Sun after flood as city’s first tiki bar shines

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It is a new bar where summer is celebrated all year round; where the staff wear Hawaiian shirts, the bar is decked out like a beach hut, and the drinks are the kind of fruity cocktails you wouldn’t normally sup unless you were holidaying in the Caribbean.

But Sheffield’s first ever tiki establishment - a drinking place that celebrates tropical culture - was, it seems, almost torpedoed by the British rain. Bosses at Bamboo Door, in Leopold Square, have revealed to The Diary how flooding almost meant it never opened at all.

“Kind of ironic,” nods assistant manager Tom Lord. “There was water cascading in through the ceiling into places where we were planning the beach booths.”

That was November. Now, seven months on and the place - an independent owned by Walkley entrepreneur Andy Trudgill - has finally opened.

“A tiki bar is a completely new concept for Sheffield,” says Tom. “There’s a couple in Manchester but nothing like it over here. This place is all about coming in, drinking some rum, having a good time in a non-pretentious atmosphere.

“It’s an escape from the mundane. It might be throwing it down outside but, in here, you’re always on holiday and always welcome to wear your beach shorts and your flip-flops.”