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Your shorthand guide to crazy amount of tiki and beach bars opening in NYC

The Springs
Photograph: Courtesy Sarah Boisjoli

If you can’t make it to Cinque Terre or Trinidad this summer, don’t sweat it. As it just so happens, the world’s most tropical destination of New York City has a new wave of tiki bars and beach bars opening for your summer drinking pleasure. But with the massive flood of newcomers mixing indistinct frozen cocktails, it can get a little confusing to tell the difference between them, let alone figure out where you should go for outdoor drinking. Hang loose, we’re here to break it all down for you.

Currently open

The Springs
Vibes: A Brooklyn-fied 1950s Palm Springs postcard
Order this: Aperol seltzer slushies 
Why get excited? The backyard patio is massive. 
Where? Greenpoint

Broken Shaker
Vibes: A chill, bohemian Caribbean house party
Order this: Poppyseed Bagel Fizz, Cocoa Puff Old Fashioned, Strawberry Rye Tai
Why get excited: The Miami iteration was James Beard-nominated. Oh, and it will be on a roof.
Where? Freehand hotel in Gramercy

Primo's
Vibes: Inside the sophisticated apartment of your artsy aunt who’s been living in the Italian Riviera since the ‘40s 
Order this: Classic, throwback cocktails like absinthe coolers, daiquiris, side cars
Why get excited? The Art Deco interior design promises to be Insta heaven
Where? Frederick Hotel in Tribeca

Clyde's Caribbean
Vibes: Off-the-beaten-path Trinidadian bar
Order this: Riffs on classic tropical drinks
Why get excited: It shares a kitchen with Pearl's. Plus, it's really fun
Where? Williamsburg

Caribbean Social
Vibes: Sleek, dimly lit summertime club
Order this: Lots and lots of rum, pina coladas and daiquiris
Why get excited: The food is from a former chef at Miss Lily’s
Where? Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

Chicha Cafetín and Cocktails
Vibes: Light and airy South American spot 
Order this: Sunny draft cocktails
Why get excited: There’s a full menu of Nicaraguan street food
Where? Bushwick

Spicoli's Clam Bar and Tiki Hut
Vibes: Stoner beach-bum delight pop-up
Order this: Tiki cocktails and Dale Talde bites
Why get excited: The Heights rooftop bar is right upstairs, so you essentially get two bars in one
Where? Arlo Nomad hotel in Nomad

Looking forward

The Polynesian
Vibes: The partner wants it to be “the best tiki bar in the world,” so expect it to be kinda ritzy
Why get excited: Because Major Food Group (The Grill, The Pool, ZZ's Clam Bar) has been killing it lately
Where? Pod Times Square Hotel in Midtown (huh?)
Opening: Memorial Day weekend

Gitano
Vibes: Tulum jungle
Why get excited: There will be a reflecting pool, according to Eater
Where? Tribeca
Opening: June 2018

Margaritaville
Vibes: Sandals with socks
Why get excited: Who doesn't want to waste away again?
Where? Times Square
Opening: 2020

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