Kona Kai

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Kona Kai Kona Kai in Fulham, London is a tiki-themed bar with great cocktails & a classy clientele getting loose. Drink some flaming punch in London with Party Earth. London England 51.480192 -0.192269
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Party Earth Review Tropical Polynesian meets London chic at Kona Kai, a hopping Fulham bar where big groups of friends go to drink flaming fruity cocktails and act like luna-tikis on the dance floor every weekend. Although South Sea... ... read full review

  • Neighborhood:

    Fulham
  • Address:

    515 Fulham Road
    London SW6 1HD

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  • Tube:

    District Line: Fulham Broadway

  • Phone:

    020 7385 9991

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  • Hours:

    Tu–Th 4pm–midnight, F 4pm–1:30am, Sa 4pm–2:30am
    Occasionally open Sundays for big sporting events

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Kona Kai Review

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Kona Kai in Fulham, London is a tiki-themed bar with great cocktails & a classy clientele getting loose. Drink some flaming punch in London with Party Earth.

Tropical Polynesian meets London chic at Kona Kai, a hopping Fulham bar where big groups of friends go to drink flaming fruity cocktails and act like luna-tikis on the dance floor every weekend.

Although South Sea-themed joints can be on the divey side, this venue draws a smartly dressed crowd of area professionals and party seekers, with a 21+ door policy that – while not iron-clad – helps keep the youngest London barhoppers at bay.

Palm trees mark the façade, and the décor inside is an explosion of everything tribal and tiki, with tons of bamboo, a thatched ceiling, and wooden doors etched in tribal carvings. Colored lamps hang alongside a Pacific Islander boat, and funky lighting alternates from acid green to moody red to give the bar an exotic, otherworldly feel.

Fairly chill midweek and mostly populated by overworked office mates looking to slurp a few potent drinks during the daily Happy Hour, by Friday, the venue fills up quickly with dolled-up groups of girls laying waste to flaming Tiki Death Punches and packs of celebratory friends in Hawaiian shirts dancing hard to live bands and DJs.

The menu features dishes that seem straight out of a high-seas pirates’ cargo bay – a strange world where things like Thai spring rolls, Camembert fondue, and Mediterranean tasting platters coalesce.

Exotic yet unpretentious, Kona Kai is an ideal spot in Fulham to let one’s hair down…so long as that hair is kept far away from the Death Punch.

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Tip from Emma:

Get out your Hawaiian shirt on Thursdays – mojitos are only £3.50 all night, and you’ll get a free shot just for donning tropical garb.

  • Crowd

    Well-to-do Fulham young professionals, girls on a night out, birthday groups and other celebratory gatherings, overworked office mates looking to erase the week, mid-20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live band performs classic covers on Thursdays from 8pm, which can include a range of genres, but is always designed to get people on the dance floor.

    DJ spins a mix of mainstream, Top 40, and 80s and 90s hits on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm.

    Cocktail master class packages offered anytime Tu–Th and before 7:30pm F–Sa, must book two to three days in advance. Check venue website for details.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of both tiki-inspired grub and other ethnic dishes, including grilled pineapple, prawns, seafood salad, mussels, burgers, and a vegetarian sharing platter.

    Groups of 8–10 who book a table from 4–7pm on Fridays receive a complimentary “After Work Grill” food package. Call venue for details and booking.

    Venue available for party rental on weeknights.

    Reserved tables available.

    Happy Hour all night on Tuesdays, Wednesdays 4–9pm, Th–Sa 4–8pm.

    Outdoor smoking patio available but closes to drinking at 11pm.

  • Prices

    Cocktail classes £20–£40/person (includes at least two cocktails/person and food if desired). Starters £4.50–£8.50, entrées £6.50–£15.

    Beer £4–£4.50, wine £4–£6.50/glass or £15–£22.50/bottle, cocktails £7–£9.50+, group cocktails £16–£36.50, shooters 4 for £10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual to tropical: suits, blazers, designer button-downs, classy vests, sophisticated dresses, sexy skirts, high heels, as well as purposely dorky big Hawaiian shirts and oversized sunglasses for those really looking to get in on the island theme.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday nights for live music, Friday nights £10 bottles of wine during Happy Hour and complimentary food for groups of 8–10 who book a table before 7pm, or Fridays and Saturdays for dance-inducing Top 40 and old-school tunes that bring out one’s inner 80s and 90s child.

  • Close By

    Fiesta Havana (490 Fulham Road) trades the tiki theme for a Cuban one, and promises a dance floor packed with stylish Latino couples who know how to salsa – and also offers classes for those who don’t.

Kona Kai User Reviews

Average rating:
Fun place
Jody P. Dec 10, 2012
This is a fun bar to hit up. You walk in and immediately feel like you are on an island or something. It is like a giant tiki bar in the middle of London. The decor immediately made me want a drink made with some kind of fresh-squeezed fruit juice. It was pretty packed when I was there, but not to the point of being uncomfortable. Like, you could still stand with your group without being pushed and elbowed and you could get to the bar and get a drink pretty easily. But it also didn't feel like a ghost town. The crowd is pretty young but mostly friendly people and locals.
fun, but inconsistent
Alessia F. Dec 9, 2012
We’ve come here twice—once on a Friday at nine pm and it was dead. Perhaps five people in the entire bar! The cocktails were yum, but the fact that the place was empty didn’t make it a spot we wanted to return. We ended up passing Kona Kai on a Chelsea match day and it was seriously crammed full of people. We decided to go back in and were not disappointed—everyone was drinking, merry, and friendly, and though it cleared out for the match, having lots of people there really made it a great spot. Definitely will go back now!
great live music
Hayden F. Dec 5, 2012
this place is great. the live music is really enjoyable and it is super close to the tube station so it is really convenient. the crowd who goes is really fun too. i would definitely recommend going here. on the weekends the line can get rather long so get there a little earlier and grab yourself a drink! i lived right near this place but my friends from other parts of london would come over and we would go here... there are some nice pubs around it too that you can grad a drink at beforehand. long story short: great location, great music, and great vibe!
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