Cocktail Tour: Sippin 5 Bars in Honolulu

Cocktail Tour: Sippin 5 Bars in Honolulu

Classic, nouveau, tiki, sweet, savory? No matter what your palate is craves, our sippin’ 5  bars in Honolulu have got you covered. These notable selections provide picks for every taste. If salivating to sip your way through the city, here are some of our favorite spots to have a cocktail in the state’s capital.

1. Classic Haunt: Lewers Lounge

 

Cocktail Tour: Sippin 5 Bars in Honolulu

Classic, nouveau, tiki, sweet, savory? No matter what your palate is craves, our sippin’ 5  bars in Honolulu have got you covered. These notable selections provide picks for every taste. If salivating to sip your way through the city, here are some of our favorite spots to have a cocktail in the state’s capital.

1. Classic Haunt: Lewers Lounge

The Lewers Lounge is a sexy, dim-lit jazz lounge located in the gorgeous Halekulani Hotel. The beverage program here was developed by the “King of the Cocktail” himself, Dale Degroff. Degroff made magic with the menu, artfully blending Hawaiiana inspiration into classic and nouveau cocktail recipes. The Anejo Highball is an Aloha State tribute to drinks of the Carribean concocted with Anejo Rum, Orange Curacao, Ginger Beer, fresh lime juice and a dash of Angostura Bitters. The Majestic is a royal union of Tanqueray Ten, Grand Manier and subtle hints of mango. The Winkle is made up of Plymouth Gin and Limoncello enhanced with aromatic sage and raspberry essence. And, the Hibiscus blush is an elegant mixture Italian sparkling wine, natural nectar and hibiscus blossom. As you’d expect from Degroff and his well-trained Hawaii-based team, innovation is apparent throughout the signature menu. By day, visit House Without a Key, the al fresco neighbor to cozy Lewers Lounge. Perched next to the Halekulani’s orchid-shaped pool, the cocktail courtyard serves up an array of “on the rocks” and blended tropical libations. Try the Lilikoi Daiquri, a perfect blend of exotic rum, passion fruit, and fresh squeezed lime. The Rangpur Guava Fizz offers up delicate citrus notes of Rangpur gin. The Ginger Lychee Caipirissima combines fine rum, muddled fruit and spicy ginger amplifying this Brazilian concoction. And, don’t leave here with out trying to the Mai Tai. It’s a solid rendition of the 1944 Victor Bergeron recipe complete with crushed ice.

Lewers Lounge is located at 2199 Kalia Rd. www.halekulani.com/dining/lewers 808.923.2311.

2. New Kid on the Block: The Waikiki Edition Hotel

A star line-up makes its debut both on and off the bar venues menus at the Waikiki Edition Hotel. Award-winning bar Consultant, Tobin Ellis of BarMagic teamed up with John Lermayer of the famed Florida Room, Sam Treadway of Boston’s Drink and Hawaii-based master mixologist, Christian Self to create a perfectly customized cocktail program for Ian Schrager’s latest boutique brainchild brand- Edition Hotels. The first location of the specialty chain in Waikiki boasts four bars: The Bar at Private Sunset Beach, The Bar at Sunrise Pool, CrazyBox and citYsip staffer favorite – The Lobby Bar. Each venue offers a different vibe with a complementing cocktail list. A few of our faves include The Agony and Ecstasy at The Lobby Bar, The Chelsea at the The Bar at Private Sunset Beach, and The Aperol Spritz (a cocktail made for sipping all day long) and the Frozen Coconut Mojito at the Sunrise Pool. Hit any of the bars for Ellis’ take on the Mai Tai. His deconstructed version is a mix of Pyrat XO Rum and Orgeat rum that’s capped with a foam made of fresh squeezed lime juice, Orange Curacao and a hint of rock candy syrup.

The Waikiki Edition Hotel is located at 1777 Ala Moana Blvd. www.editionhotels.com 808.943.5820.

3. Tiki Me: La Mariana Sailing Club

Craving a tropical Mai Tai, a creamy Pina Colada, or a frothy daiquiri to kick off your idyllic Hawaiian vacation? For an authentic tiki experience try La Mariana Sailing Club. It’s the last authentic tiki bar in Oahu. Opened in 1955, La Mariana is THE place for residents to take out of town guest whether it be a stop on the way to or from the airport. Not too long ago it was made famous as a scene location in the Adam Sandler comedy, 50 First Dates. As you’d expect, the menu here is unfussy, but filled with classic tropical cocktails plus a solid selection of locally brewed beers.

La Mariana Sailing Club is located at 50 Sand Island Access Rd. www.lamarianasailingclub.com 808.848.2800.

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4. So Hip, So Cool: Thirtynine Hotel

Arguably one of the hippest bars of the bunch, Thirtynine Hotel is in the center of Chinatown where the “cool scene” goes. Award-winning local mixologist, Christian Self co-created the creative cocktail list that’s filled with fresh island ingredients. Sip classic libations like Grand Sidecar, Pisco Sour, Dark ‘n’ Stormy, and the Mai Tai Roa Ae, a Trader Vic’s 1944 recipe. On the cocktail forefront, order the Rose Petal that beautifully blends pomegranate and European rose essence. Or, opt for the Thai Me Up that’s infused with basil, ginger, and lemongrass. And, the Hawaii 39 is a simply sweet and tart combination of Sour Cherry and Prosecco.

Thirtynine Hotel is located at 39 Hotel St. www.thirtyninehotel.com 808.599.2552.

5. Cocktail Chic: Nobu Waikiki

No matter which Nobu you visit across the globe, you’re guaranteed to delight in fine Asian cuisine, exquisite sake and creative cocktails. Oahu’s location is no different. In addition to butterfish to die for, Nobu Waikiki offers a tempting list of Pacific Rim and Asian-inspired libations like the Japanese Cucumber-White Peach Sangria. This refreshing cocktail tastes like something you’d sip in a spa and revelers tend to order two or three in just one seating. Another popular sip is the Blood Orange that blends fresh Blood Orange Puree, Grey Goose Orange, Orange Brandy, fresh lime and orange juice. On the avant garde side of the spectrum, order up an Uni Mojito shooter. Nobu’s Bar Manager, David Newman is known for mixing it up so if you go, expect cutting-edge cocktail creations.

Nobu Waikiki is located at 2233 Helumoa Rd. www.noburestaurants.com/waikiki 808.237.6999.

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