Seven summery lanais to grab a craft beer

Gordon Biersch at Aloha Tower Marketplace is right on the waterfront.

Seven summery lanais to grab a craft beer

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By Will McGoughSpecial to Frolic Hawaii

Sit inside on a summer day? You must be crazy! I’m pretty sure beer was made to be enjoyed outside, so here are seven spots on Oahu with shady lanais to grab a craft beer.

Gordon Biersch Brewery

The large lanai at Gordon Biersch is right on the water in the Aloha Tower Marketplace. If you’re looking for a place to grab beers and catch the sunset, this spot cannot be beat. There’s an outside bar, tables with umbrellas, and a steady breeze to accompany the sights and sounds of the waterfront.

1 Aloha Tower Dr #1123 ● Downtown ●

Honolulu Beerworks maintains the old feel of industrial Kakaako.

Honolulu Beerworks

The outside seating at Honolulu Beerworks is a strange arrangement, two small patios parallel to each other on either side of the main brewpub. However, it works by maintaining that industry feel of old Kakaako with small spaces sandwiched between the warehouses. The beer garden-style picnic tables are best visited in the late afternoon when the sun is no longer directly overhead.

328 Cooke St ● Kakaako ●

Moku Kitchen in SALT at Our Kakaako is great for people watching.

Moku Kitchen

Moku is the only booze-serving establishment with outdoor seating in the SALT at Our Kakaako complex. Though it’s not a brewery, it has a long list of craft beers to choose from. Covered and protected from the hot afternoon sun, tables along the lanai’s railing are ideal for people watching in the busy Complex.

660 Ala Moana Blvd ● Kakaako ●

Aloha Beer Co. on busy Queen Street.

Aloha Beer Co.

Designed as a tribute to a local’s favorite drinking spot, the lanai at Aloha Beer is aptly called the “Carport.” Serving as an actual working carport during the day, the few drips of oil serve as an added touch of character. Get there early when it opens at 5 p.m. to grab a table outside.

700 Queen St ● Kakaako

Waikiki Brewing

Waikiki Brewing

This lanai has a long row of bar seating plus a variety of tables, half in the shade and half exposed. Waikiki Brewing does a great job maintaining a sense of place with its patio – from where you sit outside, you can still see the brewing tanks, an aspect that us craft beer fanatics love.

1945 Kalakaua Ave ● Waikiki ●

(Shh!) Home of the Brave Brewing’s lanai is actually adjacent to its speakeasy.

Home of the Brave Brewing

This small lanai is little-known because it’s off the back end of Home of the Brave’s speakeasy (which is only open Friday and Saturdays). Looking over the warehouses, car shops, and a large whale mural, this “secret” lanai makes for a nice spot before a show at Neal S. Blaisdell Center.

909 Waimanu St ● Kakaako ●

Dock your boat at Kona Brewing Koko Marina for the afternoon.

Kona Brewing Koko Marina Pub

Out of town and beside the water on a hot day makes this spot the best of both worlds. Kona Brewing’s patio in Koko Marina has plenty of shade with seats overlooking the water, providing visitors with cool breezes and nice views of passing boats. The full food menu and reasonably priced beers make it easy to hide out for an entire afternoon. ᐧ7192 Kalaniana’ole Highway ● Hawaii Kai ●