Opened by the Future Bars team (Bourbon & Branch, Rickhouse, Swig, Local Edition), Tradition is neither a tiki nor a rum bar. It does offers a good showing of both, though, in a “Traditional Exotic Cocktails” section of the menu and house-blended barrels stacked upstairs in the mezzanine, aging spirits in a range of barrels (currently, the menu offers Ron Zacapa 23 Year rum aged in Ardbeg 10-Year-Old Scotch barrels). Tradition’s main room is centered by a massive, rectangular bar one can sit around or booths (called “snugs,” seating two to eight people) themed in different eras and locales, like American Dive Bar, the Big Easy and, yes, tiki.
THE DRINK TO DRINK:
In the “Traditional Exotic Cocktails” section, try a Batida, a refreshing cachaça-based Brazilian cocktail classic, with passion fruit, coconut milk, lemon juice and demerara sugar.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
If you want your own “snug,” it’s best to reserve ahead, particularly on weekends, although there is often plenty of seating around the bar.