PKNY (Painkiller)

(Now Closed)
Cocktail Bar · Lower East Side
49 Essex St (at Grand St), New York, NY 10002, United States
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    The Corcoran Group
    "perfect drink or just try the Jet Pilot and the Zombie Punch."(2 Tips)
    Harkirat S.
    "Get Inglorious Basterds."(2 Tips)
    Akshay P.
    "The Chicago Fizz is excellent, but the Pina Colada is perfect."(4 Tips)
    Beau H.
    "Queen's Park Swizzle is a killer, delicious, boozy cocktail."(2 Tips)
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  • Mary C.

    It's closed!!

    Mary Chan · February 1, 2014
  • Anthony S.

    Don't date the bartenders.

    Anthony Smith · November 19, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • Alyssa K.

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

    Alyssa Kovacs · July 7, 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
  • 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
  • Kris H.

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

    Kris H · May 24, 2013
  • 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
  • Larry M.

    Strawberry banana pina colada.

    Larry Mak · December 5, 2012
  • 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
  • Anthony S.

    Just ask Kigan to get you drunk.

    Anthony Smith · October 15, 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
  • Robert K.

    The official filter for this bar is Sutro.

    Robert Kessler · August 3, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jarod A.

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

    Jarod Arellanes · May 24, 2012
  • Party Earth

    “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

    Party Earth · April 16, 2012
  • Laura C.

    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

    Laura Chin · March 25, 2012
  • Mike L.

    Epic. Drinks are no joke. Great island themed cocktails in a little hidden basement bar. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more

    Mike Lewis · February 6, 2012
  • Laura S.

    Missionary's Downfall. Bar beats the back room.

    Laura Shunk · January 24, 2012
  • Serge M.

    The zombie is the signature drink. Don't get more tha one.

    Serge Morrell · January 21, 2012
  • Rob C.

    You have to request they play the Regulators!

    Rob Christensen · January 3, 2012
  • Brittany

    Strong ass drinks. Pinda coladas and flaming drinks are delish.

    Brittany · December 5, 2011
  • @JaumePrimero

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

    @JaumePrimero · November 26, 2011
  • Brandon A.

    Try El Guapo with Siracha!

    Brandon Arbiter · November 26, 2011
  • amNewYork

    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.

    amNewYork · October 24, 2011
  • Jonathan R.

    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.

    Jonathan Ragan-Kelley · October 17, 2011
  • Cynthia L.

    You can't go wrong ordering from the menu but letting the bartender mix you something original will blow your mind.

    Cynthia Loo · October 16, 2011
  • Roger E.

    Best place for a hangover.

    Roger E · October 9, 2011
  • sarah l.

    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

    sarah lipman · October 5, 2011
  • Mark C.

    They denied me a second zombie : \

    Mark Cáceres · October 1, 2011
  • Julia K.

    Missionary's downfall is the best (Inglorious Bastard is only if your pet just died...otherwise you don't need that much pain killing).

    Julia K · September 28, 2011
  • Kate B.

    Come on Wednesday to see Andy behind the bar.

    Kate Burgess · September 15, 2011
  • Noah S.

    don't be fooled by the tiki arrangements, the drinks are top notch.

    Noah Singer · September 7, 2011
  • My Damn Channel

    If you have to work in the morning, do not order the zombie.

    My Damn Channel · August 24, 2011
  • Scott S.

    Jamaican Divorce. Lethal, but delicious.

    Scott Sparks · August 14, 2011
  • Scott S.

    Ms. Bartender is a badass. Order the 'bartender's special' w/ a few details about your prefe.

    Scott Sparks · August 14, 2011
  • 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
  • Ana S.

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

    Ana Salles · July 24, 2011
  • Beau H.

    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.

    Beau Haugh · June 27, 2011
  • Becky S.

    Great drinks, slow service.

    Becky Soto · June 17, 2011

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