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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bar Hop: Side Street Inn on Da Strip

Bar Hop: Side Street Inn on Da Strip

Following our dining editor John Heckathorn's article, "All I Ever Wanted Was a Bar," I wanted to check out owner Colin Nishida's new location on Kapahulu called Side Street Inn on Da Strip.  The afternoon I visited, I ran into Nishida, who happily invited me to take a shot. “No, thank you.” I kindly replied. (It wasn’t even 5 p.m. yet.) And, then he playfully asked, “Is it too early, or too late?”

Side Street Inn's newest location boasts a modern and sleek design, located inside the Prudential Locations building on Kapahulu Avenue. Unlike other restaurants and bars, the bar at Side Street is not just a small nook in the corner. In fact, most of the venue feels exactly like a sports bar, with its multiple TVs, additional bar seating and beer specials—but, at this bar, the staff is very attentive and friendly.

As I sat down at a table, I noticed Don Murphy of Murphy’s Bar and Grill and Jay Niebuhr of JJ Dolan’s eating and drinking at the bar—true to Side Street’s reputation as a gathering place for chefs.

After pigging out on the family-sized pork chops and its signature fried rice, I was too full for dessert. Now, I have a perfect excuse to go back and try its long dessert menu—mmmmm, peanut butter crunch!

614 Kapahulu Ave., open Sunday through Saturday 3 p.m. to 12 a.m., 739-3939.


Posted on Thursday, November 18, 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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