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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

Isle ingredients flavor Plantation Tavern’s drinks and food

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

Encore Saloon features artisanal mezcal and tequila

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

Lanikai landmark retains its charm and classic cocktails

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

Uncle Bo’s popular cocktails now served 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

Celebration of Wine fit for novice or nerd

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

Dave & Buster’s drink menu offers twists on 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

Mall makeovers bring refreshment options

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