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

6.5

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Decor 6.7
Drink Quality 6.2
Drink Selection 6.7
Mood 6.7
Music 5.6
Service 7.4
Tikiness 6.6
Tilt 6.6
Vibe 6.4

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    visiting on
    Saturday, August 25, 2018
    Will be there from 3-5pm on Saturday Aug 25 2018 for a meetup of the New York Tiki Adventurer's Club. Please join us:
    http://meetu.ps/e/Fvbs1/vmNc/f

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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.

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tikitraveler
tikitraveler is a semi-regular at Otto's Shrunken Head.
June 30, 2018, 4:34 PM
Pretty cool Tiki dive bar. Punk/hipster crowd, and rock music. Plenty of tiki statues, check. Velvet black light painting, check. Assortment of tiki mugs, available for purchase, check.

Tried around 5 drinks. Mai tai wasn't particularly good. Most of the drinks had a generic fruit juice + rum flavor. The bar's special "shrunken head" drink was very good.
Kahiki Guy
Kahiki Guy has visited Otto's Shrunken Head.
June 11, 2018, 3:59 AM
Otto's is a fun bar. It's definitely Tiki-meets-Punk. With live local punk bands playing in the back room, which I enjoyed checking out. The decor is solid, the mood is pretty welcoming. The only true negative I can say is that the drinks were just bad. I ordered a Mai-Tai, which is the "go to" whenever I'm visiting a new Tiki bar, and the standard by which I judge anything after, and it was pink, and served in a pint glass. To say Otto's is a Tiki bar is a stretch, but it is a fun Tiki inspired hole in the wall with a cool NY vibe.
JP
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!
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tikitraveler
visiting on
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Will be there from 3-5pm on Saturday Aug 25 2018 for a meetup of the New York Tiki Adventurer's Club. Please join us:
http://meetu.ps/e/Fvbs1/vmNc/f
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