Tiki Hut Opens for the 2012 Season on Lake Keowee

Turn at the Shell station off the 123 Bypass, drive a little less than a mile, then take a left on the gravel drive. Follow the sound of music and laughter…then quickly and quietly…escape reality. The Tiki Hut, at the Keowee Marina on Lake Keowee, is the “must-go” place for all lake lovers. A members only club (membership available annually $35 per person/$50 per family), this restaurant on the lake is simply so much more than a place to go just on the weekends. Over the last few months, the Tiki Hut has been closed for a remodel and members have been anxiously awaiting the re-opening, which took place last weekend.

Lake Keowee

A Place to Escape Reality

From an aesthetic perspective, members will notice a “simplified, cleaner look” with less clutter, sharp teal blue barstools, and an off-white deck paint that makes the whole place look bright and cheerful. In fact, the whole Marina is undergoing an upgrade; the entire property is being scrubbed, gutted, and updated for locals and visitors alike. Changes to the restaurant include a gutted and re-built kitchen, less contraptions behind the bar, better lighting, surfboards on the walls, and healthier options on the menu.

Surf's Up at Tiki!


What strikes us as exciting about Tiki Hut’s reopening is not just what you can see, but the list of events and entertainment coming this year. 2012 will bring regular Themed Parties (Don’t miss the Sham ROCK the Deck Party on March 17th, wear your green if you don’t want to be pinched!) and Wine Tastings done “Tiki Style,” meaning less hoity-toity formalities and more open-air mingling on the deck!

Weekly events will continue including Mexi-Monday with TikiRitas and Tiki Tuesday with free wings for members. Wednesday Charity Nights will continue to be held to benefit local causes. These are great opportunities to give back to your community, spend time with friends, family and colleagues, all with a lake view. All are encouraged to attend and bring friends as proceeds fill great needs in our community. Karaoke Nights will continue as well, so watch the online calendar! Aussie Pub Trivia has moved to Friday nights at 7:30, so join in for some competition and win awesome prizes! In case you haven’t been, Tiki Hut has a great Sunday Buffet featuring fantastic dishes, and of course your Tiki bartender’s fabulous Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas, even on Sunday.

New Splash of Color

In addition to the regular calendar, there are countless other events on the horizon for the lake season. The biggest event planned so far will be held April 20-21.  The Launch Party for Captain Morgan Black & Customer Appreciation Day is THE launch party for Captain Morgan Black in the Upstate.  Enjoy drinks made by a Mixologist from Texas, Limos, Paparazzi, and more. You don’t want to miss this event!

This weekend, March 10-11, will feature an In-Water Boat Show at the Marina, come check out the boats on Lake Keowee. On March 17 there will be a 5K Race Ending at the Tiki, with over 200 people from as far as Canada running in the race, and of course the Sham ROCK the Deck Party that night as well,  the band starts at 7pm! On March 30, try the “Forks & Corks” Wine Tasting and French Cuisine ($80 per person/$120 per couple). 

Entertainment Stage---Headliners to Come

Many of you may have attended the 4th of July concert with our area’s very own Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project last year. You will be happy to learn they are coming back to the Tiki Hut this summer as part of a Music Festival on Lake Keowee, how exciting is that!? Other musical entertainment this year will feature DJ’s from Atlanta, Charleston, and Charlotte and bands well-known in the Southeast.

Lake Keowee and the Tiki Hut are proud to be part of tours of the upstate and people from all over the world will be visiting our area this year. The Tiki Hut Catering Division handles both on-and-off-premise events and their event center overlooking the water is perfect for both Corporate and Private Functions. The Tiki Hut’s new manager, Marty Gambino, is new to the area and has headed up the catering divisions for both NASCAR and BMW. The Tiki Hut & their event center will make any event, from birthday parties to company picnics to weddings, something to remember. Their all inclusive services include catering, of course a beautiful lakefront venue, staff, entertainment, and even boats if needed.

You can check out all the latest event updates and information about Club Tiki Hut on their webpage, http://www.clubtikihut.com/ or by calling them at 864-882-0800. Now let’s all go get “Freaky at the Tiki!”

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2 Responses to Tiki Hut Opens for the 2012 Season on Lake Keowee

  1. Great job on the post, all the info you could need in one place. Good pics too.

  2. maggie says:

    Thanks! We visited the Tiki Hut twice this weekend and it was rockin’ and rollin’! So glad to Seneca full of people, everywhere we went was crazy busy!

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