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The Wai’olu Ocean View Lounge at Trump International Hotel Waikiki boasts some of the best handcrafted cocktails — referred to by the hotel as Liquid Artistry — on the island and its signature drinks lure the after-work crowds to its open-air lounge on the hotel’s sixth floor. The sunset views here are unmatched and the bar is home to the 2011 Mai Tai Festival’s “World’s Best Mai Tai” made with the award-winning blend of Bacardi 8, amaretto, ginger liqueur, kaffir lime sour, caramelized pineapple and pineapple-Bacardi sorbet.
Its lunch menu features a nice selection of sushi, hearty salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers and bento boxes (Japanese lunch box meals) with items like shrimp tempura, wagyu steak and pickled vegetables. For dinner, the menu expands to include cheese and charcuterie, baguettes and flat breads, and seafood dishes like miso butterfish, steamed clams in a garlic white wine sauce, and deep-fried angel shrimp with a housemade strawberry sweet-and-sour sauce.
But where Wai’olu really shines is at sunset. Enjoy post-work nosh like crispy Thai chicken wings, seasonal poke with fresh island fish, edamame hummus and an extensive drink menu with artful cocktails, draft beers, and wine and shochu by the glass. On Friday nights this is one of the best places in Waikiki to view the fireworks that launch from the nearby Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Wai’olu serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. And dinner starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended, especially to get sunset-viewing tables.