A new bar has landed in the Heights that will make visitors feel as though they’ve been transported to a beachfront property.
Tikila’s, 2708 North Shepherd Dr., is the brainchild of Jason Lowery (co-owner of Bovine & Barley and HTX Fan Tavern), Sammy Saket (co-owner of Izakaya) and James Cole, who formerly owned Revolver at 6502 Washington Ave.
“The idea for Tikila’s was to create a free flowing, beach-like vibe patio bar,” Lowery said. “The name came about as a play on words highlighting both tequila and tiki cocktails. It allows us not to be so pigeonholed to having a straight tiki-style menu.”
While Tikila’s is now open seven days a week, it’s still in a soft opening stage. This allows for the venue and cocktail menu to be tweaked if need be.
A few options on the drink menu are a house margarita, pina colada, frozen mojito and Tikila’s Queen’s Swizzle. The latter has rum, fruit juices and falernum, a syrup liqueur from the Caribbean that is known for being used in tropical drinks.
Happy hour is 3–6 p.m. Monday–Friday and features $3 beers, $5 house margaritas, $5 frozen drinks and $5 wines.
“We currently have a rotation of food trucks, but we are in the works of creating our own menu in the near future,” Lowery said.
The space, which previously was Buffalo Fred’s Ice House and Bar, features tiki-inspired décor. Cabanas, picnic tables and palm trees give an island feel, while small details like wood carvings and skull wallpaper hone in on the tiki theme.
On the side patio, palm-covered palapas are set up under a string of lights and swings are set underneath as seating. Patrons will be able to close their eyes and swing their way to island relaxation.
While this all has a tiki-bar touch, the bar is more about being laidback with a beachy vice and not strictly a tiki bar.
As for the locale, Lowery said they opened Tikila’s in the Heights so they could be part of the growth and transformation of the neighborhood.
Lowery said the team behind Tikila’s also took over the former Vietnam Restaurant, 605 W. 19th St., with plans to re-concept it early next year.
Soon Tikila’s will host an array of events in its space, from themed events and parties to networking functions.
Tikila’s hours are 3 p.m.–midnight Monday–Wednesday, 3 p.m.–2 a.m. Thursday–Friday, 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.–midnight Sunday.