Reviewed by Taylor M.
"Don't let the name scare you! This tiki bar is a hidden hawaiian haven. The bar sticks very close to the Hawaiian theme (despite the name.) The walls ..." more
273 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Bar / Tiki Bar
Party Earth Review A magnet for a motley mix of hipsters, artists, skaters, actors, young professionals, and beyond, The Rusty Knot is a wacky take on the typical island bar where unbeatable Happy Hours and a charmingly cluttered décor keep the crowds coming back. Light wood walls, hanging gas lanterns, and bamboo furniture create a casual ... more
425 West Street
New York, NY 10014
Party Earth Review The true standard for New York’s tiki enthusiasts, Otto’s Shrunken Head mixes equal parts classic beach vibe and rebellious downtown swagger to create a tall glass of surf-punk heaven. Every night, rockers in bowling shirts and chatty groups of work friends file past the grimacing tikis and shrunken heads in the colorful ... more
538 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10009
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.