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Came over as part of a work trip to Boston. A fun little twinkle light-guided descent down into the underground bar area, with a very friendly and talented bartender and delicious food. My only letdown was this leans into the more modern, minimalist sort of tiki trope, without a real story or theme to the bar, and only a sparse (some would say tasteful, haha) hint at tiki in the decor. Nevertheless, the talent in making drinks and entertaining patrons was definitely present, and I had a fantastic night. Ordered the Morale and Welfare (it had mole in it!!) and a Shore Leave, and they brought out a daquiri boat for me and the few other Wednesday visitors as a surprise. All of the drinks were complex, creative, and beautifully presented. I'm so glad I came and would visit again, even if I do wish there was more junk on the walls like the tacky old tiki bird I am.

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Tiki Bar

Shore Leave

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Opened November 2018.

From their website: "Shore Leave is our interpretation of a tropical escape through the lens of our love for Bostons rich dining scene. Named after a sailors leisure time on dry land, Shore Leaves tropical cocktails take you away from the hustle and bustle. We hope this space, music, and most importantly, our Shore Leave family, make every moment here feel like watching the sun go down with your feet in the sand. Tucked in off the main drag and just below the street in Bostons South End, Shore Leave is here to bring you along on our everyday vacation."

This bar and restaurant has received high praise for its cocktails and cuisine. However, if you are going there to check out tiki carvings, you will be disappointed. In one interview about building out the concept for the bar, Chef Lynch explains: We were really excited to work with them on figuring out how we can make tiki interesting in a basement without cultural appropriation. 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.

Despite this avoidance of idols, you may still have spotted some vintage tiki mugs on display if you looked carefully...although in May 2021 the bar announced a re-doubling of their efforts to stamp out anything that might be interpreted as cultural appropriation or insensitivity.

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