REAL a gastropub
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Amazing beer bar. One of the best in the world
No longer live in Hawaii, but when I'm visiting I will always make it into REAL a gastropub. One of only a handful of true beer bars in Hawaii. The first and best of them all, although Brew'd and P+J are doing a great job as well.
06-17-2014 14:58:02 | More by tonloco
4.48/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
I was in Hawaii recently for my honeymoon, and while on Oahu I made it a point to visit this place. I had read and heard nothing but good things about REAL, and it did not disappoint!
Really great/warm atmosphere. Very friendly and laid back. A nice space in the Ward area of Honolulu. Two floors, bar downstairs, and more dining space on the second floor. Indoor and outdoor seating. They have 29 (30?) rotating taps, including a couple of nitro options. A nice variety of domestic craft, locals (Maui Brewing and Big Island Brewhaus both make very good to great beer), and imports (especially Belgians). A very nice bottle selection as well. If I had to take a shot in the dark, I'd guess they have a couple of hundred different bottled beers to choose from.
Service was excellent. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Willing to make suggestions or answer questions about most of the beers. My understanding is that every server at this place is a Certified Beer Server through the Cicerone program.
We also ate while we were there, as we needed something to help us soak up all of the excellent beers we were drinking. I ordered poutine and some pork sliders, and my wife ordered mac'n'cheese and some portabello sliders. Everything was delicious, and fresh. Food is served small plate style, but reasonably priced.
I cannot recommend this place more if you're in Hawaii and on the island of Oahu. You will not find anything else like this in the islands. A top notch craft beer bar all around.
06-01-2014 05:33:39 | More by MaximumYuks
4.55/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Great place to come with friends and enjoy some good beers and good food. It does get crowded on Fri/Sats though.
Beer: In my opinion, Real has the best quality beers on tap on O'ahu. They have 30 taps and they get some good stuff that you won't find anywhere else. The prices are high, I've left here with $100+ tabs, it's easy to overspend with all the good stuff on tap (not to mention bottles - they have bottles that I've never seen in Hawai'i before). They generally have bottles of Cantillon.
Food: I love the food here: gastropub-style dishes, mainly smaller plates. I recommend the bacon (it's awesome!) and the poutine.
The atmosphere is good, not too hard, not too loud - they generally have some live music each week on the bottom floor. They also have some seats outside if you are there earlier in the day, or want a little more quiet.
Service is great, they really know their stuff and are very friendly and attentive.
No longer living in Hawaii, I miss this place and will definitely be back when I'm in town. Stop by if you're in Honolulu.
10-15-2013 16:13:26 | More by Resuin
4.08/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
Great place to meet friends and try new and exotic beers. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. They have a good selection of beer here. You won't find Budweiser Beer here. The food was okay, nothing to rave about. Of course, it all about the beer here. I got to try Surliga Bay Imperial IPA beer and like it very much. Beer prices ranged from the most expensive at $32.00 a bottle to about $4.00 for a glass. They had live entertainment. Overall, it was worth the money spent. Better come early to get good seats.
10-13-2013 23:54:12 | More by Kauai_Boy
4.56/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Wonderful gastropub with a casual family friendly atmosphere. An amazing amount of craft beers on tap and an even larger amount of canned and bottled craft beers.
The wait help is very knowledgeable about the beer, and are able to give great suggestions. They will even give you a sample of anything on tap if you are curious.
The food is a bit pricy, but I would say that it is quite a few steps above your standard bar fare.
I highly recommend this fine establishment. You will not find a bar in Hawaii with a larger/better selection of craft beer.
06-24-2013 18:32:33 | More by Gregg_Kawakami
3.68/5 rDev -15%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
A beer-nerd oasis in paradise, as it were. Situated next to a big Japanese supermarket a couple minutes drive from Waikiki beach, this is a still-young (1st anniversary later this month) beer bar with a good array of taps, including 2 hand-pump handles that I saw, though I don't think any casks were up at the time of my visit. Lots of Cali brews on today, including several from Sierra Nevada and Moylan's (they'd just had a Moylan's event earlier in the week), and NC Old Raspy on nitro. A couple of local brews on offer, but really, that's not the main appeal of this place. Behind the bar are a row of coolers, filled with bottles unlikely to be seen in many other places in HI, including a couple of Mikkeller brews, Jolly Pumpkins, St. Bernardus, and wonder of wonders, a number of Cantillons! Needless to say, I took advantage of the opportunity to drink a cool bottle of Iris. Food seems serviceable, but then that's hardly why one should come here. Good craft beer in a town that still has a lot to learn about the subject. (As I was informed that one of the Shelton brothers is a co-owner of the place, its unusual focus began to make more sense. As did its choice as one of last year's Zwanze Day sites.)
05-12-2013 04:17:44 | More by bugdoc
REAL a gastropub in Honolulu, HI
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