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Local Irish pub transforming into famous Kahiki Supper Club for one weekend only

Local Irish pub transforming into famous Kahiki Supper Club for one weekend only

Sav McKee

If you deeply miss the tropical drinks and chicken served in a pineapple from the legendary Kahiki Supper Club, or perhaps you’ve heard about the Kahiki’s lore but never actually got to visit – well, this month, you’ll come as close as possible to experiencing it.

As most of us know, the Kahiki Supper Club was an anomaly here on the East Side of Columbus. The Polynesian-themed restaurant, which opened in 1961, was one of the largest tiki restaurants in the United States, and people flocked there from all over the country. 

Unfortunately, the Kahiki closed and was demolished in 2000. But the aloha spirit still lives on, and there’s a one-of-a-kind event taking place in central Ohio this month that you don’t want to miss. 

O’Huids Gaelic Pub, located at 167 West main Street in Lancaster, OH, is transporting patrons to the heyday of the famous Kahiki, with replicas of their popular drinks, and yes, even the Kahiki Chicken, plus other Kahiki-themed snacks.

Doug Motz & Todd Popp, tiki historians, authors, and the duo behind Shipwreck Shirley’s, a local basement-turned-tiki-bar, is hosting the event and bringing all of their Kahiki knowledge (and slight obsession of course) along with them. 


On June 21 and 22, from 11am-11pm, and June 23, 10am-4pm, enjoy homemade Mai Tais, Portlights, Suffering Bastards, and Captain’s Grogs, all recipes from the Kahiki made by renowned tiki bartenders, along with exotica & tiki DJs and even Mohana Dancers (performing on Saturday). 

The Irish Pub will be completely transformed into a tiki club thanks to local vendors donating and making decor, plus some decor from Shipwreck Shirley’s tiki supply as well, such as tiki masks and tiki heads. You’ll be able to snag a limited edition of a Shipwreck Shirley’s tiki glass, too!

If you’re interested in the history behind the Kahiki, Doug & Todd will also be presenting a Kahiki presentation at the Lancaster Library, Saturday at 1:00.

This special pop-up is all part of the Bottoms Up event, the nation’s first-ever midcentury barware show, spanning across three days. Three dozen vendors will be slinging the best-of-the best vintage finds, and you could potentially find your own Kahiki memorabilia there. Check out more details about this iconic event here!

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