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Texas Tiki Week, a celebration of Polynesian-obsessed days of yore, is coming up from June 22-30, and it's bigger and tiki-er than ever this year, with events in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin.

Founded last year, Tiki Week originates in Austin with the U.S. Bartenders' Guild and David "Tipsy Texan" Alan, who created the rum-centric event to celebrate renowned rum expert Ed Hamilton's visit to town. For the second annual event, the emphasis has expanded from rum to include bourbon and tequila, with events showcasing Tiki cocktails both classic and modern. Today, find Eater Austin's picks for the most promising places to celebrate this particular slice of boozy Americana.

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1. Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

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1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-5337
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This South Austin bardega and brewpub will kick off Texas Tiki Week with a South Asian Luau Preview Party from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 22nd with cocktail samples from David "Tipsy Texan" Alan and a "one-of-a-kind tiki-style beer" from the brewers at the Whip In.

2. The Tigress

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100 W North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 600-3232

The crafty bartenders at The Tigress will help turn North Loop in to "R(h)um Row" for Tiki Week's official kick-off event, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Tigress' focus will be on "classic tiki recipes."

3. Workhorse Bar

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100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Austin, TX 78751

Workhorse Bar's getting a "R(h)um Row" address for Tiki Week's official kick-off event on Sunday the 23rd from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. They'll be "shaking things up, tiki-la style with drinks featuring Dulce Vida Tequila."

4. Weather Up

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1808 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

Mondays are always Tiki Night at Weather Up, though US Bartenders' Guild members are invited to a special happy hour on June 24th from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. preceding a luau and camp-out at Krause Springs. The rest of us will have to make do with zombies on the pretty patio.

5. Whisler's

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1816 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702

Celebrate Mai Tai Tuesday, Tiki Week's statewide bartending competition on June 25th, at Whisler's, East Sixth's newest cocktail bar. A variety of bars in Austin and beyond will compete to "see which bar team can shake up the most classic Mai Tai cocktails in one night," but our vote for this evening is to spend it here, taking in the summer heat on the outdoor patio.

6. Midnight Cowboy

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313 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 843-2715
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Portland's Mindy Kucan of the Hale Pele tiki bar will serve tiki favorites for one night only on Wednesday, June 26 at Midnight Cowboy from 5 p.m. to close —make your reservations now.

7. Bar Congress

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200 Congress Ave
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 827-2760

There may be no finer cocktail man in town than Bar Congress' Jason Stevens, and he'll be "his most inventive and elegant interpretations of tiki cocktails" on Wednesday, June 26th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

8. Four Seasons Hotel Austin

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98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-4500
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The Four Seasons will host a "Bat-Ass Tiki Happy Hour" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring Bacardi booze (bats, remember?) and, hopefully, an impressive flight of actual bats from under the Congress Avenue bridge. The first 100 folks to show up get a commemorative Tiki Week mug.

9. drink.well.

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207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 614-6683
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Drink.Well begins Tiki Week with a residency on "R(h)um Row," but they close things out on Saturday, June 29th with a "Bourbon Tiki Brunch," with a "special menu of island-inspired brunch dishes" from chef Jeremy Bruch and booze from Four Roses.

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1. Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

1950 S Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78704

This South Austin bardega and brewpub will kick off Texas Tiki Week with a South Asian Luau Preview Party from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 22nd with cocktail samples from David "Tipsy Texan" Alan and a "one-of-a-kind tiki-style beer" from the brewers at the Whip In.

1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704

2. The Tigress

100 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

The crafty bartenders at The Tigress will help turn North Loop in to "R(h)um Row" for Tiki Week's official kick-off event, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Tigress' focus will be on "classic tiki recipes."

100 W North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

3. Workhorse Bar

100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751, Austin, TX 78751

Workhorse Bar's getting a "R(h)um Row" address for Tiki Week's official kick-off event on Sunday the 23rd from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. They'll be "shaking things up, tiki-la style with drinks featuring Dulce Vida Tequila."

100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Austin, TX 78751

4. Weather Up

1808 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Mondays are always Tiki Night at Weather Up, though US Bartenders' Guild members are invited to a special happy hour on June 24th from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. preceding a luau and camp-out at Krause Springs. The rest of us will have to make do with zombies on the pretty patio.

1808 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

5. Whisler's

1816 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702

Celebrate Mai Tai Tuesday, Tiki Week's statewide bartending competition on June 25th, at Whisler's, East Sixth's newest cocktail bar. A variety of bars in Austin and beyond will compete to "see which bar team can shake up the most classic Mai Tai cocktails in one night," but our vote for this evening is to spend it here, taking in the summer heat on the outdoor patio.

1816 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702

6. Midnight Cowboy

313 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Portland's Mindy Kucan of the Hale Pele tiki bar will serve tiki favorites for one night only on Wednesday, June 26 at Midnight Cowboy from 5 p.m. to close —make your reservations now.

313 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Bar Congress

200 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78701

There may be no finer cocktail man in town than Bar Congress' Jason Stevens, and he'll be "his most inventive and elegant interpretations of tiki cocktails" on Wednesday, June 26th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

200 Congress Ave
Austin, Texas 78701

8. Four Seasons Hotel Austin

98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

The Four Seasons will host a "Bat-Ass Tiki Happy Hour" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring Bacardi booze (bats, remember?) and, hopefully, an impressive flight of actual bats from under the Congress Avenue bridge. The first 100 folks to show up get a commemorative Tiki Week mug.

98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

9. drink.well.

207 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

Drink.Well begins Tiki Week with a residency on "R(h)um Row," but they close things out on Saturday, June 29th with a "Bourbon Tiki Brunch," with a "special menu of island-inspired brunch dishes" from chef Jeremy Bruch and booze from Four Roses.

207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

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