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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Monterey Bay Canners
WHO WE FOUND: Airport employees, automobile mechanics and 40- to 50- year-old couples.
If you want more food for your buck, visit Monterey Bay Canners’ Oyster Bar and order off of its happy hour menu, each appetizer of which could feed two to three people. For $2, you can order chips and salsa or an oyster shooter. For $7, order the large and cheesy beef nachos or the BBQ pork ribs. And, for $9, you can order potato skins, ahi or tako poke or fried calamari rings. Want beer? On tap is $2.75 per glass, or get a bottle of domestic for $4 and premium for $5. Mixed drink specials are also available. Why go into town and pay more for less? 98-1005 Moanalua Rd, Aiea. 483-3555. Pau hana Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tao of Rose
Not just any old martini, this cocktail's made with Alze vodka and Bombay Sapphire Gin infused with rose and lychee for $5.
Murphy’s Sports Bar and Grill
WHO WE FOUND: Sports fans, businessmen and housepainters.
One of Honolulu’s original bars dating back to the 1860s (originally called the Royal Hawaiian Saloon, near Murphy’s current location), this bar boasts good service and food by owner Don Murphy and his crew. Not only can you watch your favorite sport on the four TVs, but the pupu—such as the potato skins we ordered—are just the right size and taste great too. Wash them down with your choice of more than 30 domestic and international beers. If your team is losing so bad you can’t bear to watch it any longer, play a round of shuffleboard. 2 Merchant St., 531-0422, open daily 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m., no set pau hana hours. [2/17/09 This item was edited.]
WHO WE FOUND: Retirees, entrepreneurs, attorneys and a mortgage broker.
Take a break from a pau hana serving nothing but cheap beer at an overly crowded bar and stop in at Nick’s Fishmarket to enjoy a quiet, relaxing pau hana where the pupu menu is half off and there is live music playing soft local tunes on guitar from 6:30 p.m. Enjoy Nick’s blackened sashimi ($8.50, regular price $13.95) and chicken or fish fajitas ($7, regular price $13.95). Mix it with a wine or try their Mermaid cocktail and you’ll understand why attorney Pat Murphy says Nick’s has been “a good place for many, many years, with great food quality.” [Now closed]