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Photos: Tiki bars (and tiki food!) in South Florida

Break out that muumuu, throw on a Hawaiian lei and download some ukulele tunes, because it’s tiki time all the time in South Florida.

We’re just getting started with this photo gallery of popular tiki huts with craft cocktails that have earned their tiny umbrellas. We also shine some sun on the al fresco dining.

And if you know of a tiki hut that we missed, please send your suggestion to RHagwood@sun-sentinel.com, and we'll try to get to it.

Tiki huts have been a thing since Prohibition was repealed, but after World War II, tiki huts went viral before going viral existed. And even though "tiki" originally described Polynesian carved objects, the word over time has become a catchall for all kinds of tropical cocktails and the kitsch-loving subculture that adores them. (To see what we mean, check out the images from Hukilau at the end of this photo gallery.)

Here in South Florida, the laid-back, easygoing vibe of tiki huts fits naturally with the subtropical weather and watercentric lifestyle. That's why we have so many of them, whether poolside, lakeside or oceanside.

Keep coming back, since we'll be adding to this gallery.

Make sure you watch this video about the Molokai Bar in the Mai Kai Restaurant, which our readers voted the "Best Tiki Bar" in South Florida.

rhagwood@southflorida.com

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