Otto's Shrunken Head

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538 East 14th Street
New York, NY
Opened in 2002
Daily 2pm-4am
(212) 228-2240

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Otto's Shrunken Head

6.5

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Decor 6.7
Drink Quality 6
Drink Selection 6.6
Mood 6.7
Music 5.6
Service 7.3
Tikiness 6.4
Tilt 6.5
Vibe 6.5

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Humuhumu’s description

Otto's Shrunken Head is a tiki-meets-punk bar on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Live music acts play regularly in the back room. The music styles range from rock to metal to exotica, and it's often loud. The front entry of the bar has cases filled with tiki mugs and knick-knacks. Over the bar is a row of pufferfish lamps. There are carvings by Wayne Coombs and Crazy Al. Drinks are served in mugs that are available for sale, including a custom shrunken head mug.
In late 2010 a fire damaged the back room of Otto's, but repairs were able to be made swiftly.

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February 24, 2020, 3:14 PM
I had hear a lot about this place, so I was quite shocked when I first arrived and punk music was blasting. I planned on getting a zombie and leaving. The bartender was actually very attentive to our group and kept the drinks flowing. Her temperament was not necessarily "nice" but fitting with the vibe of the place (not rude, but abrasive, like Dick's Last Resort). What kept me there and has brought me back was the quality of their drinks. I tried quite a few of them and they were all very good. The drinks had all of the spices and juices that you expect. I would say check the place out, but don't expect it to be the same vibe as a Trader Vic's
November 8, 2019, 9:57 AM
Agree with other comments that this place is not "pure" tiki and that the punk-meets-tiki description is accurate, but I actually really like that. In my opinion, tiki was always a mish-mash of influences and cultures, so I appreciate it when people play around with it. With Otto's they really play off the campy and counter-cultural elements of tiki and blend it with those same elements of punk, rockabilly, goth, etc. Plus I have increasingly become more and more punk as I age and so this is perfect for me. I've never had a bad night here and will go back ever time I go to NYC. Goth night is a good time, just FYI.
Phischy
Phischy has visited Otto's Shrunken Head.
July 14, 2019, 3:20 PM
Can't rate them as I arrived at opening and the bartender was just getting set up. Was served promptly and she was very chatty and pleasant. I'd def return.
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