By Will McGough
Special to Frolic Hawaii
Sit inside on a summer day? You must be crazy! I’m pretty sure beer was made to be enjoyed outside, so here are seven spots on Oahu with shady lanais to grab a craft beer.
Gordon Biersch Brewery
The large lanai at Gordon Biersch is right on the water in the Aloha Tower Marketplace. If you’re looking for a place to grab beers and catch the sunset, this spot cannot be beat. There’s an outside bar, tables with umbrellas, and a steady breeze to accompany the sights and sounds of the waterfront.
1 Aloha Tower Dr #1123 ● Downtown ● www.gordonbiersch.com
The outside seating at Honolulu Beerworks is a strange arrangement, two small patios parallel to each other on either side of the main brewpub. However, it works by maintaining that industry feel of old Kakaako with small spaces sandwiched between the warehouses. The beer garden-style picnic tables are best visited in the late afternoon when the sun is no longer directly overhead.
328 Cooke St ● Kakaako ● www.honolulubeerworks.com
Moku is the only booze-serving establishment with outdoor seating in the SALT at Our Kakaako complex. Though it’s not a brewery, it has a long list of craft beers to choose from. Covered and protected from the hot afternoon sun, tables along the lanai’s railing are ideal for people watching in the busy Complex.
660 Ala Moana Blvd ● Kakaako ● www.mokukitchen.com
Aloha Beer Co.
Designed as a tribute to a local’s favorite drinking spot, the lanai at Aloha Beer is aptly called the “Carport.” Serving as an actual working carport during the day, the few drips of oil serve as an added touch of character. Get there early when it opens at 5 p.m. to grab a table outside.
700 Queen St ● Kakaako
This lanai has a long row of bar seating plus a variety of tables, half in the shade and half exposed. Waikiki Brewing does a great job maintaining a sense of place with its patio – from where you sit outside, you can still see the brewing tanks, an aspect that us craft beer fanatics love.
1945 Kalakaua Ave ● Waikiki ● www.waikikibrewing.com
Home of the Brave Brewing
This small lanai is little-known because it’s off the back end of Home of the Brave’s speakeasy (which is only open Friday and Saturdays). Looking over the warehouses, car shops, and a large whale mural, this “secret” lanai makes for a nice spot before a show at Neal S. Blaisdell Center.
909 Waimanu St ● Kakaako ● www.hotbbc.com
Kona Brewing Koko Marina Pub
Out of town and beside the water on a hot day makes this spot the best of both worlds. Kona Brewing’s patio in Koko Marina has plenty of shade with seats overlooking the water, providing visitors with cool breezes and nice views of passing boats. The full food menu and reasonably priced beers make it easy to hide out for an entire afternoon.
7192 Kalaniana’ole Highway ● Hawaii Kai ● konabrewingco.com