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Monday, May 17, 2010

Bars with Views

Bars with Views

RumFire view of Diamond Head at sunset.

Many Honolulu bars don’t have amazing views. In fact, many of them don’t have a view at all. But, on occasion, it’s necessary to spoil yourself—or your date—with a fancy evening of gold-rimmed drinks and sparkling sunsets. Here are a few of my favorite choices.


Trump Waikiki has a great view of Honolulu.


I recently visited Waiolu at the Trump Waikiki and the view was the first thing that caught my eye. Located on the 6th floor of the hotel, it has a clear view right over Fort DeRussy Park to the city lights of downtown Honolulu. Visit for dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. or enjoy pupu while sipping on its specialty cocktails. The bar is open all day till 10 p.m., walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended. For a full review of Waiolu, see John Heckathorn’s March 2010 article, Trumped. 223 Saratoga Road, 683-7401, www.trumpwaikikihotel.com.
 

RumFire isn’t new, but I do frequent it often. It has everything that a classic Waikiki bar should have. Just steps away from the ocean, there isn’t one seat in this indoor-outdoor bar without a stunning ocean view. Sometimes, you can even feel the sea spray sprinkling in the air, while feeling the heat of the lit firepits—a combination that’s tantalizing. Skip dinner and order dessert while watching the sunset. And, try one of my favorite drinks, the cucumber and lavendar mojito. 2255 Kalakaua Ave., 922-4422, rumfirewaikiki.com.

If you’re addicted to city views, like myself, then you may want to give Top of Waikiki a try. Ignore the tourists, get a seat at the bar and order off of their happy hour menu. Grab a $4 martini and pupu and watch the view as the restaurant rotates giving you a full 360 view. When the sun sets, you'll see the city light up around you. Waikiki Business Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Ave., 18th Floor. 923-3877. www.topofwaikiki.com


Have a favorite scenic spot of your own? Leave me a comment below.

 

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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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