100 High Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, Lancashire, M4 1HP, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 161 832 4529
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Sun-Wed 5pm - 12am, Thu 5pm - 1am, Fri-Sat 5pm - 2am
Door: Go early
Style: Tiki bar
Recommended for: Fun/atmosphere
Price guide: Middling
Food: No food
Owned by: Beau Myers
Images By: diffordsguide.com
Another night, another dose of Tiki Mayhem in the Northern Quarter. This time it’s Keko Moku (meaning ‘monkey island’) – a teensy tiny venue presided over by the Hawaiian-shirted, huge character that is Lyndon Higginson, with the little space that is left packed full of love and rum.
It does feel a bit like you’ve walked into someone’s garage rather than a bar but it’s so crammed full of tiki paraphernalia and the vibe is so great it doesn’t matter a jot. They’ve really embraced the tiki-spirit with dollar bills stuck to the ceiling, Puffa fish, leis across the bar shelves and more rum than you can shake a swizzle stick at.
The style of the menu again pays homage to one Victor Bergeron but the drinks are well made and inventive. The ridiculous glassware is also good fun – I’m sure some drinks were coming across the bar in vases but there’s the skull mugs and volcano bowls too. This feels like a true locals bar – and once inside you’re in the gang and in for a treat.