The Best Bars in America, 2019

Beyond a dark curtain in the Pod hotel, away from the tourist scrum of Times Square, is a tropical wonderland that is not so much pirate kitsch as it is lobby lounge of a South Seas resort. This is the rum-fueled vision of head bartender/co-owner Brian Miller and Major Food Group (Carbone, the Pool), whose MO is grand fantasy. There are the perfected classics, like the piña colada made with fresh pineapple and a bigger streak of rum flavor than you’d find at an all-­inclusive, and tiki-genre boundary pushers, like the Martiki, a gorgeous, martini-esque mix of rum and gin. It all adds up to island-style fun in the city. —K. S.

What you’re having: The Derelict.

The Polynesian: 400 West 42nd Street, New York, NY

Source : Esquire