After several years in which it seemed the tiki bar scene was dying a slow death, endangering the livelihood of bartending pirates everywhere, there's been a real revival over the last year. The latest addition to the scene is Tiki Tabu, a pop-up rooftop bar located in SIXTY LES on the Lower East Side.
The pop-up, located on the seventh floor of 190 Allen Street just below Houston, opened up earlier this month after months of planning. The Hawaiian-themed cocktail bar is headed by mixologists Jim Kearns and Jon Neidich, with a simple-but-effective drinks menu with rum, vodka and whiskey summertime mixes. All six of the main concoctions cost $15 each, but you can rest assured that you won't have to worry about them being watered down at all.
Whether or not you go gaga for Samoan Typhoons, the atmosphere alone—a "bright explosion of Hawaiian kitsch"— is enough to warrant a visit. That includes palm-printed sofas, traditional tiki cups, a white pulpit for DJs, a mural painted by artist Gilbane Peck, and incredibly spacious toilets with bamboo-decorated hand dryers. The view is pretty spectacular, the open air on either end ensures that there's always good cross-breezes, and there's a better-than-decent chance you'll find plenty of couch space if you get there promptly after work on a Friday.
The pop-up is open daily from 5 p.m. 'til “late,” and also has a special food menu supplied by Blue Ribbon (including sweet and sour meatballs and wasabi honey chicken wings). But it'll only be around until the end of September, so don't delay.