The Luau To Bring All Things Tiki To San Diego's East County

February 1, 2022

Opening soon in the space that last housed The Go Lounge in San Diego's East County, The Luau will combine tiki & surf culture with live entertainment. 

The Luau is the product of owner Brett Rose, a lifelong surfer and world traveling bartender who was most recently the bar manager at JRDN restaurant at Tower 23 Hotel in San Diego's Pacific Beach. Last year, Rose took over the space that last housed The Go Lounge on El Cajon Boulevard near La Mesa for the opening of Polynesian-style tiki bar. 

"The Luau is a combination of a surf tiki bar," explained Rose. "I wanted the folks out around the College - Rolando - La Mesa area to have a cool beachy-vibe bar to go to without having to go out to OB, Mission Beach or PB." 

In addition to having a tropical-inspired design and a tiki-style menu of cocktails, The Luau will host a weekly karaoke night and open mic night, as well as solo musical acts performing a few nights per week. The Luau will boast a back outdoor 'Lanai' complete with a giant 'Place of Refuge' mural wall, palm trees, and water and fire features. The cocktail list will consist of tiki classics like the Tropical Itch and Mai Tai along with some innovative flair like a Tiki Old Fashioned. The bar does not have a food license but will offer complimentary snacks with plans on partnering with some of San Diego’s finest food trucks.

"I have always appreciated a good dive bar, but I also have always appreciated a good tiki bar," continued Rose. "The Luau is an intimate space with lots of warm colors and great surf-tiki art. I have been collecting artwork and tikis for years now and all of these cool design elements are on display along with our ukulele wall that backs the stage featuring my collection of 17 vintage ukuleles. The showpiece here at The Luau is definitely the tiki bar complete with banana leaf thatched covering and a beautiful and unique turquoise back bar." 

The Luau is expected to open this February at 7123 El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego. For more information, visit