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21 Honolulu Bars Open on Christmas Day

Summer Nakaishi Published On 12/21/2015 Published On 12/21/2015
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Whether you’re visiting the island and forgoing your white Christmas for a tropical retreat or looking for an escape from your aunt’s “famous” eggnog recipe, you can find temporary liquid fulfillment at any of these local bars open on Christmas Day. And tip generously… though you’ll assuredly want to after getting a drink exponentially better than Aunt Edna’s piteous excuse for that ‘nog...

Doraku Kakaako

Doraku

Kaka'ako
Forget the Christmas ham. Have some holiday sushi and lychee cocktails instead.

Café Duck Butt

Kaka'ako
All you wanted for Christmas was to toss back a few glasses of fruit-flavored soju? And belt out your best rendition of whatever you normally sing in the shower in front of friends and strangers? You do you.

Underdogs Sports Bar & Grill

Kalihi
Wings on Christmas! Add a craft brew on draft for optimal holiday happiness.

Side Street Inn

Side Street Inn

Ala Moana
Instead of gifting your dad another tie he’ll never wear, try a cold Kona Longboard Lager and a platter of pulehu steak for Christmas. You might even be promoted to favorite child.

Thank Q Pocha

Ala Moana
This Korean tapas bar's spicy pork plate and cocktails topped with a giant pink puff of cotton candy scream summertime over Christmas, but who says summer solstice in December isn't a fine trade (and only possible in a place like Hawaii).

Morton’s, The Steakhouse

Ala Moana
Give yourself the gift you really wanted: vodka martinis with blue cheese-stuffed olives and four medium-rare petite filet mignon sandwiches that you can have all to yourself.

Chart House Waikiki

Chart House Waikiki

Waikiki
Watch the sunset over the sailboat-filled harbor at this beach bar and relish the fact that you are in Hawaii on Christmas and so many others are not.

Irish Rose Saloon

Waikiki
Open every day of the year, this whiskey bar is on call for your holiday drinking needs, from sunrise until the wee hours of the morning.

The Hideaway Bar  

Waikiki
This truly difficult-to-find dive bar is open for day drinking, from at 6am all the way until 2pm. Take those hours as you will.

The Modern Honolulu

The Study Lounge

Waikiki
Sink into a plush white sofa and sip crafted cocktails at this upscale hotel lounge.

Tiki’s Grill & Bar

Waikiki
Take in a view of the Pacific as you sip a mango mojito, and be thankful for a Christmas that is green and bright.

Café Anasia

Moiliili
Wanted to watch Steph Curry take on LeBron James instead of another year's viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life? Leave the story of George Bailey to someone else and take in this championship rematch with a pitcher of something filled with barley and hops.

RumFire

RumFire  

Waikiki
Swap the tackily dressed evergreen tree for tall palm trees, rum-flavored cocktails, beachside breezes, and Tiki torches at this modern lounge.  

LuLu’s Waikiki

Waikiki
Clink a couple glasses of Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale and golden tequila margaritas while overlooking Queens Beach.

Harbor Pub & Pizza

Waikiki
With happy hour specials from 4-7pm daily, cheap drinks at this basement-level dive near the boat harbor are made even better with crispy-crusted pizza.

MAC 24/7

MAC 24/7

Waikiki
This 24-hour restaurant and bar proclaims to keep its doors open unless it snows, so thank the island for its favorable meteorology. That means its enormous flaming MAC-cano eruption cocktail and pancakes bigger than your head are all yours, all day long.

The Barefoot Bar  

Waikiki
If you’re looking for a laid-back, oceanside bar, this is your spot. Throw back a cocktail or beer, then head to the beach and try your hand at a sand angel.

Moose’s Pub & Café

Waikiki
Diner by day and night, and nightclub later in the night, this all-in-one bar has a daily happy hour, including Christmas Day.

Lewers Lounge

Lewers Lounge

Waikiki
Come for the absinthe, but stay for its nightly live jazz music. With its dim mood lighting and dark wood paneling, this upscale lounge is perfect for a Christmas table for two.

Mai Tai Bar

Waikiki
Tucked in Waikiki’s pink hotel, this oceanfront bar will meet your fruity-drink, umbrella-garnished needs. The views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach are an added bonus.

Genius Lounge

Waikiki
Swap out your glass of milk and sugar cookies for a bottle of sake and Japanese-inspired dishes -- it’s probably, maybe what Santa would’ve wanted, too.

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Summer Nakaishi is a freelance writer, who used to wish for a “cold” 70-degree Christmas day.

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1. Doraku 1009 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814 (Kakaako)

Making waves in Honolulu via Miami Beach, Doraku offers traditional izakaya with an eye towards inventive, fresh flavor combinations. The colorful, playful plates like grilled hamachi cheeks are so pretty you won't bear to eat them... but when you do, you'll be glad you did.

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2. Cafe Duck Butt 901 Kawaiahao St, Honolulu, HI 96814 (Kakaako)

Cafe Duck Butt is guaranteed to make you crack a smile, name alone. You'll keep grinning while you sip on watermelon soju (that's right, soju that's INSIDE a watermelon), nom on mochiko chicken tacos, and have an all around good time at this bar that turns lively as the lights get low.

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3. Underdogs Sports Bar And Grill 508 Waiakamilo Rd, Honolulu, HI 96817 (Kalihi)

Underdogs is worth rooting for-- this otherwise run of the mill neighborhood sports bar is making a name for itself creating some of the most interesting things we've seen coming out of a bar kitchen in a loooong time. Picture this: Fresh ahi poke, spiced with red curry aioli and studded with crispy shallots; jalapeno poppers, this ain't.

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4. Side Street Inn 1225 Hopaka St, Honolulu, HI 96814 (Ala Moana)

Before Anthony Bourdain stopped by in 2009, before Chef Colin Nishida’s face was on Rogue’s Side Street Inn Ale, this was just a local bar with sweet local food -- and when you get down to it, it still is. Side Street Inn has some of the best fried rice in the 808, and lucky for you this is a family-style kind of place so you can order a huge platter of the stuff and no one will judge you for it.

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5. Thank Q Pocha 1411 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814 (Ala Moana)

With a bounty of kitschy cocktails and authentic Korean fare, Thank Q Pocha is Ala Moana’s Korean equivalent of the trendy Japanese Izakaya (tavern). If you’re looking for something to wash down the sweet, fluffy pork buns, hot stir-frys like spicy fish-cake Toppoki, tender squid ramen, or Kimchi Fried Rice (made with spam, of course), Thank Q serves local Kona Brewing Company, a good number of Asian import beers, as well as specialty and Korean Soju cocktails. Playing with food, or rather alcohol, isn’t frowned upon here where the Shark Attack daiquiri is garnished with a plastic shark filled with strawberry puree, lemon drops are topped with a cloud of cotton candy, and the Apple Soju is served in actual apples. Pro tip: order the garlic fried chicken.

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6. Morton's The Steakhouse 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814 (Ala Moana)

Morton's is top of the pops in terms of class; picture elegant lighting, crisp white tablecloths, and perfectly cooked New York strip.

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7. Chart House Waikiki 1765 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)

Relaxing and romantic, this oasis on Ala Wai Boat Harbor might as well be miles away from the hustle bustle of downtown Honolulu. Friendly service and fresh speciality seafood will get you to your ideal island state of mind.

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8. Irish Rose Saloon 478 Ena Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)

No one would ever confused Honolulu for Dublin, except for at this neighborhood pub in Waikiki. With their own "Whiskey of the Month Club," the Irish Rose certainly doesn't mess around.

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9. The Hideaway Bar 1913 Dudoit Ln, Honolulu, HI 96815

A dive through and through, this cash-only bars is open 6am to 2am and boasts daily "power hours," when well drinks are just $2.

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10. The Study 1775 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)

By day, an unassuming library; by night, a slyly sophisticated hotspot. That's the Study for you in a nutshell. Located in the swanky Modern Hotel, The Study serves top notch cocktails and spirits come 5pm when the bookshelves in the hotel lobby rotate to reveal a fully functional bar.

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11. Tiki's Grill & Bar 2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)

Inside the posh Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, you'll find the lively Tiki's Bar and Grill, which serves up fresh surf 'n turf seaside. Get your pina colada on while you munch on an ahi tartare Tiki Stack and feel the island vibes.

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12. Cafe Anasia 2227 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96826

This dive and Vietnamese combo offers traditional bar bites -- nachos, burgers, and chicken wings -- alongside Asian-inspired pork chops and pho. In addition, Anasia's also offers darts, pool, and arcade games.

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13. RumFire 2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)

RumFire, the idyllic beachside lounge at The Sheraton, has a long list of rum cocktails and shareable, global street food-inspired small plates. You can laze in a cabana, listen to live music, watch the sunset over Waikiki Beach, and sip on a Mai Tai, but arguably the best thing to do is indulge in Kung Pao Brussel Sprouts, mahi tacos, fried Korean wings, or Tatas (truffle fries). If you can’t pick from the huge drink menu, they provide pairing suggestions with all of their food.

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14. Lulu's Waikiki 2586 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)

This beachside bar and restaurant's signature cocktails are worth writing home about-- the house lemonade made with pineapple infused vodka will make your vacation lounging even more easy breezy than you were anticipating. The view doesn't hurt either.

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15. Harbor Pub & Pizza 1765 Ala Moana Blvd, # 1, Honolulu, HI 96815-1435 (Waikiki)

Not all Hawaiian pizza involves pineapples. This family owned spot proudly serves New York style pies in a relaxed, comfortable setting by Ala Wai Harbor. If you've missed pepperoni while hanging out in the 50th state, then be sure to hit up Harbor Pub & Pizza.

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16. Mac 24/7 2500 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)

Get your grub on any time of the day at this modern diner and drinks spot located in the Hilton Waikiki Beach. The Mac refers not to cheese, but to the house's signature "Mac Daddy Pancakes" and ensuing Pancake Challenge-- eat three 14 inchers in 90 minutes and you'll forever live in Mac 24/7 infamy. For those seeking options outside of breakfast, peep the lunch and dinner menu for island inspired seafood dishes.

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17. Barefoot Bar 193 Paoa Pl, Honolulu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)

At the Hale Koa Hotel's Barefoot Bar, no shirt, no shoes, no service does not apply. A choice locale to kick back and relax, the bar offers delicious fruity drinks and crave-worthy poolside eats, perfect for munching and sipping while you dip your toes in the sand.

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18. Moose's Pub & Cafe Waikiki 310 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)

Home of the best happy hour on the island, Moose McGillycuddy's $3 speciality drinks certainly pack a punch. While you may not be on Long Island, the house iced tea puts the New York standard to shame. Sweet and sour in all the right ways, it'll turn your pre-gaming up to 11.

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19. Lewers Lounge 2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815-1936 (Waikiki)

This eponymous lounge at the corner of Kalia Road and Lewers Street is one of the classiest joints island wide. With nightly jazz engagements, you can sip craft cocktails while listening to the smooth sounds of local and internationally renowned musicians.

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20. Mai Tai Bar 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814 (Ala Moana)

This open air drinks spot located by the Ala Moana Mall is a great place to kick back your heels after a long day of window shopping and sip a house Mai Tai. By night, the spot turns into a raging club with bottle service and live electronic music.

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21. Genius Lounge and Sake Bar 346 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815

There's a new "Genius Bar" in town courtesy of this Wakiki sake lounge and grill. Sip shochu on the patio and nom on Japanese inspired snacks and sides, like yuzu fried chicken.

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