PKNY (Painkiller)

(Now Closed)
49 Essex St (at Grand St), New York, NY 10002, United States
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  • AskMen

    The Richard Boccato & Giuseppe Gonzalez-backed bar is an urban riff on tiki: the drink menu gives dirty classics like the Mai Thai & Zombie a top-shelf makeover & lifts the Scorpion Bowl. Read more

    AskMen · May 14, 2010
  • Esquire

    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. An unlikely mash-up between Polynesian and punk, it's got very large, very strong rum drinks. We recommend the Zombie. Read more

    Esquire · May 24, 2011
  • Metromix

    Zombies and hurricanes and mai tais, mahalo! Note to dudes: Please refrain from flirting with the mural of the topless sunbather after your third cocktail. They strong! Read more

    Metromix · May 13, 2010
  • The Corcoran Group

    The expert bartenders will create you the perfect drink or just try the Jet Pilot and the Zombie Punch. Have fun people watching while you enjoy your delicious concoction.

    The Corcoran Group · August 2, 2011
  • Nicole D.

    The pins colada will change your mind about frozen drinks FOREVER!!!!! Don't be afraid. Just do it! You know you want to...

    Nicole Desmond · August 22, 2010
  • Kathryn Y.

    Cold outside? Try one of the new hot tiki drinks -- hot zombie, hot mai tai, coffee grog, spiked apple cider, or hot buttered rum.

    Kathryn Yu · December 29, 2010
  • aSiandeLite

    get the signature Painkiller.. Mild, fruity, tasty.. But with only those few ounces you'd swear they mixed in a half of a crushed percocet or something..

    aSiandeLite · July 18, 2010
  • Anthony S.

    Just ask Kigan to get you drunk.

    Anthony Smith · October 15, 2012
  • Zack S.

    It's rare to find a tiki bar in Manhattan. Rarer to find one that limits you to one-per-customer of their stronger drinks. Rarest to find one where the drinks really are strong enough to deserve it!

    Zack Sheppard · July 17, 2012
  • Daniel D.

    Try "The Zombie" - regardless of how scared you are of it.

    Daniel Devlin · June 21, 2010
  • Jennifer

    Get a "bartender's choice." Tell them what you're in the mood for (and what you *don't* want), and they'll mix just the right drink to hit the spot. The bartenders here are excellent.

    Jennifer · June 17, 2010
  • @JaumePrimero

    tiki drinks, tropical vibe, crazy drinks with the nostalgic umbrella garnish :)

    @JaumePrimero · November 26, 2011
  • Akshay P.

    The Chicago Fizz is excellent, but the Pina Colada is perfect.

    Akshay Patil · March 24, 2011
  • Kate L.

    Zombie will make you deathface. Do it.

    Kate Larsen · June 22, 2010
  • Vinod S.

    Have the namesake drink, the "painkiller," for some frozen, tropical goodness. Excellent cocktails here.

    Vinod Suresh · June 15, 2010
  • Sajid M.

    Great place to come with friends if you don't drink. Go for the Lavaflow — a strawberry banana piña colada! It's deliciousness, served in a hollowed out pineapple.

    Sajid Mehmood · December 9, 2012
  • Becky S.

    Great drinks, slow service.

    Becky Soto · June 17, 2011
  • Jenna W.

    cant go wrong here. tight tunes + killer drinks + awesome vibe = a permanent spot in my rotation.

    Jenna Wortham  · December 16, 2010
  • Anthony S.

    Don't date the bartenders.

    Anthony Smith · November 19, 2013
  • James B.

    The name is quite fitting because that's exactly what I fucking need right now. I've never gotten so hammered on so few drinks.

    James B · June 2, 2013
  • Isabella S.

    I love the piña colada

    Isabella Serrani · May 26, 2013
  • Robert K.

    The official filter for this bar is Sutro.

    Robert Kessler · August 3, 2012
  • Chase T.

    Skip it. The concept is good but the execution is way off. Why are drinks $14 in what looks like a dive bar? They're also really weak and all ice.

    Chase Turner · March 11, 2011

    The drink by the same name is the #$%**% · December 5, 2010
  • Anthony L.

    Dig the Dead Bastard at Painkiller. Go as close to opening time (6pm) as possible to skip the line at the door.

    Anthony Laudato · June 6, 2010
  • Morgan W.

    Great drinks in a fairly hidden spot. The Zombies will hit you for six and you'll definitely need painkillers the morning after.

    Morgan Williams · July 12, 2013
  • Connie L.

    Amazing drinks. Too bad they will be closing in about 5 weeks! :( Go get your tiki fix before they close for good!

    Connie Lee · June 15, 2013
  • Larry M.

    Strawberry banana pina colada.

    Larry Mak · December 5, 2012
  • The Blonde Gourmand

    A little hole in the wall with a spray-painted sign out front. You're supposed to tell the bartenders what you're in the mood for and they make you a really fun tiki drink - some drinks come on fire!

    The Blonde Gourmand · July 4, 2012
  • Mark C.

    They denied me a second zombie : \

    Mark Cáceres · October 1, 2011
  • Ana S.

    Excellent and creative cocktail drinks. The place reminds a tropical beach bar. Loved it! Read more

    Ana Salles · July 24, 2011
  • Bill, the Butcher

    Boycott Pusser's Rum Read more

    Bill, the Butcher · June 9, 2011
  • Daniel L

    The Zombie Punch is dangerous - ENJOY!

    Daniel L · February 9, 2011
  • Kathryn G.

    Trust the bartender! Tell him what you like & don't & you will be happy. The dark & stormy with Ginger syrup is delicious.

    Kathryn Gonzalez · December 26, 2010
  • Camille F.

    Missionary's downfall or kilauea (strawberries anise rum frozen with fiery top) totally delicious

    Camille Fournier · June 20, 2010
  • roodie 4.

    Ask enzo for the hicupp cure

    roodie 4sq · June 16, 2010
  • Mary C.

    It's closed!!

    Mary Chan · February 1, 2014
  • Frank B.

    Great place fun time good people

    Frank Burg · July 21, 2013
  • Mike M.

    Why the f*ck is this bar closing. This might be the most fun thing since forgetting condoms. .

    Mike Mattes · July 13, 2013
  • Alyssa K.

    If you're there with a group you've got to try the Scorpion Bowl

    Alyssa Kovacs · July 7, 2013
  • Kris H.

    Awesome place! Coctails are really nice and get you drunk fairly quick :)

    Kris H · May 24, 2013
  • Brian R.

    Best bar in NYC! Let the bartender choose your drink.

    Brian R · November 28, 2012
  • BlackBook Magazine

    This windowless tiki den comes with a menu of frozen daiquiris, swizzles (get the Kona), and the infamous homemade Scorpion punch. This place is known for its STRONG tropical drinks. Read more

    BlackBook Magazine · November 16, 2012
  • Annie L.

    Bartenders are hilarious. Go for the hot cider or the hot buttered rum - perfect counterpart to the cold weather.

    Annie Lu · October 12, 2012
  • Lauren L.

    My favorite bar in New York, hands down. Best place to bring a group or just a few friends; go on a weeknight when it's much less crowded (and you can chat with the bartenders, who are a blast!)

    Lauren Lachs · October 2, 2012
  • Sam B.

    It's dark and you'll be drunk and you can laugh about the drinks together.

    Sam Biddle · September 11, 2012
  • Sara T.

    Missionary's downfall=amazing. Also, lava flow comes in a pineapple!

    Sara T · September 6, 2012
  • Michael M.

    While the decor is a little odd and not as traditional as most, the drinks are the real star at PKNY. Try a Missionary's Downfall or a Pearl Diver's Punch.

    Michael Monello · July 31, 2012
  • Alex R.

    Drinks are DELISH! Service is slooooooooowwwwwww...

    Alex Riha · July 18, 2012
  • Jarod A.

    They play ska here. This place rules just for that alone.

    Jarod Arellanes · May 24, 2012

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