New York is full of tiki bars and rooftop bars serving up some of the city’s best piña coladas, that summer-friendly quaff of pineapple, coconut and, most importantly, rum. From traditional serve-ups of the tropical cocktail to frozen riffs, there’s an island-inspired drink for every taste. Sip through these tasty piña coladas at some of the best bars in NYC and indulge a brain freeze you won’t be mad about.
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Best piña coladas in NYC
Bright-blue drinks with wee umbrellas and tiki masks hanging on bamboo walls make a fitting setting for Bococa beachcombers sipping a "skinny" colada. The lighter indulgence at this Carroll Gardens oasis is a non-blended version with the same rich coconut taste.
Venue says: “TUESDAY: DRINKS TILL 2am w/ MICHAEL! DUNCAN'S BURGERS' TACOS; $1.25 ALL NITE! FREE TRIVIA @ 9pm! Food till midnite! FUN! Happy Hour, 5-8pm!”
Save for a marquee sign spelling out BEACH, a few rogue pineapples peeking out from behind the bar and framed portraits of Hawaiian-shirted actors (Robin Williams, Harrison Ford), the inviting space reads more industrial than island-inspired. But then a pink-shirted, pinker-haired bartender brings you a crushed-ice Kilauea Colada fanned with a paper umbrella, and with one sip, it starts to feel less Brooklyn and more Big Island. The allspice, bitter blood orange and absinthe give a tang and make for a less-cloying sipper.
Operating through the end of September, the tropical rooftop pop-up at the Sixty LES Hotel offers summery cocktails from the NoMad vet Ivo Diaz at the Tahitian-themed bar, including the Mama Colada. Hit refresh with rum, pineapple, and simple syrup, finished with lime and toasted coconut.
The light fixtures are glowing candy-colored blowfish, the walls sport gaudy ’50s tropical prints, and the drink menu is heavy on beach-bar standards like the piña colada. Choose banana, mango or strawberry as the base flavor for a classic colada at the ultimate Hawaiian-shirt hangout.
This Hudson River–hugging nautical “dive bar” from Taavo Somer (Freemans) and Ken Friedman (the Spotted Pig) is a confusing—but successful—high-low hybrid. Voted the best bar in the West Village/Meatpacking in the Time Out Love New York awards in 2014, the Rusty Knot knows a thing or two about slingin’ cocktails. The evidence is in their sugary-sweet and spiced colada, a thick blend of cocout milk, pineapple juice and, most importantly, rum.
Frozen drinks are served on the rooftop at this bi-level behemoth beer hall, so head straight up and get your hands on a signature piña colada mixed with strawberry daiquiri. It may not be a beach getaway, but a 13-foot-wide screen dedicated to soccer, and Manhattan (and McCarren Park) views certainly don't hurt.
Venue says: “Beach Bar and Kitchen! Mon, Tue & Wed Happy Hour 4-7PM, Thur SUNDUB (Reggae & Roots) Live Band, Fri & Sat DJs 11-4am, Sat and Sunday Brunch!”
The frozen piña colada (dubbed a “frozie”) at Battery Harris is poured and blended with makrut lime–infused white rum, Coco Lopez and pineapple juice. The name of the bar itself is a nod to an abandoned beach bunker in Fort Tilden park—and shore-inspired decor, including colorful stained-wood interiors, a transparent geometric roof and a wraparound deck, will get you in the spirit as you sip on one of these blended beauties.
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Beer lovers will want to hit up Tribeca Taphouse for it’s selection of suds on tap. The list changes seasonally, and on a recent visit, it included everything from Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ ($9) to Kentucky Bourbon Ale ($10). For something other than beer, try one of the wines on offer ($10 for a glass, $36 for a bottle) or a cocktail. The five signature drinks offer a little bit of everything, from the more traditional Tribeca Smash—whiskey, muddled blackberries, lemon and ginger—to the Greenwich St. Beertail, a blend of vodka, aperol and Stella Artois (both $15). Hungry? The food menu includes plenty of variety, too. Snack on blue cheese croquettes ($10) or ceviche tacos ($12) before going for a main course of a chicken sandwich with beets, goat cheese and kale ($15) or mushroom risotto ($15).
Venue says: “Check out our new Tailgate Menu, 33 different hot dogs and a ton of other delicious food! Sunday Funday with beer and food specials!”