Newly approved Hawaiian-themed tiki bar to offer private karaoke lounge in Victoria

Newly approved Hawaiian-themed tiki bar to offer private karaoke lounge in Victoria
The new bar will feature a stand alone, bookable karaoke room

Victoria City Council has approved a new bar for the downtown area after they granted it with a liquor license.

The bar, called Tora Tiki, will be located at 714 Cormorant Street and have a 1950s style Hawaiian-themed tiki lounge along with a private karaoke lounge for people to rent.

“After visiting other tiki-style lounges around the U.S. and beyond in our travels, we’ve always wanted to bring our vision of a small, unique and inclusive space that we hope will stand out as a local institution at 714 Cormorant St,” said co-owner Jason Pincombe in an email to council.

The duo behind the new bar are also the owners of Saint Franks, located on Broad Street. They plan on having the karaoke bar as a stand-alone area of the bar and say people will be able to rent the space in groups of 10 or less.

“The idea here was to create a space in the city where corporate groups, birthdays or small parties can enjoy something that is not offered anywhere else in the city,” continued the email.

The bar will also include food options with a tiki theme created by local chef and owner of Marta Cafe, Nikita Cyr.

It will be designed to cater to those of the 35 to 60-year-old demographic.

Fourteen letters were sent to the city council opposing the new bar, while 13 were sent in support of the facility. Despite the opposition, council decided to recommend the license be approved.

Tora Tiki has been approved by the city council to be open daily from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. with plans to be open Wednesday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., similar to Saint Franks.

The restaurant will have a maximum capacity of 60 people including staff.

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