Summer isn’t endless in Rhode Island, but you can keep fall at bay for a few weeks longer by soaking up some island vibes with tropical drinks at a local tiki bar. Here are two to quench your fun-drink thirst.
HIGH TIDES ISLAND GRILLE & TIKI BAR
This new gem in the Jewelry District takes its tiki seriously, with a list of more than a dozen classic and nouveau tiki drinks, along with flights of fine aged rum. Prints of mid-century beach scenes adorn the bright and welcoming dining room, but you should take your drinks onto the patio while it’s still warm enough to pretend you’re on a beach somewhere.
Most authentic tropical drink: The Navy Grog – a mix of Pusser’s, Gosling’s, and Naked Turtle rums blended with honey syrup, lime and grapefruit juice.
Most interesting cocktail: Mount Gay Rum Punch – which you can order by the glass or in a copper punch bowl to share with friends.
373 Richmond Street, Providence. 441-6070
OGIE'S TRAILER PARK
Prior to the current revival, tiki culture had its heyday in the 1950s, reflecting a postwar fascination with the South Pacific in the era of big-finned cars, Elvis, and above-ground nuclear testing. No restaurant in Rhode Island captures that mid-century spirit like Ogie’s Trailer Park, so grab a seat at the grass-covered tiki bar in Providence’s hippest courtyard eatery and channel the Space Age vibe with some West Side hipsters and hepcats. Most authentic tropical drink:
The frozen piña colada can be found at beach bars all over the world; now try the original tiki version with rich coconut and cream flavor, served on the rocks.Most interesting drink:
The Coping Mechanism – a smoky tiki cocktail made with Gosling’s Black Seal rum, falernum, Fernet amaro, maple syrup, lime, and pineapple juice, and garnished with a smoldering cinnamon stick. This item isn’t on the menu, but ask for it at the bar! 1155 Westminster Street, Providence. 383-8200