Otto's Shrunken Head

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538 East 14th Street
New York, NY
Opened in 2002
Daily 2pm-4am
(212) 228-2240

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Otto's Shrunken Head



by 122 people



Everyone You
Decor 6.8
Drink Quality 6.4
Drink Selection 6.8
Mood 6.8
Music 5.9
Service 7.5
Tikiness 6.6
Tilt 6.8
Vibe 6.5

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Humuhumu’s description

Otto's Shrunken Head is a tiki-meets-punk bar on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Live music acts play regularly in the back room. The music styles range from rock to metal to exotica, and it's often loud. The front entry of the bar has cases filled with tiki mugs and knick-knacks. Over the bar is a row of pufferfish lamps. There are carvings by Wayne Coombs and Crazy Al. Drinks are served in mugs that are available for sale, including a custom shrunken head mug.
In late 2010 a fire damaged the back room of Otto's, but repairs were able to be made swiftly.


JP has visited Otto's Shrunken Head.
November 11, 2017, 2:34 PM
Hole-in-the-wall, and off the beaten path a bit.

The drinks were tasty, the mugs cheap, the music was great (but not very tiki-slanted) - I would like to go back and hang out for a bit longer. I was in a rush to get back to the airport.

Cash only!
Tiki Lindy
Tiki Lindy has visited Otto's Shrunken Head.
July 18, 2017, 8:35 PM
This place has the location, the name, and the potential, but falls flat as a tiki bar. Don't get me wrong, it was a good visit, but more general bar, with tiki slant than full tikidom. The drinks are on the sweet side. The biggest plus is $6 tiki mug souvenirs. The music ranged from Johnny Cash to AC/DC and beyond.
bejacob has visited Otto's Shrunken Head.
July 5, 2017, 4:35 PM
I really liked Otto's. Admittedly the music was not tiki (DJ that night played mostly 80s new wave, which was actually kind of fun). Good selection of tiki drinks with some cool mugs you can take home (for a modest price). Purists might be disappointed, but for the casual tikiphile (is that such a thing?) this is a place worth checking out. I will definitely be going back next time I'm in NYC.
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