Waiolu Ocean View Lounge
Hawaiian bars should have two things: stellar views of the sunset over the ocean and equally awesome mai tais. Both are on offer at the Waiolu Ocean View Lounge at the posh Trump International Hotel. Not only does the bar boast what might be the best view in Waikiki, its resident mixologist Christina Maffei has created a version of the popular cocktail that earned it the title of "World's Best Mai Tai." Judge for yourself. There's live music, ranging from contemporary to Hawaiian to R&B, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, with an attractive crowd showing up around 8 pm. It's busy but not suffocating, and seats are scarce once the music starts at 7:30 pm, so reserve a table in advance. www.trumpwaikikihotel.com.