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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bartender Brandon Farrell at Restaurant 604 adding hot sauce to a Bloody Mary. At right, the drink stands out against the bar’s nautical view.

Several local bars boost traditional Bloody Mary

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bartender Brandon Farrell at Restaurant 604 adding hot sauce to a Bloody Mary. At right, the drink stands out against the bar’s nautical view.

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
COURTESY PHOTOS
                                The best part about books that cover alcohol? Spending time with them is just like visiting a quality bar; you’ll be sufficiently entertained and will probably learn something new in the process.

Cocktail arts distilled in reference books

COURTESY PHOTOS
                                The best part about books that cover alcohol? Spending time with them is just like visiting a quality bar; you’ll be sufficiently entertained and will probably learn something new in the process.

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
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Constantin Alexander, director of beverage for Hakkasan Group USA, shakes a Hakka cocktail at the bar at Yauatcha Waikiki. In the foreground are an Elemental Fashioned, left, and Scandinavian Scarlet.

A wave of innovation hits Waikiki bars

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Constantin Alexander, director of beverage for Hakkasan Group USA, shakes a Hakka cocktail at the bar at Yauatcha Waikiki. In the foreground are an Elemental Fashioned, left, and Scandinavian Scarlet.

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
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Christian Self, owner of Bevy, crafts and pours new cocktails for his staff during a staff training session.

Storytelling helps bartenders connect with customers

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Christian Self, owner of Bevy, crafts and pours new cocktails for his staff during a staff training session.

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
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A sample of the growlers.

Growler USA Honolulu uses tech to attract beer lovers

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A sample of the growlers.

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
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                Guests at the second annual Honolulu Brewers Festival Hawaii enjoyed more than 100 different craft beers from Hawaii and around the world.

Drink scene looks to local ingredients, craft beer

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                Guests at the second annual Honolulu Brewers Festival Hawaii enjoyed more than 100 different craft beers from Hawaii and around the world.
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
GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Sunlight streams into the inside bar and lounge during happy hour at Sky Waikiki.

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

GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Sunlight streams into the inside bar and lounge during happy hour at Sky Waikiki.

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
 
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                                Bar Leather Apron co-owner Justin Park poses for a portrait with drink marker coins in $20 and $100 denominations.

Last minute holiday ‘cheers!’ still available

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                                Bar Leather Apron co-owner Justin Park poses for a portrait with drink marker coins in $20 and $100 denominations.

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
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bartender Cullen Tsukimura crafts an Island Bouquet cocktail at 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar in the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki.

Signature drinks at 100 Sails highlight local flavors

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bartender Cullen Tsukimura crafts an Island Bouquet cocktail at 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar in the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki.

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
 
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Longtime favorites like the Key Lime Pie Mortini, left, and classic Aviation cocktail remain on the menu at Morton’s The Steakhouse at Ala Moana Center after recent renovations to the restaurant.

Morton’s renovates look, retains signature cocktails

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Longtime favorites like the Key Lime Pie Mortini, left, and classic Aviation cocktail remain on the menu at Morton’s The Steakhouse at Ala Moana Center after recent renovations to the restaurant.

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
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                REAL a gastropub owner Troy Terorotua behind the bar during a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. tap takeover at the Kakaako bar on Nov. 15.

Sierra Nevada partners with Honolulu bars for tap takeover

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                REAL a gastropub owner Troy Terorotua behind the bar during a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. tap takeover at the Kakaako bar on Nov. 15.

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
JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The participants in the second annual Whiskey & Women showcase at Bevy, from left: Allie Bellows (Turtle Bay Resort), Allie Haines (Lucky Belly), Sarah Stevens (Encore Saloon), Jen Ackrill (Sky Waikiki/Top of Waikiki), Yooey Kim (Piggy Smalls), Gabrielle Maser (Pacific Club) and Priscilla Young (Smith & Kings). Not pictured: Jerah Mikami (Pint + Jigger).

Female bartenders show off mixology skills

JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The participants in the second annual Whiskey & Women showcase at Bevy, from left: Allie Bellows (Turtle Bay Resort), Allie Haines (Lucky Belly), Sarah Stevens (Encore Saloon), Jen Ackrill (Sky Waikiki/Top of Waikiki), Yooey Kim (Piggy Smalls), Gabrielle Maser (Pacific Club) and Priscilla Young (Smith & Kings). Not pictured: Jerah Mikami (Pint + Jigger).

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
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                People gathered around the Plantation Tavern’s bar in the Kapolei Marketplace on Nov. 3 for an NFL game.

Isle ingredients flavor Plantation Tavern’s drinks and food

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                People gathered around the Plantation Tavern’s bar in the Kapolei Marketplace on Nov. 3 for an NFL game.

Updated on  November 9, 2016 at 9:25 pm
When former Star of Honolulu executive chef Adam Gilbert opened Plantation Tavern two years ago, his focus was squarely on the farm-to-table menu he envisionedwould showcase some of the best ingredients Hawaii producers had to offer. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                As owner of Encore Saloon, Danny Kaaialii’s bar program highlights the agave-based mezcal, a spirit served and presented in traditional handmade clay vessels. Kaaialii is pictured at the bar in Chinatown.

Encore Saloon features artisanal mezcal and tequila

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                As owner of Encore Saloon, Danny Kaaialii’s bar program highlights the agave-based mezcal, a spirit served and presented in traditional handmade clay vessels. Kaaialii is pictured at the bar in Chinatown.

Updated on  November 3, 2016 at 8:24 pm
After covering Honolulu’s bar and nightlife scene for more than a decade, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Chinatown. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Whitney Schneider pours a cocktail at Buzz’s Original Steakhouse in Lanikai, across from Kailua Beach.
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Lanikai landmark retains its charm and classic cocktails

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                                Whitney Schneider pours a cocktail at Buzz’s Original Steakhouse in Lanikai, across from Kailua Beach.
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Updated on  October 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm
I couldn’t have been the only person to get more than a little anxious at the news earlier this year that Buzz’s Original Steakhouse had plans to renovate the interior of its Lanikairestaurant. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bartender Tiffany Doane crafts a Kamaaina Mary, left, and an Ehukai Sandbar at the bar at Uncle Bo’s Haleiwa Pupu Bar and Grill in Haleiwa.

Uncle Bo’s popular cocktails now served in Haleiwa

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bartender Tiffany Doane crafts a Kamaaina Mary, left, and an Ehukai Sandbar at the bar at Uncle Bo’s Haleiwa Pupu Bar and Grill in Haleiwa.

Updated on  October 5, 2016 at 6:55 pm
It’s the calm before the storm in Haleiwa as local residents and area businesses enjoy a few more weeks of light crowds and smooth sailing along Kamehameha Highway before the start of the winter surf season. Read More
COURTESY TREASURY WINE ESTATES
                                Some of the vineyards represented by Treasury Wine Estates. Select wines will be served this weekend at The Kahala Hotel & Resort during A Celebration of Wine.

Celebration of Wine fit for novice or nerd

COURTESY TREASURY WINE ESTATES
                                Some of the vineyards represented by Treasury Wine Estates. Select wines will be served this weekend at The Kahala Hotel & Resort during A Celebration of Wine.

Updated on  September 28, 2016 at 7:13 pm
I used to have a hard time getting into wine because I’d approach it the same way I do whiskey — in order to fully evaluate something new to me, I’d have to purchase an entire bottle of the stuff. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Dave & Buster’s bartender Kelly Simeneta pours a watermelon snow cone cocktail. The drink menu at Dave & Buster’s offers extensive choices with interesting twists on the classics.

Dave & Buster’s drink menu offers twists on classics

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Dave & Buster’s bartender Kelly Simeneta pours a watermelon snow cone cocktail. The drink menu at Dave & Buster’s offers extensive choices with interesting twists on the classics.

Updated on  September 21, 2016 at 6:50 pm
After nearly 15 years as an anchor tenant at Ward Village, Dave & Buster’s is one of those places that’s become easy to overlook when deciding where to go for a few drinks. For many, the thinking is that unless you’re planning to watch a game (or play a few arcade games), there’s no reason to be there. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Honolulu residents Sajni Ho, left, and Holly Crise enjoyed a charcuterie plate and glasses of sparkling wine Sunday at The Bar by R. Field inside the new Foodland Farms at Ala Moana Center.

Mall makeovers bring refreshment options

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Honolulu residents Sajni Ho, left, and Holly Crise enjoyed a charcuterie plate and glasses of sparkling wine Sunday at The Bar by R. Field inside the new Foodland Farms at Ala Moana Center.

Updated on  September 14, 2016 at 6:19 pm
Recent updates to Ala Moana Center and the International Market Place mean there are now more places to shop — and grab a drink — in Honolulu. Read More
PHOTOS COURTESY ABRAMS BOOKS
                                Portland, Ore., resident Chris Santella is the author of “Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die.”

New book on beer pairs well with globe-trotting

PHOTOS COURTESY ABRAMS BOOKS
                                Portland, Ore., resident Chris Santella is the author of “Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die.”

Updated on  September 7, 2016 at 9:28 pm
The growing popularity of craft beer isn’t limited to the United States or Europe. According to Chris Santella, author of “Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die,” the rise of the internet and increased global tourism have allowed beer fans to keep up with trends in other parts of the world. Read More

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