Unlike Similac Baby Formula, which is reserved for babies and experimenting teens, cocktails can be consumed by adults. Separate the towerers from the toddlers with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of tropical drinks at Hala Kahiki in River Grove. Set in a charming ranch-house-turned-tiki-lounge with an outdoor patio, Hala Kahiki offers more than 100 tropical sippables. Thatched palms and colorful tribal trinkets line the spacious oasis and surround revelers in as they nosh complimentary pretzels and gulp exotic potables such as the zombie ($7.75), scorpion ($7.75), mai tai ($6.75), and hurricane ($6.75). Share a large drink for two ($13.75) with a loved one or second stomach.
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.