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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Jazz Nights at Sorento's

Jazz Nights at Sorento's

The view from the glass elevator on the way up to Sorento's top of the "I."

Photo by: Soni Kohut

I get asked pretty often about where the over 40—or, even 50 and 60—crowd should go for nightlife. Yes, there is a market. But, frankly, there aren’t many options out there to choose from. Of course, there’s always Lewer’s Lounge, Nobu, or if you think about it, I suppose any bar would work—if you want to drink alone. What those places are lacking is a good promotion that brings in a bunch of older, professional men and women of the same age group on the same night.

For the 50 and older crowd, I do have good news. Dave Rohner, who used to promote his jazz nights at the old W Hotel—which was one of my favorite events to visit—moved his event to Sorento’s at the Top of the “I.” I recently paid it a visit.

If you haven’t been to the top of the Ilikai, you’re in for a treat because the view is amazing—so much so that my friend and I decided to go up and down the glass elevator twice before entering the restaurant. Its jazz event takes place every Thursday night and we arrived around 7 p.m. I was surprised to see the restaurant completely packed with diners. No doubt Dave’s jazz followers made up the bulk of the people sitting at tables fronting the jazz musicians, smiling and clapping to the music. As for me and my friend, we found a seat at the bar and started ordering drinks off the menu. The music was loud, the crowd was lively and my Grasshopper was delicious.

Tomorrow night, visit Sorento’s and watch as Jack Davis, a visiting trombonist from New York, will be playing alongside pianist Dan Del Negro, Tim Tsukiyama on sax, John Kolivas on bass and von Baron on drums. Then, next Thursday night, August 19, stop by to hear Sharmila Guha, a visiting vocalist from Los Angeles with Joshua Kaye on piano, John Kolivas and von Baron.

Get there early for happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. for half off well drinks and special priced appetizers. Dinner is served from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and music begins at 6:30 p.m. I would recommend making a table reservation and make sure to tell them you’re there for the music. $10 cover, jazz nights are Thursdays at the Ilikai Hotel, 1777 Ala Moana Blvd., Waikiki. 955-5559. Visit for a complete calendar.

Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 in Permalink

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This Kamehameha Schools and UH graduate manages the website for HONOLULU. In her free time she researches Hawaiian genealogy, when she’s not out and about or taking care of her 5-year-old son. She blogs about Honolulu bars, Hawaii nightlife and entertainment.

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