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Sip in Style

From an under-the-radar wine bar to a glitzy rooftop destination, here are our suggestions of new and familiar favorites where you can sip in splendor this coming weekend.

The next time you’re on Maui, stop by the Point Bar at Merriman’s Kapalua.

1. Búho Cocina y Cantina
Kalākaua’s first swanky rooftop bar goes south of the border in immaculate style, thanks to the work of boutique L.A. interior design studio Preen. In keeping with the Mexican theme, cocktails take a decidedly Latin flare, as is the case with the Cucumber Fresca, featuring Casamigos silver tequila and jalapeno syrup. It goes without saying, of course, that several kinds of margaritas are available. 2250 Kalākaua Ave., Suite 525, Waikīkī, O‘ahu, 922.2846 

2. Il Buco
One of the latest additions to the Waikīkī scene is this cozy hideaway, which transports guests to Italy with a thoughtfully curated wine list, complemented by grappa and other liqueurs. Equally impressive is the simple yet flavorful bar menu, which includes the likes of antipasti, octopus salad and grilled lamb chops. No surprise, then, that this off-the-radar destination is already popular with nightlife insiders. 2375 Ala Wai Blvd., Waikīkī, O‘ahu, 922.4744

3. Merriman’s Kapalua 
Situated at one of Maui’s most enviable locations, chef Peter Merriman’s Kapalua outpost boasts two bars. The first is ensconced within the restaurant, offering a panorama of the scene in the dining room. The second option, the Point Bar, is an open-air lounge, offering views of Kapalua Bay and the sunset. 1 Bay Club Drive, Kapalua, Maui, 669.6400

4. The Red Bar
Ensconced in the popular Gannon’s Wailea, this crimson-colored hot spot makes for a classy way to start a night out on the South Shore. Fresh flavors star in concoctions like the Wailea Spritz, which spikes prosecco with aperol and passion-fruit puree. 100 Wailea Golf Club Drive, Wailea, Maui, 875.8080 

5. The Veranda
For a low-key evening, make your way to this stylish open-air lounge at The Kahala Hotel & Resort. Enjoy the contemporary jazz stylings of pianist David Swanson while you sip on refined concoctions like the Up in Smoke, starring Espolòn reposado tequila, Kaua‘i vanilla and lehua honey. The Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kāhala Ave., Kāhala, O‘ahu, 739.8888