Portable tiki bar gains attention at Hodag Country FestivalSubmitted: 07/10/2018
Rose McBride
Rose McBride

Portable tiki bar gains attention at Hodag Country Festival
RHINELANDER - Ten years ago, an experience turned into an idea. 

"I was setting up a pop up camper with my buddies. We were going camping and I had a beer in my hand and I set it down on the [camper]. It was about bar height, and I thought 'this would be a better bar than a camper,'" said Jeff Mrozek. 
And thus Mrozek's portable tiki bar was born. 

Two years ago a friend of his was selling a beat up camper on Facebook, thinking the buyer could turn it into an ice shack. 

"I said, 'I got a better idea,'" said Mrozek.

Setting the bar up takes about a half an hour. Once it's complete with parrots and barstools, anyone is welcome. 

"People just stop by and they say, 'this is cool' and I'll say, 'do you want a piña colada?'" said Mrozek.

Since Mrozek isn't an official vendor, drinks are on the house. 

And with a campsite in a prime location, Mrozek and his friends are making Hodag Country Festival about more than just the music.

"We're kind of in the middle. So everybody stops in, take a load off, has a bite to eat before they have a few alcoholic beverages," said Karl Reinke. 

Mrozek brings the tiki bar to other festivals or just sets it up the driveway for a relaxing evening. But of all the places the bar goes, he says Hodag is his favorite because of the atmosphere and community it creates each year. 

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