Est. 2018 | South End
The underground tiki bar of your formerly unacknowledged dreams
If Trader Vic’s met a New Orleans speakeasy, you might end up with Shore Leave, a cheeky delight of an underground tiki bar from the team behind nearby Bar Mezzana. Enter through the inconspicuous side door, wind your way down a few flights of stairs, and emerge into the tropics. The decor is that of a moody beach bar -- bamboo wall trim, wooden shingles, palm fronds wallpaper -- with plenty of bar space and table service even for those just there to drink. As for the drinks, traditional tiki cocktails are merely the jumping off point for elixirs like Air Conditioned Eden (a pineapple infused martini with Bianco and dry vermouths, Agricole rum, and a molasses-based gin from Germany) and the namesake cocktail, a bright but smooth blend of white rum, Jamaican rum, passionfruit, aromatic bitters, molasses, and madeira. Yep, the drinking vessels are epic -- think ceramic skulls and coconuts -- and a couple are available for purchase. The final surprise? Just how good the pupu platter-inspired food is. We’re still dreaming of the dan dan wontons.