Stop, chill, sip: My top 5 bars

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Sometimes a girl just has to have a drink. If you know me at all, you know that my life is pretty fast-paced. But there are plenty of times when I need to just stop, sit and enjoy a drink at one of my favorite watering holes before getting back on the move.

These aren’t places you can go to dance your face off (I’ll do that list later), although a few of them do host club nights. The spots on this list are down-to-earth, with a good to great liquor selection and an atmosphere that keeps me coming back. They’re bars where you can have an in-depth conversation or spend hours hanging out without breaking your wallet. Some of them are a little bit divey, and others are classier, but you can just as easily take a date there as have pau hana drinks with your friends. And if you’re into craft beer, whiskey, scotch or gin, or even if you want a fancy cocktail, the folks behind the counter really know their drinks, far beyond simply what goes into a cocktail.

Pint and Jigger

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Another of the cornerstones of Honolulu's bar scene is Pint and Jigger, run by Dave Newman, former bar manager at Nobu's and current U.S. Bartender's Guild- Hawaii President. As much an industry spot as it is a local watering hole, this wood and earth-toned bar is the kind of place you'll find college professors, cocktail aficionados... and, well, me, on a regular basis.

Insider Tip: The beers and ales on tap aren't your average beer, and they're all $1 off during happy hour. Curious about the watermelon ale or the Iron Fist stout? Just ask for a taste and they'll pour you a tiny sample glass.

Pint & Jigger
1936 S. King St.
808-744-9593
Mon - Wed: 4:30 pm- midnight, Thu - Sat: 4:30 pm - 2 am., Sun: 4:30 p.m. - midnight
pintandjigger.com, Facebook.com/PintandJigger

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