NYC Tiki Bars Overview

Otto's Shrunken Head - Live Music Venue | Lounge | Tiki Bar in NYC

For a welcome break from the whiskey-and-beer boozefest of the New York bar scene, NYC tiki bars are an excellent alternative, adding sugar, spice, and much-needed novelty to the city’s nonstop rat race.

Tiki bars in New York are all about good times with friends. Venues like the nautically-themed Rusty Knot down by the West Side Highway and the laid-back Zombie Hut in Cobble Hill focus on group seating and large, powerful concoctions. Otto’s Shrunken Head over in Alphabet City mixes tropical voodoo with downtown punk, its small back stage and leopard-print upholstery creating a rambunctious atmosphere that suits five people drinking flaming slush out of a single giant bowl. PKNY provides a cozy alternative to these sprawling grottoes, its narrow but laid-back confines bursting with kitschy, camp, and umbrella drinks. And of course, all of these places sling giant drinks out of grimacing heads, each providing its own variation on the Singapore Sling, the Zombie, and the Suffering Bastard.

New York tiki bars may be a little unorthodox (and expensive – the city’s famed high prices are in full force for drinks containing more than a shot of liquor), but the freewheeling attitude contained within will make guests forget their cares and feel like it’s spring break all over again.

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