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December 11, 2007

Help Neal

Got this email from Midnight Sun reader Neal: 

When I was out in LA a few months back I absolutely fell in love with authentic tiki-style drinks. Since I got back I've been looking around for something similar here and have come up with zeroes across the board.

Any ideas where someone can go in the area for an authentic tiki drink? I'm not necessarily looking for the full-on kitsch experience, more for the quality of the drinks. A good zombie or scorpion (etc) is all I'm after, and if it comes with the decor and the music that's 
just a bonus.


I don't know of any authentic tiki bars around here.

Anybody got some suggestions for him?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:04 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Random stuff


Well, in another 5 months or so he can give The Tiki Bar a try.

Sorry Neal, this is Baltimore, we don't have room for your frilly, girly drinks here. If you'd like, we can just ask the bartender to put an umbrella in your rum and diet coke. I'll even buy you one, I'm assuming you're the one with the popped collar?

I'll take a whiskey sour and your girliest drink!

Two whiskey sours coming up!

Tiki drinks, hm? Don't mistake that harbor water for something tropical. Order a Budweiser. Or go to TGIFridays and order up one of their foofoo drinks.

Maybe try the Big Kahuna in Harborplace?

i think baltimore has lots of room for girly drinks, personally. i mean, girly drinks are for girls, and who wants to go to a lame bar filled with only guys?

If you like making love at midnight in the dunes of the cape, try the Hippo.

The New York Times just did a story on tiki-style drinks. So apparently, they are back in vogue. The story included recipes. If you can't find one in a charm city bar, perhaps you can make your own. But maybe not on a first date.

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