Waikiki is the place in Honolulu where city and surf meet. City says hello. Surf says hi. Then they go out for a bit of shopping in-between a dip in the pool and a coconut mojitos. What a cute couple!
It’s a beach town filled with high rise buildings, fancy restaurants and the luxury shops all less than a minute walking distance from the ocean. Waikiki is impressive, it’s clean and well looked after. The greenery of the surrounding areas peek through concrete cracks and alley ways. A mix of surfers in flip flops and tourists in crocs are in total cohesion. It’s a wonderful area of Honolulu to stay.
While we ohh’ed and ahh’ed at the shopping that Waikiki had to offer, we decided that the most important thing was to spend the afternoon at Duke’s.
Duke’s is a casual and fun beach bar restaurant down the main street in Waikiki. There are two different ways you could go about Dukes: the bar or the restaurant.
The bar area, taking over most of the deck, looks really fun but you have to get lucky. It is packed, so packed that no amount of hardcore stalking and eye balling the tables about to finish will help you get their spot.
On the other hand, the restaurant side of Dukes is easy and an equally great option, especially because of the salad buffet bar! I know, I know. I said salad buffet. BORING! but it’s better than you think. It’s an entire room filled with ingredients to create your own perfect just-the-way-I-like-it salad AND already made salads. Best part is that it’s complimentary with any main dish ordered. Just don’t forget that you have an actual plate of food coming soon after.
Wether you choose to sit at the bar or the restaurant, you’ll hear the sounds of the very energetic live band playing away and have a view of the drunk people dancing. Dukes is clearly the place to be on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon in Waikiki.
I can’t say if it was the atmosphere that elevated the taste of the food or the food that elevated the atmosphere. OR! or maybe it was the setting sun drenching us all with warm vibes and good times. But what I can say is that Dukes in Waikiki made for the perfect Hawaiian night.
Outrigger Waikiki, 2335 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 116 Waikiki
Go Friday, Saturday, Sunday afternoon