Mixing a tropical cocktail requires much specialized knowledge, from how to crack open a coconut to what ratio of lime to rum you use to water bonsai umbrella seeds. Leave it to the pros with this Groupon.
$20 for $30 Worth of Tropical Appetizers and Drinks
Taro chips with mango or pineapple salsa ($5) pair with a menu of more than 100 tropical drinks including mai tais, zombies, and hurricanes, as well as virgin coladas and chocolate drinks. Drink prices are subject to change, but generally cost between $6.50 and $14.50.
Rose and Stanley Sacharski never meant to open a tiki bar. Their first watering hole, The Lucky Start on Fullerton and Lockwood, was a simple neighborhood tavern until some bamboo wall coverings inspired endless questions from customers: were they a tiki bar? By 1963, the Sacharskis decided their answer was yes, and let their young son pick a new name—Hala Kahiki—from a copy of Dennis the Menace Goes to Hawaii.
Now located inside a former greenhouse in River Grove, Hala Kahiki pours more than 100 tropical-themed cocktails, mingling rum with daiquiris and gin with tropical fruits. Hanging shells sway above the bamboo-lined bar, and rattan lampshades and cane chairs evoke the pleasures of an endless Hawaiian summer. Tables and chairs dot a spacious outdoor garden, and an on-site gift shop stocks Hawaiian shirts, leis, wood-hewn lamps, and several former cast members of Gilligan's Island.