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HAWAII Magazine's "Hidden Waikiki" Guide: After Dark



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Dining behind the tatami curtains at Choco House Restaurant & Sushi. Photo by Aaron Yoshino.

"Hidden Waikiki"
is our first-ever, user-friendly guide to the under-the-radar spots we hit when we visit our backyard, world-famous, ever-fascinating and wholly unique Hawaii resort area.

You'll find the entire feature in our current March/April issue, on sale now nationwide or available for individual copy purchase using our Apple Newsstand HAWAII Magazine iPad and iPhone apps.  Purchase a digital subscription to HAWAII Magazine for iPad, iPhone or Android tablet and you’ll get the issue with “Hidden Waikiki” immediately as part of your subscription.

Hawaii’s biggest, most-visited resort destination reveals a whole lot more for folks in the mood to explore—from groovy eateries and night spots tucked away on its backstreets to tiny noodle shops and eclectic local retail stores hiding in plain sight off the main drags, Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues. In “Hidden Waikiki” we reveal our favorites of these.

Throughout April, we're sharing a few excerpts from our “Hidden Waikiki” feature here on HawaiiMagazine.com. Below is the second category we're sharing:


"Hidden Waikiki" Guide

"After Dark"
Category 10 of 12

When the sun goes down on another Waikiki day, you'll find us at these hidden haunts.


Choco House Restaurant & Sushi

Stepping into this tiny Japanese restaurant in the basement of a nowhere-near-the-beach Waikiki hotel after dark is like stumbling into a hidden sushi bar on some Tokyo backstreet. The menu is all about Japanese bar food (everything from ahi sashimi to monkfish liver). And the prices are easy on the pau hana (after-work) wallet.

Hawaiian Monarch Hotel • 444 Niu St. • (808) 942-5304



L'Aperitif at La Mer

The L’Aperitif bar menu at the Halekulani hotel’s award-winning oceanview French restaurant La Mer is akin to a splash of Paris cool in warm Waikiki. Crafted by Colin Field, longtime head bartender at the Ritz Paris hotel’s pioneering Bar Hemingway, L‘Aperitif pairs refined sips with elegant eats (a martini-style mojito Havatini with an oyster lychee-ginger sorbet, for example) to create palate-awakening highs.


Halekulani Hotel • 831 2199 Kalia Road. • (808) 923-2311

 
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The post-midnight scene at Wang Chung's karaoke bar. Photo by Aaron Yoshino.

Wang Chung's


If you can find it—and you’ll have to walk through the right back alley behind the right Japanese restaurant (Odoriko) to do so—you just might find Wang Chung’s to be the most welcoming and refreshingly unpretentious late-night karaoke bar in Waikiki. A massive song list makes up for Wang Chung’s smallish interiors, the latter of which becomes a positive as late p.m. warbling turns to early a.m. belting out.

2410 Koa Ave. • (808) 921-9176 •
Website


Karaoke GS Studio

Want your own version of Lost in Translation’s Bob Harris-and-Charlotte karaoke scenes minus the trip to Tokyo? Get lost in the darkened hallways and private rooms of this walk-up Japanese karaoke bar buried in the interior of a nondescript side-street hotel. There’s food and cocktail room service, an impressive menu of Asian and English tunes and no one will find you here if you don’t want them to.

Aqua Waikiki Joy Hotel • 320 Lewers St. • (808) 921-3576 • Website



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