Tiki Underground Syndicate

$7,189 of $9,333 goal

Raised by 30 people in 27 months
A tiki bar for the 21st century

It's time to bring tiki culture to the Akron, Ohio area for the first time - make history with us! 

** Look for updates below on the exclusive mug designed by Pop Tiki! **

Tiki Underground is a cocktail estalishment and restaurant that honors the legacy of Don The Beachcomber's, Trader Vic's, Kahiki, Mai Kai, Tonga Hut, and modern tiki venues like Otto's Shrunken Head, Grass Skirt (Columbus), Frankie's Tiki Room, and Smuggler's Cove. 

We will serve legendary cocktails made with fresh and house made ingredients, and high quality cuisine inspired by the islands. Picture yourself with a Mai Tai, pulled pork, and grilled pineapple - or with a Zombie and fish tacos.

This is your chance to get in on the ground floor with us, either as a Founding Member of the Tiki Underground Syndicate (learn more below), a champion, an advocate, or a backer. Every dollar we raise through this campaign will allow us to deliver the most authentic experience by acquiring tiki decor and showcasing it right here in the Akron area.

This means we will support our favorite tiki artists like El Gato Gomez , Shag , Squid Art , and Doug Horne; our favorite mug and swizzle distributors like PopTiki, Royer Corp , and Tiki Farm; and we will continue to acquire vintage items hiding throughout the world, primarily in California and Florida, with a particular focus on Witco pieces like the amazing bar pictured above. For example, we recently found a moai that is believed to be from the Kahiki, the iconic polynesian restaurant in Columbus, Ohio (now closed) and we would humbly love to bring it home to Ohio again.

We will honor these items in a beautiful new home, and this will allow us to spread the joy of tiki with both experienced and new ohana.

If all goes as planned, we will have our Grand Opening in February 2017, and we will have exclusive events prior to the opening for all donors who participate early. We will be located in the Akron area, and are in the final stages of leasing the perfect location.

We will have your rewards to pick up no later than March 2017, or you may request shipping if you provide your mailing address.

We are truly thankful for your support, both financially and to build a stronger tiki community in Ohio.  If you have any questions, please email us or PM through our Facebook page . We appreciate you sharing this page with friends and family who share our dream of an iconic tiki establishment in Akron, the first one ever.


Founding Members

The founding fee of $333 includes
- Exclusive tiki mug designed by PopTiki , limited to a production run of only 40 (see additional photos of final mug and initial design below)
- Option to store mug at Tiki Underground in a display cabinet

- Complimentary admission to pre-opening event for first menu tasting
- Member card: flash it for exclusive cocktail specials, promotional discounts on cocktails and food, free signature cocktail for your birthday, other future benefits
- Work shirt with Tiki Underground Syndicate Founding Member on the front, this specific style will only be made for these 33 members
- Matching logo lapel pin

- Ability to purchase members-only cocktails, attend tasting events
- Early access to special events, such as concerts, and launches for new cocktails and tiki mugs
- VIP seating for bands (with advance reservation)
- Priority access to the VIP area if another member hasn't already reserved it
- No facility fee for special events
- Access to a private web page designed only for Syndicate Members, including features like early announcements of special events, early access to recipes and new cocktails (before they're published publicly online), first access to TU music play lists
Note: founding members limited to 33 total, other loyal customers may be invited to The Syndicate in the future but they won't be considered founding members. Fee may be paid in three equal payments over three months, contact us via email for this option.

Update 4: This is the final mug, the rest are being produced now! The level of detail is gorgeous, we can't wait to give these to our Founding Members. Join this exclusive group of only 33 people today, a few spots still remain.

Update 3: The final mold is now moving into production! Remember that Pop Tiki is making four molds which means better detail on this special tiki mug. Each one will be hand numbered below the TU on the back making your mug truly unique! We will have a safe place to store them at Tiki Underground, or you can display it at home in your own tiki bar.  


Update 2: The mold is ready from Pop Tiki ! We hope you love the design as much as we do, check it out:


Update 1: We have the initial design for the mug from the amazing Pop Tiki ! As a Founding Member, you will be one of the few owners of this exclusive tiki mug, and only 40 total will be produced. Pop Tiki will create 4 molds, so only 10 mugs per mold will be produced, which means they will have sharp detail. Keep in mind that these photos are of the wax sketch and don't include any detail.

In the designer's words: "The finish detail will be some splits and cracks with coarse wood grain running down the length to give a wooden effect to it. The glaze I'm proposing will help to enhance that effect by highlighting the details and also giving it a somewhat textured finish. I've only used this glaze on test pieces and not on any mug that has been released to the public so your mug will be the first to use this finish."

Each mug will be numbered and will include "TU" to represent Tiki Underground. We're so excited about this special design and expect to have them in your hands by the end of February, by March at the latest.

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We posted the photos of the final Pop Tiki mug design which is in production now!
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We got the keys this week and are starting renovations in between paperwork! This is the future TU Syndicate Lounge, it overlooks the patio and Cuyahoga Valley National Park through the front window. We love this view. It also provides a birds eye view of the bar and back room to people watch.

We have some special plans for this space, both short term and long term. It will become the retreat that we see in the old Polynesian Palaces, slightly hidden, mysterious. This will be the most challenging month as we get ready to open and we appreciate your support. - TU
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The Tiki Underground logo will be on our shirts, and the inspiration for the custom tiki mug for Founding Members. Thank you to the talented and creative Turtle Burkybile for coming up with such a mod design. - TU
Introducing our Tiki Underground logo!
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Thank you for the overwhelming response and support for our opening! We're scheduled to sign the lease tomorrow and will be able to reveal our location soon after that.

Remember, if you want to be the first to know our location, send us your email!

Please support our mission to bring tiki culture to the Akron area by sharing our campaign and donating today! This is a unique and disposable gift for the craft cocktail lover in your life.
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$7,189 of $9,333 goal

Raised by 30 people in 27 months
Created December 17, 2016
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Lisa & Steve Anfang
20 months ago

See you at the Hula Hop!


Donating for Tiki Underground for Stephanie Ferrara! Mahalo!

24 months ago

Congrats Guys! We are so happy for you, chasing your dreams! Can't wait to try those Mai Tai's.

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