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Kona Kai is a Polynesian inspired bar located a short distance from Fulham Broadway tube station. Alongside a variety of exotic cocktails, they offer a compact choice of meals including New Zealand green shell mussels, Thai beef and Kona Kai specials. With Tiki decor and party tunes being played, Kona Kai is ideal for a fun night out with friends.

Ranked #54 of 2091 pubs & bars in London
"Kona Kai has fast become one of the best-loved Cocktail Bars in South West London. Its a popular cocktail bar predominantly with young professionals out for a good cocktail or looking for a fun night out. It is a relaxed and fun place with a great party vibe. The areas tend to get booked in advance, to avoid disappointment we ask people to reserve an area in advance, particularly large groups. It also offers a huge selection of Tiki inspired cocktails, sharing cocktails served in purpose designed canoes or sea shells, cocktail classes and delicious food."

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

16:00 - 00:30


16:00 - 00:30


16:00 - 00:30


16:00 - 00:30


16:00 - 01:30


16:00 - 02:30



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By Akin O.

In response to the last comment by vivmunoz; i would like to say the following; I have been the resident DJ at Kona Kai for the past 4 years and our music policy is very mainstream for the purpose of catering to the varied tastes of our clientele. We ocassionally try to lighten the mood by playing something a bit cheesy that people can sing along to. We are sorry if the Frozen song was not to your taste but a DJ cannot stop everyone else's fun simply because you disagree with their choice of song. If you think the Frozen soundtrack is cheesy, you should hear the requests that i turn down on a regular basis. Fotr the record, i play everything from hip hop and r&b to funky house, edm, opo and drum and bass as well as various party classic spanning the decades from the 60s to the noughties. This is why i don't take requests. At some point during the night, i'm not sure if i was the one playing on the nigh you came but if it was me, it was not my intention to come across as rude. Feel free to come back anytime.

By Viv M.

We went to Kona Kai on a Friday for my birthday. When we arrived staff were very friendly and staff behind the bar were attentive, I think it helped that all my friends are stunners. Drinks were great, tasted delicious and very inventive, prices were okay for what your actually getting, not too expensive. The whole night was good and my party of 15 thoroughly enjoyed it. The only negatives were that I had reserved a table in a different area of the bar to what we were given, there were not enough seats for all of us. Most of the guys had to stand up. Also the music wasn't to our taste, at one point of the night they played the song from the Frozen film!! We asked the DJ politely if he could kindly change the type of music he was playing and rudely refused us.

By Kathryn H.

Me and my friend saw the reviews and thought this would be a lovely place for a drink. We were wrong!! My friend has a severe intolerance to dairy, but a member of the staff thought it was appropriate to make a joke about putting dairy in my friends drink, not funny when you've got an intolerance like this as it can make her very ill. We asked to speak to the manager, but they referred us to someone who just put the member of staff back in front of us, who also then continued to try and make a joke of the situation. She in fact didn't drink the drink in the end, as she wasn't sure about exactly what was in the drink. I, my friends intolerance aside, got the piss taken out of my hair colour by the toilet attendant. I have red hair, and as I was saying that I was pissed off in the toilets to my friend about her situation. The toilet attendant quipped in saying ''that's cos you're ginger'', which I then laughed off, but she shouldn't be making a joke and be discriminative towards the colour of my hair. After all of this we spoke to one of the bouncers in the establishment, and he again laughed off the situation. So all in all, we believe that this is a rude and discriminative establishment, which make jokes out of actually quite offensive situations. So we actually went back to ''The Elk'' another cocktail bar in Fulham, as they had lovely, attentive staff and we could fully enjoy ourselves without the worry of a situation like this arising.

By Russell B.

Went for a drink after work after having this bar recommended to me. It was quite to start with but by the early evening it started to really fill out. The setting is great, very cool!! The food was really nice and the cocktails were great, a little let down with my beer as it was not good but switched to cocktails after that! worth giving a go and will be back soon

By Francine W.

Amazing night life experience!

Unique Tiki venue in London perfect for private functions, birthdays and a good night out! Cocktails are always on point and the staff fit the tropical vibe and experience. Recommended highly to experience nightlife in London!

By Natty W.

Bar staff are lovely but the manager is not! He is so rude and we actually felt like leaving because of him but stuck it out. Cocktails are lovely and the food was decent. We was told the dj would be there at 9, 9 came and no Dj! Was told he was running late! Great!!! When he did arrive the music was not great at all, the music that they advertise as playing is not what they actually play, at one point one of our group asked him if he could change it and he said no! How rude. Won't be going here again! Manager is rude, music is rubbish. Only thing saving this place is the amazing cocktails

By K A.

I booked a table for my hawaiian themed birthday last July and we had a blast! Kona Kai reserved a corner table for around 15 people. There were closer to 20 of us but everyone was back and forth to the bar and dancefloor or smoking outside and eating at different times so I actually preferred it like this. Seemed less formal. The drinks are delicious and well worth the price as they are very strong. We had a couple boat drinks for the table and everyone got involved. Great DJ spinning everything from 90's r&b to the newest pop tunes. Very danceable! Food was good -all my friends had burgers and said they were delicious. The staff at Kona Kai were so accommodating and looked after us really well. It also had a great atmosphere, everyone was there to have a good time, vibin, and it got quite busy after 9 or so. I will definitely be back - one of my favorite birthdays! Great for parties, but I can also see this being a fun spot on a random Saturday night as well. Go! Highly recommended!

By Jon C.

I had a fun time at this bar. The cocktails are tasty and if you are there for happy hour (runs till 8pm) there are 5 of them for £5 each. They also go a good selection of food which was tasty. The decor is good cheesy Hawiian tiki bar and I really liked it. Also the people there seemed to get in on the theme with lots of people dressing up. There is also a DJ who plays from 9pm till late. It's also a good location right next to Fulham Boardway tube (though it's also right next to Stamford Bridge so I imagine it gets very busy on a game day). Overall I really enjoyed my evening.

By Ellen L.

I booked a table at Kona Kai for my 20th birthday and was really impressed with their communication before the evening and the evening itself. The members of staff confirmed my booking within 5 minutes of my email and were easily able to accommodate my party of 15. The drinks were delicious and reasonably priced and the music and atmosphere was good fun all night. Overall a great night!

By Medya R.

I felt exactly the same. I think Kona Kai is a great hangout place. The staff were definitely very friendly and helpful. We had brought a birthday cake and the staff kept it in their fridge, gave us plates and cutlery. Communication through email was very efficient. The place had a nice feel with the howaiian theme. The music was great and would appeal to most people. There was a mixed crowd. There is food before 10 and everything is fairly inexpensive compared to the other places I have been to. I had so much fun and even the door men were smiley and friendly. The only small issue was that it was a bit hot and sweaty inside with no air con. What else could you ask for?!?! M 1980

By Rita R.

I am so happy I chose to celebrate my 30th birthday at Kona Kai! Kona Kai is simply brilliant. Fab Tiki decor, amazing cocktails, lovely food, great music and friendly management and staff. Making my reservation was really easy and communication in the days leading up to my celebration was excellent. My celebrations were in June (6 months ago) and my friends and family still comment on what a great night it was how awesome Kona Kai is. I went back to the venue for a few drinks last month and loved it! The management even remembered us! I will definitely be going back very soon!

By James P.

Kona Kai is my favourite Bar in London. On a Friday evening a great place to go and get some drinks with friends and sit one of the tiki beach booths... and on a Saturday night it gets a great crowd in there and is always busy. They have some really cool cocktails and the cocktail boats are certainly not to be missed - v potent! The music is always really good and its a great place to go, get a booth and shuttle run between dancefloor (and the bar!). They do table service too if you want. It's not at all pretentious and it's really great value compared to similar bars in London. Most importantly the place has a great vibe and the staff are friendly and often hot! Love this place!

By S N.

Had my birthday here on a Friday night, excellent atmosphere, staff were friendly and helpful, music was good, cocktails tasted amazing, experience could have been improved with some sort of a birthday package or even a free cocktail as most places offer! However, was an excellent night, everyone enjoyed themselves, would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a nice bar with a fantastic atmosphere and theme! Thanks Kona Kai!

By Sharan B.

Went to Kona Kai for my friend's birthday, loved it! Great, friendly staff, had table service with a smile, amazing cocktails that are reasonably priced for the area. Great decor but the best thing is the music, the DJ is amazing, a good mix of old school, rnb, hip hop and classic songs, one of the best bar/clubs I have been to in London for a long time!

By Jay L.

When I arrived at the bar on Saturday evening for a friend's birthday I found all the tables had been reserved despite the fact that she had made a reservation a month in advance. The bar staff had no idea about whether she had been allocated a table and eventually gave us a table with low stools in the middle of the bar. The staff only offered a single cocktail as an apology and didn't make a particular effort to find us a table. The 'happy hour' advertised also turned out to be slight discounts on a limited range of cocktails rather than a 2 for 1 on the menu as a whole. They lost out on food and champagne orders because of this. Cocktails were excellent and the music(mainly radio-friendly commercial pop/dance)was good for the party. All in all a really good bar which makes it even more of a shame that the staff weren't more organised and helpful.

By Jenni L.

There aren't many bars in London that really create "atmosphere." Kona Kai has this in bucket loads. The theme just adds to the fun. The staff are helpful and friendly and on the Friday night I visited the music was pumping. It only takes good music and a few drinks to get my friends and I on the dance floor - one bad song and we are off. Fair to say, we danced all night! It's easy to find, with good bus and tube links - there's no excuse not to go down and have a good time. One visit and you'll be hooked!

By Misbah F.

I was looking for a place to go for my fiance's birthday and came across the reviews for Kona Kai. I sent an e-mail through their website and within an hour I had a response and a text to acknowledge my query. I was pleasantly suprised by this random little find.. the music was great, the staff were accomodating and the crowd were out just to have a good time. The layout inside is great in that there's enough seating but without the 'stuffy' feel you can get in other bars. I can't recommend this place enough for a good night out in the SW area!

By Sally N.

I came on here to read other people’s feedback about this place on weekends, as I plan to organise my boyfriend’s birthday due here in January. After reading the previous review, I would like to put my experience across. I visited 2 weeks ago with my boyfriend and we had a KGB deal. Similar to the Living Social deal, you only pay a fraction of the cost of what the food & drinks normally cost. I cannot comment on individual experiences in regards to the service received (mix-up with cutlery, shakers, etc), but I would like to say that this place certainly does not advertise as a restaurant. I did my research before I purchased the KGB deal and after checking their website and other sites, it’s quite obvious that it is primarily a cocktail bar. Full details of their menus can be found on their website and the food menu is certainly not small for the type of venue it is, but if you purchase a KGB or Living Social deal, it does limit you to what you can order as part of the deal. They are only open in the evenings and the décor is really pretty, hence why we are looking to hold the birthday here. They have a dance floor and there is a DJ booth. The Swedish girl who served us said that the place is lively on Fridays & Saturdays and can get quite busy. We loved the cocktails, and at 2 for 1 happy hour offers, it’s certainly a very good deal. The food is not of the Gordon Ramsey level, but it is decent for what you pay, especially given the location of the place. And as for the size of the portions, I would say they are average and above. Their burgers are quite substantial (served with chips and green salad), maybe not the same size as the ones you get at Gourmet Burger down the road, but then you don’t pay £10+ for a burger with extras. If you are looking for fine dining, then there are better options, but if you are looking for a place that serves amazing cocktails, decent food, good music and eye catching décor, then this is definitely the place.

By Claire M.

I am surprised you found the staff at this venue rude, as this was the opposite of my experience. I am even more surprised you had to wait ages for a drink, as this venue has been around only for 3 months or so and judging by my experience on Saturday, although it was relatively busy, it was not bursting at the seams and the service at the bar was flowing. Judging by your limited profile, I sincerely wonder if you have actually ever been to Kona Kai. After all, it’s easy to try and knock down the competition anonymously online. I felt compelled to come online and write a review about Kona Kai as I had a seamless experience booking my birthday with them. From the initial contact online, the almost immediate reply, the staff attentiveness on the night, the fabulous cocktails and the music, it all made for a great night. It’s a Polynesian themed place with great attention to detail and it is ideal for birthday parties etc. It’s not pretentious at all and I would recommend it to anyone.

By Kate S.

Had a great evening at Kona Kai on Friday 2nd September. My colleagues and I certainly had fun trialling a range of their cocktails (the happy hour prices ensured we could definitely sample a range!), and the platter of food provided (just by mentioning View London when making a group booking) ensured we were able to keep going late into the night - taking advantage of the dance space, and very affable dj! Would definitely return.

By Louise C.

This place is a winner! I reserved a table at Kona Kai for my birthday at the last minute. I didn't know what to expect as I'd never been there before. I was impressed as soon as I walked in: with the friendly table staff, the cool Hawaiian decor and the area we'd been given - high-backed chairs and a wooden "tree-trunk" table. The bar staff were great, quick friendly service and the music was good. The size of the place is perfect: not too big, not too small; and there is a fun atmosphere. Shame that happy hour ends at 7pm but I will definitely go back. Nice and close to the station :)

By Stephano N.

Kona Kai has got lots of bamboo and in its own way a very cool place. Its always exciting coming across new bars and this place really has the wow factor. Food did the trick, cocktails and great looking girls. Fulham and broadway is full of great looking women, and kona kais was full of them! Will be back lol try the rum punch!

By Frankie R.

The place was awesome ! the drinks were amazing they even have a boat hanging on the ceiling !! was a totaly tropical evening and i will defo be going back with the girls ! Thank you Kona Kai and the guys outside fullham broadway who sent us the other way ;-)

By Mel C.

A brand new addition to Fulham and Chelsea! I thought it was great and had a lot of fun! You can see a lot of effort has gone into the bar, staff, food and drinks! Good party vibe about the place quit unique, like your on a holiday! Will be back for sure with the girlie's for a few more of those sharing boats! Thank you! Xx

By Linda B.

What a party! Went there last Saturday for my friend’s birthday. We had real fun, the cocktails were the best ever and looked amazing. Non pretentious crowd, staff was real good looking and friendly. I can’t wait to go back.

By M.

We went on to the bar on friday and it was a bit busy but we were able to get a great table in the back overlooking the dance floor. The waitress was brilliant, the cocktails were fun and we had a great night. Everyone was dressed up really nicely and we had no trouble getting in.

By Roland A.

Went with friends to Kona Kai for a birthday party and had great time. Have been to this venue before when was called So Bar but what a transformation. The place looks fantastic, and very cool. Cocktails very nice and staff polite. Highly recommended.

By A M.

me and my friends accidentally ended in Kona Kai it last Saturday and got in straight away. we loved the atmosphere, the place looks fantastic, when inside it felt like you were in Hawaii. Staff were very friendly and drinks were great and not to expensive compare to other bars in the area. we danced all night and had absolutely amazing time. cant wait to go back!

By S T.

I went to the opening of Kona Kai last week and i have already booked a table to go back this Saturday for my fiance's birthday. This is such a cool bar with the best cocktails in town at a very good price! I highly recommend it!

By Freddy P.

With loud music and flaming cocktails galore, this tiki bar, situated in between Fulham Broadway Tube and Chelsea football ground, is not for the faint-hearted.

The Venue
A stone’s throw from Stamford Bridge stadium, Kona Kai sticks out like a sore thumb on Fulham Road, near Fulham Broadway station, with a flamboyant colour scheme and banks of palm trees lining the entrance. The interior is no less extravagant, with a thatched ceiling and walls lined with bamboo. Several booths line the main room, which also includes a grandiose bar, and the back room can hold more customers as well as a dancefloor, should the need arise. An array of wicker chairs allow ample seating around glass tables, and bar stools abound throughout.

The attention to detail in the Polynesian-themed decoration is quite something, with ornate, shell-encrusted lamps sharing wall space with tribal shields, sculptures, totems, glass orbs and even a canoe suspended from the central beam. Such unswerving commitment to a singular aesthetic is impressive, if a little kitsch and incongruous compared to the surrounding area – Mahiki in Mayfair and the Sugarcane, Kona Kai's sister bar in Battersea, pull off a similarly exotic approach with a touch more success.

The Atmosphere
Still finding its feet, Kona Kai isn't as vibrant is it perhaps could be, but on the right evening it cannot be matched in terms of sheer reckless hedonism. Bartenders juggle spirits, make pyramids out of tumblers and breathe fire if the mood takes them, guest DJs offer dancefloor-ready sets, and rum-fueled conversation comes thick and fast as the night wears on. The customer base is largely fairly well-to-do but expanding rapidly, while the staff are extremely friendly and more than willing to fill you in on the venues idiosyncrasies, with personable and efficient service no matter how hectic things get. It’s also a location of choice for birthday parties and office gatherings.

The Food
The food menu is only tenuously linked to the tiki theme, but is fairly impressive nonetheless. Starters range from £4.50 for grilled mixed vegetables to £8 for a delicious tasting plate of grilled chorizo and hummus, while the main courses are both well-presented and mouth-wateringly tasty, not least the Thai chicken and the New Zealand green shell mussels (£8.50 each). Burgers and sharing platters are also available for the more conservative diner, and the recurring motif is one of satisfaction and value for money.

The Drink
Kona Kai pulls no punches when it comes to drinks, serving up a mind-boggling selection from the fevered imaginations of the resident mixologists and cocktail gurus behind the bar. Highlights include the Tiki Death Punch (£6.80), the flaming Pele's (£7) and the Zombie (£13.50), a truly lethal mélange of rums and absinthe served in a skull-shaped glass, appropriately enough. Instead of pitchers, the group-size drinks (around £30, for servings of 4-8 people) come in porcelain boats and conch shells, often set on fire beforehand, with several long straws – a nice touch and useful conversation piece. Red and white wines are also on offer at reasonable prices, as are champagne and prosecco, and bottled beer, such as Tiger and Brahma (£4.50), is available too.

The Last Word
If outlandish rum-based cocktails and tiki-style decor are your thing, then Kona Kai is definitely worth a visit.

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