Honolulu mixologist Dave Newman has served whisky with chocolate and won accolades for his new gastro-pub, Pint + Jigger (pintandjigger.com). But he wants to set the record straight about mai tais. “Unfortunately, all the tourist bars in Waikiki use these bastardized versions of a really amazing classic drink, making these crazy overly sweet concoctions,” says Newman, who first moved to Hawaii to run the bar program for Nobu Waikiki. “Really, the drink is fresh-squeezed juice, orange curacao and orgeat. It’s a boozy, very citrusy drink. We actually put it on tap. Kegged it, carbonated it. It was good – but really strong.”
Here he suggests five places around Honolulu that are off the tourist path.
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1. Portlock Point
2. V Lounge
3. Lucky Belly
4. Pow! Wow! Murals
5. Where to get a good drink
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