Edit ModuleShow Tags

Get Your (Spiked) Spook On at the Ghost Bar

This seasonal horror-themed pop-up bar at Ala Moana Center is only open through Oct. 31.


Published:

The Green Lady ($7) is a refreshing combination of shochu, lemon-lime soda, melona syrup and a splash of rice milk.
Photos: Catherine Toth Fox

 

Last year, I thought the pop-up Christmas Bar at Ala Moana Center was genius.

 

SEE ALSO: Where To Go When You Need a Drink This Christmas

 

Then, on Oct. 1, a horror-themed pop-up bar opened in the ‘Ewa Wing facing the parking lot (right next to Jamba Juice) for Halloween, and now I’m wondering which I prefer.

 

Outside the Ghost Bar, which is open in the ‘Ewa Wing of Ala Moana Center through Oct. 31.

 

During Christmas, it’s the stress of shopping, spending and string of parties that drives me to grab that glass of wine. Which is why the Christmas Bar was so brilliant. You’re at the mall, you’re tapped out, you’ve maxed out your credit card. You need a drink.

 

But Halloween is pure fun. There’s no stress associated with the holiday (unless you have kids who need Insta-ready costumes and spooky treats for their classmates, but, let’s be honest, Christmas is worse). So tossing back a shot of Patron delivered in a plastic syringe is just something to do on a Sunday night.

 

Which is exactly what we did.

 

Our group of Halloween-loving misfits had been planning a visit to the Ghost Bar, concocted by Noa Laporga and Angelina Khan, the pair behind the creepy Haunted Plantation attraction at Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village in Waipahu every Halloween. (They partnered with longtime restaurateurs Riki Kobayashi and Masaki Sasada to open this seasonal bar.)

 

SEE ALSO: Scary Ghost Stories from Hawai‘i’s “Haunted” Plantation Village

 

We settled on a Sunday night to visit, which turned out to be a smart move. “You should’ve seen the line last night,” Khan said, describing that it snaked out the door, along the sidewalk and into the mall. “Good thing you came today. It’s not that crowded.”

 

Not crowded? I looked around the bar, which occupies the space vacated by Ninja Sushi. Every table was taken.

 

Inside the Ghost Bar on a recent Sunday night.

 

Khan grew up watching horror movies with her mom. In fact, her favorite movie is the 1973 The Exorcist. She saw it when she was 5.

 

Since then, she’s been all about horror and—no surprise—Halloween. In addition to running the Haunted Plantation attraction, she has organized a horror-themed escape room and zombie apocalypse experience in the past. This year, it’s a bar.

 

“We thought it would be really fun,” she said.

 

And the place is fun—and really spooky. There’s a coffin you can stand in for photos, a demented clown with its mouth wide open on one wall, shelves of creepy dolls (and doll parts) on another, and a very disturbing figure of what looks like a bloody bride shoving a sword down her throat.

 

The décor is part of the fun.

 

But once you get over the unnerving décor, there are drinks!

 

The menu features a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks—you can even order a glass of wine or draft beer—and a few bar snacks, including seasoned edamame and mixed nuts.

 

Of the drinks, the most popular is the Killer Clown ($10), a desserty cocktail made with horchata rum cream liqueur, coconut rum and milk topped with whipped cream and ube powder.

 

The Killer Clown ($10) comes with a red clown nose.

 

The Vampire Bite ($8) features lime gin, blue curacao, cranberry juice and grenadine—and comes with a pair of plastic vampire teeth.

 

A hit with the group was the Faceless Lady ($7), a refreshing combination of shochu, lemon-lime soda, lychee syrup and a splash of rice milk. (The Green Lady is basically the same drink but with melona syrup instead of lychee.)

 

We were excited about the idea of the Pumpkin Pie ($9) cocktail, with horchata rum cream liqueur, vodka and pumpkin purée. But at first it wasn’t sweet enough—until we mixed the whipped cream into the drink and then voilà, pumpkin pie.

 

The Vampire Bite ($8) combines lime gin, blue Curacao, cranberry juice and grenadine. The best part? It comes with a pair of plastic vampire teeth.

 

And the syringe shots ($8) are just fun. You can choose from a shot of Grey Goose vodka, Patron tequila or Jameson with strawberry, lemon lime or lychee syrup. It comes with a chaser of lemon-lime soda.

 

We wanted to split the trick-or-treat bowl ($25)—a plastic jack-o’-latern filled with a mixture of light rum, lime gin, vodka, fruit juices, liliko‘i syrup and grenadine—but the bar had already sold out of this—and it wasn’t even 8 p.m.

 

Our advice? Go to kick back with friends, dress up if you can, and eat before (or after). And consider going on a Sunday night.

 

Ghost Bar, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., ‘Ewa Wing, open 2 p.m. to midnight daily through Oct. 31, (808) 372-9618, ghostbarhonolulu.com.

 

READ MORE STORIES BY CATHERINE TOTH FOX

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Biting Commentary

First Look: Taco‘ako in Kaka‘ako

This new taco shop delivers bold flavors and twists on classic Mexican street fare.
2018.11.19 10:23 AM

First Look: Pāʻia Fish Market Opens in Waikīkī With the Best Kind of Happy Hour

Shrimp taco fans, unite! The casual Maui restaurant just opened its first location on O‘ahu and we’re hooked.
2018.11.16 02:20 PM

Two New Eateries Complete the Mix at The Lānai

Get hefty sandwiches and Korean tacos now at Ala Moana Center.
2018.11.14 12:24 PM

What You Should Try at Aloha Confectionery

The new locally owned sweets shop at Ala Moana Center offers more than just candy.
2018.11.12 11:11 AM

Now You Can Eat Shrimp Raised On-Site at Kualoa Ranch

Move over, oysters. The family-owned ranch in Ka‘a‘awa grows shrimp, too.
2018.11.09 12:11 PM

Where to Order Takeout or Dine In for Thanksgiving 2018 in Hawai‘i

Why cook? Here are more than 35 places where you can order your Thanksgiving dinner to-go or dine out on the big day.
2018.11.07 04:33 PM

SKY Waikīkī’s BACKBAR Serves Creative Cocktails Hidden Behind a Wall

The speakeasy is now open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. until closing.
2018.11.05 10:04 AM

6 Restaurant Burgers the HONOLULU Staff is Craving Now

These burgers are so good, we don’t really need the fries.
2018.11.02 08:00 AM

5 Reasons to Eat Out During Restaurant Week Hawai‘i 2018

The 10-day culinary food fest starts Nov. 9.
2018.10.31 02:09 PM

6 Buzzable Coffee Shops That Opened in Honolulu in 2018

There are some real cool beans here.
2018.10.29 01:50 PM

Vein Brings Mediterranean-Asian Fusion to Kaka‘ako

Make reservations or get ready to wait at this stylish newcomer with some memorable, if pricey, main dishes.
2018.10.26 01:55 PM

9 Dishes, Desserts and Drinks to Get You in the Mood for Fall

Autumn inspires restaurants, bakeries and bars to whip up feel-good dishes, desserts and drinks to match the season.
2018.10.24 09:04 AM

7 Reasons You Need to Go to the 2018 Hawaiʻi Food & Wine Festival on Oʻahu

Highlights include wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and a lavish gala that ends with fireworks.
2018.10.22 12:20 PM

New Menu Mixes Mediterranean and Japanese Dishes at It’s Good and Healthy Café

And almost every item on the menu is less than $10.
2018.10.19 09:35 AM

Get Your (Spiked) Spook On at the Ghost Bar

This seasonal horror-themed pop-up bar at Ala Moana Center is only open through Oct. 31.
2018.10.17 10:23 AM

Enjoy Unreal Szechuan Cuisine at Maple Garden

Revisiting the longtime Chinese restaurant in Mō‘ili‘ili.
2018.10.15 02:16 PM

6 Reasons to Try Morimoto Asia Waikīkī’s New Happy Hour Right Now

With $5 dishes and cocktails, you can experience tapas-sized new dishes, or twists on dinner-menu plates.
2018.10.12 10:46 AM

16 Vegan Dishes to Try at VegFest O‘ahu

‘Ulu gratin, black-bean brownies, ‘ulu nachos, ‘olena chili, a vegan sample tent and all the plant-based treats you could want.
2018.10.10 11:12 AM

Asato Family’s Sherbet Takes You Back To Small-Kid Days

Who wouldn’t love Green River or li hing Icee sherbet?
2018.10.08 08:00 AM

5 (More) Cocktails with Interesting Names in Honolulu

Inspired by movies, personal anecdotes, puns and more.
2018.10.05 08:00 AM
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Recent Posts

Archives

Categories

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags