The all-new Critiki has been up for a couple weeks now. Last week, I dug into how the new location page works, now the other half of the equation—finding locations. There are two ways to start: by searching, or by letting Critiki find what’s near you now.
Find tiki locations near you right now
Look for this compass direction pointer icon near the search box on every page. Clicking this will detect your current latitude and longitude (after asking your permission to do so), and then will bring up the Critiki Map centered on your location. Don’t see any tiki near you? Zoom out or pan around.
On a desktop computer, you’ll find this icon to the left of the search box at the top of every page. On a mobile device or other small screen, you’ll find it inside the search box that opens when you touch the magnifying glass at the top of every page. You’ll also find it as a big, handy button right in the middle of the home page.
Search for a tiki location, or a city, state, or country
Critiki’s search has been fine-tuned to try to anticipate what you’re looking for. (I just added this feature yesterday; go check it out!) When you start typing, suggestions will appear below the search box, split out in two sections: Critiki Maps (cities, states and countries), and Tiki Locations. If you select one of these suggestions, you will be taken straight to that page. Zippy! The locations are sorted to bring brand-new and especially popular locations to the top of the list first, which should help you get where you want to go faster.
If you don’t see what you’re looking for in the suggestion list, use the search box as you normally would: type a search term, then hit enter or press the magnifying glass to submit the form. You’ll be taken to a page of search results, old-school-styleee.
Search by Zip Code
Enter your five-digit zip code, and Critiki will drop you into the Critiki Map centered on that zip code. This is available for the United States only at this point, but I’m considering adding Canada and Australia… let me know if you want a non-U.S. country’s postal codes represented!
The Critiki Map
Now let’s look at how the Critiki Map works. Zoom out or pan around to find more locations nearby. Any locations that are currently plotted on the map are also listed beside the map (to the left on the desktop, below on mobile). These locations are split out into three groups: active locations (operational and open to the public, i.e., you can go to them), home tiki bars, and closed locations that are of historic interest. Again, these are sorted to bring brand-new or especially popular locations to the top, to make it easier to spot the must-see places.
If you’re traveling, don’t forget to look at some of those closed locations: they’re great to keep in mind when you hit the local antique malls, looking for mugs and matchbooks!
I’ve put a lot of effort into fine-tuning Critiki to help connect you with the places you’re interested in as swiftly and easily as possible. If that’s not your experience, I want to hear about how I can do a better job of that. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.