Brewski Time: The Top Five Beer Lists in Hawaii

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Craving a cold one? My favorite way to enjoy a beer is after a surf session on a sandy beach. There’s nothing better than a Longboard Island Lager paired with ahi poke. But, Hawaii certainly has its fair share of beer bars including Yard House on bustling Lewers St. and Gordon Biersch at Aloha Tower. With the rise in popularity of craft beers and locally brewed options I focused on these select Hawaii-bred bars the top five beer lists in Hawaii.

1 Bar 35

Nestled in the Chinatown hood where the “cool kids” go, Bar 35’s neighbors are cocktail laden 39 Hotel and live music venue, Next Door. With a wall of 150+ international beers to choose from, Bar 35 is the ultimate spot to sip a variety of brewskis and get global as the menu is distinctively separated by region. Happy hour is from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday featuring all 12-ounce brews for $3.50. And, every Thursday check out House of Brews where you can taste eight different featured beers along with Chef Valentini’s delicious, gourmet, artisan pizza.

35 N. Hotel St


2 The Shack

Your neighborhood Shack is where it’s at for a kickback bite and beer. With five locations to choose from, The Shack, remains low-key like its moniker and never lets you down for a casual brewski with friends. Always jam-packed during football season, the local joint serves up $3 beers during its Thirsty Thursday’s happy hour and offers a Sunday NFL breakfast.

Hawaii Kai at 377 Keahole Place


3 Kona Brewing Co.

Brewed and produced in the Big Island of Hawaii, Kona Brewing Co. uses Kona hops, malt and proprietary yeast to craft their locally made beers. Kona Brewing Co. created Big Wave Golden Ale, Fire Rock Pale Ale and Longboard Island Lager in the late ’90s and now there are about 10 other styles of beer served at Kona Brewing Co. pubs. Choose from blonde to black to tangy to hoppy. If there’s not a pub near you, find a few of the styles at select markets throughout the United States and in Japan. Utilization of an in-house brew-master and sustainability coordinator make this beer not only refreshing, but top-notch in quality with a carbon footprint too.


75-5629 Kuakini Hwy.


4 Mulligans on the Blue

South Maui’s Irish Pub and Restaurant is located on the Wailea Blue golf course across from the Fairmont Kea Lani. It is not only the perfect place to grab a beer after a day on the golf course, but also boasts nightly entertainment ideal for the late-night crowd. Typically dubbed "the place to party” in Wailea, the Irish saloon provides sweeping ocean views, good food, thirst quenching brewskis and some good whisky too.

100 Kaukahi St


5 Murphys Bar & Grill

The most historical of the bunch, Murphy’s Bar and Grill was originally called The Hotel. Since it was located on the waterfront, it was a regular stomping ground for merchants, ship captains, and gents to enjoy post-work brews. In the late '80s, Don Murphy purchased the spot and opened Murphy’s Bar and Grill in hip downtown Honolulu. Evoking a New England vibe, this local pub is a perfect place to grab a casual business lunch, take in a football game, play a game of darts or shuffle board. And, Murphy’s is THE place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with their legendary annual block party.

2 Merchant St


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