Aside from the bottle-shaped door, the Buddha Lounge doesn’t really have any gimmicks and that’s exactly why we love this Chinatown dive. Inside, this place looks like someone really wanted to build a tiki bar in their garage, and then locked it away from society for 50 years to just start letting people in when you showed up. They have things like Mai Tais here, but you’re really coming to Buddha Lounge for things that require a bar key to open or have the word “and” in the drink title.
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