Best New Bar

Porco Lounge & Tiki Room

Porco Lounge & Tiki Room is on West 25th Street, but not the main strip. It's far enough south that it considers itself part of the Tremont neighborhood. But it's close enough to both Oho City's and Tremont's most popular haunts to make it a walkable destination for both, and though it still seems off the beaten path, it's a diamond in the rough. The building was the former home of Cranky's, a biker bar, and a small concert club, and the new decor is like something out of a Hawaiian beach nightclub — bamboo sticks and coconuts and beads and lots of exposed wood. The tiki cocktails are authentic and well worth it, the kind of drinks you would have found at tiki lounges during their heyday in Cleveland decades ago. They actually steam as they're made — and these drinks aren't made; they're concocted — and each have probably a couple shots worth of booze in them. Suckers are strong. Not much in the way of food selection as of yet, but enough atmosphere for miles. Bring your hula skirt and check it out!

2527 West 25th St., 216-802-9222, porcolounge.com

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