New York Bars Search for Cocktail Paper Straws

Cocktail Paper straws are seemingly more rare and valuable than gold right now in New York.  Plastic straws are being dumped so speedily that eco-friendly replacements have grown hard to come by. Bans are already affecting top New York cocktail spots. One of the city’s splashiest new drinking establishments is The Polynesian.  They boast a wide variety of playful cocktail straws in there drinks. Since the bar’s menu features colorful, ambitious drinks like the rum-infused Exotica Bowl, served in a giant clam shell, the staff faced an unexpected challenge – finding exciting, durable paper straws for cocktails. When they did find straws – they confronted a 3 month wait for order times.  It’s a shame they didn’t hear about OKSTRAW™ and our variety of tri-color print designs sooner!

Another new bar looking for cocktail paper straws and eschewing plastic straws is The 18th Room. This swanky city spot features a sustainable cocktail program; spent citrus rinds, for instance, are later incorporated into shrub drinks. They have also been on the hunt for cocktail paper straws. However they also were met with a 120 day wait time for the eco-friendly alternative to plastics.  These wait times have been seen industry wide; however that hasn’t stopped other restaurants partnering with the cities to ban plastic straws and pursue cocktail paper straws, as seen here.  

One of the relatively early adopters to the plastic straw ban is Porchlight, the Southern-inspired bar in Hudson Yards, from the Union Square Hospitality Group. Director Mark Maynard-Parisi was inspired by Trash Tiki, a no-waste drinks movement that stages pop-ups around the world, mixing cocktails with such products as cordials distilled with discarded watermelon rinds.  This innovated endeavor also integrated cocktail paper straws, but alas, once they looked for a paper straw alternative – they were too expensive or too scarce. All of these highlights a landscape where paper straw inventory is rare at the moment, despite a sustainability effort by bars to ditch plastics and waste. 

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