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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • M W.
    M WJuly 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Alyssa K.
    Alyssa KovacsJuly 7, 2013
    If you're there with a group you've got to try the Scorpion Bowl
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kris H.
    Kris HMay 24, 2013
    Awesome place! Coctails are really nice and get you drunk fairly quick :)
  • Ana S.
    Ana SallesJuly 24, 2011
    Excellent and creative cocktail drinks. The place reminds a tropical beach bar. Loved it! Read more
  • 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..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jenna W.
    Jenna Wortham December 16, 2010
    cant go wrong here. tight tunes + killer drinks + awesome vibe = a permanent spot in my rotation.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!!
  • Akshay P.
    Akshay PatilMarch 24, 2011
    The Chicago Fizz is excellent, but the Pina Colada is perfect.
  • Noah S.
    Noah SingerSeptember 7, 2011
    don't be fooled by the tiki arrangements, the drinks are top notch.
  • Vinod S.
    Vinod SureshJune 15, 2010
    Have the namesake drink, the "painkiller," for some frozen, tropical goodness. Excellent cocktails here.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 26, 2011
    tiki drinks, tropical vibe, crazy drinks with the nostalgic umbrella garnish :)
  • Brittany
    BrittanyDecember 5, 2011
    Strong ass drinks. Pinda coladas and flaming drinks are delish.
  • Frank B.
    Frank BurgJuly 21, 2013
    Great place fun time good people
  • Scott S.
    Scott SparksAugust 14, 2011
    Ms. Bartender is a badass. Order the 'bartender's special' w/ a few details about your prefe.
  • Ian M.
    Ian McDermidFebruary 17, 2011
    Excellent drinks but the heat was blazing! Anyone over 85lbs was sweating.
  • Brian R.
    Brian RNovember 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bar in NYC! Let the bartender choose your drink.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CJ S.
    CJ StrykerOctober 17, 2010
    The frozen drinks are awesome. The Strawberry Pineapple Frozen drink...TRY IT!
  • Alex R.
    Alex RihaJuly 18, 2012
    Drinks are DELISH! Service is slooooooooowwwwwww...
  • Rob C.
    Rob ChristensenJanuary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You have to request they play the Regulators!
  • Jarod A.
    Jarod ArellanesMay 24, 2012
    They play ska here. This place rules just for that alone.
  • Larry M.
    Larry MakDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Strawberry banana pina colada.
  • Laura S.
    Laura ShunkJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Missionary's Downfall. Bar beats the back room.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BiddleSeptember 11, 2012
    It's dark and you'll be drunk and you can laugh about the drinks together.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SparksAugust 14, 2011
    Jamaican Divorce. Lethal, but delicious.
  • Daniel D.
    Daniel DevlinJune 21, 2010
    Try "The Zombie" - regardless of how scared you are of it.
  • Isabella S.
    Isabella SerraniMay 26, 2013
    I love the piña colada
  • Camille F.
    Camille FournierJune 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Missionary's downfall or kilauea (strawberries anise rum frozen with fiery top) totally delicious
  • Kate B.
    Kate BurgessSeptember 15, 2011
    Come on Wednesday to see Andy behind the bar.
  • Roger E.
    Roger EOctober 9, 2011
    Best place for a hangover.
  • Mike M.
    Mike MattesJuly 13, 2013
    Why the f*ck is this bar closing. This might be the most fun thing since forgetting condoms. .
  • Chase T.
    Chase TurnerMarch 11, 2011
    Skip it. The concept is good but the execution is way off. Why are drinks $14 in what looks like a dive bar? They're also really weak and all ice.
  • Robert K.
    Robert KesslerAugust 3, 2012
    The official filter for this bar is Sutro.
    CityTop20.comDecember 5, 2010
    The drink by the same name is the #$%**%
  • Brandon A.
    Brandon ArbiterNovember 26, 2011
    Try El Guapo with Siracha!
  • Harkirat S.
    Harkirat SinghMay 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get Inglorious Basterds. There's no other way to do it.
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SmithOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Just ask Kigan to get you drunk.
  • j d.
    j dlvOctober 13, 2010
    The flights will never steer you wrong!
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.February 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Zombie Punch is dangerous - ENJOY!
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SmithNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't date the bartenders.
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuMay 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Cradle of Life and it'll come on fire.
  • Eileen
    EileenSeptember 12, 2010
    so narrow, it gets ridiculously crowded.
  • Becky M.
    Becky MorrowJune 17, 2011
    Great drinks, slow service.
  • My Damn Channel
    My Damn ChannelAugust 24, 2011
    If you have to work in the morning, do not order the zombie.
  • Kate L.
    Kate LarsenJune 22, 2010
    Zombie will make you deathface. Do it.
  • Ajay K.
    Ajay KulkarniAugust 21, 2010
    The true successor to Waikiki wallys
  • Mark C.
    Mark CáceresOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They denied me a second zombie : \
  • roodie 4.
    roodie 4sqJune 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask enzo for the hicupp cure
  • Mary C.
    Mary ChanFebruary 1, 2014
    It's closed!!
  • Bill, the Butcher
    Bill, the ButcherJune 9, 2011
    Boycott Pusser's Rum Read more
  • Adam B.
    Adam BFebruary 18, 2011
    Expensive drinks. That would be ok if they were good and the servers were nice. Sadly, neither is true.
  • Ave
    AveJuly 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Give danny love!
  • Davey D.
    Davey DJune 2, 2010
    These dranks for kids!
  • Nicole G.
    Nicole G.November 13, 2010
    Overhyped and underwhelming.
  • Adam K.
    Adam KMay 31, 2011
    Crap place, crap drinks, crap service
  • Phil S.
    Phil SMarch 20, 2011
    This place sucks more than any place has ever sucked
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