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The Top Cocktail Bars in Honolulu

When dreaming of drinking cocktails in Hawaii, Mai Tais and frozen concoctions capped with an umbrella or orchid garnish tend to be synonymous. But in recent years Oahu’s handcrafted cocktail movement has slowly been gaining steam. Mixologists are creating signature drinks using high-quality spirits and homegrown ingredients, helping turn the island into a cocktail destination.

Have a Mai Tai or two, if you must—after all, you’re vacationing in Hawaii—but after you’ve enjoyed your requisite umbrella drink, craft cocktail lovers will want to make time to taste cocktails that are found only in Hawaii.


One of the first cocktail bars in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Kakaako, this neighborhood watering hole serves up farm-to-table handcrafted drinks, created by well-known mixologist and co-owner Christian Self.

The Study at The Modern Honolulu

Oversized sofas and custom furnishings in natural materials make this a great place to relax over cocktails. The large rotating bookshelf acts as a wall to separate The Study for a more intimate space.

Bar 35

This Chinatown establishment features more than 200 brews, ales, porters and lagers from 20 different countries. If you’re a beer connoisseur, you’ll definitely find a home here. In addition to our beer selections, standard and classic cocktails, along with some house specialty cocktails, are available.

Pig and the Lady

A pop-up restaurant favorite at farmer's markets, this mother and son team set up their brick and mortar eatery in Chinatown, serving their popular Vietnamese sandwiches and soups as well as Asian-fusion small plates and entrees.


You could set the world afire with the more than 100 types of rum served at this oceanfront lounge. Listen up, rum aficionados: there are pre-embargo varieties from Cuba, and every table has an ocean view, with outdoor seating also available.


By day a coffee shop, by night a sophisticated bar where artists and hipsters mill about enjoy great music. Enjoy the monthly showcase of artwork by artists of all art mediums.

Lucky Belly

The Asian-inspired lunch and dinner menu extends beyond food at this restaurant/bar in Honolulu’s Chinatown. Pair the pork belly bao (steamed bun) and a hefty bowl of ramen noodles with their extensive list of sake, wine and whiskeys. For a quick bite after a night on the town, walk up to The Window, open from 10 p.m.

Lewers Lounge

An elegant venue for live jazz music, this Halekulani classic keeps abreast with the latest in cocktails and mixology. Cocktails created by master mixologists and a state-of-the-art ice machine are among the many special touches complementing the riffs of Hawaii’s finest jazz artists.

Pint and Jigger

With 21 rotating taps of craft beer, this gastropub not only boasts an extensive beer selection, but also an impressive food menu, with tasty favorites like scotch eggs and their popular oatmeal stout burger made fresh, not frozen.

Bar Leather Apron

Open in 2016, this new speakeasy features handcrafted cocktails in an intimate space. With signature drinks created by award-winning mixologist Justin Park, the lounge showcases his creative creations in addition to high-quality spirits, with one of the island's biggest selections of whiskies.