The holidays are over, which means that any fun there may have been in sub-zero temperatures is long gone. While you could hibernate with a Hot Toddy in hand and try to remember what it’s like to be warm, sometimes a more proactive approach is in order. Luckily, there are plenty of tropical oases in America’s most bitingly cold cities. Tiki bars, jam packed with lush décor and Polynesian potions, provide an ideal antidote to Old Man Winter’s cruel bite. If you can’t escape the dreary temperatures for an island beach getaway, these bars situated in some of the country’s coldest cities will bring a taste of the tropics to you.
Chicagoans, there’s no need to vacation near the equator with this tropical oasis nestled right in your backyard. Orchid-topped cocktails and Hawaiian shirt-clad bartenders hit all the right tiki notes, but the impressive menu of creative and not-too-fruity cocktails is all that’s needed to warm any residual wind chill. An Absinthe Swizzle (absinthe, green Chartreuse, coconut-washed rhum, pineapple juice, lime juice) or a Pandan Painkiller (Jamaican rum, Barbadian rum, coconut, tangerine, pineapple, pandan) will do just fine, especially when paired with some of the bar’s equally delicious bites, like the tuna poke or king crab rangoon.