4625 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson
HOURS: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 4–9 p.m.
The ancient recipe of fruit juice mixed with booze is at the heart of this retro-realistic spot on Broadway Boulevard, a favorite among the Arizona tiki-culture crowd since it opened way back in 1963. The drinks at Kon Tiki are a far cry from a red plastic cup full of “jungle juice” ladled out in some dorm room, however.
Even if you claim to be a tough-guy shot-and-beer type, it’s hard to resist escaping to Kon Tiki’s cool, dark interior to sip away at happy hour (when tasty pupus, with amazing booze-soaking power, are half price), trying something pink, something blue, something red, something frozen, something served in a Polynesian-style bowl bigger than your head.
Make sure to say hello to the huge, languid iguana hanging out behind glass.