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#77 Tiki-Ti (Los Angeles, California)

Not much has changed since the late Ray Buhen opened the Tiki-Ti on the far eastern end of Los Angeles’ Sunset Boulevard in 1961. Today, his son and grandson, Michael and Mike Buhen, carry on the tradition of exotic cocktail-making at the family-owned and -operated tropical bar that serves 94 different drinks. The cash-only place is tiny — there are just 12 stools and a handful of tables against the walls. Regular customers are immortalized with nameplates on the bar’s walls (Don't ask for one, the bar will ask you to sign one when it is time). Almost all the tiki pictures and items adorning the California bar were donated by long-time patrons. Don’t be surprised to see a long line outside — it’s worth the wait. Try the orange-flavored Blood and Sand, with your choice of bourbon, scotch or tequila. The most popular drink is the Ray’s Mistake (made with “Super Secret Flavor,” botanic liqueurs and passionfruit, and floated with dark Coruba rum), and the strongest is Stealth, a concoction of various liquors like Kahlua, 151 rum, amaretto, Grand Marnier, and Baileys. (Charlyne A./Yelp)


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