Coming Soon: Skybar Waikiki

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June 10, 2013

Renderings Courtesy Skybar Waikiki

An open-air rooftop bar has been something I’ve been wishing for in Honolulu for a long time, so kudos to the owners of Top of Waikiki for deciding to add Skybar Waikiki, a 9,000 square-feet lounge, to the 19th floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza.

Skybar Waikiki will replace a foyer, which has been, for the most part, unused (except for its bathrooms). Construction begins this summer and it's expected to open in spring 2014. The lounge will boast two full bars, lighted walls, a 3,000 square-foot lanai bordered by seamless glass railings and a 30-foot wide HD video wall.

“We don’t want to brand it as a mix nightclub, but rather we want it to focus on its food and guest experience,” says Darren Seu, VP of Skybar. “Our plans are to have the venue morph throughout the night. There will be happy hour that will go into an appetizer service. Then, as the night progresses, it will go for a more of an urban sophisticated feel with the music and look of the guests.“ Seu adds that it will turn into a nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights.

Though affiliated with the Top of Waikiki, Skybar will have its own kitchen and chef. Seu says that the two operations will complement each other in a way that will add traffic between venues and boost sales at the Top of Waikiki, which is the ultimate goal and reason for its creation.

I’m just excited that Waikiki’s nightlife scene is beginning to get interesting again, and in a big way.