As sweet as Tennessee whiskey.
Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
Imagine a hip, retro oasis with palm trees and tropical plants, all in what used to be an auto-upholstery garage. Pearl Diver's interior is Instagram worthy, with porthole-style windows, great colors, and refinished wood. The vibe is pool club without the pool: a transportive place to hang out and sip your troubles away.
Cool. So who’s there?
Pearl Diver attracts neighborhood locals who love the Cuban-themed drinks. Some people come only for the novelty, but no one ever leaves disappointed.
How are the drinks?
The drinks menu is essentially a book organized into categories like classics, “Strange and Wonderful Drinks,” shots, shooters, wine, and beers. Tropical drinks include mai tais and Singapore slings; some drinks are rimmed with spices for a little kick.
Worth ordering something to eat, too?
A small menu includes a Cubano sandwich, egg rolls, fish tacos, and Lo Mein. Everything is decent and well-priced ($5 to $12).
Did the staff do you right?
Table service is only inside, and only on some nights (mostly weekends), so it can be confusing to figure out how to get drinks. Once you've cleared that hurdle, you'll find friendly, happy staffers who know the menu well.
Wrap it up: what are we coming here for?
The only TV in the place plays surfing videos, so don't come to watch the game. Instead, come to meet friends, go on a first date, meet someone you can eventually ask on a first date, and drink cocktails with serious vacation vibes.