Are separate tickets available for the Sunday bar tour or banquet dinner?
No. Due to space limitations and high demand, the deluxe bar tour and banquet are only available as part of the VIP Weekend Pass this year. Please see our Tickets page for a breakdown of what's included in each package.
Depending on how things go this year, we may try to expand the banquet to accommodate more guests next year, and let guests purchase banquet tickets separately. But only if we can expand the capacity without sacrificing quality.
What is the difference between the Deluxe Sunday Brunch & Bar Tour, and the Sunday Brunch & Bar Shuttle?
The Deluxe Sunday Brunch & Bar Tour is our standard tour, which includes a lavish brunch, a stop at Hale Pele, stops at several home Tiki bars in Portland, complimentary cocktails, and catered snacks and dinner.
The Sunday Brunch & Bar Shuttle is new this year. It's a more economical option that allows us to accommodate more guests without overwhelming our home bar hosts. This tour includes brunch and stops at some of Portland's best commercial bars, plus one home bar. Complimentary cocktails are only served at the home bar stop. Additional drinks and food are available for purchase along the tour.
Both tours end up at the Tiki Kon Sunday Finale Party, which is open to all Tiki Kon guests, not just the ones on the bar tours. If you don't end up on one of the tours, you'll be free to relax by the pool or explore Portland by day, and then join us for a last farewell in the evening at the finale party.
If the VIP passes are sold out, do you have a waiting list?
Yes! If you purchase a Music & Symposium Pass, you may put your name on the waiting list for a VIP upgrade. If the passes become available due to cancellations, we will send you an upgrade link. You will be charged the difference between pass levels.
If there are no more seats on the bar tour bus, can you tell me the locations so I can drive myself, or can I follow the bus?
No, this is strictly not allowed. Aside from the liability of allowing guests to drink and drive on our bar tour, we need to make sure we have enough provisions at each stop for our pass holders. When guests make an effort to be first in line to purchase these passes, it's not fair to allow stragglers to crash the party and drink up all the booze. Admission passports are required to board the bus and may be required at each stop if we find any abuse of this policy. Thank you for your understanding.
If you're not able to attend the main bar tour in July, we are working on a one-day home bar tour to be held in August for our friends in the Pacific Northwest. Details will be announced as soon as we have more information.
I live in Portland and have already been to most of these home bars or know the owners. Why should I pay so much money to join the tour?
Frankly, you probably shouldn't! Unless your really want to join your out-of-town friends on one of the party buses, you should consider volunteering at one of the home bars. If you are an experienced member of the Portland Tiki ohana, and have been on the bar tour several times before, you are a perfect candidate to serve as ambassador to our new guests from around the country. It's a great way to contribute and still be a part of the party. We need volunteers to help deliver supplies to the home bars, serve as greeters and ushers, and to help serve refreshments. Contact us at email@example.com to sign up.
I used to attend the Tiki Kon home bar tour, but I can't afford it now that it's a deluxe, full weekend experience. What can I do?
Tiki Kon is still a fun weekend, even if you aren't able to snag one of the high-end passes! Our Music & Symposium Pass includes the Friday and Saturday night shows, Saturday symposiums, and Sunday finale party. Plus, our Island Marketplace on Saturday is free and open to the public, and our Saturday pool party is free to all hotel guests. You'll have time to mingle with Tiki aficionados from around the country, lounge by the pool, enjoy dining at the hotel or nearby restaurants, visit our event bars, explore Hayden Island, visit some room parties, and get out to explore Portland if you're feeling adventurous.
We are also working on a one-day, no-frills NW Tiki Bar Crawl in August that will be considerably less expensive than the VIP Weekend Pass. Stay tuned for details, and subscribe to our mailing list to receive news and updates.
Is Tiki Kon family friendly?
Not really. We believe Tiki Kon is best enjoyed by adults, just like a Tiki bar, and the entertainment may portray adult themes that we make no effort to censor. While minors are not strictly disallowed in our shows, vending areas, symposiums and on the hotel grounds, we don't make accommodations for them. Just like weddings or receptions, alcohol is served on site and is monitored by hotel staff, but the venues allow underage guests. However, the Sunday bar tour is strictly 21 and over only.