Lynn Calvo

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Lynn Calvo

Lynn Calvo

How’s this for some serious drink-mixing pedigree? “I’ve been bartending in Montauk since I was 18, you name the place I’ve worked there,” says Lynn Calvo, the owner of the tiki bar—Lynn’s Hula Hut—located in the Montauk Marine Basin. Although Calvo isn’t big on divulging her exact age, she admits that when she first got into the mixology business “there were only two types of vodka.” 

The Massapequa native (and daughter of a lobsterman) who has spent every summer of her life in Montauk, first made a name for herself with a four-wheel party mobile emblazoned with the catchphrase “Have Tiki Will Travel.” She’d drive to various East End homes and turn an otherwise staid shindig into a Polynesian blow-out, thanks to her signature cocktails. Then, after spending two and one half years navigating the East Hampton Town permit process, she found a permanent home for the Hula Hut in 2013. 

“There’s never a bad night here,” says Calvo of her bar. “I don’t know if it’s the drinks, the music, the palm trees, the hammock or the big Buddha, but everyone’s always happy.” 

Next up for Calvo? A book with recipes for almost all of her modern tiki cocktails, due out in April 2016, also named Have Tiki Will Travel. “I’m including over 80 recipes except for my Hula Juice” says Calvo. “That one I plan on bottling.”