Tiki Boyd's

Last updated
Tiki Boyd's
Tiki bar
Founded2005 (2005)
Founder Boyd Rice
Area served
Capitol Hill (Denver)
Parent Ramada Denver Downtown

Tiki Boyd's was a tiki bar in Denver, Colorado in operation from 2005 to 2006. Experimental sound/noise musician Boyd Rice designed the bar, revamping the bar originally known as the East Coast Bar located in the Ramada Denver Downtown. [1] A tiki enthusiast, Rice provided art from his personal collection for the bar. [2] Rice is also a tiki scholar, having written an essay for Martin McIntosh's book, Taboo: The Art of Tiki. [3] Lorin Partridge, a friend of Rice, tended the bar, and the bar was known for a drink called a Bronze Serpent. [1] [4] The music was played exclusively from vinyl including records by Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman, also from Rice's collection. [1] [2]



Heart o' Denver Motor Hotel - Aug 1975 Heart o' Denver Motor Hotel - Aug 1975.jpg
Heart o' Denver Motor Hotel - Aug 1975

Historically, site of the Ramada in which Tiki Boyd's was located used to be the Heart o' Denver Motor Hotel (1960-1975), which featured a bar called the Tiki Bar. [5] [6] Eli Hedley, the man who popularized the beachcomber aesthetic, designed the tiki lounge at the motor hotel. [5] [7] The site is also historically noteworthy for being located on Colfax Avenue, the longest commercial street in the United States of America. [8]


Tiki Boyd's changed names, themes, and management in early 2006, when Boyd Rice withdrew his support, decorations, and music collection from the bar. [2]

Related Research Articles

Tiki culture Subculture stemming from California-based Polynesian-themed cocktail bars

Tiki culture is a motif of exotically decorated bars and restaurants catering to an escapist longing for travel to tropical regions of the South Pacific. Featuring mock tiki carvings and complex, alluringly named alcoholic drinks, it eventually influenced residential recreation.

Donn Beach was an American adventurer, businessman, and World War II veteran who was the "founding father" of tiki culture. He is known for opening the first prototypical tiki bar, Don the Beachcomber, during the 1930s in Hollywood, California, which was expanded to a chain of dozens of restaurants throughout the United States. He later built the International Market Place and additional establishments in what was then the Territory of Hawaii. He married three times.

Arthur Lyman was an American jazz vibraphone and marimba player. His group popularized a style of faux-Polynesian music during the 1950s and 1960s which later became known as exotica. His albums became favorite stereo-effect demonstration discs during the early days of the stereophonic LP album for their elaborate and colorful percussion, deep bass and 3-dimensional recording soundstage. Lyman was known as "the King of Lounge music."

Boyd Blake Rice is an American experimental sound/noise musician using the name of NON since the mid-1970s, archivist, actor, photographer, author, member of the Partridge Family Temple religious group, co-founder of the UNPOP art movement and former staff writer for the now-defunct Modern Drunkard magazine.

Trader Vics

Trader Vic's is a restaurant and Tiki bar chain headquartered in Emeryville, California, United States. Victor Jules Bergeron, Jr. founded a chain of Polynesian-themed restaurants that bore his nickname, "Trader Vic". He was one of two people who claimed to have invented the Mai Tai. The other was his amicable competitor for many years, Donn Beach of the "Don the Beachcomber" restaurants.

Tattered Cover

Tattered Cover is a bookstore chain in Denver, Colorado. It is one of the largest independent bookstores in the United States. Tattered Cover is open seven days a week at all branches, hosts prominent book signings, and is known for its customer service. Together, the stores maintain an inventory of over half a million books. Its LoDo store houses an events space that can seat over 250 persons, while its East Colfax store can seat around 100.

Nan Desu Kan (NDK) is an annual three-day anime convention held during September at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado. The convention is the largest anime convention in the Rocky Mountain region and each one takes eighteen months to plan. Its name in Japanese roughly means nan desu ka (何ですか), "what is it?". The parent company, Rocky Mountain Anime Association, is a registered 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization.

Auraria Campus

Auraria Campus is an educational facility located near downtown Denver, Colorado in the United States. The campus houses facilities of three separate universities and colleges: the University of Colorado Denver, Community College of Denver (CCD), and Metropolitan State University of Denver. In 2017, there were approximately 54,812 students between the three schools, with rapid growth projected over the next few years. The campus also houses Auraria Higher Education Center, the administrative body that handles parking, maintenance, and janitorial services. The campus is located southwest of downtown, on the east side of the South Platte River and south of Cherry Creek, near the site of the original Auraria mining camp settlement of 1859.

Capitol Hill, Denver Neighborhood in Denver, Colorado, United States of America

Located in the City and County of Denver, Colorado, the Capitol Hill neighborhood is bounded by Broadway, Downing Street, Colfax Avenue, and Seventh Avenue, which carry large volumes of traffic around the neighborhood. It is technically located in East Denver which begins immediately east of Broadway, the neighborhood's western boundary. Many consider the Cheesman Park neighborhood to be a part of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, but as defined by the city, Cheesman Park is a separate neighborhood. Denver also recognizes a statistical neighborhood called North Capitol Hill, also known as Uptown by some residents. Colfax Avenue is the border between these two neighborhoods.

Tiki mugs

Tiki mugs are large ceramic cocktail drinking vessels that originated in tiki bars and tropical-themed restaurants. The term "tiki mug" is a blanket term for the sculptural drinkware even though they vary in size and most do not contain handles. They typically depict Polynesian, mock-Polynesian, tropical, nautical, or retro themes, and as the term is used generically do not always emulate a tiki. When used to serve drinks they are frequently garnished with fruit or decorative drink umbrellas and swizzle sticks.

Renaissance Hotels

Renaissance Hotels is a luxury hotel brand of Marriott International. It was founded in 1981 as Ramada Renaissance, an upscale brand of Ramada Inns. In 1989 the brand was relaunched as Renaissance Hotels. It was bought by Marriott in 1997. As of June 30, 2020, it has 176 hotels with 55,501 rooms, in addition to 29 hotels with 7,613 rooms in the pipeline.

Tiki bar

A tiki bar is an exotic-themed drinking establishment that serves elaborate cocktails, especially rum-based mixed drinks such as the Mai Tai and Zombie cocktails. Tiki bars are aesthetically defined by their tiki culture décor which is based upon a romanticized conception of tropical cultures, most commonly Polynesian. Some bars also incorporate general nautical themes or retro elements from the early atomic age.

Mai-Kai Restaurant United States historic place

The Mai-Kai is a Polynesian-themed restaurant and Tiki bar located at 3599 North Federal Highway in Oakland Park, Florida. It opened to the public on December 28, 1956, and is one of the few "Grand Polynesian Palaces of Tiki" still in operation today. In 2015 it was named the "best tiki bar in the world" by Critiki, an organization of fans of Polynesian pop culture. It is the last restaurant/bar in existence carrying on the traditions of service and serving the original drink recipes of Don the Beachcomber, and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Oxford Hotel (Denver, Colorado) United States historic place

The Oxford Hotel is a historic building in Denver, Colorado, which was designed by early Denver architect Frank Edbrooke, and built in 1891. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The Cruise Room is a hotel bar with historic art deco interior, that was operated as an illicit speakeasy.

Illegal Petes

Illegal Pete's is a Colorado-based group of quick-service "Mission Style" burrito restaurants that takes inspiration from burritos popularized in San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s.

Sip n Dip Lounge

The Sip 'n Dip Lounge is a tiki bar in Great Falls, Montana opened in 1962, when Polynesian themes were popular, and it has survived to the present day with its tiki theme intact. Located inside a local motel that was considered modern and trendy at the time it was built, the Sip 'n Dip is known for having men or women dressed as mermaids swimming underwater in an indoor swimming pool visible through a window in the bar. Decorated with a bamboo ceiling and a South Seas theme, the bar also features "Piano Pat" Spoonheim, who has played piano there since 1963 and is noted for her unique "jazzy" style.

Trader Sams Enchanted Tiki Bar Themed bar at Disneyland Hotel

Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar is a tiki bar located at the Disneyland Hotel in the Disneyland Resort of Anaheim, California, that opened in May 2011. Named one of the top five tiki bars in Los Angeles by LA Weekly, Trader Sam's is one of many tiki bars gaining popularity throughout the United States, and even the world, in what some call tiki's "third wave". It is not to be confused with the San Francisco, California tiki bar Trad'r Sam founded in 1937.

Hulas Island Grill

Hula's Island Grill is a restaurant in Monterey, California in the United States. It serves California and Hawaiian cuisine. The restaurant has a tiki theme. There are additional locations in Santa Cruz, California, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Jeff Berry (mixologist)

Jeff "Beachbum" Berry is an American restaurant owner, author, and historian of tiki culture, particularly the drinks associated with the tiki theme. In addition to researching and reconstructing lost recipes, he has invented and published his own cocktail recipes.


  1. 1 2 3 Nguyen, Tuyet. "Boyd Ric [sic]". Westword. Westword. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 "Tiki Boyd's, Denver". Critiki. Critiki. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  3. Taboo: the art of tiki. WorldCat. OCLC. OCLC   44418626 . Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  4. Asakawa, Michelle. "Sail off to Hawaii right here". Denver Post. Denver Post. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  5. 1 2 "Heart o' Denver Motor Hotel". Colfax Avenue. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  6. "Eli Hedley's Tiki Lounge in the Heart O'Denver Motor Hotel, Denver, CO (bar)". Tiki Room. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  7. "Eli Hedley - The Original Beachcomber". Enter the Tiki. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  8. Bretz, James (2012). Early Denver. Arcadia Publishing. p. 8. ISBN   9780738588858 . Retrieved 26 April 2015.

Coordinates: 39°44′23″N104°58′21″W / 39.73972°N 104.97250°W / 39.73972; -104.97250