The Best Mai Tais in Honolulu
If you don’t have at least one mai tai while you’re in Hawaii, it’s like you weren’t in Hawaii. Here are the capital city’s best of the best.
While it remains a debate as to where the mai tai was first introduced--Don the Beachcomber or Trader Vic's--there's no disputing where this iconic rum-forward drink is most embraced: Hawaii. And Honolulu, Oahu's fashion-forward city, holds some of the very best of the best among its old- and new-school bars. Find your bliss (and pineapple topper) on this thatch-roof bar crawl.
Hideout at the Laylow
Laylow “Hawaiian Style” Mai Tai, $15
The Hideout, the bar at this fashion-forward boutique hotel, has created a house version of the classic Trader Vic recipe that can be traced back to 1944. A blend of pineapple and lilikoi juice updates the original, and the look--distinct ingredient layers and an ornate garnish--is as Instagrammable as the hotel itself.
The Grove at Modern Honolulu
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House Without a Key
Mai Tai, $7
Dubbed Oahu’s “Original Tiki Bar,” La Mariana Sailing Club has been serving up mai tais in Honolulu since 1957 and is a pilgrimage must. Using an original, top-secret blend of juices, plus a white and dark rum, this no-frills approach pairs perfectly with the bar's dockside setting and the incredible collection of Hawaiian memorabilia inside.