REAL a gastropub
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ginger420:
5/5 rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Finally! This is what hawaii has been needing forever! 24 taps over 200 different bottles, I'm in heaven! When you walk in you feel like you are in the bottom of a beer glass. the former Tropics has transfomed into a beautiful bar. A large 12 seat bar and tables inside as well as outside. Yep you can drink on their lanai! When I went they had live music and if I remember correctly th owner said they will have live music every night. (Jazz, blues, bluegrass). Some of the staff is knowledgable with beer and if not they were happy to find out more info or give a small taster. The kitchen is not open yet but the chalk board behind the bar says it will be open the week of june 15th. I'm quite sure I will be taking many more trips to Real, especially with all the great food I've been hearing about.
05-25-2012 22:12:33 | More by ginger420
More User Reviews:
4.83/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
I was in Hawaii recently for my honeymoon, and while on Oahu I made it a point to visit this place. I had read and heard nothing but good things about REAL, and it did not disappoint!
Really great/warm atmosphere. Very friendly and laid back. A nice space in the Ward area of Honolulu. Two floors, bar downstairs, and more dining space on the second floor. Indoor and outdoor seating. They have 29 (30?) rotating taps, including a couple of nitro options. A nice variety of domestic craft, locals (Maui Brewing and Big Island Brewhaus both make very good to great beer), and imports (especially Belgians). A very nice bottle selection as well. If I had to take a shot in the dark, I'd guess they have a couple of hundred different bottled beers to choose from.
Service was excellent. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Willing to make suggestions or answer questions about most of the beers. My understanding is that every server at this place is a Certified Beer Server through the Cicerone program.
We also ate while we were there, as we needed something to help us soak up all of the excellent beers we were drinking. I ordered poutine and some pork sliders, and my wife ordered mac'n'cheese and some portabello sliders. Everything was delicious, and fresh. Food is served small plate style, but reasonably priced.
I cannot recommend this place more if you're in Hawaii and on the island of Oahu. You will not find anything else like this in the islands. A top notch craft beer bar all around.
06-01-2014 05:33:39 | More by MaximumYuks
4.55/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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 -6.2%
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
REAL a gastropub in Honolulu, HI
94 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.