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Best Bars '08: The Pau Hana Edition

Everyone, everywhere, has a “happy hour,” but nowhere else in the world will you find “pau hana.” These two little words get to the heart of what one might be happy about at 5 or 6 p.m. on a weekday. Work is done. Pau. Finished.


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Giovanni Pastrami

WHO WE FOUND:  Hotel managers and a vacationing oil company owner. 

Beer, free pizza and live sports by satellite await you at Giovanni Pastrami.

Photo by: Alex Viarnes

It’s not uncommon to see people standing outside this upscale sports bar listening to the game being played on the 17 42- and 50-inch plasma televisions inside. Well, stop loitering and head to the bar where you’ll see six of those televisions at one time, playing anything from the World Series to the UH football game. Throw in $3 domestic drafts, with an unlimited supply of two free slices of Round Table Pizza per drink, and you’re in sports heaven. 227 Lewers St., 923-2100, Pau hana Monday through Friday 3 - 6 p.m.


With names such as Madam Pele, Blue Hawaii and Night Dive, the drinks, just like Haleiwa Joe's, appeal to both visiting and local crowds.

Photo: Courtesy of Haleiwa Joe's

Haleiwa Joe's

WHO WE FOUND: North Shore residents in their late 20s and up; many regulars.

When we dropped in  on a Friday, the bar area was humming with a mostly local crowd. One patron lives in Waialua, works in town, and visits Haleiwa Joe’s two to five times a week.  He says that with Haleiwa Joe’s good food and good people, “You can’t go wrong.” The bar is very clean (everything shines—from the wooden bar, tables and chairs to the glasses and dishes and large wooden slippers mounted on the wall), the food is yummy (the sizzling mushrooms are bathed in hot butter and garlic for $5.25, and other pau hana specials range from $2.50 to $10.50), and nearly every seat is filled. 66-011 Kam. Hwy, Haleiwa.  637-8005.  Pau hana Monday-Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.



Kid-friendly Bars

Having kids doesn't mean that you can't pau hana.  There are fun, kid-friendly bars that you can take your kids to, such as at Senor Frogs, seen here.

Photo by: Rae Huo



Senor Frog’s  

A $5.75 kids menu, balloon hats, karaoke and kids’ games. On Sundays, they add a 20-foot bouncer, which means more margaritas for you. 2201 Kalakaua Ave., 440-0150.

Giovanni Pastrami

Personal Round Table pizzas for $6.95, and watch the game on any of 17 TVs. 227 Lewers St., 923-2100.

Dave & Buster’s

More than 200 games to choose from, and half-priced cocktails during happy hour. 1030 Auahi St., 589-2215.

Tiki’s Grill & Bar

An oceanfront view, a $6.95 local kid’s menu, live music and a relaxing vibe. 2570 Kalakaua Ave., 923-8454.


Pinky’s Pupu Bar & Grill

Every Tuesday is kids’ night, with balloon artists and a $5.95 kids meal that comes with a free toy from the treasure chest. And of course, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. plenty of happy hour drink specials. 970 N Kalaheo Ave., Kailua. 254-6255.



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