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Easy your way into the weekend with a well crafted concoction at some of the islands’ watering holes. Here, our favorite spots, new and old, to gather after hours.

Lead Bartender Kenny Lum at The Bar and Lounge at Nobu Waikiki

1. The Bar and Lounge at Nobu Waikiki
For jet-setters, media moguls and creative types, this lounge remains the spot to catch up after hours. More likely than not, they’ll be sipping on exquisite creations shaken up by lead bartender Kenny Lum and his expert team. Our fave libations to order include the Kin Ka, a sophisticated concoction featuring Nikka 12-year whiskey and Benedictine. Waikiki Park Hotel, 2233 Helumoa Road, Waikiki, 237.6999 

2. Bar 35
A selection of over 150 international beers is just one of the reasons this Chinatown destination is often packed come sunset. Add to that numerous parties, indoor and outdoor bars and delicious thin-crust handmade pizzas, and you may need an excuse to stop by more than once a week. 35 N. Hotel St., Chinatown, O‘ahu, 537.3535

3. Genius Lounge
After midnight, locals, Japanese expats and savvy visitors mingle in this popular hideaway above the Waikiki streets. The draw here? A sophisticated menu of top-shelf sake, shochu, scotch and Champagne, along with an Asian-inspired cocktails like the Ginger-Hito, which pairs spiced rum, lime juice and grated fresh ginger. 346 Lewers St., Suite 3F, Waikiki, O‘ahu, 626.5362 

4. Botero Bar
Featuring an impressive collection of art, including sculptures by Fernando Botero, this night spot also is known for its specialty mai tais, martinis, dessertinis and tropical beverages. Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, 875.1234 

5. The Wine Palette
The latest nightlife addition to Kapalua Resort, this creative bar combines art and wine. Order a glass from the menu that pulls extensively from California and Oregon vineyards, then get painting. And when you need a break, top tapas await. 700 Office Road, Suite A-101, Kapalua, Maui, 214.5296