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Staycation Destinations in NYC: Tiki Bars

Don't have any plans to go away for Spring Break? The early Spring chill bringing you down? Don’t fret—stop by one of these tiki bars and turn NYC into your tropical paradise! Sip on an overly decorated tiki cocktail and imagine you're on the beach, melting your troubles away with the sweet tang of a yummy Mai Tai. Who says you need to travel far to have fun?

Mother of Pearl

$$ | 95 Ave A | 212-614-6818

Mother of Pearl Shark Eye Cocktail

Photo: Mother of Pearl

Wandering around East Village? Head on over to Mother of Pearl, Alphabet City's very own tropical treasure known for its vegan tiki cocktails and food options. Some interesting kitchen menu choices includes fried guacamole, Kalua jackfruit & shittake mushroom, and kale Caesar salad. And if you’re In the mood for a unique concoction, try the Shark Eye cocktail (passion fruit, lemon, marachino, curaçao, bourbon, tiki bitters), served in a cool shark head glass. It's a tasty potion that will pack a punch!


Mon - Wed 5:00 pm to 1:00 am

Thu & Fri 5:00 pm to 2:00 am

Sat 3:00 pm to 2:00 am

Sun 3:00 pm to 1:00 am

Otto's Shrunken Head

$$ | 538 E 14th St | 212-228-2240

Otto's Shrunken Head

Photo: Otto's Shrunken Head

If you’re looking for the laid back vibe of vacation with a mixed, eclectic crowd, then make a visit to Otto's Shrunken Head, a funky tiki bar with a funky name to match!

Patrons can enjoy live music in the back of the bar, chat with friends in the seating area, or even snap a few photos in the photo booth. Fuel your boozy buzz with signature cocktails like Patty's Poison (7 exotic fruits and rum), Stormy Skull (dark rum, coconut, ginger), or Flying Fish (Red Bull, spiced rum, passion fruit). Cocktails are served in fun tiki mugs that you can take home with you for $6. Build your own tiki mug collection today!


Mon - Sun 2:00 pm to 4:00 am

Zombie Hut

$$ | 273 Smith St. | 718-875-3433

Zombie Hut Scorpion Bowl

Photo: @insongraham

Despite the name, this hangout spot isn’t as dead as it sounds; not only is Zombie Hut covered in cool tiki decorations, patrons can enjoy inexpensive, yet potent drinks while choosing from a number of board games to play. So when you plan your next boozy game night here, share some of their lively drinks with your friends, like the Scorpion Bowl (rum, brandy, almond) or the Frozen Zombie (three rums, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine, and a special ingredient).


Mon - Wed 5:00 pm to 2:00 am

Thu & Fri 5:00 pm to 4:00 am

Sat & Sun 2:00 pm to 4:00 am

Surf Bar

$$ | 139 N 6th St | 718-302-4441

Surf Bar

Photo: Surf Bar

New York might not be the best place for surfers to catch some killer waves, but you can get pretty close to the feeling at Surf Bar in Williamsburg. No matter the season, you’ll practically be at the beach here, with surfboards covering the ceiling and sand scattered on the floor. And if the ocean motif starts to water your mouth, check out their menu for some seafood specials, like Cali Shrimp Tacos, Calamari, or Fish Burrito. As for drinks, try the Margarita (tequila, orange liqueur, lime), the Frozen Mojito (rum, mint, lime), or Sex on the Rockaway Beach (vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, grenadine).


Mon - Thu 12:00 pm to 1:00 am

Fri & Sat 12:00 pm to 2:00 am

Sun 12:00 pm to 12:00 am

Dromedary Bar

$$ | 266 Irving Ave | 347-715-4255

Dromedary Bar

Photo: @walkermarkla

But if you’re looking for a more urban tiki-style bar for the city-dweller, Dromedary Bar might be your pick. Here, you'll find spectacularly crafted tiki cocktails such as Glass Moon (bourbon, passionfruit, egg whites, tiki bitters, macadamia) or Flowers For the Dead (bubbly, vodka, guava flower syrup, lillet rose). And if the buzz makes you feel brave, order their deviled eggs for a surprise—you might just see some crickets! With its eclectic menu and an atmosphere to match, you're bound to enjoy a wonderful experience at Dromedary!


Mon - Thu 5:00 pm to 2:00 am

Fri 5:00 pm to 4:00 am

Sat 1:00 pm to 4:00 am

Sun 1:00 pm to 2:00 am


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