No need to fly over a 1,000 miles to take a vacation when there are plenty of places across Long Island that bring the festivities to you. Sip a chilled umbrella cocktail and feel the kiss of a warm salty breeze without the jet lag. Five tiki bars have been showing locals how to slow down, unplug and enjoy the beauty that surrounds our little paradise.
Lynn’s Hula Hut, Montauk
Grab a frozen tropical infusion and unwind on one of the hammocks at Lynn’s Hula Hut. Live music plays most nights on the Bamboo Stage and the mid-summer moonrises over Lake Montauk are not to be missed. On Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm concoct an epic Bloody Mary by choosing from 20 hot sauces and tomato juices, jumbo shrimp and several vodka options. Go.
Off Key Tikki, Patchogue
Feel the soft white sand between your toes while dancing the night away at Off Key Tikki’s beach-side dance floor. Located along the Patchogue River, this dining hotspot offers exotic tropical cuisine like the Thai Sweet Chili Chicken served in a sweet and spicy sauce or the Balsamic Bourbon beef tenderloin that shares a skewer with mushrooms and crispy onions. Make it extra special by pairing the dishes with the Off Key Lemonade, made with passion fruit, vodka, coconut rum, lemon-lime and orange juice. Go.
Dublin Deck, Patchogue
Summer isn’t complete without a trip to Dublin Deck. Nightly live music performances, food and drink specials and even beach volleyball make guests feel like they’ve checked into a Caribbean resort. Order a frozen banana daiquiri or bring the crew and split a 60oz fishbowl cocktail during an afternoon getaway. Go.
Pace’s Dockside, Mattituck
Escape to Pace’s Dockside for a tranquil oasis on the Mattituck inlet at Strong’s Water Club and Marina. The poolside seating offers guests a chance to soak up the sun with an ice-cold rum punch in one hand and a beach read in another. Go.
Shipwreck Tavern’s Tiki Bar & Café, Bayville
Anchor down on the Gold Coast. The outdoor roof deck offers beautiful views of the Long Island Sound, and the Blue Hawaiian, a refreshing blend of Malibu coconut rum, Blue Caracao and pineapple juice, offers a taste of the Caribbean. Indoor diners can gaze at aquariums filled with sharks, moray eels, groupers and other exotic saltwater fish. Go.