South Shore Tiki Lounge
1913 S. Kihei Rd; 874-6444
Location: The Barmuda Triangle. This is a term of endearment, a mysterious zone packed with fun drinking and eating establishments.
Decor: Elegantly outfitted like the Polynesian outpost it is, with bamboo and grass shack chic detail. The outdoor deck has painted wooden picnic tables and vines growing all around. Expect crazy tiki glassware, traditional martini glasses during the day, plastic at night. Paper plates and rattan baskets serve as dinnerware.
Grog log: American pop culture has been intoxicated by the lore of tiki drinks and culture since the ’30s, and the Tiki crew is carrying on that tradition. A new favorite of mine on the revamped cocktail menu: the Pin-up Potion, a deep blood-red concoction. Need refreshment minus the intoxication? Their new spritzers are just the thing, served in a champagne flute.
Entertainment: There are live shows every day, in an intimate setting: Sebrina Barron, Kanoa, Viva La Rumba, Randall Rospond, Tom Conway and Erin Smith headline regularly. At night expect to wear your dancin’ shoes and shake your booty, cuz every evening but Sunday features DJs and dance music.
Grinds: The Best of Maui award-winning pizza is at the top of my list. The pineapple pizza—made with fresh, not canned fruit—pairs with everything on the cocktail menu. Also stellar? Calamari and ceviche. Sandwiches like fresh fish, chicken breast and burgers are perfect for a big appetite with fries and salad.
Happy Hour: 11am-6pm daily.
Drink specials: $2 Bud Light draft, $3 Bud Light cans, $4 Sauza margaritas on the rocks, well drinks, Guinness pints and Bloody Marys. Nighttime specials start at 10pm and go to close: Monday, $2 Smokin’ Shooters, $3 PBRs, $3 Becks; Tequila Tuesdays, $3 Corona and Corona Light, Sauza Shots, $4 Sauza margaritas, $5 Patron shots; Ladies’ Night Wednesdays, $4 “Oh My Goddess” cocktail, $2 Bud specials; Hooray for Thursday, $3 Red Stripe, $4 Rum Punch, $5 Blue Hawaiian