Summer isn’t endless in Rhode Island, but you can keep fall at bay for a few weeks longer by soaking up some island vibes with tropical drinks at these local tiki bars.
Kai Bar is the rare tiki bar that lacks outdoor seating, but it more than makes up for it in ambiance and the quality of their drinks, each handcrafted by owner Jason Kindness and his bar staff. Their logo is a tiki idol, so you know they’re serious about their tropical drinks – so much so that Kai Bar hosts monthly mixology classes.
Most authentic tropical drink: The Singapore Sling, a gin (not rum) drink that’s nonetheless a tiki classic, shaken with cherry brandy, Benedictine, and fresh citrus juice.
Most interesting drink: The Wolf of Main Street, a mix of aged rum, coconut milk, mint and a dash of miso.
The perfect pair: Build-your-own poke bowl on a base of rice or quinoa, adding protein (tuna, shrimp, chicken, or tofu), sauces like soy ginger or ponzu, and a choice of three veggie, fruit, or almond toppings.