Even though St. Patrick’s Day only comes once a year, Irish pubs in Hawaii can be quite the happening spot for nighttime revelers. From whiskey tastings to Guinness toast contests, these pubs tend to treat everyday as if it was a holiday. Despite the law against smoking in restaurants and buildings, these bars allow smoking inside, so nonsmokers be warned.
• 311 Lewers St., Honolulu, HI 96815-2344 • 808-926-1777
All walks of life come through Kelley’s. Located in Waikiki, the Irish bar features a live band every night o’ the week, so there’s never a dull moment at this place. Just be weary of weekend crowds that flood the small pub and create quite the raucous for the mellow marauders.
• 902 Nuuanu Ave. • Honolulu, HI 96817 • 808- 536-4138
All I can say is, Mike Love. The local reggae musician has earned a loyal following after all these years of gigging at O’Toole’s, so it’s safe to say that the two go hand in hand. Because this pub is in Downtown Chinatown, it will be packed with people on almost any given night.
• 478 Ena Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815 • 808-947-3414
With a whiskey special every month, you know where this saloon’s priorities fall. Many people come here for the live music – as opposed to the mellow moods that Mike Love brings to O’Tooles, you will find heavier metal stuff at the Irish Rose.
• 2440 S Beretania St. • Honolulu, HI 96826 • 808-946-5190
A neighborhood pe on the outskirts of Honolulu that attracts the usual local and visiting crowd. Although they do not serve food, they do have fairly cheap beer, a pool table and live music almost every night of the week – that’s all you need, right? It has gone through a few different owners over the past couple of years, but I’ll admit that the most recent change and remodeling are my favorite.