One of the newest bars in Houston, Tikila’s is an oasis amid a gray, concrete landscape. On the corner of 27th and Shepherd in the Heights, the tiki bar's pair of palm trees wrapped in Christmas lights brings necessary color to an area known more for its North Loop traffic.

Tikila's is the brainchild of Jason Lowery (Bovine & Barley, HTX Fan Tavern, Extra Credit Rooftop Bar), Sammy Saket (Izakaya), and James Cole (Revolver Bourbon Social), and has been open for a few weeks. Formerly the spot for Buffalo Fred's Icehouse, Tikila's retains the ice house feel with three patios, including palapas with swings, picnic tables, and turf. Kids are allowed until 7 p.m. daily, and dogs can come out and play on two of the three patios.

And since it's called Tikila's (tiki and tequila), look for skulls, tiki idol woodcarvings, and other kitschy, feel-good items.

“We wanted to create a tropical setting to give off a relaxed vibe and create a little escape from the hustle and bustle of the city," Lowery said. "The design was a collaboration between the partners and a few artists and friends, such as Santos Guerrero, who created our logo and some other graphics throughout the space.” 

Still in its early stages, the cocktail menu is limited, but look for 10 new drinks with a few others to be implemented before the grand opening. There's a house margarita, piña colada, and a variation on a Queen's Park Swizzle (rum, pineapple, lemon, lime, falernum). Of course, there are frozen concoctions (a margarita and mojito), and happy hour is offered from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Tikila's is also working on scheduling food trucks and hosting pop-ups.

Undoubtedly, Tikila's will draw folks from across the Heights who want to sit back and enjoy some tiki vibes.

“The Heights is such an eclectic and historic neighborhood; we have always had an appreciation for it," said Lowery. "It has always been a cool neighborhood, and we hope to play a part in keeping it that way.”

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