Exotica Night

Exotica Night at Raines Law Room

One of my favorite events for tiki is Exotica Night, hosted by Garret J. Richard. It is tiki and Polynesian cocktails in its most pure form that I can say in my experience.  It is a pop up, its word of mouth, and it usually takes place in Raines Law Room at the William Hotel in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan, which is a Speakeasy.

The crowd itself is all pure tikiphiles, and so is the decor, music, and atmosphere. Everyone dresses accordingly.  The popup has become increasingly popular. Before the pandemic, they had made it up to their 8th edition of the event.

There are no reservations, and if there is a wait to get in, you are greeted off to the side room with a complimentary cocktail hosted by a rum distillery like St. Teresa. Even that is authentic. It is a rum punch served from a bowl and poured into a teacup.  Once you get into the lounge next door, there is a menu which changes for every event.  They are the classics, and variations of the classics.