New York City has it all! From the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple to the tropics, complete with palm trees, sea breeze, and… wait, are we still talking about New York City?
The answer is yes, of course we are! New York City offers many possibilities, including leisurely at your favorite tropical place of all time. And how would that be possible if you’re in the middle of the Big Apple? Well, New York City hosts a collection of Tiki bars that will enable you to step inside your tropical paradise without stepping out of New York City! Check out NYC’s 10 best Tiki bars below.
Tiki Chick is another creation of the famous team behind Jacob’s Pickles. Yes, you got that right! Jacob’s Pickles is THE place to go if you want some good Southern comfort food selection. But we’re not here to talk about Jacob’s Pickles, although that’s a good choice if you’re around the area.
Tiki Chick’s presence graces New York City’s Upper West Side. Tiki Chick is your tropical paradise in the middle of the city, complete with a patio adorned with torches, a jungle lounge, and lush tropical decor that will make you feel like you’re somewhere in Asia or Hawaii. Tiki Chick’s cocktail selection is divided into classics, originals, and frozen. You can try all of them or come back repeatedly for that tropical paradise experience.
Location: 517 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024
Otto’s Shrunken Head
Don’t want to go all-in on your tropical adventure in the middle of the city? Don’t worry — New York City has it all, anyway. Welcome to Otto’s Shrunken Head. The East Village is full of surprises, including this spot you’ll frequent every time you come back.
Otto’s Shrunken Head decided to veer in the other direction of Tiki when they decided to build a Polynesian meets New York City rock band into their Tiki bar. Don’t worry; the Tiki classic cocktails have been maintained. Otto’s Shrunken Head is the definition of Tiki in NYC, and you should never miss out!
Location: 538 E 14th St., New York, NY 10009
Contrary to popular first impressions, Zombie Hut does not have any zombies at all. It’s up to you if that fact is disappointing or relieving. Zombie Hut on Carroll Gardens is your getaway if you’d like to revisit the summer season, be in the middle of tropical paradise if you’re spending your summers in the hustle and bustle of NYC, or simply want to enjoy.
Zombie Hut is filled with Palmera plants, leis, Tiki mugs and statues, and an abundance of wood and bamboo furniture to make you feel like you’re walking in and through the tropics. Of course, their Tiki cocktail selection is a must-try, especially al fresco on their heavenly back patio.
Location: 273 Smith St. #4739, Brooklyn, NY 11231
The Friki Tiki
Hell’s Kitchen is a freakin’ good place, and if you venture right into the heart of it, you’ll find The Friki Tiki. Yes, it is as “friki” as it sounds, and no, it’s not as “friki” as you thought it would be. Of course, being situated in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, you already know that The Friki Tiki’s menu is unquestionably jaw-dropping. And that includes their Tiki cocktail selection.
If you want to party your night away instead of relaxing by the outdoor patio of a tropical paradise, The Friki Tiki is your go-to. The place is a rowdy entertainment venue complete with New York City’s best players and a show tune sing-along during Wednesdays. Live out your wild island life at The Friki Tiki.
Location: 357 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036
Wait a minute, who says you can’t be in the middle of a solemn tropical heaven? Relaxing under the sun while hearing the sounds of the water and sinking your toes into the sand seems like an improbable adventure in New York City, but nothing is impossible in the Big Apple.
Welcome to Gitano. Gitano is a 27,000-square-foot waterfront restaurant boasting a beach lounge complete with sand, up to 500 tropical plants and palm trees, cabanas, sun beds, and a giant disco ball. Gitano is a seasonal restaurant and a beach club that provides your Tiki menu and cocktails all in a magical place. All thanks to the New York Harbor for the sounds of the water, get your most-awaited tropical getaway at Gitano.
Location: 76 Varick St., New York, NY 10013
Broken Shaker is a James Beard Award finalist that will take you to the tropics as soon as you enter this rooftop paradise. The only thing that will break your tropical fantasies is the breathtaking skyline views that will welcome you to any window you view. Filled with cozy yet light bamboo and wooden furniture and interior, as well as pieces of artwork straight from the tropics, getting inside the place is like being welcomed by a sea breeze.
Broken Shaker is well-known for its extensive, eclectic menu that you can enjoy while waiting for your Tiki drinks from its selection of delicious cocktails straight from the islands. Additionally, it’s a cute and cozy picturesque area with a beautiful skyline. Who could say no?
Location: 23 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10010
The tropical menu and tropical blends go well together, and that’s what The Highwater prides itself on. With a spacious and Instagram-worthy outdoor seating area right next to the sidewalk, you’ll have a swell time choosing from their tropical menu that spans tropical countries worldwide.
The Highwater’s most-ordered Tiki drink is their Cereal Killer — a blend of Jamaican rums, Nixta, Licor 43, Batavia Arrack, wild strawberry tea, lemon juice, pineapple juice, and cereal-infused milk. Now, isn’t that something you shouldn’t miss out on? Whether for brunch or after sunset, The Highwater is your perfect place.
Location: 34-20 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106
Rockaway Tiki Bar
Finally, a Tiki bar by the beach! The Rockaway Tiki Bar is a beach bar that serves all your Tiki favorites, such as the Mai Tai, Passion Fruit Margarita, and their bestseller, The Twister. The Twister has Caribbean dark and white rums, orange and lemon juice, passionfruit syrup, and grenadine. It’s one taste you’ll want to try and return to every single time.
The Rockaway Tiki Bar’s interior is filled with bamboo furniture and furnishings, Tiki decor, and even Tiki lights, as well as a few palm trees and tropical plants here and there to make up for the fact that Rockaway Beach isn’t such a tropical place.
Location: 6720 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Queen, NY 11692
Are you in the middle of NYC but would like to experience the laid-back California and Floridian lifestyle or atmosphere? Well, look no further than the Happiest Hour. It’s not your typical Tiki bar because it will look more modern than tropical. However, their long list of Tiki and tropical drinks will make you hear the sounds of the waves crashing, all while sitting by the bar.
Location: 121 W 10th St., New York, NY 10011
The Pineapple Club is your upscale Tiki bar that serves all your Tiki tropical favorites along with many tropical bites such as avocado fries, jerk chicken, sesame seared ahi tuna, tuna tartare, and more. Of course, you’ll never miss out on frozen piña coladas and other Tiki classics.
Decorated with Palmera plants, cute pineapple wallpaper, and cute wooden furniture, the Pineapple Club speaks of sophisticated lounging more than hanging out by the beach. If you want a peaceful, sophisticated, yet relaxing atmosphere with a Tiki drink in hand, the Pineapple Club is the place to go.
Location: 506 E 6th St., New York, NY 10009
Whether you’re up for an island in the middle of the city experience or a sophisticatedly relaxing one, one thing’s sure — New York City can give you everything you’ve ever dreamed of.