Shore Leave is an island oasis hidden beneath the streets of the South End, a quiet tropical escape where time seems to slow and responsibilities fade into the background. Serving up Pacific-inspired plates and pouring high-concept tiki creations in a low-lit subterranean jungle, Shore Leave is the perfect place to rum away from your problems for awhile.
The food menu at Shore Leave takes an island-hopping tour of the Pacific Rim. If you’re looking to share Chinese-inspired appetizers and nosh on Hawaiian entrees, you’ve come to the right place. From snacks and cold salads to noodles, steam buns, and large-format entrees for the whole party, there are options here for every kind of occasion from bar-hopping to birthdays. And don’t worry about the time--Shore Leave’s late night menu is served from 11pm until 1am every night of the week.
As with all good tiki joints, Shore Leave has fun with the furniture. From palm fronds to a last-call disco ball, you’ll feel like you’re attending a secret island party beneath the waves. Recessed lighting, deep greens, and flickering torches tip the scales from kitschy toward sexy in the crepuscular clubhouse, but belly up to the long bar that runs the length of the room and you can still get the Hawaiian shirt-clad bartender to pour a porron shot straight into your mouth.
The bar is the star of the show at Shore Leave, and the round drink menu serves as a porthole to another dimension where rum rules over all. You’ll find the requisite Trader Vic classics here, but the real focus is the artful Shore Leave originals, which layer subtle flavors and focus on spirits rather than overly-sweet juices to create elegant and enchanting concoctions that’ll have you coming back for more rather than regretting your decisions the next day. There’s beer and wine if you’re not feeling the tiki vibe, and the extensive rum list will have afficionados going ga-ga over the rare and custom barrel selections from all over the map.
Shore Leave serves dinner nightly and rumor has it that there’s a secret sushi bar somewhere on the premises, but you didn’t read that here.
345 Harrison Avenue