, remove any outdoor furniture, cover or wrap any outdoor electronics, and store any outdoor materials in a cool, dry place.

What kind of food do you serve at a tiki party?

You can serve a variety of food at a tiki party, such as grilled meats, salads, tropical fruits, and tropical drinks. If you keep the theme beachy, you should be good to go!

What else can you put in a tiki torch?

You can put citronella oil, lamp oil, or paraffin wax in a tiki torch but do your research to ensure your tiki bar will be safe.

What is the roof of a tiki bar called?

A tiki bar roof is usually made of thatch, or palm fronds called a Thatch Roof. However, not all tiki bars have to have them. Decorators have found that the right accessories will do the trick.


There you have it. You have just taken the first step towards creating your tropical oasis aka your fun tiki bar in your very own backyard (or home).

With just a few simple steps, you can be on your way to creating the perfect tiki bar atmosphere.

Enjoy the adventure of turning your backyard into an exotic escape, and don’t forget to let your imagination run wild. Afterall, decorating is all about having fun!

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