It was all about hitting the late night eats tonight. That’s because we did our run during the day. Something that set us up for the “I don’t give a fuck what’s for dinner” attitude. A perfect way for us to try out new places. At first we went with a suggestion from our friend in SF, Home Bar. It’s a sports bar that I’d find myself in twenty years ago. Good food, affordable prices, great portions, and plenty of alcohol. It was a mix no college grad would pass up. Not to mention the perfect place to be a bachelor. I would have been in heaven. However, after filling up, we decided to check out another place. A place that observed happy hour at a different time. That was, happy hour from 9pm – close.
The place I am talking about was Doraku. This wasn’t the place on the Waikiki strip. No. This place was a bit further out. The sister/expansion place that catered to the drinking crowd. It was big. Roomy enough to be the starting point for your night’s endeavors. A place I need to go to next time I was here. Plenty of parking in the garage adjacent to it. Enough seats for you to dine or enjoy drinks. And a good enough selection for you to enjoy any type of meal you want. I’d even risk myself to say it’s almost Izakaya style with the prices and portions. But I think the place just wants you to have a good meal with your drinks. With the sushi bar and main kitchen separated, you get the best of both worlds. Chefs and cooks catering to whatever you’re passing them and bartenders keeping your glass full. Now that’s how you run a place.
Sure you can find these places on Kapahulu, but if you want to be a little fancy, this was your McCormick & Schmick’s, Oahu style. And I mean that in all the levels running through your head. Yes, exactly.
1009 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
Verdict: Definitely coming back here for the happy hour.