Zen Tiki Lounge

Reviews For Zen Tiki Lounge

This podcast is so much fun. Especially now when I’m feeling blue about everything going on. When I listen to The Zen Tiki Lounge it’s like I’m hanging out with old friends who make me laugh. Keep up the great work! Mahalo! (Sorry I couldn’t think of anything snarky to say😄.)
Ah yes, traveling in my mind !!!
Day 55 of “sheltering in place.” I couldn’t tell you exactly how I stumbled on to this podcast, but I’m sure glad that I did. Though I’ve only managed to listen to a dozen or so, the fact that there are over 400 more to go fills me with anticipation and makes my relative seclusion a whole lot more palatable. “Sunshine Tiki” and his co-hosts are such interesting and genuine people, smart and funny and seem to have such a good time doing this show.
Tiki afficionados are wonderful people, and this podcast is a wonderful introduction to what makes the hobby/culture a delight. Give it a listen, you won’t be disappointed.


In this time of quarantine I’ve turned my bathroom into a personal spa and this podcast provides the perfect ambiance. Thank you so much.
Love the show but let’s get an auxiliary show once in a while where everyone gets a lot drunker (or possibly stoned) and tackles some of life weightier topics and concepts. Existential escapism is en vogue in 2020. Stay safe, stay sane. D. in Marin You can’t spell culture without cult. -Been It
I love the Zen Tiki Lounge and can't recommend it enough. First and foremost, this is a group of friends who come together to enjoy each other in a Tiki, cocktail, exotica context. They are smart, lovely, good people, who have a great time together-and share it with us. I have a lot of fun listening to them, and am instantly transported to a dimly lit Tiki Bar in my mind which is so much fun. I noted they are smart. Part of what keeps me coming back is what I learn about many subjects while listening to them. So while it is a lot of fun to hang out with them, you get invaluable perspective on various aspects of culture. I also noted they are lovely. If you enjoy Tiki, you probably enjoy the Ohana spirit. This spirit flows amply from these very fine people. They are gracious and generous with this spirit, whether you are simply a listener or you have pleasure of meeting them in person-or even getting to enjoy one of their room parties-which are amazing!!! Mahalo Zen Tiki Lounge!
While this podcast will not satisfy your need for highly organized and profoundly informative exposition of Tiki Pop — you will find neither exhaustive research nor thoughtful debate on the aesthetic elements or socio-economic ramifications of mid-century, Polynesian-theming in U.S. lounge-culture — it is one of the most enjoyable chat-based podcasts I’ve ever come across. Listening to three episodes inspired me to *concoct* my own and first batch of falernum, and listening to five has me hooked. I would love for the hosts to be able to post a couple times a week, but understand that the ability to get down to that “dimly-lit tiki-bar in your mind” isn’t a full-time job. I am genuinely looking forward to the next episode.
Mediocre non tiki music. Annoying podcasters. Not much going for this faux tiki nod cast.
This podcast, Quiet Village and Exotic Tiki Island are my go to essential tiki podcasts. I like that ZTL Is a potpourri of tiki: drinks, music, events, and just plain goofing around. Craft a tiki cocktail, pull up a chair and give it a listen, it’ll put you in a nice place!
I love this awesome podcast, My wife and I met starshine Et Al at tiki Caliente, bought some rocks glasses, enjoyed a cocktail and life was good. We listen as often as possible and simply enjoy, cheers and keep it up. Thank you for everything you do..
What a great time. This podcast is the secret ingredient that prevents hangovers. Or gives you the sweetest hangover. Whatever, it makes your life better. And the best part is there is no line for drinks! (Also the hosts!)
Meandering and rambling. One of hosts was so annoying.
Remember how Seinfeld was the show about nothing? Well this is the podcast about nothing. Grab a cocktail, sit back and enjoy the tiki small talk. Great for the beginner mixologist or just a great way to pass time. I wanted to come up with a witty, rude and obnoxious review but couldn’t do it, enjoy listening to you guys too much to do that. How about that Tiki Bar T-shirt Club Shirt?! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Perfect way to extend the weekend or get ready for the next! Boozy, snarky, funny and just a great listen. Might even lean something about a Tiki drink or two!
Love all the bar tricks and tunes! Mahalo!
Fairly new listener to this podcast but loving it already! Every episode usually starts with a unique cocktail recipe followed with listener questions from sunshine’s sweaty sack, followed by banter between the hosts. They cover topics ranging from tiki events, bar experiences, toenail remedies and late night lightsaber duels with giant yard o’ beefs! If you are an amateur mixologist I think there’s a lot of great info to glean from Sunshine’s recipes! This show has the feel of catching up with friends over a fresh round of cocktails! If this sounds like your thing, it probably is, give a listen! Mahalo!
Love the show! Keep the tips and tricks coming!! Mahalo 🍹🌺🐚
Fun and obnoxious, these jerks are a hoot and a half! Lots of info on rum and I get inspired to try new things. They keep me company during my drives in to work, and I don’t even remember the drive. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not......
I'm new to all things tiki and was looking for a fun tiki themed podcast and this is it! If you're looking for a chill tiki time then look no further!
Sunshine is an expert in cocktail and exotica culture. He’s fun. Starshine, sorry, I know you love a bad review but you’re fun, too. Kalani, you’re sweet but have a raging case of interrupt-itis and it makes it hard to focus on the person you’re perpetually talking or singing over. Pumpkin, um....meh. Anyway, thanks for putting so much effort into entertaining us!
If you are into Tiki this is a must listen. Lots of drunken chatter, cocktails and good music. My only issue is the constant promotion of Zaya Rum. But only cause it’s a garbage run and they could be drinking something much better.
Love this show but I can't say there are problems. Sunshine Tiki (the guy) is really great and clearly the M.C. here. Lots of great info, enthusiasm for all things tiki and parties and such. He preps the show so well and there is lots here to love. Love the music and recipes that are shared. Very entertaining. When paired with a single female cohost the show is still pretty good. It's when there are two or three ladies when the show goes off the rails. It is not fun to listen to several (seemingly) drunk ladies interrupt and mumble and scream and interrupt during the show.
I have been listening to Sunshine Tiki and the ladies for a couple of years and this podcast is like a lively conversation with friends around the bar.
I love listening to the Zen Tiki lounge for some wacky banter and creative cocktail recipes. Just got into the world of tiki recently and this has been my favorite podcast on the topic. If they opened a bar, I would visit.


This is my fave podcast to listen to while I'm at work 'cause it makes me feel like I'm hanging out with drunk people at a party (instead of being at work).
Listening to Zen Tiki Lounge is my favorite way to kick off the weekend. It's a wonderful combination fun, racy chat, combined with delicious cocktail recipes and relaxing exotica music. Whether they're talking about about how to handle a big Richard without breaking it or playing "What's in Kalani's Bra", it's always a great time with Sunshine Tiki and the lovely ladies of the Zen Tiki Lounge.
Step into this tiki bar-cast, exotic music and drinks, charming hosts. A mini vacation whenever you need it.
I recently started listening to ZTL as I was looking for something to entertain me on my 1-1.5 hour drive to work (at Forbidden Island in Alameda, CA) and man am I satisfied. I tried listening to a single podcast a year or so ago and was a little put off at first, but I decided to give these guys another chance and am so glad that I did. I find their conversation, topics, and live episodes a total blast. It really does feel like I am sitting in their dimly lit Tiki bar as I listen in the car...maybe that's because I'm practicly sitting in stand still traffic. Who knows!! Additionaly, I'm pretty new to attending Tiki events so it is nice that the hosts spend so much time discussing them. I'm so excited to get back to Tiki Caliente so I can actually attend their room party this time. Anyway, it's nice to hear all the great tiki talk, especially about the SoCal tiki bars as I just moved from Orange to San Jose...I worked for a certain man named Trader Sam. Cheers and keep up all the great work!! -Brian Rechenmacher (B-Rex)
I've only just discovered this podcast on now their 360th episode so I decided to start as far back as was posted and work my way up. I've only made it through a few episodes but am really loving it. I have the podcast app on my iphone and I've found myself putting it on any time I have spare time, driving, cooking, etc. I've got a long way to go, but so far enjoying the crap out of it. As a big fan of Tiki drinks and lifestyle, they really cover all the bases and add in a lot of good time random commentary. Really captures the spirit of tiki culture. Looking forward to plowing through the next 100+ episodes!
I love listening while I'm working. The descriptions of the drinks give me something to look forward to come 7 pm. Thanks for the drinks and laughs!
ZTL is a lot of fun. It is one of the reasons that I got into Tiki cocktails and culture. It's a great resource to find out about music and events.
Always a good time listening to this podcast, with lots of great tiki-themed tips on cocktails, parties and travel.
This tipsy & often obnoxious podcast is an absolute hoot. A cocktail companion unlike any other.
Always entertaining and often educational :)
I love your podcast. Sunshine and crew make my rush hour drives bearable. Always looking forward to new cocktail recipes and introductions to great music. Mahalo! Jax Pineda
Annoying drunks flapping their gums to amuse themselves; they certainly don't amuse me. Being drunk does not make you witty, it just makes these 3 loud mouthed idiots.
Staggering insight into the human condition filtered through a glass-blown Harvey's Lake Tahoe ashtray residing atop a kidney-shaped, cocobolo coffee table, littered with Sanka grounds and last evening's 14th rum runner. Approach with extreme irresponsibility, and be sure to get tested within a fortnight. So yeah, highly recommended.
It's true this is just like hanging at your favorite tiki bar. Listening to friends chatting, hearing great music, and most of all sipping some amazing cocktails. Each week Sunshine never disappoints to craft a cocktail that will make you turn your nose up at anything else you've had in the past.
Zen Tiki Lounge, the longest running Tiki Podcasts provides its listeners with a literal calvicade of all things tiki. From uniquely designed tiki cocktails to Exotica and from current Tiki events to special guests, ZTL provides a potpourri of Tiki for both the aficionado and apprentice. Lastly, shenanigans are guaranteed with each and every double entendre ladened episode.
YOU MUST listen to this podcast if you are into the tiki scene! That is all you need to know.
Amazingly fun podcast - as a gay tikiphile who hates work, this makes my workday fly by! Seriously, some of the friendliest, most real folks you'll ever hear. Sometimes the Tiki-Talk is a *little* light, but it's always an entertaining show. Everything about this podcast is right up my alley and I always await the next episode!
Make a cocktail (almost every episode features an original recipe from the Lounge), put on a record (Sunshine Tiki highlights new exotica and surf tunes), and relax in the Zen Tiki Lounge.
I spent Sunday late afternoon making salted caramels and chocolate chip cookies while sipping some Crusoe Spiced Rum and listening to the Zen Tiki Loung Podcast. Laughing and cooking make a wonderful combo. Thanks for the great podcast, and please keep it up. (This is TikiBear69 aka Matthew Vinson on FaceBook). XXXL ;)
If you want to know what's going on in the world of Tiki.
Tiki, Cocktails & Fun! Always a laugh with great information as well. Want to laugh & have a good time? Mix a cocktail up and tune in! This is the lounge to be in! Especially ZTL#257 not up yet but I hope it will be soon!
ZTL brings great fun and entertainment with each show. I aways look forward to the next episode! It's like having friends over to your tiki and not having to worry about cleaning up a mess when everyone leaves. Plus, Sunshine aways has a great new cocktail recipe to make. GREAT job ZTL! One of the BEST of the BEST podcasts out there. - Tiki Brian
This show is a blast! I never have to drink alone when ZTL is in the house. It's like a party at the push of a button! Seriously, though, I love to play this for friends when they come over for drinks. We love the recipes and the banter. So tonight we're making Painkillers with some Pineapple Mint Water on the side. Thanks for always being a great time.