Most would agree that hotel bars are typically pretty “meh,” for lack of a better word. There’s nothing wow about them, except that the menu is ridiculously overpriced, and it’s probably pretty fancy. Turtle Bay Resort’s bar tends to stray from this norm – starting with its name.

Surfer, The Bar is named just that because, as management describes it, “it’s more than a bar, it’s an original.” Through a partnership with Surfer magazine, the resort opened a bar dedicated to the ocean lifestyle and culture. Board shorts and slippers are acceptable here, while panoramic views of the ocean outside create quite the ambiance for those looking to kick back and relax.

Live music by local talent adds to that mood. Every week, Surfer invites local musicians to the stage who come from a wide range of musical backgrounds. They play anything from reggae to modern rock, and whether they’re a no-name or a big-name, like Jack Johnson, the audience at Surfer welcomes them with just as much aloha.

Surfer, The Bar definitely has a one-up on most hotel bars; however, the prices still seem pretty high. Drinks cost between $4 to $8, while the pupu ranges between $10 to $24. They have flat bread pizzas for about $12 and burgers for $16 to $18. I would suggest coming during happy hour to get the best deals (6 to 7 p.m. daily). Other than that, it’s a pretty chill spot to check out after a day of cruising the north shore.

Surfer, The Bar
57-091 Kamehameha Hwy
Kahuku, HI
Phone: 808-293-6000


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