Seminole Heights will soon be getting a tiki bar

A pineapple is a symbol for Southern hospitality, and right now a neon pink one just got lit in the heart of Seminole Heights. Introducing the Pink Pineapple.

Yes, the Pink Pineapple is a new tiki bar opening this summer at 5137 N. Florida Avenue, the former Refinery spot.


Food from the chef behind Ichicoro

So, dust off your toucan shirt and get ready to surf a boozy wave to a kitschy paradise. The bar concept is poured from the minds of industry veterans – and husband and wife team – Kimmy Bruehl and Eric McKinney.

Besides serving drinks with umbrellas, Pink Pineapple will have food courtesy of Noel Cruz from Ichicoro and Chismis & Co., a recent Armature Works resident. The Filipino fare will compliment the fantastical faraway Eden botanicals, wooden masks and flotsam and jetsam associated with tiki culture.

“The Pink Pineapple is anywhere you can think of that’s warm or has a beach. People can travel to Tampa and ask to go to the tiki bar,” Bruehl told Creative Loafing.

We are in dire need of a new tiki spot, Tampa

Tampa is long overdue for a tiki nightspot. There is nothing like sharing a large zombie with friends or a date. Plus, Florida has a great history of tiki culture and bars.

Fort Lauderdale’s Mai Kai – with a garden of waterfalls and tiki gods – is considered the holy grail of all tiki bars on the East Coast. The bar, which opened in 1956, is a tourist destination and their nightly show is an eclectic primer on island culture and music complete with Polynesian songs and fire-dancing.

Similarly, The Pink Pineapple is hoping to be more than just a bar, but rather a tourist spot for incoming Tampa visitors.

The Pink Pineapple will open sometime this year in Seminole Heights. Check their Facebook page for updates and early teaser events.

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