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Best Tiki Bars in the U.S.

May 25, 2014

Modern tiki bars are serving stellar versions of kitschy drinks. Here, the best tropical-themed tiki bars and lounges in the U.S.

Smuggler’s Cove; San Francisco

Although this bar looks kitschy (tikimania!), mixologist-owner Martin Cate stocks over 200 rums and serves traditional drinks of the Caribbean islands and Prohibition-era Havana. smugglerscovesf.com

Photo © Jennifer Yin

Saint House; Tucson, AZ

Both the food and cocktails are influenced by the Caribbean islands and other rum-producing regions at this latest project from local restaurateurs Travis Reese and Nicole Flowers. 256 E. Congress St., Tucson; no phone

Photo © Sarah Ling

Three Dots & a Dash; Chicago

Named after a 1940s rum drink and also Morse code for “V” as in “victory,” this tiki-style bar from Paul McGee and the Melman brothers is right below sister establishment Bub City. threedotschicago.com

Photo © Anjali Pinto

Hogo; Washington, DC

Tom Brown (also of the Passenger restaurant and bar next door) opened this rum-focused establishment to serve inventive tiki drinks and house punches. hogodc.com

Photo © Elizabeth Parker

Lucky Joe’s Tiki Room; Milwaukee, WI

This tropical-themed bar and lounge specializes in wacky riffs on classic tiki cocktails, like a peach pie–flavored mai tai. luckyjoestiki.com

Photo © Trevor Smith

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