Bars have become the meeting places of choice now that libraries, public parks, and desolate midnight crossroads are all under Prohibition. Enjoy a legal and delicious dalliance with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of drinks at Tropical Liqueurs. This deal is good at the Campbell Avenue location in Springfield.
Tropical Liqueurs' staff blends the 12 rotating frozen drinks that grace the menu in sleek high-tech chrome mixing machines, and also pours a host of traditional libations. A 22-ounce Island Punch stitches together vodka, triple sec, Hawaiian Punch, orange juice, and lemonade ($5.75), and the confluence of 190-proof everclear, lemonade, and Sprite comprises the Silver Bullet. Other specialty frozen cocktails include the vodka-based Cherry Bomb, the Raspberry Lemonade, and the '57 Chevy, which is built with rum, gin, vodka, sloe gin, and a mai-tai blend by an authentic auto-assembling conveyor belt. Beer buffs can nurse a bottle ($2.50) inside at the bar or outside on the fresh-air-rich patio.
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Freezing Missouri winter winds howl outside Tropical Liqueurs' fogged-up windows, but inside, the atmosphere is decidedly beach-like. Palm trees and nautical knickknacks decorate the lively interior, but the true stars of this tropically themed watering hole are the frozen-drink dispensers, which churn with colorful, fruity potations. Bartenders load large styrofoam cups with potent slushies made from creative combinations of juices, liqueurs, and fruit purées. They rotate drink selections regularly, spotlighting a toasted-almond concoction one week—packed with coffee liquor, amaretto, and vanilla ice cream—and a daiquiri with fresh strawberries the next. Icy potations in hand, visitors turn their attention to games of pool or flat-screen televisions, which broadcast local sports games or horror movies where local sports games come to a temporary halt when the mascot turns out to be an actual tiger. During warmer months, visitors loll in the sun out on the wooden patio and enjoy the beverages that Inside Columbia hailed as a "Columbia staple" when it dubbed Tropical Liqueurs the Best Place for a Girls' Night Out in 2012.