Imagine sitting on the beach in the Caribbean, enjoying a fruity pineapple smoothie while basking in the sun. For those of us based in Los Angeles, we can experience that same island ambience through the quality of delicious fresh ingredients at select bars that cater to drinks with a fruity flavor. With summer approaching, tropical drinks are popular as the beverage of choice when it comes to bartenders’ orders at some of LA’s top bars. From Mai Tais to Piña Coladas, bar patrons enjoy their visual appeal and signature flavor. When looking for a tropical drink that is full of zest with the best ingredients, there are certain bars that stand out as going the extra mile for their customers in presentation and flavorful choices.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Located in the heart of Santa Monica, this trendy bar is located near the 3rd Street Promenade and beach area, where tourists and residents can shop during the day and then visit the Copa for a cool, relaxing beverage of choice. Copa D’Oro serves traditional and custom tropical drinks created with a mixture of organic fruits blended with an infusion of spices, creating a unique blend of fruit and tasty herbal flavors. Some popular drinks include the eclectic version of classic tropical mixes, like the Mojito and Margarita, referred to as Tommy’s Margarita. Another standout is the Caribbean Collins, made with passion fruit, lime, dark rum and ginger beer. Or, try their Melon Patch (pictured), made of Vodka, st germain, fresh watermelon, cilantro, lime juice, and simple syrup.
Trader Vic’s Lounge At The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Step into the world of Polynesia with over 75 island themed tropical drinks to choose from. Some of the unique choices include Trader Vic’s original Mai Tai and a variety of fruit flavored drinks. On a note of origins, the Mai Tai was originally created byTrader Vic, earning him the title as the King of the Mai Tai. The festive ambience and colorful decor bring flare to this popular bar with an array of specialty items and a full tropical beverage menu available during happy hour, which is between 4pm to 7pm Monday through Friday.
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The Purple Orchid Tiki Lounge
221 Richmond St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
When looking for a bar to enjoy upon arrival at LAX, the Purple Orchid Tiki Lounge provides a relaxing location to hang out and enjoy the wait. Located close to the LAX area, this lounge is a quaint get away where patrons can experience tropical drinks with a sprinkle of Tiki culture. Customers often wear party hats and the staff is laid back and friendly. This trendy hideaway has a modest decor where patrons can relax as they enjoy a custom made Piña Colada or Mai Tai on the rocks. It is one of the few bars located near the airport area where people can stop by and escape to the islands for an enjoyable and memorable experience just before driving to the airport for a flight out of town.
4657 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Tiki No is one of LA’s specialty tiki bars, complete with vibrant island decor including flaming torches and a thatched roof to create a Pacific Islands ambience, visually speaking. The bartenders are ready to serve with top-of-the-line ingredients, including fresh fruit juices and tropical drinks that are signature to the popular hangout. In addition to Mai Tais and Pina Coladas, one of the other specialties listed on the menu includes the flavorful version of the Coconut Mojito, made with fresh coconut water, fresh lime juice, coconut rum and fresh mint. Another popular beverage is called Chief Lapu Lapu, made with fresh lemon, passion fruit, orange juice, coconut rum and fresh lime juice.
Caña Rum Bar
714 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, Caña Rum Bar is located conveniently near the exciting tourist attractions and shopping center of LA Live. A visit to this bar will acquaint you with the rich flavors of tropical drinks that set the tone for a moment in the day filled with the ambience of the Pacific Islands. The rub bar’s recipe for a Pacific Mai Tai speaks for itself, with this particular drink being a popular requested bar item with regular patrons. This venue comes complete with a full bar, an annual membership, rum tasting events and more for patrons to enjoy.
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