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Holiday Isle's Tiki Bar Reopens After Almost a Year-Long Revamp

Don’t worry, the rum runner stayed put

Tiki Bar

This is good news for your weekend plans. The debaucherous Florida Keys party bar — the Tiki Bar — has reopened after closing last September for "upgrades and enhancements."

As part of the renovation a new bar was constructed, festoon lighting was installed above the bar, a new sound system was put in place that covers the raw bar that is adjacent to the Tiki Bar, and the entire back bar area was redone with new tables, chairs and barstools.

The new and improved bar still features some of its original charm it has had since opening in the Florida Keys in 1969. The original Tiki Bar floorboards are still there, sporting the names of visitors over the past 47 years that were repurposed and used to construct the new bar. The famous neon sign and the roof also stayed put.

Legend has it that the Tiki Bar is the home of the original rum rummer cocktail. In 1972, the hotel’s owner challenged his manager, "Tiki John," to make a drink out of the overstock liquor in the storeroom. Mixing banana liquor, rum, brandy and grenadine, the Rum Runner was born.

The Tiki Bar is located at the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle at 84001 Overseas Hwy in Islamorada and is open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight. Call 305-664-2321 for more info.