With their tropical-flavored drinks and beach-party vibe, tiki bars give the stressed-out an island getaway where they can forget about their outstanding arrest warrant for filling the Grand Canyon with marbles. Put yourself behind at least one bar with todays Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican fare, burgers, seafood, and drinks at . in Mandeville.
Once barefoot castaways find a table amid The Beach Houses bamboo wall coverings, tiki statues, and paper lanterns, they can savor a Mexico-inflected menu while nodding emphatically to live music from local singers and songwriters, blues groups, and country artists. Silence your stomach's snarls and endless complaints about the declining quality of The Simpsons with The Beach House queso dip ($6.95) and the southern-fried pickles ($4.95) before deep-sea diving into a steaming ocean of fried shrimp and spinach salad ($8.95), the grouper po' boy ($10.95), or the favorite among The Beach House's regulars, the fish tacos ($10.95). Landlubbers who prefer turf to surf can instead sharpen their incisors on a charbroiled burger ($7.95) or lime and jalapeno chicken ($9.95). A dessert of banana chocolate-chip bread pudding drenched in rum sauce ($5.95) caps the meal with a spectacular finish, much like watching an Olympic diver explode into confetti upon hitting the water.
The Beach House's massive lineup of specialty tropical cocktails, wine, and cold beer also make it a hotspot once the tiki torches start to flickerespecially when adventurer owners Kelly Super and Dave Dillen share their astonishing life stories. Explore the fresh-muddled strawberries and mint in the Shangri La Lemonade ($6) as Kelly regales you with tales from his stint as galley chef to a band of Mexican pirates off the coast of Cozumel. Likewise, a Caribbean Rain Water (32 oz. of rum punch served in a bucket; $5) will give Dave enough time to tell you about his career herding sheep in Nepal. The bar's many margaritas and martinis can also liven up an awkward reunion with the ex who dumped you right before grabbing the plane's last parachute.
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