With America is still stuck in one of the biggest recessions since The Great Depression, days and nights of eating out have been hard to come by. We get it, so we pulled out some of the hottest restaurants and bars out of our little black book that has some of the happiest of happy hours around. Whether the hotspot is a chill bar to hang out with your friends or it’s an upscale restaurant to lure in a love interest, we got your back!
Hawaii is notorious for being pricey, especially if you’re at Honolulu. However, Pearl Ultralounge provides a luxury ambience for a reasonable price during their famous happy hour. They have an extensive list of delicious “pupus” which are Hawaiian appetizers (yelp reviewers cant stop raving about their Beef Carpaccio and Ahi Poke), and on top of their menu there are live music, tropical cocktails, and dancing. It is also located at the Ala Moana Center, a famous high end outdoor mall, so you can get some shopping done before you head over. If you get there early you can even catch a free hula show, which takes place at the Ala Moana center stage daily at 1pm.
Happy Hour: Tuesday to Friday from 4:30pm to 8pm
1450 Ala Moana Blvd, 3rd Level
Honolulu, HI 96814
If you want to take a breather from the tourist crowd and give your wallet a break, take a hike down Makapuu Beach Park, located at the eastern most point in Hawaii. Once you hike down to the beach, you can explore caves and tide pools, try your hand at body surfing, or if conditions allow you can even go snorkeling! Dubbed as “Hawaii’s Natural Water Park,” Makapuu gives “a day at the beach” a whole new meaning with endless fun and adventurous activities. But make sure you take safety precautions, mother nature can be dangerous!
41-095 Kalanianaole Hwy
Waimanalo, HI 96795
Hungry? Hawaii has tons of great eateries, but with generous portions at an affordable price, Mitsu-Ken is a must-visit. Mitsu-Ken is a local hotspot located in Kalihi known for the local-style comfort food. For $6.75, you can stuff yourself with their famous garlic chicken, or try their other bentos. The catch is that you have to get there early–the place closes at 1pm.
Hours: Tue-Sat 5 am – 1 pm
1223 N School St
Honolulu, HI 96817