While the Tonga Room is a great option for out-of-towners who want a tropical drink, Pagan Idol is ideal for locals. The bar is split into three rooms (which pull you deeper into the tiki theme the further back you go). It gets busy, but it's still an excellent choice for a birthday or other group outing.
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