It’s always five o’clock somewhere, and in Hawaii the best part about happy hour is the great deals on tasty pupus (a.k.a. appetizers) and tropical cocktails. This time is often associated with pau hana (translates as “done with” “work”). And for anyone traveling from the US mainland, the timing is basically dinner time, win-win. Check out our favorite places for happy hour on Oʻahu.
But wait, there’s more. We’re here to help demystify some of the unusual words you might see on menus like furikake, laulau and lilikoi — and explain which meat is being served and why. And possibly most importantly of all, provide the fun facts on the origins of local dishes.
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Bevy offers a cozy vibe inside and an urban corner seat outside. Located in the up and coming Kakaako neighborhood, this ocean-friendly bar and restaurant has a team of bartenders who know how to concoct, shake and stir it. The happy hour is just as bangin’ as the music. Be sure to walk around the neighborhood to check out the graffiti art from this year’s Pow Wow. Happy hour is Tuesday through Saturday 5pm to 7pm. Regular hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 5pm to 12am, and Friday and Saturday 5pm to 2am. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Encore is a little mezcal bar has a gorgeous open-air back patio for enjoying your drinks and eats. The street tacos pair perfectly with their creative tequila drinks. They also serve beer, wine and other bites as well. This is the perfect spot to end a long day of being outside on the beach. Open Monday through Thursday 11:30pm to 11pm, Friday 11:30pm – 1am and Saturday 2pm to 1am. Closed Sundays. Happy hour from 2pm to 5:30 daily.
Off The Wall Craft Beer & Wine
At Off the Wall, you’re the bartender! Choose from a rotating selection of 24 kocal craft beers, red & white wines, and ciders … and pour your own glass from the innovative, self-serve drink wall. Chef Jose Ramos has crafted a South American-style tapas menu. Open Monday to Wednesday 11am to 10pm, Thursday to Saturday 11am to 12am, and Sunday 9am to 9pm. Happy hour 3pm to 5 pm Monday through Thursday. offthewallhawaii.com
The Surfing Pig
The Surfing Pig Hawaiʻi is the 4th restaurant from Kono’s Restaurant Group, opened in early 2018. Also known as “Kono’s sexy big sister,” it is the first of its kind. Nestled in the heart of the Upper Kaimuki, its flavor is Americana with a bold, local twist. The interior design celebrates modern surf culture. Open for brunch Monday through Thursday 10am-2pm, Friday to Sunday 9am-2pm. Dinner hours are Monday through Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 4pm-11pm, Sunday 4pm-10pm. Happy hour is Monday to Friday 4pm to 6pm.
WorkPlay is Kakaako’s newest lounge, a place where great ideas start over cocktails and are perfected over coffee. Enjoy half-off wines by the bottle every Wednesday, stop by Sunday mornings for NFL games at 10 am (in season), and check out nightly live music featuring local Hawaiian artists in the “Artist’s Living Room.” The menu is Mexican-inspired, but they also have salads, prime rib, and surf ’n’ turf. Open Sunday through Wednesday 4pm to 12am and Thursday to Saturday 4pm to 2am, Happy hour daily 4pm to 6pm.