Drinks

Top of Waikiki shakes up bar program

I’ve never been keen on dining and drinking in Waikiki for its never-ending traffic and tough parking, but with a revamped menu by chef Lance Kosaka, and a new director of mixology, Jennifer Ackrill, on board, the Top of Waikiki…

Something new: Lanikai Brewing Company

Coming in April: Kailua’s first brewery. And true to the windward side’s laid-back nature, Lanikai Brewing Company was started by a group of home brewers-turned-friends. Back in 2002, some of Lanikai’s founders were individually making five-gallon batches of beer. As…

Irish whiskey flights at 12th Avenue Grill

In case you didn’t know, 12th Avenue Grill owner/chef Kevin Hanney is 100% Irish and takes his St. Patrick’s Day celebration seriously. On March 15, 16, and 17, the restaurant will have Irish-themed specials to get everyone into the spirit.…

Something new: eight50 at Leeward Bowl

A new craft bar is opening its doors today inside Leeward Bowl at the Pearl City Shopping Center. It has a dozen craft brews on draft, nearly 100 bottles of highly curated beers from around the world, and whisky lovers…

Hukilau Honolulu’s Big Mondays

Hukilau Honolulu, located under Executive Center downtown, has started a new “Big Mondays” beer tasting program, which includes pupu and big screens for Monday night sports. Every week from 5 to 8 p.m., for just $25 you can get a…

SWAM Farewell Party

After nine years, Shiroma’s Wine and More in Aiea, affectionately known as SWAM, has closed its doors. More than just a store, SWAM also did wine tastings, discount days, workshops, parties and gatherings. It was also a social hub for…

Dom Perignon dinner: Learning about champagne

As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, Sten Lilja of Moet Hennessy was in town and, through two private dinners with Yasuo Ogawa and Dr. Jeff Yeoh, gave attendees quick lessons in enjoying premium libations. The first was Hennessy cognac; the second,…

Party pics: Sangria Paint Party at Bar 35

Creative types enjoyed painting and drinks at Saturday’s Sangria Paint Party at Bar 35. Hosted by Loading Zone Arts, the event had guests learn to paint alongside a local artist while partaking of sangria cocktails. The Sangria Paint Party happens…

Something new: Bethel Street Tap Room

The sudden and unexpected shuttering of Rakuen Lounge left a large vacancy in downtown’s nightlife and bar scene. Interested in who would take over this prime space, I kept walking past the storefront for an indication of what was to…

Something new: 1215

Photo from @racesauce_events (from 1215 Facebook page) I got my rage face ready to check out 1215, one of the city’s newer venues for late-night shenanigans. After gathering some partners in crime, we arrived on the scene a little after…

Glenfiddich 50 Year Old comes to Hawaii

In an exclusive private uncorking event this week, Vintage Cave introduced the newest addition to its prestigious list of offerings — gourmet food, fine wine and now one of the most expensive bottles of whisky in the world. Retailing at…

Something new: Proof Public House

Mercury announced the ownership change on social media at the end of October. Chinatown neighborhood watering hole The Mercury Bar has changed owners again, this time without much fanfare. As a longtime regular who considered Mercury my home away from…

Party pics: iichiko Bar FRUITS launch party

iichiko kicked off its month-long launch of its Bar FRUITS YUZU and UME line at The Modern Monday night, serving the spirit in various fruity cocktails to show its versatility. During November, you can try the new flavors at various…

Taste iichiko Bar FRUITS new flavors

(Sponsored) Come celebrate the grand launch of iichiko Bar FRUITS YUZU and UME at Honolulu’s top restaurants and bars during November. iichiko Bar FRUITS is the newest shochu line from Sanwa Shurui Co., Ltd., which is launching two flavors —…

Something new: Tea Boss

Yet another Taiwanense tea shop — this one called Tea Boss — has come to town, offering milk teas, ice cream floats, foam mustache teas and slushes in a variety of unique flavors, including winter melon, matcha, root beer and…

Party pics: Hawaii Bowl Flavors

The Hawaii Bowl held its annual fundraiser last night in the Sheraton Waikiki main ballroom, featuring wines and spirits from Youngs Market Co., as well as a variety of upscale food stations by chef Colin Hazama. The event also had…

Our Kaka‘ako: Meet Our Makers

The Meet Our Makers series continues; this week Honolulu Beerworks’ Geoffrey Seideman is featured, discussing his passion for beer and realizing his dream of opening a brewpup. Back in 2013, we interviewed Seideman about his plans for Honolulu Beerworks. Take…

Best Barman in the World at the Halekulani

The world’s best barman starts the night with a story. He has a distinguished English accent and shares the details of his travels. Colin Field, head barman at the Ritz Hotel Paris and creator of the famous Hemingway Bar, brings…

Our Top 5: Milk tea

Pearl tea. Boba tea. Bubble tea. How ever you call it, it seems that wherever you look, there’s another version of this Taiwanese treat available to try. So who does it best? And what makes it so? To figure this…