Best Of 2018

Best Excuse to Dance with a Pineapple: Tiki Night at Japp's

Best Excuse to Dance with a Pineapple
click to enlarge LINDSAY MCCARTY
Lindsay McCarty

What is it about drinks in pineapples that make people want to dance? Here’s a hint: it’s the rum. In the case of Tiki Night at Japp’s, music could also have something to do with it as well, as the event draws loyal patrons monthly with its deft mix of ’80s New Wave/Punk Rock and surf-ready drink staples. Jeremy Harrison, bartender, musician and one of Tiki Night’s founders, spins dance jams throughout the night to keep the fun vibe alive and proves that serving traditional Tiki beverages doesn’t mean the rest of the presentation has to follow all the rules. Head down the first Wednesday of every month, knock a few back and hit the dance floor, but be careful — pineapple spines are deceptively sharp. Japp’s Since 1879, 1136 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, wellmannsbrands.com/japps1879.