Hula Hula announces ‘grand re-opening’ Friday on Capitol Hill

Like we said, CHS will occasionally kick into action for vitally important news. Like this. Hula Hula, after a “tiki the shit” out of it overhaul of the old Clever Dunne’s space — will officially open Friday and begin its new life on Capitol Hill, owner Keith Robbins has announced.

“People love gathering at Hula Hula for karaoke and cocktails and we’ve been at it for 10 years strong,” Robbins says in the announcement, below. “Capitol Hill, specifically the Olive Way corridor, is the perfect neighborhood to continue the tiki bar tradition.”

HULA HULA REOPENS FRIDAY AT ITS NEW CAPITOL HILL OASIS
Same tiki-fabulous swagger and nightly karaoke; vibrant, new party-centric spot

SEATTLE—April 18, 2017—Seattle’s legendary Tiki-Karaoke bar, Hula Hula, will be back in action Friday after breezing its way across town (1.6 miles due east) to settle into its new festive digs at 1501 East Olive Way (at the corner of E. Howell). Open 365 days per year, hours will be daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

“People love gathering at Hula Hula for karaoke and cocktails and we’ve been at it for 10 years strong,” Robbins said. “Capitol Hill, specifically the Olive Way corridor, is the perfect neighborhood to continue the tiki bar tradition.”

General Manager Joe Zara and the same Hula Hula team from Queen Anne will welcome revelers to the new spot. Look forward to oversize flaming “bowl” libations, fun tikified drinks, and traditional beer, wine, and cocktails. Island-theme bites, such as Hawaiian corn dogs, loco moco, and Sriracha honey shrimp, will be available all the way up until midnight.

Easy to spot from the street with its electric aqua blue exterior, the interior is a virtual luau for the eyes: Thatched fronds framing booths, a karaoke stage and a semi-private, raised seating area; dark bamboo wainscoting throughout, an entry accent wall checkered in old Hawaiian and tiki album covers, and the familiar bamboo bar, whose counter is awash in tiki ephemera while dangling, illuminated pufferfish overhead provide mood lighting. The Bali Hai Room is flanked with the 25-foot black light black velvet painting. Carved tiki statues, huge faux stage palms, a mounted Koa wood platter collection and mounted fish round out some of the fun accents. Even the restrooms pipe in tiki music independent of the bar’s karaoke jams (look up in the women’s restroom ceiling to spot an upside-down flock of pink flamingo statues).

Perennial karaoke, offered 365 days per year starting at 9 p.m., is how Hula Hula earned its reputation for consistent, come-as-you-are crooning. At its previous location, it ran more than 2,000 consecutive days before ending the streak to relocate. Karaoke is hosted by self-proclaimed “karaoke geek” Mikey Valentine. Already endowed with a thumping sound system, owner Keith Robbins said that Hula Hula strives to provide one of the best karaoke experiences in the city. From 4-9 p.m., early private karaoke rents for $125 per hour (2-hour min.), giving parties total control of the stage. The stage is also equipped with a dropdown 106” screen for presentations aimed at private parties and daytime buyouts.

For those daring to go beyond the umbrella-staked stylings of the pina colada, mai tai, or blue Hawaiian, consider theZombie Bowl, a bigger version of the classic (all of the tiki cocktails use fresh juices, spices and house-made falernum), or the Volcano Bowl, served on fire! Happy Hour will be offered every day from 4-6 p.m., featuring $4 well drinks, $4 tap beers (spouting from 12 tiki-fied taps), $4 Off ALL tiki menu drinks and $5 bites. A special weekly Aloha Friday Happy Hour(Friday 4-6 p.m.) will also include half off Sailor Jerry and half off Kona beers.

Learn more at hulahula.org.

Subscribe and support CHS Contributors -- $1/$5/$10 per month

3 thoughts on “Hula Hula announces ‘grand re-opening’ Friday on Capitol Hill

  1. Olive way as a “party-centric spot”. Gross. It’ll be interesting to see how the head-to-head karaoke of The Crescent next door plays out.

  2. It’s going from large parking lots nearby to none. What type of impact will that have? There was also a lot of foot traffic from the TV/Radio/tech companies on Western and Elliott that is not up here on this side of the freeway.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *