clock menu more-arrow no yes
The Pig and the Lady's It's Always Sunny cocktail with agricole rum, ginger beer and pho-lernum.
The Pig and the Lady's It's Always Sunny cocktail with agricole rum, ginger beer and pho-lernum.
Facebook/The Pig and the Lady

The Eater Hawaii Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now

Cocktails in paradise, anyone?

View as Map
The Pig and the Lady's It's Always Sunny cocktail with agricole rum, ginger beer and pho-lernum.
| Facebook/The Pig and the Lady

Cocktails in Hawaii go beyond Mai Tais and Lava Flows. Whether you’re a visitor or a kamaaina (resident), the islands offer plenty of places to raise a glass (or two). Below, the best places to get drunk in Hawaii right now.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cow Pig Bun

Copy Link
535 Lipoa Pkwy
Kīhei, HI 96753
(808) 875-8100
Visit Website
From the outside, the low-level corporate building in Kihei, Maui may look more like a state department than a burger bar, but hidden deep within—past a few double doors—is a bright and airy bar plus restaurant. Specializing in burgers and bourbon, Cow Pig Bun pours out a variety of tweaked modern classics, like Blood & Sands and Last Words. But the bar staff sometimes gets more creative with drinks like the Cannibalistic, which features pho syrup.

2. Hale Ōhuna

Copy Link
3605 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 744-7567
Visit Website
Top Chef contestant Lee Anne Wong’s newly opened Hale Ohuna brings all the good stuff: a modern Hawaiian noodle house, a sake bar and a whiskey lounge, all in one comfortable and casual Kaimuki loft space. In addition to a deep well of sake and whiskey pours, the friendly bartenders build elegant cocktails from the aforementioned, in addition to shochu and awamori, a distilled rice drink consumed in Okinawa, Japan.

3. L'Aperitif

Copy Link
Halekulani Hotel
Waikīkī, HI 96815
The luxurious Halekulani hotel in Waikiki is a fitting home for L’Aperitif, Honolulu’s most elegant haven to imbibe. France-based Colin Field is flown on a regular basis from the famous Hemingway Bar in the Ritz Hotel Paris to consult on this refined menu, which is full of Champagne and rye. Bartenders provide five-star hospitality as guests are invited to lounge at the quiet bar in soft bucket chairs with views of the ocean and the warm tones of a live Hawaiian band wafting up from below. The cocktails cost $20—Hawaii’s most expensive—but each comes with its own paired amuse bouche. Some drinks are even presented to ladies with a whole red rosebud as garnish. Ooh la la.

4. Livestock Tavern

Copy Link
49 N Hotel St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 537-2577
Visit Website
Livestock Tavern’s trendy urban vibe feels like San Francisco or New York in Honolulu. This modern cosmopolitan sensibility is bolstered by bar manager Mike Nishikawa’s menu of well-crafted original cocktails and modern classics, served alongside generous plates of mostly classic American grub. Despite Hawaii’s temperate climate, Mike’s program moves effortlessly with the seasons, spotlighting hard-to-hate gems such as the Goblin King, made from locally produced agricole rum, pumpkin, lemon juice, and maple syrup—only reinforcing the idea that we’re all obsessed with anything pumpkin spice, even in the warmest of weather.

5. Manifest

Copy Link
32 N Hotel St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 523-7575
Visit Website
Manifest in Downtown Honolulu is one part dance club, one part underground comedy club, and one part cocktail bar—depending on when you go. The bar churns out classic cocktails like Old Fashioneds, twists on classics like bourbon bucks with lilikoi shrub, and new originals by bar manager Justin Park. Choose your night and choose your own atmosphere.

6. Mud Hen Water

Copy Link
(808) 737-6000
Visit Website
For a sip of homegrown Hawaii, Mud Hen Water is as local as it gets. Honolulu farm-to-table pioneer and James Beard nominee Ed Kenny opened this laid-back restaurant and bar in Kaimuki just this past June. Like the food, the cocktails almost exclusively incorporate ingredients that are Hawaii-grown, certified organic, and sustainable. Grab an inside table, bar seat, or a breezy picnic bench outside, and try the “Kitchen Cocktail,” a revolving drink that bar manager Kelly Jeffer creates using leftover ingredients from the cooks, flaunting that sustainability can be both creative and tasty.

7. The Pig and the Lady

Copy Link
83 N King St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 585-8255
Visit Website
The Pig and the Lady drew national attention for its modern take on Vietnamese fare when chef and owner Andrew Le was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2014. The hip pop-up-turned-restaurant features an equally innovative bar program. It’s inspired by classic Vietnamese flavors like tamarind, salted lemon, coconut, chili pepper, sriracha, and coffee. This delightfully bright and aromatic approach to cocktails pairs well with the refined comfort food served by the family-run kitchen in a modern industrial setting. Their twist on Vietnamese coffee—cognac, cacao, condensed milk, Benedictine, and classic Café du Monde coffee—sips well with the restaurant’s famous P&L pho deluxe, made from bacon, 12-hour roast brisket, fried shallow, Tokyo negi, and soft egg.

8. 12th Ave Grill

Copy Link
1120 12th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 732-9469
Visit Website
Last year, this New American neighborhood mainstay moved to a larger space and, for the first time, owners added a bar in the dining room. While the cocktail list changes regularly, the latest menu puts its own spin on familiar recipes, like the 12th Ave Pimm’s Cup (Pimm’s No. 1, muddle cucumber and thyme, lemon, and ginger beer) and the Kaimuki G&T (Uncle Val’s botanical gin, Cocchi Americano, house tonic syrup, citrus, and angostura float). You’ll also find some house originals that chart their own way, like the Barrel-Aged Marksman (Marker’s Mark bourbon, Kahlua, and orange-vanilla bitters—aged one month in an oak barrel).

9. House Without A Key

Copy Link
2199 Kalia Rd
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 923-2311
Visit Website
A beachside seat on the lanai (patio), a live Hawaiian band, graceful former Miss Hawaii hula dancers, the calming roar of ocean, and a killer Mai Tai make The House Without a Key at the Halekulani one of the most serene places to sit back and enjoy a cocktail. The Halekulani’s Mai Tai is nationally renowned and packs a punch with three types of rum. Those looking for other classic tropical vacation drinks will also find a sugary selection of Blue Hawaiians, Lava Flows, and more in the same vein on the menu. Go at sunset and see if you can catch the green flash.

10. Top of Waikiki

Copy Link
2270 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 923-3877
Visit Website
The barely discernible spin of the revolving restaurant and large, panoramic windows yield breathtaking views of the city of Honolulu and its astonishing sunsets over the ocean. Though Top of Waikiki has drawn herds of tourists in Honolulu for many years now, local scenesters have been buzzing about the cocktails ever since the restaurant brought on bartender Jen Ackrill to lead its drink program last year. Ackrill, previously in San Francisco, has slowly rolled out a new menu that integrates tropical drinks and craft cocktail classics—along with a rad, seemingly antique blended ice machine that makes any cocktail fun.

1. Cow Pig Bun

535 Lipoa Pkwy, Kīhei, HI 96753
From the outside, the low-level corporate building in Kihei, Maui may look more like a state department than a burger bar, but hidden deep within—past a few double doors—is a bright and airy bar plus restaurant. Specializing in burgers and bourbon, Cow Pig Bun pours out a variety of tweaked modern classics, like Blood & Sands and Last Words. But the bar staff sometimes gets more creative with drinks like the Cannibalistic, which features pho syrup.
535 Lipoa Pkwy
Kīhei, HI 96753

2. Hale Ōhuna

3605 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
Top Chef contestant Lee Anne Wong’s newly opened Hale Ohuna brings all the good stuff: a modern Hawaiian noodle house, a sake bar and a whiskey lounge, all in one comfortable and casual Kaimuki loft space. In addition to a deep well of sake and whiskey pours, the friendly bartenders build elegant cocktails from the aforementioned, in addition to shochu and awamori, a distilled rice drink consumed in Okinawa, Japan.
3605 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816

3. L'Aperitif

Halekulani Hotel, Waikīkī, HI 96815
The luxurious Halekulani hotel in Waikiki is a fitting home for L’Aperitif, Honolulu’s most elegant haven to imbibe. France-based Colin Field is flown on a regular basis from the famous Hemingway Bar in the Ritz Hotel Paris to consult on this refined menu, which is full of Champagne and rye. Bartenders provide five-star hospitality as guests are invited to lounge at the quiet bar in soft bucket chairs with views of the ocean and the warm tones of a live Hawaiian band wafting up from below. The cocktails cost $20—Hawaii’s most expensive—but each comes with its own paired amuse bouche. Some drinks are even presented to ladies with a whole red rosebud as garnish. Ooh la la.
Halekulani Hotel
Waikīkī, HI 96815

4. Livestock Tavern

49 N Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96817
Livestock Tavern’s trendy urban vibe feels like San Francisco or New York in Honolulu. This modern cosmopolitan sensibility is bolstered by bar manager Mike Nishikawa’s menu of well-crafted original cocktails and modern classics, served alongside generous plates of mostly classic American grub. Despite Hawaii’s temperate climate, Mike’s program moves effortlessly with the seasons, spotlighting hard-to-hate gems such as the Goblin King, made from locally produced agricole rum, pumpkin, lemon juice, and maple syrup—only reinforcing the idea that we’re all obsessed with anything pumpkin spice, even in the warmest of weather.
49 N Hotel St
Honolulu, HI 96817

5. Manifest

32 N Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96817
Manifest in Downtown Honolulu is one part dance club, one part underground comedy club, and one part cocktail bar—depending on when you go. The bar churns out classic cocktails like Old Fashioneds, twists on classics like bourbon bucks with lilikoi shrub, and new originals by bar manager Justin Park. Choose your night and choose your own atmosphere.
32 N Hotel St
Honolulu, HI 96817

6. Mud Hen Water

Honolulu, HI
For a sip of homegrown Hawaii, Mud Hen Water is as local as it gets. Honolulu farm-to-table pioneer and James Beard nominee Ed Kenny opened this laid-back restaurant and bar in Kaimuki just this past June. Like the food, the cocktails almost exclusively incorporate ingredients that are Hawaii-grown, certified organic, and sustainable. Grab an inside table, bar seat, or a breezy picnic bench outside, and try the “Kitchen Cocktail,” a revolving drink that bar manager Kelly Jeffer creates using leftover ingredients from the cooks, flaunting that sustainability can be both creative and tasty.

7. The Pig and the Lady

83 N King St, Honolulu, HI 96817
The Pig and the Lady drew national attention for its modern take on Vietnamese fare when chef and owner Andrew Le was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2014. The hip pop-up-turned-restaurant features an equally innovative bar program. It’s inspired by classic Vietnamese flavors like tamarind, salted lemon, coconut, chili pepper, sriracha, and coffee. This delightfully bright and aromatic approach to cocktails pairs well with the refined comfort food served by the family-run kitchen in a modern industrial setting. Their twist on Vietnamese coffee—cognac, cacao, condensed milk, Benedictine, and classic Café du Monde coffee—sips well with the restaurant’s famous P&L pho deluxe, made from bacon, 12-hour roast brisket, fried shallow, Tokyo negi, and soft egg.
83 N King St
Honolulu, HI 96817

8. 12th Ave Grill

1120 12th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
Last year, this New American neighborhood mainstay moved to a larger space and, for the first time, owners added a bar in the dining room. While the cocktail list changes regularly, the latest menu puts its own spin on familiar recipes, like the 12th Ave Pimm’s Cup (Pimm’s No. 1, muddle cucumber and thyme, lemon, and ginger beer) and the Kaimuki G&T (Uncle Val’s botanical gin, Cocchi Americano, house tonic syrup, citrus, and angostura float). You’ll also find some house originals that chart their own way, like the Barrel-Aged Marksman (Marker’s Mark bourbon, Kahlua, and orange-vanilla bitters—aged one month in an oak barrel).
1120 12th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816

9. House Without A Key

2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815
A beachside seat on the lanai (patio), a live Hawaiian band, graceful former Miss Hawaii hula dancers, the calming roar of ocean, and a killer Mai Tai make The House Without a Key at the Halekulani one of the most serene places to sit back and enjoy a cocktail. The Halekulani’s Mai Tai is nationally renowned and packs a punch with three types of rum. Those looking for other classic tropical vacation drinks will also find a sugary selection of Blue Hawaiians, Lava Flows, and more in the same vein on the menu. Go at sunset and see if you can catch the green flash.
2199 Kalia Rd
Honolulu, HI 96815

10. Top of Waikiki

2270 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
The barely discernible spin of the revolving restaurant and large, panoramic windows yield breathtaking views of the city of Honolulu and its astonishing sunsets over the ocean. Though Top of Waikiki has drawn herds of tourists in Honolulu for many years now, local scenesters have been buzzing about the cocktails ever since the restaurant brought on bartender Jen Ackrill to lead its drink program last year. Ackrill, previously in San Francisco, has slowly rolled out a new menu that integrates tropical drinks and craft cocktail classics—along with a rad, seemingly antique blended ice machine that makes any cocktail fun.
2270 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

Related Maps