1. Aloha Beer Co.
Aloha Beer Co. has always been a great place to drink beer, but since reopening in Kaka’ako, they’ve become an even better spot to enjoy a warm day or evening. The street level parking area is now a gorgeous lānai complete with low tops for single drinkers and high tops that are perfect for small groups. Probably the favorite part of the new setup is the tables for four in front of the purple houses in the back–they’re so adorable! And if you bring your pets along, they’ll be able to decide between several different menu items (yes, there’s a separate menu just for pets!)
Also, dog-owners and pizza-lovers rejoice! The Saturday morning farmers market pie guy Fatto a Mano (@fattoamanohi)who has set up shop at the local brewery with six delicious options, including thin crust pizzas (you can order the thin crust pizzas here!). The From the Garden vegan pizza is a must-try, made with savory tomato sauce, fresh spinach, succulent marinated artichoke hearts and roasted mushrooms (you can add a bit of cheese too). Our favorite beer to pair it with is the Waimānalo Farmhouse Ale (a Belgian-style brew) or the Red Zeppelin (a deep red old-school IPA).
Of course, let’s not forget about the menu for our beloved dogs! The human menu isn’t the only thing that’s changed–the dog meals are now veggie- and protein-packed, and come in a take-home dog bowl for $3. The “bibim-pup” bowl is layered with chopped chicken, various veggies, broken up bacon and topped with a bright yellow yolk.
2. Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar
If you’re searching for an affordable happy hour option with delicious food and drink, look no further than this popular pizza spot. With outdoor tables perfect for those balmy summer evenings, tuck into a hearty steak frites smothered in garlic sauce or a classic margherita pizza– both just $12. And to wash it all down? A couple of glasses of the house red or white, also only $5 each for a budget-friendly $22. The best part? you can bring your furry buddy here.
3. Artizen By MW
If you’re a Kaka’ako resident or an MW restaurant fan, great news – the 2020 Hale ‘Aina Award for Restaurateurs of the Year winners, Michelle Karr-Ueoka and Wade Ueoka, have taken over two floors in the Symphony Honolulu building to serve up their delicious and heartwarming meals! I’m not the only one thrilled about Artizen’s new location – my dog is ecstatic about the outdoor seating and new menu items just for pups! And, as much as I love their mochi-crusted fish with somen noodles, soy yuzu kosho vinaigrette and greens (I used to go quite often when it was at Hawai’i State Art Museum because it was within walking distance of my office), I can say with certainty that my pup loves this change too.
Michelle and Wade clearly love dogs as much as people. After their Chihuahua Pomeranian, they introduced the Echigo’s Four-Legged Menu which your fur buddy can enjoy. The most amazing part about this $8.50 dish is that it contains ingredients from only local farms, ensuring that your dog will get the best and healthiest food possible. This includes Mountain View Farms pork or J. Ludovico chicken and is served with an OK Farms egg, a MA‘O Farms carrot, sweet potato, Ho Farms kale and broccoli.- all put together in one delectable meal! And of course, what would a good meal be without wine? Don’t hesitate to spoil yourself and your pup by visiting this restaurant.
4. Barefoot Café
This alcohol-free restaurant situated by Queen’s Surf Beach is excellent for people who love morning walks. Bring your dog for a walk in the park and along the beach, then sit down at one of the large picnic tables to enjoy some pancakes with a fruit smoothie. BYOB is allowed, so you can still have all the fun without breaking any regulations! There are several reasons why the Barefoot Cafe is called Top Dog. First, it features weekly live music and oceanfront views. Second, it has delicious beach eats that everyone loves. And third, it’s just far enough away from Waikīkī so you can avoid the crowds but still enjoy the beautiful scenery. Plus, there’s ample shade for your furry friend to relax in!
5. Encore Saloon
Dog-friendly outdoor courtyard? Check. Cheap and delicious tacos? That’s a given to Encore Saloon. Located in Chinatown and you can indulge as many tacos on Taco Tuesdays, you can actually have a pawty with your furry buddy. Add in some refreshing tequila drinks, and you’re all set for a great evening out with your four-legged friend!
6. Island Distillers
We’re planning on going to this local distillery for a tour and tasting, and we’re bringing our dog! We’ve heard that the distillery is pet-friendly, and we thought this would be a fun activity for us and our fur baby. Check back soon for more information on how everything goes!
7. Istanbul Hawai‘i
I may have only been here once, but it’s clear to me that this is the ideal spot for those who own dogs. The outdoor seating has plenty of space and shade between tables, which is ideal for my pup (and me—isn’t it always awkward when your dog starts growling at people who come too close to our table?). To top it off, the food here is phenomenal and way less expensive during lunch. For example, when I came with some girlfriends, we got hummus ($10), saganaki ($15—I can’t get enough of pan-fried halloumi!), lamb doner pita wrap ($17) and an afternoon wine. Out of all of us, I ended up eating the most.
8. Merriman’s Honolulu
If you’re ever in Ward Village and looking for a delicious place to eat or drink, make sure to check out this beautiful half-lānai and half-indoor restaurant and bar in Anaha complex. They recently updated their happy hour so that it’s now daily, an hour long, and full of amazing dishes and drinks. The best part? You can spend afternoons on the lānai with your adorable pup—believe me as I am always there. Either you just want to hang around or after a little shopping trip around or afternoon at Ala Moana Beach Park, this restaurant got you covered. There’s nothing I love more than taking my dog and enjoying a glass of wine or signature mai tai together. If I get hungry, the tako and country bread are always my go-to ($18). The best part is that since happy hour specials make everything so affordable, I usually end up getting something else off the menu as well.
9. Nico’s at Pier 38
Who says you can’t bring your dog to an award- winning restaurant? This restaurant, which was awarded a Hale ‘Aina , got all you need to have a perfect dining experience with your pup. Sitting on an outdoor terrace that’s pet-friendly, you can order a Kona’s Big Wave Golden Ale while your furikake pan-seared ‘ahi to your pup, both enjoying the views of harbor. In addition to that, this restaurant has a lively bar and serves only a delicious fresh menu. What’s more is that this seafood spot also has live music and spacious dining areas for groups. So go and have an exquisite meal with your pup.
10. Off the Wall
Decide what you want, pour it yourself, and relax with your dog at this South Shore Market’s self-serve bar. With a touch card, try as many local beers (just a little or you can have it all!), ciders, and wines as you want in the quiet outdoor area. And oh, they serve some of the best chicken wings in town that would perfectly complement your drinks. Go with your fur buddy to Off the Wall now and fill up your cravings.