Food Finds: Waikiki
Mai Tai Bar
Considered "my bar" by many kama‘aina (locals) the Mai Tai Bar at Ala Moana Center's Ho‘okipa Terrace is an award-winning happy hour hot spot. If you're looking for a happening hangout to rub shoulders with the local crowd, head on over to the Mai Tai Bar after 9 p.m. where the pitchers of beer will be flowing and the bar's lanai (patio area) will be pulsing with shorts, tank top and slipper clad residents looking to let loose.
Thanks to Ala Moana Center's plentiful parking, the Mai Tai Bar (just across from California Pizza Kitchen and Bubba Gump's) is almost always packed. Grab a group of friends to enjoy their $5 appetizers, like firecracker shrimp and onion rings, and $9 beer pitchers. With two happy hours daily (early and late) it's a dead tie on the best time to grab a mai tai.
At night, the Mai Tai Bar takes it up a notch, so if you're sensitive to sound, this isn't the place for you. Here, local groups jam away to island favorites, so throw on your favorite dress or aloha shirt, let down your hair and get ready to skank and skip your way over to the dance floor.