Honolulu is rocking a serious beer game these days. In the past five years, our city has undergone a veritable beer transformation: once dominated by green bottles, we can now boast one of the most exciting beer scenes in the country. Five local craft breweries have opened on Oahu in the past two years alone, brewing exciting beers filled with local ingredients like guava, poha berries, pomelo, and Hawaiian chocolate. Add to that the hundred-plus breweries that have gained distribution to the state in the last 18 months, and Honolulu is seriously buzzing about beer. Plus, since the city’s pretty small, you’re never far from a great bar -- now with an amazing lineup of tasty beers.
Kakaako/Ward Village This gastropub was among the first to kick-start the good beer revolution in Honolulu. Offering 36 taps and a constantly rotating selection of beer from all over the world, you can find rare gems here -- some that are hard to find even on the mainland. This is one of the few bars in the entire Pacific to regularly get Cantillon bottles and draught.
Downtown Burgers and really good beer: do you really need anything else? OK, it also has a great whiskey list and TVs for watching all your favorite sports. This place gets packed during lunch, so take advantage of the after-lunch slowdown to stop in for a pint or two. The gigantic communal table is great for getting together with a group of friends.
Downtown This Irish bar is a local institution, and while it serves more than just Guinness, it’s worth going here for a perfect pint of the black stuff, too. You’ll always find something locally brewed on tap, including recent one-off releases from Waikiki Brewing Company. Opt for the bar area so you can chat with some of the friendliest bartenders around -- and have the chance to play some shuffleboard.
Makiki Some of the best modern pub food on the island can be found at this bar, which also comes fully loaded with great beer and super-high-quality cocktails. Look out for rare beer releases and mystery taps: it never reveals what the mystery tap is before you order, but don’t worry -- the beer is always top-notch.
Downtown The best pizza in Honolulu, plus great beers from breweries like Sierra Nevada, Deschutes, and Lagunitas, means this place is basically heaven on earth. A comfy, East Coast-style bar, the walls are lined with sports memorabilia, making this one of the most laid-back bars in town.
Kaimuki This small -- and often crowded -- pub is a favorite for local beer enthusiasts. The coolers are loaded with hard-to-find bottles, while the 20+ drafts rotate almost daily. Don’t miss the beer-braised brisket poutine, which will do nothing less than soothe your soul.
Kahala OK, this isn’t exactly a local business. But Whole Foods Market at Kahala Mall recently opened this beer-centric bar, thus stepping up its beer game significantly. It’s worth ordering a flight of beers just to have it delivered on a mini skateboard. Why not?
Kailua We know: another bar at another Whole Foods Market. But it has 24 taps pouring great beer -- often heavy with local favorites from Maui Brewing Company and Lanikai Brewing Company -- as well as food and beer specials. It’s kind of perfect for doing a little shopping and then hanging out at the bar after. Plus, slippers are totally acceptable.
Barbers Point OK, so you have to either be in the military, or know someone who is, to get onto the US Coast Guard base. But we swear, it’s so worth it. An amazing beer selection in both draft and bottles, Hideaway Club also has an expansive outdoor patio where you can enjoy the sea breezes and a sand volleyball court. This place is totally a hidden gem -- if you can get there.
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Karaoke is kind of a big deal in Hawaii, so it makes sense that Honolulu is home to such a large number and wide variety of karaoke bars. We've rounded up the best in town, so you can choose based on your favorite kind of music, as well as your social -- and financial -- situation. So whether you're practically a high-rolling, honey-voiced reincarnation of David Bowie, or you're someone who needs to take a BYOB shot or three before trying to flex your somewhat tone-deaf shower-singing skills, one of these karaoke joints is going to be the right fit for you.
From Los Angeles to San Diego: Every Pit Stop You Need To Make Along The Way
With zero humidity and palm trees in the rearview mirror, cruising down the Pacific coast to San Diego from Los Angeles is summer. Of course, LA traffic can make it less cruiseworthy and more bumper-to-bumper. But with authentic taquerias, whale watching, and iconic surf breaks, there’s a quintessential SoCal pit stop just about every mile of the ride to distract you. Here’s seven summer getaways you can easily hit on the way to San Diego -- just don’t forget the sunscreen and a swimsuit.
Some days, a cool, refreshing cocktail is the only thing to cure what ails you... we’ve all been there. Whether you’re ending a long week, celebrating a special occasion, or are simply looking for a fantastic boozy beverage (bonus points if it comes with a cool name), here are our favorite cocktail bars in Honolulu. Our selections represent a range of mixology backgrounds and disciplines, from classic cocktails to rum-based Tiki drinks to high-end blends involving candied ginger foam (yes, really).