Try the Inebriating Elixir at Mystic Water Kava Bar Before It's Banned
Intricately intertwined in the folklore of the South Pacific, islanders from this remote pocket of the globe would drink this intoxicating pepper root, kava, for its relaxing, blissful properties. It took almost 3,000 years for this potent plant to reach our shores. But now that it's here at the Mystic Water Kava Bar in Hollywood, it might not be here to stay.
Jess Swanson Smoke pot, get high. Down booze, get drunk. Drink kava, get rooted.
It's already banned in Poland. And Portugal.
Like a scene from Avatar with the overarching tree branches and kaleidoscopic murals, Mystic Kava Water Bar is a watering hole for the barefoot and dreadlocked. The driest bar in the neighborhood (there's not a drop of alcohol here), the drug of choice is kava. But owner Avigodor Weber fears the alcohol and pharmaceutical lobbies will have their way and get the sacred root banned.
"Alcohol lobbies against kava. Big pharma lobbies against kava. They smear the name of kava!" Weber says with animated hand motions. "They say kava will cause liver complications, [but] it's been proven that kava doesn't fuck with your liver. It's just a stigma. I have people show up [to the bar], they've had five martinis at the Mexican place next door, and they say, 'I hear kava is bad for your liver.' It's an education thing."
Jess Swanson Fijian for cheers, Owner Avigdor Weber raises his shell of kava, bula!
In the past decade, this wonder plant first appeared in Hawaii and then slowly spread to the West Coast and eventually to the Sunshine State. A relatively new phenomenon, the effects of the root are not fully understood, and so, for the most part, kava goes unregulated: There's nothing on the books linking it to DUIs, there is no age restriction, and you can even buy it at Whole Foods.