Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar is the last massive Tiki bar of its scale left in the U.S. 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. While this is no artisanal cocktail geek’s bar, Liquid Kitchen‘s Danny Ronen revamped the cocktail menu in 2013. 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 rhum agricole shine with plenty of tart lime.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: There’s a per-person cover charge for the Island Groove Band (starting at 8 or 8:15 p.m.). Price ranges from $5 to $7 on weeknights and weekends.