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Opened in 2010
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Dec 6, 2010
Seating at Painkiller in New York
November 2010, photo by Humuhumu
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Painkiller was opened by Giuseppe Gonzalez and Richard Boccato on Manhattan's Lower East Side in May 2010. The small space has dictated a streamlined decor approach, with heavy use of bamboo and flat artwork on the walls. The decor is a mix of simple tiki (in the form of untreated bamboo and flat Indonesian import masks), and graffiti artwork inspired both by the local neighborhood and tiki history.
The bar itself is a bit high, and the immovable stools are also high and close to the bar; sitting at the bar can be a challenge for the large or the small. The seating in the back rooms is comfy, though, and standing at the bar works, too.
The emphasis at Painkiller is on the cocktails, with lots of modern variations inspired by old classics. The menu does not list specific drinks, rather it is a list of drink categories, and is intended to spark conversation with your bartender to help you find a drink you'll love. Drinks are well-crafted, and are served in tiki mugs, with piņa coladas served in frozen pineapples.
How to find it:
Painkiller is on Essex St., just south of Grand. The door doesn't say "Painkiller," but instead has a spray painted mural of a palm tree and bamboo with the words "Tiki Bar."