WHY HERE: If you put a Tiki god outside of your bar, the Zombie, Painkiller and Hurricane fans will come. Or at least they should when it comes to this Tacoma hot spot.
WHY NOW: Walking in here is like time-warping into a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, in the best possible way. The menu, too, reads like a script with items such as the Harbor Pilot, which states, “You’ll need a skilled navigator to court the waters around the reef. Lime, grapefruit, West Indies spices and a blend of navel-strength rums will help guide you.”