Taste Test: Find Bliss Without the Buzz

Kava Lounges 

If you are looking for an alternative to the typical bar scene, experience the herbal side of things at a kava bar. Kava is a plant indigenous to the South Pacific region and known for its relaxation and sleep promotion properties. Some studies even suggest it can help with pain reduction and increase the body’s resistance to disease. As an alcohol alternative, kava offers a laid-back effect for those who want to be chill without a buzz. 

As kava grows in popularity, kava bars have begun to pop up, allowing kava drinkers a vibey environment to enjoy a tasty menu and some great conversation. Since the taste of kava on its own may be too earthy for some, kava bars work to curate a delicious range of options, like fruity teas and even boba additions, to please the palate. 

At Mai Kai Kava in Athens, we tried the Hannabliss option—brewed kava with vanilla and strawberry flavors. This was the perfect blend of fruity and creamy, sweetened with honey, and was a delight to drink. The Reese’s Mudslide also caught our attention—if you love chocolate and peanut butter, this is a must-try for a creamy and decadent kava treat!! 

The vibes at Mai Kai were very chill and welcoming, with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. You can enjoy live music, play a round of pool or grab a board game for some competition with friends. The range of events, such as open mic nights and movie nights, adds to the family feel at Mai Kai, where every guest will genuinely feel welcome and at ease from the moment they enter. Be sure to check out their website for more information and event updates!