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Where to Wet Your Whistle in Waikiki

Where to Wet Your Whistle in Waikiki

Waikiki Beach
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Visiting Hawaii's gayest beach? Here's what to eat and where to drink in Honolulu.

Honolulu's Waikiki is legendary for its beaches and nightlife. Here's where to eat, drink, and party while you're in town.

Where to Eat

hawaiian traditional plate ahi poke, lomi lomi salmon,  tako poke, kalua pork poi, and lau lau

Hawaiian traditional plate: ahi poke, lomi lomi salmon, tako poke, kalua pork poi, and lau lau by bonchan/Shutterstock


Chef Robynne Maii

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Chef Robynne Maii is the first woman of Native Hawaiian ancestry to receive a James Beard Award for best chef (and Hawaii’s first female James Beard Award winner). She was also recently featured as one of Hawaiian Air's rotating chef series that gives First-Class passengers a taste of the culinary diversity of Hawaii.

Native Hawaiian and born and raised in Honolulu, at Fête Chef Maii takes inspiration from her local farm (which fuels the restaurant) ands celebrating the island's bounty and spotlights Hawaiian culture.

Piko Kitchen + Bar

Bao Buns at Piko Kitchen + Bar

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Piko Kitchen + Bar had just opened when we visited, but it was one of my favorite meals in Honolulu. The shared plates of poke and garlic noodles were delicious, and I'm still dreaming of their delicious bao buns.

​Liliha Bakery


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While anything from Liliha Bakery is worth a bite, we especially enjoyed trying the many flavored malasadas, a Portuguese filled doughnut. The original site was founded in the mid 1950's and some of their master bakers have been creating cakes and pastries with local ingredients for 40 years.

Highway Inn

Generations have grown up eating casual diner Highway Inn’s laulau, hand-wrapped the same way for 70 years.


Enjoying a night out at Bacchus Waikiki

Bacchus Waikiki 

Bacchus Waikiki is a laid-back gay bar that offers regular trivia and DJ nights.

Hideout at the Laylow

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Tucked away above Kuhio Avenuethe Hideout at the Laylow offers a vibrant vibe with Modern Hapa Hawaiian cuisine.

Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand  

Enjoy award-winning food at Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand in the Waikiki Grand Hotel overlooking Queen’s Beach.

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