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Best tiki bar in South Florida 2017: Mai-Kai


Mai-Kai Restaurant

3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-563-3272;

This monument to Polynesian kitsch offers stiff retro cocktails, rum-soaked conviviality and eyeball-assaulting tropical shirts. It has been pouring high-octane mai tais and rumrunners for more than 60 years. The Molokai bar’s ability to put tiki-holics under its spell has only grown stronger over time, and the Mai Kai’s dance-happy dinner shows remain warm and inviting even as Federal Highway rapidly modernizes around it. (Check out other tiki bars here.)

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