5pm-7pm; $5 beer, $6 wine and $8 cocktails
1 at Canal St.
This venue is closed.
Julie Reiner of Clover Club and Flatiron Lounge is the proprietor of Lani Kai, the third in the tiki trend of late 2010 (after Hurricane Club and Painkiller).
But don’t expect Zombies to get much play here — the “modern tropical”
drinks were created by Reiner and bar manager Joe Swifka (the Flatiron Lounge bartender also responsible for tiki nights at bygone Elettaria)
to evoke Reiner’s Hawaiian upbringing. Her brother Chris has tried to
do the same by brightening up the old Tailor space with a capiz
chandelier and back bar, and other shell and wood elements. Partner
Michael Brais oversaw the design of the two rooms, including the
installation of lush tropical plants and a gas fireplace meant to look
like a fire pit. The menu is made up of food from Craig
Rivard and cocktails from guest bartenders like Phil Ward of Mayahuel.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.