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Taps: 7 / Bottles: 111
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by atigerlife:
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been to this place several times so I figured it was time to write a review. First, the location is in Chinatown at 35 Hotel street. Not a very nice neighborhood, but it is one of those areas that is becoming very hip and artsy. Parking may be an issue [park on street or at Mark's Garage nearby].
The first thing to strike you when you walk in the bar is darkness. The dominant color is dark with very low lighting. It is not very big, but has a decent bar that can seat around 20 people. Other than that, they have some couches. Basically, this is a beer bar trying to be hip.
On Mondays they have a special $15 entrance fee beer tasting. Might be worth a stop in.
Somewhat strangely, the only food they have are these fancy pizzas. The two types I've had were very good. They are pricey at $11 since that is a single person size. Anyway, worth a try. The pork pizza was particularly tasty.
The best part is their happy hour: 4-8p.m. every day for $3 any 12 oz beers, tap beers or kettle one drinks. A great deal. That is cheaper than you can buy most of those beers in a store.
They have a good selection [very good for HI] with about 45 American beers, about 80 other beers [about 12 Belgians] from around the world listed by country--about 20 countries. Only 3 beers on tap: Bitburger, Guiness and Blue Moon.
So, if you are in town and want a good beer at a cheap price then their happy hour should not be missed.
08-04-2006 05:27:23 | More by atigerlife
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3.2/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Every Wednesday Bar 35 has a beer tasting called House of Brews. Each week is a different theme. Sometimes the themes are great - Big Beers, Oh Canada, and sometimes odd - Animals??? Anyway, for $20 you get small samples of 8 different beers and at the end you pick your favorite for a ninth sample. They also come around with free pizza samples. This is hit or miss. Some weeks I'll get 2-3 samples over several hours and other weeks they'll have so many samples that it's a full meal. Less is more common, though. Finally the host, Andy Baker (part owner of Hawaii Nui Brewing Co., I think), comes around to each group and tells you about the beers and answers questions. He's enthusiastic and knowledgeable and friendly. And because he circulates around you feel like you get personal attention.
That said, the atmosphere and service leave a lot to be desired. Frequently it takes 3-4 hours to sample 8 beers because you wait so long for your server between beers. Sometimes they are crowded but often the server is just unaware or inattentive. I don't particularly like the atmosphere. It's really loud, unpleasantly so. Also it's dark, so it feels more like a nightclub than a bar (if you're into that it's not bad). Finally they have this projector and show films in huge format on the wall. The film selection is bizarre. One week they'll have a cartoon kiddie movie, the next week the BBC Earth documentary, and one week they had what my friend called "near porn," which looked like porn to me but apparently didn't actually have penetration.
As for selection, the tasting has beers (from bottles) that may not always be offered on the menu. There is usually a mix of common and less common beers. They have a long list of bottles but I'm not sure if they have seasonals or how often that change up their menu. The food is good but limited variety. They have tasty gourmet pizzas and french fries with a bunch of creative dipping sauces. The food is a bit overpriced.
01-25-2011 05:12:38 | More by mariner22
4/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This place is located in Chinatown, and it is kind of in a slummy place. There were homeless people sleeping all over. Parking was an issue, so we had to park a few blocks away and walk past bums.
Once inside, you see a dark room with a bunch of couches. The bar on the left has a LOT of bottles on display. I think I was told they have ove 150 bottles. The list was pages long. There was a live band playing, so it was kind of loud by the bar. But there was a back room with more couches, so we got to sit there in relative quite.
The bar staff was nice, and helpfull. They seemed to know their beer somewhat. I wanted the hoppiest beer they had, and was going to order some DIPA, when the bartender tole ne that he has an IPA that is more hoppy. I thought that was cool.
The beer sleection looks impressive on first glance, but as you study the menu, it starts to look less promising. They have a lot of macros, and then most of the rest is pale ales, and bees you can get anywhere. The standard Belgain stuff, like Duval, and Chimey. So, a big selection, but not much to interest me. I might be a ltittle pickey though.
I didnt see any food, but I wasnt looking. They did have a popcorn machine, and they almost burnt some popcorn, but my wife ran over and dumped it.
I think that this place was reasonable priced. And if you take into account the fact that it is in over priced Hawaii, it was pretty cheap.
Oveall: This place it probably the best place I have been to anywhere in Hawaii. It dosnet compare to some of the palces I have been to elsewhere, but for Hawaii, it was great. I will stop back next time I am there.
10-09-2008 15:40:20 | More by OStrungT
4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Since Magoo's closed, this is the best selection for the most reasonable prices in Honolulu. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if their happy hour price ($3 for most domestic and some bottles, 4-8 PM everyday) was cheaper than the Liquor Collection (a retail store) for a few items.
The atmosphere is dark, a bit trendy, with classic (and cult classic) films projected against a wall with no sound. The garden in the back is so chill on weeknights, I've seen people refer to it on craigslist as an example of the kind of place they like to hang. On weekends, especially first Fridays, it can get too crowded to get back there.
I like the waitstaff -- no buybacks yet, but they're friendly, candid, and helpful. Automatically pour you some water around your third beer and keep filling it up. Good looking out. Great selection of bottles -- about 160, including lots of good west coasties and some Belgians (which are understandably more expensive). Less so on the taps, but what are you going to do? I've only tried the pizzas, which are quite tasty if the thin crust isn't as crunchy as I'd like, but I don't think Hawaiian pizza will ever please this New Yorker. Overall, I think I've found a new haunt, and I'm very happy that my new place is walking distance.
Every Wednesday from 6-8 they do a tasting event called House of Brews. There's 8 beers on a themed menu -- I warn you, they're not always super special brews -- and you get about 7 oz. of each, with a ninth of your choice and complimentary samples of their gourmet pizzas. For $20, the happy hour is certainly a better deal on volume of beer (and you get to pick what you want), though you do get slightly more variety with the event menu (plus the pizza) and it's a good excuse to chat with Andy, who is the biggest beer geek I've met on the islands to date and a nice guy to boot.
09-23-2007 21:02:08 | More by jbsteiny
Bar 35 in Honolulu, HI
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.