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Home Bar & Grill

They're back — the guys who brought you Kanpai on Ward have moved on and have opened a new hangout. Chris Tai, left, and John Estrella, along with kitchen crew Brandon Hamada and Neil Nakasone, opened Home Bar & Grill last week to a door-busting crowd. Already loyal customers are coming in for darts, karaoke, and the menu items that originally made their Ward restaurant so popular. Open from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily, the guys also have valet parking in the back so you don't have to fight for the few spots out front.

Home Bar & Grill
1683 Kalakaua Ave.

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51 comments
harrycovair
harrycovair

Another set of fuud prom. Who doesn't like Fried Gizzard with a beer back!? Glad to see that Kanpai (re)opened up with the same menu but at a larger venue. I must get to Home one of these days.

turkeyboy808
turkeyboy808

great stuff, so glad you wrote about it as I had to go try it last night. thanks for the wonderful review.

RodBugarin
RodBugarin

This is seriously the best value for the most fun you can have in Honolulu. The service is excellent and the food is even better. I highly recommend the kim chi fried rice and the green apple mixed drink. Only one complaint--parking is a pain and the exterior may be deceiving. But, once you've found your spot, and walk into the doors, this is like the local watering hole that won't rip you off like so many other places in the new Honolulu.

M
M

Hello Melissa!
What can I say, the fuud looks ONO!

turkfontaine
turkfontaine

digital darts? where have i been for the last century?

in my drinking and darting days we used steel, bought our own and constantly compared, customized and tuned them like a sweet, sticky rice rocket of a dream drifter some Japanese laptop bombadier might own. and we put the genuine English straw target on the door of the women's room. it made the birds real nervous.

but i grow old.

note to self: roll trouser bottoms

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

those girlie drinks were GUUUD! thnx to chris, who made them weak for me so i cd finish my work sober :) next time i'm getting regular strength

808marv
808marv

Mmm tater tots. Maybe they can do it Gogi Truck style and throw some pieces of kalbi on there, or kalua pig/carnitas. Hey if they're gonna make it like nachos why not right? ;-) Everything looks good though.

MoOgooGuypAN
MoOgooGuypAN

Yay! I love Kanpai! Only thing is that it's become so crowded lately. Just last week we went down for some beer and pupu's and weren't able to find a table so we headed over to Kochi...very disapointed with Kochi. Now that there's a suedo "Kanpai 2", a.k.a. Home Bar and Grill, we have a new place to enjoy our beer, food , and atmosphere. The only thing about these kind of places is that after a while they become so popular they start becoming ghetto..ala Mai Tai Bar...

EdOshiro
EdOshiro

Since these guys left Kanpai, is it still in business.

CindySJ
CindySJ

You had me at tater tots! But everything else looked super ono too! Will have to check this place out! BTW -- I <3 the pork chops from Side Street! So yum! I gnaw on the bones! :-)

Nanigurl
Nanigurl

I'm with you Melissa, I'm not a big fan of pork chops at bars in Hawaii. Must definitely be man food because my husband has to order them every time we go to Sidestreet.

jlieu
jlieu

OMG the kim chee fried rice looks SOOO good! Also I liked the ahi- photos are making me crave bar food!! NOM NOM NOM!!! Gonna go back this weekend!!! Chris + Jenn= TFF (Tater Tot Friends Forever)

A_joe
A_joe

I go try check em out soon. Mahalo for the lead.

Ynaku
Ynaku

Oooh Chicken Gizzards :-) Hey I should try some of those purty girlie drinks...Um when get girls in da group dat is. Never by myself :P

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@harrycovair Kanpai is still around, just not with these guys! I wonder what the clientele at Kanpai is now? This place seems busy every night.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@RodBugarin thanks for stopping by the site! I agree, some girlfriends have said they've passed the place on the outside and it looked scary to them. It's surprising to see how far back the room goes once you're inside.

Sushi
Sushi

@turkfontaine I haven't seen digital darts before either, and people are constantly kicking me off their lawn. This is crazy talk. I probably wouldn't be able to make the darts hit the board hard enough at times, though. Darn you, upper body strength (or lack thereof).

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@turkfontaine man, where HAVE you been? Digital darts has been the standard for a while....more accurate for scoring. Although as someone who has no upper body strength, I can tell you that if the dart doesn't hit the board hard enough, the points won't register. :P

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@808marv Funny! @jlieu actually had an idea for varying toppings for the taters. She's the carb queen, so the tater ideas were flowing!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@MoOgooGuypAN huh! For real? Why is that? I haven't been to Mai Tai Bar in forever.....

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@ParkRat Actually, you're the perfect demographic for it: Local guy, no frills. You would probably like a lot of the stuff! Bar food!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@Nanigurl you gotta go when @ParkRat is at @onotogo to see all the action! He loves the pork chops so much, he says he wants to have Wedge's babies!

ParkRat
ParkRat

@Nanigurl Maybe you never had the pork chops at Kaimuki Grill. That is GREAT bar pork chops.

Not to be confused with @onotogo SUPER ONO pork chops!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@Nanigurl Thank you!! Now I don't feel so bad. I always feel like an outsider when people really really want to get pork chops! You & I can eat the negitoro in the corner, then.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@jlieu LOL I'm so tired of tater tots now! You can eat my share.

Ynaku
Ynaku

@Melissa808 No need fight over gizzards. I buy one plate for you :-0 the rest of those girls gotta fight me for them though.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@Ynaku hahaha oh, no no....not YOU! (BTW Am I gonna be fighting for chicken gizzards with you?)

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