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Hey, it’s not always easy to earn the time off needed to book a trip to the real Polynesia. However, the over-the-top ambience and rum-infused libations served at tiki bars is not too shabby a substitute if you ask us. Some of our current nationwide faves include False Idol in San Diego and Chicago’s Lost Lake, but we wouldn’t say to say no to test driving a Mai Tai or a Zombie in one of NYC’s nine tiki taprooms, either. If all this inspires an actual tropical vacation, visit for the best hotel and airfare rates.

You look like you could use a vacation…to a land of frosty drinks, kitschy wallpaper and blissed-out island vibes. Throw on your finest tropical prints — it’s tiki time. 


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Mother of Pearl

Yep, this is the home of the majorly ’Grammable Shark Eye cocktail that went viral, but there’s much more to love — say, a gorgeous, breezy interior; a Polynesian vegan food menu; and creative drinks like the Spring Tea (gin, rhubarb, Aperol and matcha).

95 Ave. A; 212-614-6818 or

Super Power

The vibe at this Crown Heights spot can best be described as “Stranger Things goes on vacation.” (In other words, it’s awesome.) Order the pulled pork nachos and a coconutty Painkiller cocktail — but be warned: It packs a punch.

722 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn; 718-484-0020 or

Diamond Reef

Diamond Reef

The folks behind LES cocktail den Attaboy sure know the ingredients for a great bar: sleek, vaguely retro decor; string lights on the patio; and, of course, cocktails like the frozen Banana Hammock (rum, banana, lime, almond and “extra rum”).

1057 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn;

Zombie Hut

We’re not sure what’s in the addictive scorpion bowl at this Carroll Gardens mainstay — we just know it goes down easy, comes with extra-long straws for sharing and is best enjoyed on the spacious patio.

273 Smith St., Brooklyn; 718-875-3433



Named for a tiny French island in the Indian Ocean, this festive spot is like a beach shack in the middle of Hell’s Kitchen. Happy hour here can get packed, but it’s worth it for a Frozen Corona and some fish tacos.

357 W. 44th St.; 212-582-3200 or

Dromedary Bar

Board games, dollar oysters, a David Bowie mural and drinks served in mini inflatable flamingos. What’s not to like?

266 Irving Ave., Brooklyn; 346-715-4255

The Rusty Knot

Who knew “nautical tiki dive” would be a formula for success? Bonus points for great people-watching and one of the best Dark & Stormies we’ve ever had.

425 West St.; 212-645-5668 or

Fort Defiance

Fort Defiance

Normally, this Red Hook gem focuses on seasonal American fare, but Thursday nights it transforms into the Sunken Harbor Club, a celebration of all things tiki. Drinking a White Zombie out of a skull-shaped mug is a totally valid excuse to call in sick on Friday, right? 

365 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn; 347-453-6672 or

Otto’s Shrunken Head

Otto’s Shrunken Head

It’s rowdy, it’s kitschy…and it’s a New York institution.

538 E. 14th St.; 212-28-2240 or

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