Painkiller Tiki Bar

Manhattan – Lower East Side

Painkiller Tiki Bar

49 Essex St at Grand St
Manhattan, NY 10002


Time Out NY This Lower East Side bar devoted to tiki-style drinks is a refreshing sign that a new age of mixology has arrived--one in which bitters and paper umbrellas can peacefully coexist. Painkiller takes a studied approach to tropical drinks, offering tiki archetypes (frozens, swizzles, zombie punches) tailored to your preferences. A passion-fruit--spiked piña colada arrives as a thick, fruity slush served in a hollowed-out pineapple. A classic mai tai, meanwhile, balances the acid notes of lime with the round sweetness of aged rum and the bitter edge of house-made curaçao. The one bum note: the overly restrained tiki decor. With cocktails this good, the owners could afford to crank up the camp.

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  • Average drink: $13. AmEx, MC, V

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