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Desperate to find relief from the heat, I found my way inside Adrift, the new tiki bar on South Broadway. Shuttered from the late afternoon sun, the bar was blessedly cool and featured kitschy, 1960s-era Hawaiian decor: shiny bamboo paneling, carved wooden tiki heads, blowfish hanging from the ceiling.
A friend and I settled into a booth and ordered from the list of island-style cocktails. She opted for the frothy and coconuty Macadamia Nut Chi-chi (pictured), and I chose the Polynesian Paralysis, a cool and refreshing blend of rye and orange, lemon, and pineapple juices. Both were strong cocktails, and deceptively so—you couldn’t detect the alcohol.
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Knowing we’d be in trouble if we didn’t eat, we ordered a round of ahi tuna poke, topped with fresh crab, and served with paper-thin slices of fried yucca, as well as a plate of three roasted mushroom empanadas topped with a sphere of goat cheese. Despite chef Wade Kirwin’s talents (he spent years at Vesta Dipping Grill), these weren’t the well-crafted gourmet small plates you’d find downtown. The poke was a bit too salty, the goat cheese lacked tang—but even so, both dishes were a noticeable notch higher than traditional bar fare.
218 S. Broadway, 303-778-8454