PKNY (Painkiller)

(Now Closed)
Cocktail Bar
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LachsOctober 2, 2012
    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!)
  • 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!
  • sarah l.
    sarah lipmanOctober 5, 2011
    bring a large starbucks coffee for the bartenders. they will love you as much as they love medont be taken in by the silly looks of the drinks, they will knock you right off your 5 ft tall bar stool
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardJuly 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 2, 2011
    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.
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineNovember 16, 2012
    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
  • Sajid M.
    Sajid MehmoodDecember 9, 2012
    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.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MonelloJuly 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Beau H.
    Beau HaughJune 27, 2011
    Queen's Park Swizzle is a killer, delicious, boozy cocktail. Don't let the name throw you off. Few bars do it at all, much less correctly --- these guys nail it.
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WilliamsJuly 12, 2013
    Great drinks in a fairly hidden spot. The Zombies will hit you for six and you'll definitely need painkillers the morning after.
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan Ragan-KelleyOctober 17, 2011
    Painkiller, and their painkiller, were first responsible for convincing me that tiki is (profoundly) worth reviving. Always one for spiritous classics, I feared pineapple and coconut. I was wrong.
  • Alyssa K.
    Alyssa KovacsJuly 7, 2013
    If you're there with a group you've got to try the Scorpion Bowl
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthApril 16, 2012
    “Stop in to PKNY and order a Beachcomber Daiquiri – you’ll feel like you’re lounging on the sand, albeit a little darker and with unlimited cocktails!” More at
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 14, 2010
    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
  • Annie L.
    Annie LuOctober 12, 2012
    Bartenders are hilarious. Go for the hot cider or the hot buttered rum - perfect counterpart to the cold weather.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LewisFebruary 6, 2012
    Epic. Drinks are no joke. Great island themed cocktails in a little hidden basement bar. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Jennifer
    JenniferJune 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SivanNovember 4, 2010
    Nice ambience, great waiters and cool vibe. But, too over priced for a tikki bar! Drinks were more fancy than good quality. Worth a visit though. Eatchput for the bad hangover the next morning!
  • Esquire
    EsquireMay 24, 2011
    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
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuDecember 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Cold outside? Try one of the new hot tiki drinks -- hot zombie, hot mai tai, coffee grog, spiked apple cider, or hot buttered rum.
  • Connie L.
    Connie LeeJune 15, 2013
    Amazing drinks. Too bad they will be closing in about 5 weeks! :( Go get your tiki fix before they close for good!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChinMarch 25, 2012
    Seriously stick to one STRONG-category drink per night. Any more, and you'll have a wicked hangover that harks back to those college days of jungle juice
  • Julia K.
    Julia KSeptember 28, 2011
    Missionary's downfall is the best (Inglorious Bastard is only if your pet just died...otherwise you don't need that much pain killing).
  • Kris H.
    Kris HMay 24, 2013
    Awesome place! Coctails are really nice and get you drunk fairly quick :)
  • Kathryn G.
    Kathryn GonzalezDecember 26, 2010
    Trust the bartender! Tell him what you like & don't & you will be happy. The dark & stormy with Ginger syrup is delicious.
  • Metromix
    MetromixMay 13, 2010
    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
  • Ana S.
    Ana SallesJuly 24, 2011
    Excellent and creative cocktail drinks. The place reminds a tropical beach bar. Loved it! Read more
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LooOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You can't go wrong ordering from the menu but letting the bartender mix you something original will blow your mind.
  • Dinesh
    DineshDecember 14, 2010
    Dope lil spot. Nice art, touches, finishes and the drinks, let's just say they're mighty. Friendly staff ties it all together.
  • aSiandeLite
    aSiandeLiteJuly 18, 2010
    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..
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 24, 2011
    We’ve seen a lot of cocktail flair in our day, but something about the pink flamingos that top the delectable frozen concoctions at Painkiller charmed us instantly.
  • Jenna W.
    Jenna Wortham December 16, 2010
    cant go wrong here. tight tunes + killer drinks + awesome vibe = a permanent spot in my rotation.
  • James B.
    James BJune 2, 2013
    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.
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DesmondAugust 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The pins colada will change your mind about frozen drinks FOREVER!!!!! Don't be afraid. Just do it! You know you want to...
  • Lawrence H.
    Lawrence HMay 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the scorpion bowls if you're in a group of four or more friends. The missionary's downfall is a pretty awesome drink also.
  • Kathleen R.
    Kathleen RohMarch 14, 2011
    Painkiller was one of the best cocktails I had in a long time. Crazy strong mai-tais!
  • Pamela K.
    Pamela KotsaftisOctober 2, 2010
    Ask the bartenders to concoct you something with Sagatiba cachaca.......whatever it is will be delicious!!!!
  • Noah S.
    Noah SingerSeptember 7, 2011
    don't be fooled by the tiki arrangements, the drinks are top notch.
  • Akshay P.
    Akshay PatilMarch 24, 2011
    The Chicago Fizz is excellent, but the Pina Colada is perfect.
  • Frank B.
    Frank BurgJuly 21, 2013
    Great place fun time good people
  • Brittany
    BrittanyDecember 5, 2011
    Strong ass drinks. Pinda coladas and flaming drinks are delish.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 26, 2011
    tiki drinks, tropical vibe, crazy drinks with the nostalgic umbrella garnish :)
  • Vinod S.
    Vinod SureshJune 15, 2010
    Have the namesake drink, the "painkiller," for some frozen, tropical goodness. Excellent cocktails here.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SparksAugust 14, 2011
    Ms. Bartender is a badass. Order the 'bartender's special' w/ a few details about your prefe.
  • Sara T.
    Sara TSeptember 6, 2012
    Missionary's downfall=amazing. Also, lava flow comes in a pineapple!
  • Serge M.
    Serge MorrellJanuary 21, 2012
    The zombie is the signature drink. Don't get more tha one.
  • Brian R.
    Brian RNovember 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bar in NYC! Let the bartender choose your drink.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RihaJuly 18, 2012
    Drinks are DELISH! Service is slooooooooowwwwwww...
  • Ian M.
    Ian McDermidFebruary 17, 2011
    Excellent drinks but the heat was blazing! Anyone over 85lbs was sweating.
  • Anthony L.
    Anthony LaudatoJune 6, 2010
    Dig the Dead Bastard at Painkiller. Go as close to opening time (6pm) as possible to skip the line at the door.
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