On Sunday, January 25th, immediately following brunch service, for two weeks, in late January, the Cajun creole specialty cocktail bar Bourbon will transform itself into a tiki bar, Bourbon Oasis. Island drinks, pu-pu platters and kitschy cocktail glasses will replace the usual food and cocktail menu. Bourbon will be redecorated with bamboo, grass thatch, tiki masks and more. The cocktail list will change to Mai Thais, Zombies, Navy Grogs, Painkillers and many more from the pantheon of classic tiki cocktails. Chef Frank Bradley will transform the menu to reflect a taste of the islands with pu-pu platters, roasted pork, sweet and sour shrimp, jerk chicken with banana curry and much more.
“Two things sparked my desire to do Tiki Week. First, while researching cocktail culture to open Bourbon, you can’t help but be intrigued by the “how, who, when, why, where” of the tiki bar phenomenon that began in the ‘30s with Don the Beachcomber. The secretive drink recipes, the larger-than-life personalities, the island decor…it’s all just too much to not become engrossed in. Second, the drinks, when made properly, are absolutely stunning. They are NOT the sickly sweet, strangely colored concoctions that people have become accustomed to because of bad bartenders or misinformed recipe books. Mainly, the reason I want to do it, AND make it an annual event, is it gives us the ability to explore and celebrate an amazing style of the cocktail experience that we normally wouldn’t. And who knows? If it’s a big hit, we may open a dedicated tiki bar” said Kristian Niemi owner of Bourbon
Bourbon is a whiskey bar and Cajun-Creole restaurant located just steps from the South Carolina State Capitol building at 1214 Main Street in the historic Brennen Building (1869). We specialize in bourbon, whiskey, craft cocktails and the flavors of the Louisiana Bayou.
Tiki Week will begin the evening of January 22nd and will last two weeks until February 5th.