It’s a week of all things rum and fruity, certain to be garnished with grass skirts and floral-print shirts as downtown is taken over by the first-ever Mobile Tiki Week from Monday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 12.

Participating bars will be featuring original Tiki cocktails (and more) all week long. The Haberdasher, The Noble South’s Sidecar Lounge, The Merry Widow and the OK Bicycle Shop will be slinging rum libations with all the fanfare and garnishments you’d expect from an event such as this.

Each establishment will donate a portion of its profits to McKemie Place, the only overnight shelter for single homeless women in all of Mobile, Washington and Baldwin counties.

Monday The Haberdasher kicks it off with Ania Robbins of Spiribam (Rhum JM, Rhum Clement, Damoiseau, Chairman’s Reserve) as she explodes some knowledge on rhum agricole. Expect some fantastic drinks. The Merry Widow will be having Tiki-themed trivia beginning at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 9, get ready for a 7 p.m. organized “Rum Crawl” stopping at each of the four participating bars (and then some), where participants get their rum passports stamped after every purchase. The crawl begins at the OK Bicycle Shop and works its way down Dauphin.

Friday, Aug. 11 is, of course, LoDa Artwalk, so you know that will be a hoot. Just add rum.

The event concludes Saturday, Aug. 12, with the Fourth Annual Haberdasher Tiki Party and Pig Roast. Of course this is how the whole thing got started, so be sure to check out their amazing food. The kitchen will be serving handmade specials all week keeping with the theme. The bar will have 10 to 12 cocktails that will blow your mind.

The Bicycle Shop has also altered its menu to include Caribbean fare and South Pacific offerings as well as seven new cocktails. The Merry Widow will feature a signature cocktail all week as well as Yoga On Tap Wednesday night at 6 p.m. along with the aforementioned Monday Trivia. Sidecar Lounge will be open Tuesday through Saturday and will have several mai tais and swizzles, housemade syrups and fresh nuts provided by our very own A & M Peanut Shop, along with Tiki-themed vinyl on the turntable. Food from The Noble South will be available during dinner hours.

Admission is free. The drinks will cost you. Support a wonderful cause and have a blast!

Dauphin Street Beer Fest coming
It’s the 20th anniversary of the Dauphin Street Beer Festival on Saturday, Aug. 26! This milestone event lasts from 6-9 p.m. I can proudly say I was at the first one and plan on being at this one, too!

Keep up with the event on Facebook for all the latest updates and announcements. Let’s make this one the biggest yet. But let’s not forget to eat locally before and after!

And also … recycle!