What Would Hawai‘i’s Top Bartenders Choose as an Epitaph?
We asked our city’s beverage experts what they might like written on their tombstones.
Honolulu bar experts gather at Pint + Jigger to tell us about their would-be epitaph. From left, Dusty Grable of G Lion Group; Dave Power of Fête; Dave Newman, Pint + Jigger/Harry’s Hardware Emporium; and Ku‘ulei Akuna, Ritz-Carlton’s La vie and quiora restaurants/Harry’s.
For our 2020 Restaurant Guide we dived big into the beverage scene and talked to many of Honolulu’s top bartenders and mixologists. Since bartenders are often asked to ponder life’s bigger questions with patrons, we knew they’d be up for slightly macabre questions. Here we share what final words might someday appear on their tombstones.
Pint + Jigger, Harry’s Hardware Emporium
“Found something he loved and let it kill him.”
O’Toole’s Irish Pub, Kelley O’Neil’s, Anna O’Brien’s and The Irish Rose Saloon
BILL COMERFORD CONTEMPLATES HIS POTENTIAL TOMBSTONE OVER A GLASS OF REDBREAST WHISKEY AND A PINT OF SMITHWICK’S RED ALE AT O’TOOLE’S.
“The Lord called Last Call
I knew it was time
to finish my drink and leave
I did and left with a smile.”
Ritz-Carlton’s La Vie and Quiora restaurants
“It could always be worse.”
The HI Brau Room
Beverage director Ben Flores reflects on his potential last words and last drink at The HI Brau Room.
“It’s a Kurt Vonnegut quote: We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
G Lion Group Hawai‘i, which includes La Vie and Quiora restaurants
Ritz-Carlton’s La Vie and Quiora restaurants/Harry’s Hardware Emporium
“Mahalo everybody for such a beautiful life.”
“Mine’s easy from owning a restaurant: A gentle reminder … pay your bill.”
Suzie Wong’s Hideaway Bar/Nico’s at Pier 38
JERAH MIKAMI CHECKS OUT LIFE THROUGH AN ICE SPHERE.
“‘See you later, f–kers!’ (What I always say when we cheers to a round of shots!!)”
Every year we venture out to research our Restaurant Guide, eating and drinking across the state to put together this special edition. Somebody’s got to do it. For the Where Chefs Eat issue, we also asked bartenders and other beverage experts to tell us what they’d want on their future tombstones. Read the annual Restaurant Guide when it hits newsstands in March or purchase it at shop.honolulumagazine.com. Subscribe to the print and digital editions now.