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  • Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am
  • $$$
  • Full bar
  • No Parking
New York's cocktail revival finally moved on from the speakeasy to the tiki lounge with the birth of Painkiller in the Lower East Side. The bar is bamboo, of course, as are the shelves and several of the walls. Graffiti-style murals of tropical scenes take up the rest of the wall-space, complemented by angry-looking tiki masks and paintings of bathing beauties. If you're looking to unwind with a mai tai on the weekend, prepare to jostle through a crowd of very drunk individuals, as word has spread about the potent drinks and raucous atmosphere. During the week, when it's quieter, grab a seat at one of the red banquettes and order one of the huge dragon bowls, which contain enough fruity, rum-based punch for 4 to 6 people. The Hawaiian-shirted bartenders can also prepare you everything from a pina colada and and mint daiquiris to more unique drinks like the Spiced Duke Swizzle (spiced rum, passion fruit, honey and lime).—Keith Wagstaff

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