‘OHANA, Ireland’s first Tiki bar, will open its doors to the public this Friday, 17th January. The new bar is an exotic, stylish and contemporary take on traditional Tiki rum bars.
The word ‘OHANA means ‘family’ in Hawaiian culture, and was chosen due to the young, dynamic and driven team behind the creation of the bar. ‘OHANA is independently run, with experienced operators Doug Leddin, Will Lynch and Paddy Noir leading the venture.
Doug has been involved in the marketing sector of hospitality for over 13 years, having worked with many of the major nightclubs in Dublin, as well as launching An Pucán, 1520, and Hyde Gin Bar in Galway. Will has been working in the hospitality trade for the past 16 years and has been involved in some of Dublin’s most respected cocktail bars including The Exchequer, Peruke & Periwig, and The Well. Paddy has over 12 years experience in the hospitality sector and was recently the Beverage Manager for the Devlin Hotel in Ranelagh, following his role as AGM of Riot Dublin.
Over the last decade, the trend of modern Tiki rum bars has boomed in cities such as New York and London. With a selection of over 300 rums, including their own blended offerings, ‘OHANA will offer an unmatched focus on unique rum cocktails with a Caribbean flare and an Irish Twist.
‘OHANA will also offer a wide selection of classic cocktails and drinks, with a strong focus on the use of Irish spirits, such as Slingshot Gin, Glendalough Whiskey, Kalak Vodka, Tullamore Dew XO and many more.
Speaking on the new venture, Doug Leddin, Creative Operator, said: “We have had so much fun creating ‘OHANA, and I know we have some of the best staff from all corners of the world as part of our new family here. We all love what we do and hope that is evident in the individual experience our customers will find here. This isn’t just another “premium” bar opening in Dublin. This is a fun and creative space where we can experiment with new cocktails, rum blends, spirits and so much more, while always changing with the demands and trends of our customers.”
The inspiration for ‘OHANA’s design comes from a mix of Polynesian influences, including Hawaii and Easter Island. The colour palette is a combination of teals and crystal blue with key design features including oversized palm leaves and pineapples printed onto custom wallpaper, bamboo cladding, Tiki heads and Easter Island statues.
Located on Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, the bar’s opening hours will be Monday to Friday, 5pm – late, and Saturday and Sunday, 3pm – late, with weekly DJs and monthly live music.