Neat or on the Rocks: The Top 5 Scotch Bars in Hawaii

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I’m pretty much a poser when it comes to scotch. I consider myself fairly well-versed in world of wines, libations and fine liquors, yet when it comes to this stiff drink, I’m certainly no aficionado. However, I do know there’s nothing like a warm whisky on a cool night or a Hot Toddy to kick a cold. So, here are my selections for the best scotch spots in Hawaii.

1 Lewers Lounge

This is the perfect spot for early evening libations, after-dinner drinks or just a good old stiff one. Located in the elegant Halekulani Hotel, this intimate lounge boasts a fine selection of scotch. Sip your Macallan 25 over revolving jazz performers each Wednesday through Saturday. And, if your date isn’t a scotch aficionado, have them try an innovative cocktail by award-winning mixologist Dale Degroff. The “King of the Cocktail” himself created their menu of unique signature drinks.

Halekulani Hotel

2199 Kalia Rd.


2 Wai’olu Lounge

Aside from authentic Absynthe service, serious scrumptious eats and breathtaking views, Wai’olu Lounge at the Trump Waikiki Hotel is the ideal place to grab a glass of scotch on the rocks as the sun sets or following dinner at in-house eatery BLT. The well-known steakhouse located below Wai'olu also pours a pretty nice Old Fashioned.

Trump Waikiki Hotel

223 Saratoga Rd.


3 Morton’s Steakhouse

Although most famous for its signature tableside presentation, steaks, lobsters and decadent cacao sweet endings, Morton’s menu also lists a premier scotch selection. Enjoy a whisky post-work at the infamous Power Hour or following your filet and dark chocolate souffle.

1450 Ala Moana Blvd.


4 The Trophy Room

With shuffleboard, pool, and a medley of other table games available, The Trophy Room at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele is an ideal place to unwind. The classically cool weather up at the lodge begs for warm whisky or stiff scotch. The ambiance is reminiscent of a classic Scottish bar.

Four Seasons Lodge at Koele

Lanai One Keomoku Hwy


5 The Veranda

Typically known as an ideal spot for a tropical libation at sunset, The Veranda at the Kahala Hotel & Resort has a vast scotch selection in addition to their ever-popular Mai Tais, Lava Flows and Planter’s Punch. Find an array of single malt Scotch, bourbon, Canadian, blended and Irish scotch whiskeys. Some of the prime selections include Macallan 25 year, Johnny Walker Blue Label, Bookers “Barrel Proof” and Basil Hayden’s.

Kahala Hotel & Resort

5000 Kahala Ave.


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