DTSA is proud to present our very first Digital Artwalk! This Saturday, on April 4th, some of our favorite local artists will be joining us in sharing their work. This will be our first ever, LIVE stream on our Downtown Santa Ana Facebook Page starting @ 6pm!
The Hot Tortilla / Host
Moises Camacho / Kids Art Show
Saint/Live Music / Piano performance
Julio Chavez & Mandie Bee / Live Music Duo
Roger Eyes R / Live Painting
Joy Fire / Live Metal Work
JesseJFR / Visual Artist
Miguel Pulido /Live Music
Mr. Lerc / aka Juan Guzman: Visual Artist lesson /WaterColors
Chris Kallmyer from CSUF Grand Central Art Center
Martin Ross/Live Painting
Cody Jay (Singer/Composer)
Anna Beck Nalle/ Gallery Showcase
Cross-promotion with Apart Together: The Copper Door's Artwalk Livestream
Special thanks to Briana Harley, Breanna Policar and Artwalk Coordinator, Yenny Bernal
Photonic Playground Virtual Exhibition
We're looking forward to staying connected with one and we believe art has the ability to bring people together in a very powerful way. All of these artists are bringing something unique to the table. From singers to painters to blacksmiths, we will get a very personal look into their creative processes.
Before settling-in for the DTSA Digital Artwalk, hit-up your favorite Downtown Santa Ana food and beverages for enjoying the DTSA Digital Artwalk. Order pick-up or delivery.
When to place your order? Many DTSA restaurants who remain open at this time are closing earlier thse days, so get your food before the event starts!
Having a virtual Artwalk provides a more personal and available insight into the perspectives of the artists. It’s not always that you get to meet the artist in person and hear about their creative process or pieces they’re working on. There will be live performances and demonstrations. Also, if you’re not in the area, that doesn’t matter anymore! Anyone around the world can experience the Artwalk, making it an experience that will be unforgettable.
As the community continues to come together and support each other, we want to offer everyone a moment of positivity and inspiration. Please join us online this Saturday as we connect with artists and the community!
LIVE stream on our Downtown Santa Ana Facebook Page starting Saturday April 4th @ 6pm!
Story by Breana Policar
UPDATE MAY 24, 2020 Late Stage 2 businesses including grocery stores, restaurants (dine-in), retail, health services, pharmacies, banks and gas stations are now open.
While downtown businesses are paying close attention to recent Coronavirus regulations and health precautions and the Governor's "Stay-at-Home" order, essential businesses are hoping to stay open and continue to serve you. Whether that's through grab-and go, delivery or even innovative online delivery of the services they provide downtown.
Lola Gaspar is offering a care package of meat, tortillas, sauce and sides that you can order by calling (714) 972-1172. On their Instagram, they said, "As this situation evolves, we beleive it is our duty to continue to serve our community by any means we can." La Vegana Mexicana posted on social media a picture of them making vegan tamales with the caption, "Thank you to everyone who has supported our small business, family, and staff during this difficult time. We can’t wait to open our doors again! Until then, call 949-988-4268 or DM to order. Keep tuned for tomorrow's menu."
Many downtown restaurants are offering delivery on popular food websites like GrubHub, Postmates, Uber Eats and DoorDash. Mimi Mar, owner of The Pizza Press - Santa Ana, who told us about extensive sanitation precautions they are taking and that, "we are encouraging customers to order online and or call in their orders and then come and pick up their food." Just down the road on 4th Street, Taquerias Guadalajares is offering curbside pick-up in addition to online delivery. Around the corner, Mix Mix Kitchen and Bar is offering curbside pickup and 10% off on their exquisite menu when you call 714-836-5158 to place your order between 5pm - 8:30pm. Chapter One: the modern local is offering 50% off beer, wine & cocktails to go and big bonuses for gift card purchases.
Need fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, or artisan bread? Visit the Downtown Santa Ana Farmer’s Market every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the corner of 3rd and Bush streets. Social distancing is maintained and encouraged while at the Farmers Market. Online orders are also available with a wide variety of fresh produce.
Northgate Gonzalez Market is open its first hour so seniors can shop in a safe enviornment. Downtown has many seniors and recently downtown restaurants like Kebab Place have reached out to see how they can offer meals to seniors. Community members are encouraged to connect with Tish Leon if you have resources for local seniors.
Some local businesses are exploring a local delivery co-op lead by the delivery team at Furr Friends Pet Store, Omar Dominguez along with potential partners including Claudia Gonzales, Chunk-N-Chip.
Elite Fitness Gym will be teaching online physical training to prevent you from sititng on your couch and vegitating.
In addition to Elite Fitness' online workouts, The Frida Cinema is working on launching free streaming film and art house content and events like The Witch Walk, Gente Night Market and DTSA First Saturday Artwalk will be held digitally.
Gus' Fried Chicken is offering free meals for students at their Downtown Santa Ana location with no purchase necessary.
According to Larry Kaplan, owner of the Downtown McDonald's: "McDonald's has local and national teams tracking the coronavirus with the #1 priority being the health and safety of employees and guests. We have made it a point to educate our people on best practices inside the restaurants and for personal hygiene."
While The Copper Door needed to be shut down as part of the government order to close bars, they quickly pivoted to retain staff by doing a deep clean and keeping spirits high. They also are organizing online DJ events under their N360 Live label.
You can see a list of all business types considered essential businesses ready to serve you via the OC Health Department's most recent order. Check our DTSA social media and your favorite downtown businesses for updates on who's open and what they're offering.
Story by Ryan Smolar
Photos from downtown business Intagram pages
Come visit the Golden Years Vintage Market on March 14th! This is an amazing event that brings people together to celebrate everything vintage! This retro-inspired market cultivates creativity and individualism through unique clothing and vinyl records. This year, vintage collectors can find some of the best vendors in Southern California, all at the 2nd Street Promenade!
Golden Years is an event that was created to celebrate the past in a fun and exciting way. Sarah Sunderman, the founder, states that, “Something really important to me was for my love for the vintage community to flow over into my event. I wanted greatly to create a fun event for both vintage sellers and attendees, to where it felt like getting together for a big dress-up party rather than a flea market. It's become a giant family and has completely surpassed my expectations!”
Downtown Santa Ana is the perfect place for such an event, as it also welcomes creative communities and provides experiences you can’t find anywhere else. When asked why she chose DTSA, Sarah said that “there is an energy here unlike anywhere else. A goal for my event was for attendees to also get to enjoy downtown Santa Ana like I do. Even as my event grows, it's home will always be Santa Ana.” Golden Years is reflective of what DTSA is all about- bringing community together and encouraging positive experiences for locals and visitors!
This year, Golden Years will be having giveaways for people who RSVP through Eventbrite! Provided by local businesses, attendees will have the chance to win several prizes for going to Golden Years! This will give people opportunities to explore what DTSA has to offer, including The Frida Cinema, Lola Gaspar, Congregation Ale House Chapters, Blackmarket Bakery, and more! Register for free online to be entered into the giveaway!
Photo from http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years
Story by Breanna Policar
“To have coffee is to share community with somebody”- Peter Giuliano, Specialty Coffee Association
Coffee is more than just a drink. It’s a shared social experience, a set of traditions and norms that bring people together. Whether you drink it on your commute to work or sit down for a couple of hours at a coffee house with an old friend, coffee has become a significant cultural object in Downtown Santa Ana. DTSA has become a hub for coffee shops and cafes, each showcasing their individuality through taste, aesthetic, and atmosphere. How could one drink have such a widespread influence on Santa Ana? Through perspectives of business owners, locals, and coffee lovers, this question is explored to reveal the underlying culture of coffee in DTSA.
“Coffee is simultaneously deeply technical and social. It is an endless pursuit of quality in the context of social interaction” -Truman, Hopper and Burr
Hopper and Burr has been serving specialty coffee to DTSA since 2016. They produce excellent, forward-thinking coffee and food that is approachable and welcoming. Hopper and Burr pushes back connotations and boundaries associated with coffee. DTSA is unique in that it behaves like a big city, because there is so much history and there is a city center; however, it is different because of the tight-knit community. Hopper and Burr depend on the community for their relationships. DTSA is unique in that it is tightly connected to its businesses. Hopper and Burr is a place where customers can take ownership and pride in their community. Truman, one of the owners, is highly knowledgeable on the technical side of coffee, but he knows the importance of connecting with people in the community. This emphasis of community is shown through his approach to presenting quality coffee. The integrity of the coffee is obvious, showing the passion that goes into the craft.
Photo from @hopperandburr
“Community is the core of what we are.”- Sam, Café Cultura
Café Cultura is the epitome of what it looks like to bring tradition in a modern age. The goal of Café Cultura is to make the community comfortable, while presenting Mexican traditions and flavors in an innovative way. Through their quality food and coffee, Mexico is introduced to Santa Ana in a way that is also welcoming to non-Hispanics, a key role in bringing the community together. As soon as you walk in, you hear Spanish music and are surrounded by bright colors and decorations from Mexico. The menu is in English and Spanish, showing that all are welcomed. The enthusiasm and dedication from the staff is obvious, making you want to come back for more. The whole atmosphere of Café Cultura is more than welcoming, it’s a genuine expression of Mexican American pride, highlighting what DTSA has to offer. The coffee culture of Café Cultura is global, because they importing coffee beans from Chiapas, which are influenced by traditional flavors and spices. This global coffee culture is then localized through the fusion of tradition in Santa Ana. Their Café de Olla is unique because they fuse spices with their coffee beans, providing a delicious black coffee that is sweet and requires no add ins. They have so many more special coffee drinks that reflect their culture, such as the Café Brew de Olla and the Horchata Latte.
Pictured: Café Cultura, (right) Café Brew de Olla
“Santa Ana is a culture of its own.” -Senah Kim, Maz Café Con Leche
Maz Café Con Leche is yet another establishment that is breaking down preconceived notions of coffee shops. As a forward-thinking, innovative coffee shop, Maz Café Con Leche is redefining what it means to means to be a coworking space. This place fosters warmth, love, and inspiration for the community, as they hold many events to supports the and showcase individuals in DTSA. It is a celebration of Hispanic culture, using unique flavors such as their Mazapan Latte or their Abuelita Latte. The goal of this coffee shop is not just to serve coffee, but to create a safe space where the community of DTSA can come together and lift each other up.
Pictured: Maz Café Con Leche
“A coffee house is just a living room for the neighborhood.” -Peter Giuliano, Specialty Coffee Association
Everyone has a special relationship with coffee. For Peter Giuliano, his relationship with coffee started from his relationship with his grandfather, who was a notorious coffee drinker. Peter’s relationship with coffee evolved in college, where he found comfort in coffee houses. He worked, played, and studied in coffee houses where characters outside the norm were embraced and welcomed. To him, coffee encouraged those who were different and off-beat, something that really resonated with his desire to be individualistic. His relationship with coffee grew as he traveled to places where they grew and distributed coffee beans, giving him a much wider and global understanding of something he loved. He learned the different terminology, sources, and scientific sides to coffee. Fast-forward to today, Peter has seen a change in coffee culture in DTSA that is positive and unique. He has witnessed how the localization of coffee culture has brought community together in a special way. DTSA has made coffee it’s own. Coffee has grown into a community-wide specialization.
Santa Ana has a unique coffee culture in that coffee is being interpreted as Latin American. DTSA has a diversity of coffee- from Hopper and Burr to Portola Coffee Roasters, Café Cultura, Coffee Muse, and the Den Cafe- each place is reflecting community in different ways.
Coffee shops are a place for people to interact and feel safe. It’s a place where you can share information and experiences with anyone in the context of coffee. Creating moments that focus on building community is what DTSA is about. This is obvious from the way coffee is viewed and presented by members of the community. There is so much more meaning that is poured into your cup every day. Coffee is not just a beverage, it is a visual representation of community pride, individual expression, and cultural traditions that bring people together.
Special thanks to:
Senah Kim from @mazcafeconleche
Truman from @hopperandburr
Sam and Frank from @cafeculturadtsa
Peter Giuliano from @specialtycoffeeassociation
Story by Breanna Policar
Cupid descended on Downtown Santa Ana and spread the spirit of love around the city. Check out all the exciting deals, promotions and events for you and your betrothed to bask in downtown!
Munchies Diner - McFadden Public Market
Heart-shaped chicken nuggets (vegan)
Mission control/Twisted Tiki
Mission control - free roses for the ladies and couples raffle- drink @ shot specials
Twisted tiki - $2 off all signature drinks
Buqqa Gourmet - 4th St Market - McFadden Public Market
Portola Coffee - 4th St Market
Rose Caradamom Lattes!
Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar
V-Day Prix Fixe Dinner
La Vegana Mexicana - 4th St Market
Pink masa cheese and jalapeño vegan tamales
Steel Pan Pizza - 4th St Market
"Sweet for your Sweet"
Free dessert with the purchase of two pizzas
Naughty Panda - 4th St Market
Special "Naughty" Handroll
Buy 1 intro offer and get the second one 50% off so you can train with your Valentine
Buy any supplement item and get the other for 50% off
5 & 10 packs of Personal Training and Group classes are 14% off
Buy 2 Myzone Heart Rate monitor belts and get $10 off
Use Feb14 as promo code to get discounts -- offers good until 2/14/20
Rose latte and Lavender latte throughout February.
Black Market Bakery
Buy 1 tart, get 1 free. Now through February 1-14th.
Special menu for the night and will be taking reservations for couples
Valentine's Weekend at Chapter One
Thursday-Sunday, February 13th-16th
Join Us For A Special Valentine's Weekend Food & Cocktail Menu!
Champagne and Rose Petal-flavored, heart=shaped conchas are available through February 14th.
Preorder is available online through the 13th.
Special prix fixe dinner menu for couples and live music.
Chevita’s Juice and Bagels
Special new sandwich called "Sausage Bagel Melts."
4 course meal special for the 14th.
Photos: Aaron Alvarez
Cupid cosutme and actor: Vic Carmona
Special Thanks: Breanna Policar
Concept: Ryan Smolar
Downtown Santa Ana would like to welcome the newest pet store, Furr Friends! Established in November of 2019, Furr Friends caters to Santa Ana’s cat and dog lovers who want the highest quality products for their pets. The owners, Omar and Andrew, are very knowledgeable in pet care and only supply the store with locally sourced products that are healthy and regulated. At Furr Friends, you can find baked treats, healthy pet foods, toys, and other pet care items that you can’t find anywhere else.
Their food sources are reliable and regulated, which is not common for chain stores. You can find top customer service here if you need to know more about how to take care of your furry friend. They are always willing to help anyone who wants to provide their pets with the proper nutrition and care. Furr Friends are strong advocates for the health of animals, as well as bringing the community together.
They are currently working with other partners to create a dog park for Downtown Santa Ana, in hopes to provide the community with a safe space for four legged friends. They hope to expand their services to include grooming, educational events, and their own brand of affordable treats in the near future. Grooming will also be available in March 2020. All furry friends are welcome to visit this store!
DTSA is shining a light for the first time on Orange County’s treasure-trove of historic buildings from the 1910’s-1930’s this holiday season
OC’s finest collection of Art Deco/Moderne, Beaux Arts, Neoclassical and California Churrigueresque-style buildings will be lustrously lit each Saturday this December in the historic commercial heart of Orange County.
Kicking-off at the December 7th DTSA Artwalk, the jaw-dropping architecture of Downtown Santa Ana will be on-display in the nighttime like never before. Starting with four of DTSA’s best-known landmarks, local leaders hope the temporary illumination will spark the imagination of owners and the City to shine light on the finest historic edifices in OC for all to see.
The Spurgeon “Clock Tower” Building - Neoclassical (4th/Sycamore)
Envisioned by the founder of Orange County and first Mayor of Santa Ana, the Spurgeon Building was the birthplace of OC commerce and remains a touting symbol of the City of Santa Ana. It’s glorious clocktower was restored in the 1990’s through the efforts of self-proclaimed bon-vivant and historian, Tim Rush, and the building was purchased in 2018 by Jeff Smith and Scott Ostlund (of Sunset Beach Water Tower fame), who re-invigorated the building’s interiors, further restored the clocktower and filled the building to the brim with new tenants without displacing long-term users.
First National Bank Building - Beaux Arts (4th/Main)
OC’s first “high rise” steel-frame constructed building was designed by John Parkinson, famed architect behind Los Angeles City Hall, Union Station, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the gorgeous Bullocks Wilshire Building. Husband-and-wife owners Kim and Ted Tapfer have lovingly restored the building and filled it with creative firms and ground-floor retail, though creative office space and the incredible, subterranean bank vault are still seeking perfect tenants for one of OC’s coolest historic locations. Contact Kim and Ted at (714) 565-8000 or visit the web site at 106WestDTSA.com.
Santora Building - California Churrigueresque (2nd/Broadway)
A portmanteau of the words “Santa Ana” and “Orange,” the Santora building is a rare and jaw-dropping “ultra gothic” example of California Churrigueresque architecture reminiscent of 17th century Madrid. This stunning anchor of the DTSA Artists Village is home to a mix of artists studios, creative offices and favorite neighborhood haunts like Blackmarket Bakery DTSA, Lola Gaspar and Congregation Alehouse. Owner Jack Jakosky is passionate about creating spaces for artists to work and thrive as he is also the brains behind a nearby industrial arts complex, the Logan Creative, at a defunct metalworks ladder factory.
Old City Hall - Art Deco/Moderne (3rd/Main)
Constructed with a $126,000 Works Progress Administration (WPA) grant, this Assyrian warrior-clad Moderne gem was the precious seat of Santa Ana’s municipal government from the 1930’s to the 1980’s and was ultimately evacuated by its final City employee in 1999. Designed by famed Long Beach architect, W. Horace Austin, Old City Hall’s sister buildings in the “LBC” include the Masonic Temple (now lofts) and the Long Beach Airport terminal. Austin also designed Santa Ana’s Masonic Temple and the Bowers Museum. In 2000, Old City Hall’s interior was stripped-down and converted into a raw, industrial, open floor plan creative space: a design that earned it praise and recognition from the American Institute of Architects/Orange County, as well being awarded the Best Commercial Rehab Project in the 14 Western States and Pacific Rim Countries. Formerly home to OC’s biggest independent advertising agency, the 1935 historic office with modern, exposed interiors is currently seeking new tenants for its 36,000 sq feet which is available through listing agent CBRE at (714-371-9333).
The historic holiday lights program was initiated by Downtown Inc’s Placemaker, Ryan Smolar, and co-sponsored by 4th Street Market and the owners of Old City Hall, the First National Bank Building, Santora Building and the Spurgeon Building. Lighting Design by Deryk Dustin.
Visit the buildings any Saturday in December from 6pm-10pm. 2 Hour Free Parking is available at City parking structures at 5th/Spurgeon, 5th/Main, 3rd/Broadway, 3rd/Birch.
Savor Santa Ana returns this Saturday on October 12th with an amazing fall carnival theme. This year’s restaurant participants include many fan favorites and some new and exciting additions to DTSA. Take a look at what delicious items you can find at this year’s Savor Santa Ana!
Blackmarket Bakery– Seasonal Bread Pudding, Golden Child (GF Cake), Vegan Sprinkle Cookie
Chapter One: the modern local – Bacon wraps and C1 Punch
Chevitas Juice and Bagels- Sopes/Picadas- Chorizo, Chicken w/Potato, Sour Cream w/Queso Fresco
Congregation Alehouse – Cajun Style Sliders
Eat Chow– 5 Cheese Mac & Cheese and Turkey Chili
El Indio– Tacos (Chicken Tinga, Chicken Mole, Beef Barbacoa, Chicharron en Salsa Verde, Chorizo con papa)
El Mercado– Open Face Chicken Mole Sliders- Mary’s Chicken, House Mole, Wild Arugula, Cotija Cheese, Pickled Onions, Artisanal Roll.
Frida Cinema– Small drink and popcorn
Good Beer– Pint of IPA & Pint of Sour
The Den Café– Elote Mac & Cheese (Vegan) and Sangria
Kaizen Shabu- Ceviche- Made with shrimp, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, cucumbers and homemade chips
Kebab Place– Platter of Organic Chicken Kebab, Gyros, Falafel, and Basmati Rice
La Michoacana- TBD
Las Cazuelas - Chicken Flautas
Lola Gaspar– Esquites
McDonalds – New Spicy Glazed Chicken Tenders
Mission Bar– Beer Sample
Mix Mix– Chorizo & Potato Croquettes
Native Son– Arancini
Next Round– Mole Tots and Poke
Pizza Press– The Sun Pizza, The Vegetable Pizza, The Herald
Taquerias Guadalajara – Shrimp Ceviche with Mango
The Copper Door– Burbon Pumpkin Smash and Apple Pumpkin Beer
Velvet Lounge– Butternut Squash Soup, Funnel Cake, and Fried Chicken Siders
Wursthaus – Mini Drunken Fries and Smoked Brat
Alta Baha– Mini Miche “La Bruja” and Frito Pie
Chunk N Chip– Sammich Sampler
FAKA’s Island Grill– Katsu Slider
La Vegana Mexicana– Mini Pambazo
Miel – Agua Frescas
Portola Coffee Lab– Iced Rose and Cardamom, Nitro, Alchemistic
Mar – Ahi Poke Sample
Deli Station – BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
Dos Chinos– Crispy Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp Taco
McFadden Public Market
Mission Control Bar– Mana Potion
Munchies Vegan Diner– “Nozzarella” Stick with Marinara Sauce
Twisted Tiki– Luau Punch
Wings & Bowls– Korean Chicken Wings and Kalbi Nachos
Three Pugs Bakery@ 4THStreet Market - Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart w/Sweet Potato Ice Cream & Salted Butterscotch and Smoked Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Gus’s Fried Chicken@ Fleenor's on 4th – Fried Chicken
Northgate – Tamales and Champurado
Savor Santa Ana Tickets are $10 each and come with 5 tasting tickets. You can buy your tickets at the event (Cash Only) or you can pre order your tickets at http://www.savorsantaana.com.
Orange County’s premier all-ages food festival Savor Santa Ana returns Saturday, October 12th from 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to sample unique and tasty dishes from over 40 of Downtown Santa Ana’s local restaurants and bars and experience exciting entertainment with this year’s fall carnival theme.
This marks the seventh Savor Santa Ana festival for Downtown Santa Ana, which celebrated the city’s 150th birthday earlier this year. A trolley will provide free rides around DTSA making it easy for guests to access all the Savor participants, which include DTSA’s two food courts Mcfadden and 4th Street Market, The Den, The Good Beer Company, Chapter One, Pizza Press and much more.
DTSA’s side-walks will come to life with this year’s entertainment. Live performances will cover every street of the festival. Guests can enjoy various types of live music from the techno sounds of DJ Deitii to acoustic performances. One performance you won’t want to miss will be fire dancers Joshua Medina and Rose Wright. Their spectacular act will light up the night sky and emphasize this year’s fall carnival theme.
Savor Santa Ana is an opportunity for restaurants to share their most popular dishes or create seasonal options catered to the theme and event. Next Round Bar & Grill will be serving up delicious Molè Tots, which is a bed of crunchy tater tots topped with shredded chicken with molè sauce, cilantro, and queso fresco.
For all you Mac N Cheese lovers, Savor will feature two unique options. The Den is offering a vegan-option with their Elote Mac N Cheese. This dish replaces the dairy ingredients with vegan mayo and cashew cheese. The Den will also be offering a refreshing Sangria. Eat Chow will offer a five-cheese Mac and Cheese to their guest and delicious turkey chili.
For our Savor guests who are 21+ make sure you head over to Mcfadden Public Market for some refreshing libations. The Twisted Tiki will serve up their Luau punch and Mission Control will offer their Mana Potion. While you’re there, stop by Wings and Bowls for some Korean BBQ wings and kalbi nachos.
Savor Santa Ana tickets are just $10 and include 5 tasting tickets. Tickets are available online for pre-purchase at savorsantaana.com, and are available cash-only at the event.
Article by: Jennifer Morones
Photos by: Scott Levy
Downtown Santa Ana is home to many unique bars which bring crowds of people during the weekends. The Twisted Tiki opened at McFadden Public Market back in May of this year and has quickly gained a massive following. Their island vibes and deliciously crafted drinks make this the perfect place to escape the at times hectic weekend environment.
Mana is the visionary behind the Twisted Tiki. A native Hawaiian, Mana was determined to bring a little piece of paradise to Orange County. “I want it to feel like you are back home with me in Hawaii. I want the vibe to be chill and relaxed.”
Once you enter the bar you are instantly transported to another place. The venue is very intimate with ukulele music playing in the background and a live stream of a Hawaiian beach playing on the TV making it the perfect atmosphere to sit back, relax, and enjoy a drink.
The Purple Polynesian Sunset is one of Twisted Tiki’s signature cocktails and their number one bestseller. Mana named it after the purple sunsets of the Hawaiian Islands. If you come at the right time you can see it for yourself on their live stream. This purple pina colada is a smooth and creamy cocktail that is garnished with a made-to-order caramelized pineapple slice. There is a reason why this drink is their best seller, it is simply delicious.
The Lua Punch is another one of the Twisted Tiki’s signature cocktails. This drink has Malibu Run, Captain Morgan dark rum, and a mix of tropical juices and bitters. The Lua punch can be purchased as a single cocktail or served in a half shell for two-four people to share.
The Twisted Tiki created fun names for all their signature drinks like the humuhumunukunukuapua'a, a tequila based drink named after the state fish of Hawaii. The King Kamehameha pays homage to the great first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The drink is made with ghost pepper syrup and packs a powerful punch.
Twisted Tiki is also serving the classics like Mai Tais, Daiquiris, and Painkillers. When it comes to crafting cocktails, Mana strives to create well-balanced drinks that everyone can enjoy. His philosophy on cocktails works. The ingredients of the beverages are perfect blends of alcohol, spices, and tropical flavors, leaving you satisfied and wanting more.
To ensure that everyone gets a chance to visit paradise the Twisted Tiki has a time limit of 1 hour per visit. This policy is played out only when there is a wait. Coming in on a weekday will probably guarantee you some more time in this tropical oasis.
Mana is already planning on expanding the Twisted Tiki to an outdoor lounge. His concept is to have outdoor seating where customers can take their drinks and feel like they are in someones backyard in Hawaii.
Mana credits the success of the Tiki bar to having a menu of well balanced and delicious drinks that are made by amazing people. The Twisted Tiki is open Tuesday - Thursday from 5 pm - 10 pm and Friday - Saturday from 5 pm - 1 pm.
Make it a hop: Enjoy a downtown tropical trist by starting at Twisted Tiki, then sailing over to Vacation Bar, Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar and Irenia for a full trek of tropical high-end drinks.
Article by Jennifer Morones
Photos provided by Twisted Tiki, Jennifer Morones and Arlene Viveros
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