In addition to going to bars, humans have acquired tasty libations by growing their own wheat, supplanting beans with potatoes in their coffee makers, and pouring liquor into a garden, where tiny bottles of vodka spring from the soil. Enjoy a drink minus all the agricultural legwork with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of drinks at Tropical Liqueurs. This deal is good at both Columbia locations.
At Tropical Liqueurs, the staff blends a menu of specialty frozen drinks and traditional libations. Tenders of the bar fuse 12-16 flavor-rotating frozen drinks in sleek, high-tech chrome mixing machines. On-the-job secret agents can sip a 22-ounce Island Punch ($5.75), which stitches together vodka, triple sec, Hawaiian Punch, orange juice, and lemonade. Off-the-job, loose-cannon werewolves, meanwhile, can imbibe the confluence of 190-proof everclear, lemonade, and sprite that 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 a Detroit auto worker. Beer buffs can nurse a bottle ($2.50) inside at the wood-grain bar or outside, where each Tropical Liqueurs location boasts a fresh-air-rich patio.
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.