The Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar is the last massive tiki bar of its scale left in the States. It’s a national treasure and echo of an era gone by, in the Fairmont Hotel. Relatively unchanged since opening in 1945, MGM’s leading set director at the time, Mel Melvin, transformed the room into an ode to tiki. It looks like a movie set with faux rainstorms and the Island Groove Band floating down the center pool, lined with tables and flanked by a dance floor. This is no artisanal cocktail geek’s bar, but Liquid Kitchen's Dänny Ronen revamped the cocktail menu in 2013 so you can expect more balance in those Piña Coladas and Mai Tais.
THE DRINK TO DRINK:
The Ti Daiquiri plays off a classic Ti’ Punch, which lets the grassy notes of agricole rum shine with plenty of tart lime.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
There is a per person cover charge for the Island Groove Band (starting at 8 or 8:15pm). It ranges from $5 to $7 on weeknights and weekends.