5 Best Local Spots to Say Cheers!

BY Nuy Cho | January 4, 2017 | Feature Features

We did it — the new year has been rung in and it's time to take a load off and celebrate that the holidays are now behind us, and a fresh new start is upon us. You've worked hard to get this far, and many of us have resolutions to conquer, work we've put off to attend to, or new milestones to gear up for. Why not stop by one of Hawai'i's best local bars, to grab a quick and delicious drink you so deserve.
Try locally-crafted Ko Hana Hawaiian Agricole Rum in a Ko Olina cooler ($12) at Four Seasons Resort Ko Olina at the Fish House

1. Avenue’s Bar + Eatery
In this space once held by food faves Salt, and Hale Ohuna, comes Kevin Hanney’s latest venture. Cocktails are creatively named and infused with equally interesting ingredients. Case in point: Sages + Monks ($10), prepared with sage-infused vodka, yellow Chartreuse and Aperol. 3605 Wai‘alae Ave., Kaimuki, 744.7567

2. Bar Leather Apron
One of the island’s most refined watering holes is actually in the heart of the business district. The man in charge of the exquisite (and alcoholic) creations is none other than critically acclaimed bartender Justin Park. Among the praised offerings are the Yuzu Sour ($15) and Matcha Old Fashioned ($16). Space in here is limited, so be sure to make reservations online in advance. Topa Financial Center, 745 Fort St., Ste. 127A, Downtown Honolulu, 524.0808

3. Hokule’a
With the recent opening of the Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina, the Westside can now boast of one of the poshest lounges on the island. Order one of the Teatime cocktails, like the Jasmine Mule ($12). Afterward, enjoy one of the nightly island performers like Na Po‘oloa “The Doug Tolentino Trio” band. 92-1001 Olani St., Ko Olina, 679.0079

4. hBar
At Huggo’s recently launched HBar, look for top bartender Billy Gienger, who grows and produces many of the organic ingredients for the bar’s on-point drinks. Notably this includes orgeat for “The Classic” Mai Tai ($12.50), which we consider as the perfect cocktail for a Kona sunset. 75-5828 Kahakai Road, Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i. 329.1493

5. Alaloa Lounge
Frequently lauded as one of the best lobby bar’s on Maui, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s signature bar offers a breathtaking ocean view that must be seen before sunset. (Did we mention whales can be frequently offshore from December to April?) After checking out the sights, settle down with the signature mai tai ($18) made with Appleton VX and Hamilton 151 rums. 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, Maui. 669.6200

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