Lava & Tonic

4.6
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$30 and under
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Hawaiian
Our bar seating is first come first served. We recommend reserving space ahead by calling 316-364-4141 or reserving on open table. Welcome to our little oasis in the middle of Kansas! Lava & Tonic, Wichita's finest immersive tiki bar. Our normal hours are Wednesday - Saturday 4pm-2am. Drop by at 1716 E Douglas, located directly west of the Donut Whole.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.5
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4.8
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Place was busy but staff was friendly. The staff will take your order and just let you be without hounding too much, which is great in my opinion. Drinks can be pricey, but are always delicious. Atmosphere is amazing.

CK
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tiki themed cocktails are delicious and unique. The atmosphere feels like a big city cocktail experience. Can’t wait to go again with friends.

JS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We were excited to try Lava & Tonic. When we arrived at 9:30pm we were semi greeted by a lady carrying an ipad. She wasn't super friendly or welcoming. She just told us we would need to leave by 11:30. Our waitress was ok. We told her it was our first time there and she didn't really offer up any info. We order some personal pizzas. They were ok but kind of Totinos-like. There was no music playing. We thought there would be fun Island music playing. We got our tabs and the waitress said "they told you when you got here that we are cash only tonight because something wasn't working didn't they?" Well no one had told us that when we got there. Luckily we had cash. I was really excited to try this bar, but the experience was very mediocre except for the cool decor. Maybe we'll come back, but maybe not.

C
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great escape to daily life. The drinks are pieces of delicious art. The bartenders and staff are super knowledgable and friendly! My new favorite place in the ICT.

AK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome. Ambiance is fantastic and they have some really creative, unique drinks. Highly recommended.

GT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fun place, yummy drinks, we did not order food. Great for an occasion because it was festive and different.

MK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lava & Tonic is the perfect tiki experience. From the speakeasy-style entrance to the authentic drinks, it hits all the marks. I've been to many tiki bars across the country, and this was definitely on par with some of my favorite spots. If you're looking for a chill spot with a great atmosphere and amazing cocktails, Lava & Tonic is for you!

l
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun new place for Wichita!
Brought people from out of town and they loved that this place was in Wichita. Also, thanks for making your home on the QLine. Unique and hip, can't wait to go back.

CH
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lava and Tonic was a great choice for birthday drinks. The bar has great ambiance, with a nod towards older Tiki bars. Service was initially a bit slow, but the bartender made up for it with conversation when he came to the table with our drinks and gave us a shot of rum. The drinks were great, would highly recommend the grog nog even though it is seasonal. Great selection of rums and basic tiki drink menu.

We had made a reservation and would recommend that you do so in advance. the only downside was being seated by the door which was drafty on a cold night.

We will definitely go back with friends or for another date night.

Please note on this review, Open Table requires that you rate the food. We did not try the pizzas, so the food rating is not a reflection of the food served. THere is a very limited pizza menu and no apps.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic drinks and fabulous decor!

MM
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall, it was a good experience and cool ambience. The drinks were also pretty delicious and garnished to the max, which is was super fun. We started off a little rocky when we were told that we would need to leave our table in an hour and half due to other reservations and we hadn't even sat down. We also weren't walked over to our table - the hostess just kind of pointed to one so we assumed that it should be ours. When the waitress came over - initially there was not a greeting and she just asked to take our order. Being in a new place like - it's nice to be properly greeted and walked through the menu. In the end, we were good to leave in an hour and half and overall the bar Manager was extremely accommodating with moving seats around - just some kinks to iron out to make a truly memorable experience.

MJ
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Amazing ambiance, great attention to detail with each drink. The drinks are pricier but no complaints here.. the quality and strength of the drinks is worth it. The pizza was so-so.

MS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Having a home it Hawaii, so really looking forward to the experience here. Made reservations for best friend and I on a Wednesday evening at 5pm.
Was a little put off by the boarded up windows, but after we went in, thought maybe a possibility. The decor was a little tacky, predictable for a Hawaii theme.
They need more than bamboo curtains in between the booths - the guy next to us was dropping the f bomb every other word and was so loud. Was very disappointed when we went to order that they didn’t have Pina Colada mix ready - wasn’t frozen even though they had been open for an hour. Seriously!?!
That is a signature drink for any tiki bar.
The drinks we did order were ok, nothing special - the pieces of pineapple and mint in the drinks were huge, not something you want to fight back while attempting to sip on a cocktail. Most all tiki bars have souvenir glasses you can purchase with the drink, but these were served in cheap plastic or glass that you can find super cheap on Amazon.
And when we went to order their signature Pork pizza, was told they were out of that and had to find a substitution. To me the absolute worst thing was the heavy metal music playing almost the entire 90 minutes we were there. Have they heard of HAPA, Don Ho, Keali’i Reichel, Emma Veary or Israel?
That alone would have changed the whole vibe. Would I go back, sadly no.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and drinks!

DW
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Took a long time to get drinks/food, drinks were good especially the Piba Colada

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Love the drinks. I will definitely be going back!

DR
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun cocktails that pack a punch. Reservation made it nice to have a great booth and server. Had a great time. Love the environment. It’s a bar so there is noise. It’s not too loud that you can’t have a conversation. Great place to meet people for a drink.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lava and Tonic will not disappoint, the ambiance, drinks and service are fantastic! Get the Teak 9 and watch out for the Zombie. 🌋🏝🗿🥥

CB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff and drinks! The ingredients were very high quality.

NV
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks are phenomenal and now they have pizza!!

Need a tropical getaway but don't have the funds? Lava and Tonic is the perfect place!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had the best time at Lava and Tonic! We stopped in after the Miranda Lambert concert to check it out and we will definitely be going back. The drinks were tasty, and the decor and ambiance were fabulous. Loved all of it!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere and great hand crafted drinks!

TC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Neat place, good concept. Drinks were poorly done. Not overly priced, but odd liquor combinations that I would think are specific to only an unique clientele. Tried three different drinks, and was disappointed in all of them

KF
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service and cool atmosphere . Owners are still developing new ideas but overall a great place to hang out.

MO
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun atmosphere, very unique for Wichita! Drinks were fresh and delicious. Will be back for sure!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time! So much fun!