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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:10 pm 
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https://www.boston.com/food/restaurants ... t-tiki-bar

Anyone heard anything yet? Apparently it's opening really soon.

I'm ambivalent, because YAY! new tiki bar, but BOO! "no mai tais or Singapore Slings". All original drinks, which could be great, or not. Also in the YAY! column, Brother Cleve will be the DJ.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:46 am 
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Personal Statement: Conch ceviche.
Someone in Beantown scout that puppy and tell me when they plan to star5 selling that sweet coconut mug.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:43 pm 
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Rev, you weren't kidding, that mug is sweet.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:49 am 
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This Sailor is in need of some Shore Leave !

I stopped collecting mugs but... I'm a sucker for a good coconut mug !

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:35 pm 
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Seems like a tiki tour of the area should happen again ... ;)

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:24 pm 
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Personal Statement: Conch ceviche.
Nice to see the number of tiki bars growing again instead of shrinking. I need to get a look at the capacity of Shore Leave. Some of the new spots are not very large.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:27 pm 
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I think one more, and there will be more Tiki venues than Jazz clubs! The good side is there's not a lot of competition to get gigs for Exotica bands, but it's a heckuva commute from here!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:56 pm 
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Sven Kirsten is not amused. It's all over his Facebook page. It's very non-tiki.

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“We were really excited to work with them on figuring out how we can make tiki interesting in a basement without cultural appropriation,” Lynch explained. “Trying to bend more towards the tropical and jungle themes and less towards the Polynesian idol themes was really important to us, and to not make it look like we just hung a bunch of knickknacks everywhere.”






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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:09 am 
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Read that too this morning, he's really bashing the place. :/

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:55 pm 
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Interesting. I saw a few friends who posted that it was definitely tropical in theme but that the drinks they tasted were good.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:37 am 
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I'm reserving judgment until I try it for myself.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:52 am 
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so just BYOT (bring your own tiki)

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:06 pm 
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Personal Statement: Conch ceviche.
Brother Cleve consulted on the music which is encouraging.

Lost Lake leans towards the tropical without idols end of the spectrum too and I'd be happy to go there any day.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:31 am 
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Was hoping to scope it out on Saturday, but a sign on the door read "Closed for a private party." Womp womp

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:27 pm 
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We have plans to visit Boston in May (2nd to the 6th). If no one else puts up a review, I'll take one for the team :)

Also looking to see what else to check out - Tiger Mama, Tiki Rock. What other neat places for cool clothing, sites to see, eat, drink, shake my tail feather at?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:32 pm 
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Personal Statement: Uptown funk you up
Shore Leave is great!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:47 pm 
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JessicaChacha went and said the drinks are top notch and that the food is the star. Not sure about the atmosphere.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:53 am 
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Personal Statement: Uptown funk you up
The decor (at Shore Leave) is more tropical than tiki, but it is well done. The music is hit or miss... I usually don't notice it one way or the other.

I like Tiki Rock, though I know some people don't. The music is hit or miss there as well, and the drink quality depends on how busy they are. I think it's fun.

The food at Tiger Mama is really good.

The entirety of downtown Boston is pretty much one big historical site. Can't go wrong just following the Freedom Trail around.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:27 pm 
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I went there a couple of weeks ago. My wife & I went on a Saturday night after dinner. She's not big on any sort of ethnic food (Indian being the lone exception) and she doesn't drink, and we don't travel a lot so I don't get out to many other tiki places to have much of a point of comparison. I've been into tiki since the 80's and making my own drinks at home since the early days of the Grog Log so I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to getting drinks while out. So I might be more overly critical there than many others would be.

The decor is very non-tiki. The booths have a tropical style plant print, there are some munktiki mugs on the wall and that's about it. On Saturday night it was very crowded and there was no music. Menus looks nice being semi-circular but are all text, no images. So atmosphere gets a 1/10.

I didn't try the food so cannot comment on that.

Bartender was personable and reasonably good. She was into tiki enough that when I showed her a few pictures of my mug collection, she told me to come back on a Monday so she could spend more time looking and nerd out. They get bonus points for using drink mixers to blend the drinks, not shakers or blenders.

First drink was a Jet Pilot, ordered off menu. They have a small menu of signature drinks (none of which are classics) which is their entire drink menu. The bartender had to look the recipe up on her phone but to her credit she had it. Served in a Cheeky Tiki conch shell mug. The drink was extremely well balanced, just enough cinnamon to let the hang around in the background yet let the rums come through. Only complaint was that I couldn't taste the 151 demerara, I think they are using the new Lemon Hart which I have not had and have heard some bad things about (I'm still working through a stash of old tan bottles and when I have company over I use EH151). So either it wasn't in the drink, not enough of it was in the drink, or the new LH151 just isn't assertive enough.

Second drink was their signature drinks the Shore Leave Cocktail. Served in their house mug (you can buy them to take home, it's made by Munktiki and a decent coconut mug). To my palette the passion fruit in this one overpowered the drink and hid most of the other flavors. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't well balanced either.

The experience was good enough that I'd go back once in a while, but not so good that I'd want to hit the place frequently.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:48 pm 
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I really like the atmosphere even though its not "tiki". It is tropical and comfortable and the drinks I had were really top notch. I'm looking forward to returning and trying some food too.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:49 pm 
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Personal Statement: Conch ceviche.
I think everything is relative. On the tiki cocktail scale they rate very high compared to others I could name. Because their standard menu is originals or variations you have to try them to see what fits your palette (or just order classics which is fine). I know passionfruit fans who would call the signature cocktail well balanced for their palette.

They are one of several places coming at tiki with this more tropical style (Lost Lake comes to mind).

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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 9:20 am 
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We liked it so much we went twice. We tried a few drinks on Friday night and then a few more on Sunday to get a taste of what they offered. They definitely have their mixology going on along with the music selection and the live band that played on Sunday early evening.

For the drinks we tried:
Shore Leave - their signature drink (and mug). white rum from Privateer in Ipswich, Massachusetts with rich Jamaican Rum from the Appleton Estate. Blended these two spirits with passionfruit and lime for brightness, aromatic bitters for warm spice, and round everything out with molasses and a dram of madeira - it is tasty on the sour side. They had a treat also in this cup called sea foam candy that had bitters on it. Really a tasty bit of sweet.

Amaro di Cocco - A Pina Colada and a Negroni walk into a bar... accurate description - sweet yet the Negroni adds the bitter Campari taste adds a neat element. Served in a skull glass.

These two reminded me of Death or Glory when they were really getting into mixology: Morale & Welfare and Bait & Switch

For food, we kept it light: Salt & Pepper Pork Rinds - scallion cream cheese, pineapple hot sauce
Crispy Rice Salad - rock shrimp, citrus, cashew - very tasty and very light.

Bartender was very personable - she also shared with us a shot of their own signature rum


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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 9:31 am 
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Oh and one thing I nearly forgot - they serve their drinks with hay staws. Which I really liked - not only for the environmental reason, but I felt they work really well.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:14 pm 
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Cashew drinks? Why, I'm particularly fond of those, especially with extra shew!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:09 pm 
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Cashew drinks? Why, I'm particularly fond of those, especially with extra shew!


I'm more on the side of liking them to come with a bit of extra cash


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