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Smoked cocktails an elevated experience at Honolulu bars

Updated on  November 7, 2017 at 4:38 pm
Using wood from kiawe to cherry, and even oak staves from used whiskey barrels, more local bartenders have started to follow the trend of adding smoke to their drinks. Read More

Coup de Sade bottles light up, call for saber action

Updated on  November 28, 2017 at 9:31 pm
What’s going to make Coup de Sade bottles turn heads isn’t what’s inside. Flip a hidden switch and the entire label lights up. And Coupe de Sade comes ready to open with an included saber in less than 30 seconds — and then pour champagne safely without worrying about shards from the bottle ending up in your glass. Read More

Tropics re-brands, reopens in Kakaako

Updated on  October 16, 2017 at 4:39 pm
After four years at Puck’s Alley, Tropics Tap House reopens this week on Queen Street with a new name and updated concept. Read More

Distillery crafts tropical spirits in Kalihi

Updated on  September 14, 2017 at 3:21 pm
Kapalama Shopping Center doesn’t seem like the place to find Oahu’s newest distillery, but that’s where you’ll find Royal Hawaii Spirits. Read More

Kapolei Commons triples fun with cocktail options

Updated on  August 29, 2017 at 9:41 pm
Leeward Oahu residents are pretty lucky to have a solid trifecta of drinking options available at Kapolei Commons. Read More

Venture to Kailua for latest in local craft beer

Updated on  August 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm
As Oahu’s craft beer scene continues to mature, some of the more exciting developments are happening outside metro Honolulu. Read More

‘Boozy slushies’ provide cool summer refreshment

Updated on  July 18, 2017 at 5:07 pm
There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than with a frozen cocktail. Read More

Modern-day speakeasies emerge from an illicit past

Updated on  June 15, 2017 at 8:13 pm
As the 100th anniversary of Prohibition approaches, the speakeasy concept has enjoyed a resurgence across the country. Read More

A mighty Mule provides cocktail win

Updated on  May 30, 2017 at 4:26 pm
I’ve attended my fair share of cocktail competitions. Usually it’s the same cast of characters who sign up, but I was pleasantly surprised to walk into Sky Waikiki’s Master of the Mule contest and recognize only a couple of participants. Read More

Several local bars boost traditional Bloody Mary

Updated on  May 9, 2017 at 5:59 pm
When it comes to drinks made with red veggies, I’ll go with the good old Bloody Mary. Read More

Cocktail arts distilled in reference books

Updated on  April 12, 2017 at 9:27 am
Spending time with books that cover alcohol is just like visiting a quality bar; you’ll be sufficiently entertained and will probably learn something new in the process. Read More

A wave of innovation hits Waikiki bars

Updated on  March 28, 2017 at 9:46 pm
The next time someone tries to tell you it’s impossible to find a quality drink in Waikiki, go ahead and laugh. Read More

Storytelling helps bartenders connect with customers

Updated on  March 7, 2017 at 5:19 pm
Bevy owner Christian Self carries the torch for mixology at the corner of Auahi and Keawe streets, where there’s a story for nearly every drink on the menu. Read More

Growler USA Honolulu uses tech to attract beer lovers

Updated on  January 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm
One of my favorite phone apps is TapHunter, which keeps me updated with the draft options at some of Honolulu’s top craft beer bars. Read More

Drink scene looks to local ingredients, craft beer

Continued emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and a growing interest in everything craft will dominate in 2017, according to an informal survey of local liquor industry professionals. Read More

Waikiki bars high above fray make fine New Year’s destinations

Updated on  December 29, 2016 at 10:25 am
Top of Waikiki and Sky Waikiki offer two New Year’s Eve options high above Kalakaua Avenue this weekend. Read More

Last minute holiday ‘cheers!’ still available

Updated on  December 23, 2016 at 5:17 pm
Liquor is a great gift idea for those of legal drinking age — and there are plenty of last-minute goodies available, even on Christmas Eve. Read More

Signature drinks at 100 Sails highlight local flavors

Updated on  December 18, 2016 at 12:06 am
As the Hawaii Prince Hotel continues its $55 million remodel — due to be finished next spring — one of the property’s primary dining destinations has already reopened with a newname and upgraded look. Read More

Morton’s renovates look, retains signature cocktails

Updated on  December 11, 2016 at 3:04 pm
Morton’s The Steakhouse has updated its look at Ala Moana Center, yet the signature cocktails are as delicious as ever. Read More

Sierra Nevada partners with Honolulu bars for tap takeover

Updated on  December 1, 2016 at 7:11 pm
Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. partnered with REAL a gastropub and Brew’d Craft Pub to pour 47 different beers among 54 taps at the two bars Nov. 15. Read More

Female bartenders show off mixology skills

Updated on  November 18, 2016 at 3:29 pm
Eight bartenders took part in the second annual Women & Whiskey cocktail showcase at Bevy Bar in Kakaako last week. Read More

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