The history of the Tiki-Ti is much more than just the day it opened, the building, the drinks, and the family that started it. Both the Tiki-Ti and Ray Buhen have a history that can be traced back to the very first Tropical Bar in Hollywood. Very few, if any other, tropical bars can make that claim. According to Jeff Berry: When you drink some of the older drinks on the menu (Zombie, Mai Tai, ect.), those drinks are as close as you can get to the original formula as possible.

Start your discovery with The Tiki-Ti Story written by Jeff Beachbum Berry. A short history of the Tiki-Ti. Then read The Ray Buhen Story (coming in mid August) and learn how Ray became the ultimate mixologist from the earliest days of the first tropical bars and restaurants. Then see some videos of patrons who remember Ray in Ray Buhen Remembered. After that take a trip into Ray's VIP Room.

The Tiki-Ti in 1961, not much has changed, on the outside. Today the outside is is a little more modest, without the old door and tappa cloth on the windows. Even the inside has remained the same, except for a few hundred cards and Tikis on the walls.


Ray working
at the Dresden
Ray at the Tiki-Ti in the early 60's. Ray having a good time
at a party.
The Big Board Ray and Michael in the 80's The TIki-Ti Torches used to burn every night. Michael & Mikey
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