Try the Inebriating Elixir at Mystic Water Kava Bar Before It's Banned

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Jess Swanson
Smoke pot, get high. Down booze, get drunk. Drink kava, get rooted.
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.

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."

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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.


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Mystic Water Kava Bar

2037 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL

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Rosemary Kerttula
Rosemary Kerttula

tastes like mud and all it did for me was numb my tongue..i will stick with my vodka

Kat Bein
Kat Bein

Kava tastes like dirt and poopoo.

Jack Licata
Jack Licata

Make tea with dirt. You'll know what it tastes like for free.

Ro-z KeepinitRia Arias
Ro-z KeepinitRia Arias

I love Kava!! I use to go there often but havent been in a while!! I must go back!!

captainofthecheese
captainofthecheese

Relatively new? Nakava in Boca opened twelve years ago. That's like saying that the global war on terrorism is relatively new. Also, why is New Times covering Mystic Water when Nakava is (a.) WAY older, and (b.) the largest importer of kava root in the USA? Boo New Times! Boo Times! #bootimes

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