Luau Lounge Tiki Bar

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While the current wave of tiki bars has an eye on addressing the colonial bent of traditional tiki bars, there’s still something about the kitsch of the old-school kind that makes you appreciate the over-the-top, Disney-fied and imagined Polynesian atmosphere. Luau Lounge rests in between the two, with grass hut decor contrasting with the owners’ statement on the menu expressing love and respect for the Hawaiian islands. Luau Lounge is randomly part of Players Sports Bar, so it’s kind of like a fun, semi-secret bar within a bar. It’s had a set up on the outdoor patio since 2020, which you have to love especially because it’s at the end of Pier 39—so the waterfront view can’t be beat. Kick back with a mai tai and pretend that the hoodie you’re probably wearing is a bathing suit.

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