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At first blush Whole Foods at Ward has plenty to offer

• Updated on  June 13, 2018 at 4:16 pm
Maybe it’s a sign that I’m getting older, but I was pretty excited at first when I heard the new Whole Foods Market Queen planned to open with not one, but two bars on separate levels at Ward Village. Read More

Craft cocktails reflect ‘roots’ theme at Le Radici


• Updated on  June 1, 2018 at 12:33 pm
It’s not often that you can tell your friends to meet you at a car dealership for drinks. Now that Le Radici is open on the second floor of Velocity Honolulu, you can. Read More

Golf course bars offer cocktails with a view

• Updated on  May 9, 2018 at 4:56 pm
You don’t have to be a golfer — or even dress like one — to enjoy a cold drink near the links on Oahu. Read More

New Puck’s Alley sports bar a study in UH spirit

• Updated on  April 11, 2018 at 5:07 pm
After sitting vacant for nearly a year, the bar formerly known as Tropics Tap House has reopened at Puck’s Alley as Study Hall Sports Bar & Grill. Read More

Hawaii brewers find strength in numbers

• Updated on  March 15, 2018 at 12:23 am
Maui Brewing Co. founder Garrett Marrero is one of the more active Hawaii brewmasters on social media. His Facebook and Instagram feeds are filled with adventures inbeer making, a lot of shoes (he’s a kicks guy, too) and travel photos — plus a few cute dog shots for good measure. Read More

Paisley Meadery opens N. King St. storefront

• Updated on  February 14, 2018 at 11:30 pm
Oahu’s craft alcohol industry continues to develop at a steady pace, with breweries and distilleries both in operation islandwide. Now that Brian Paisley has set up shop on North King Street in Chinatown, we can add a meadery to the list as well. Read More

The Brilliant Ox rocks upon rollout at Ala Moana

• Updated on  January 30, 2018 at 7:23 pm
It’s going to be fun to watch which direction the Brilliant Ox charges off in, now that it’s open at Ala Moana Center. Read More

Windward Oahu breweries make it easy to find quality beer

• Updated on  January 9, 2018 at 3:57 pm
Still looking for a new year’s resolution in 2018? I’ve got one for you: Drink more local beer! Read More

Halekulani introduces new Elijah Craig private bottling

• Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 9:14 am
Some of the best gifts are those that come with a story attached. If you want to impress the whiskey geek in your life this Christmas, head to Waikiki for a taste of the Halekulani’s new private-label Elijah Craig bourbon. Read More

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

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