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5 Posh Pau Hana Picks

The work day’s over; it’s time to sip into something comfortable with a well-crafted pau hana (after work) cocktail. Whether you’re heading out for a romantic rendezvous or catching up with old friends, these are the chicest spots for raising a glass. Think elegant surroundings, tantalizing appetizers and upscale atmospheres. We’ll drink to that!

5 Posh Pau Hana Picks in Hawaii

Luana beckons with cocktails, music, style and an unrivaled setting.

1. Luana
In the soothing, open-air setting, sip on tantalizing libations created by Aaron Alcala- Mosley, the lead mixologist. Try The Training Room ($18), a mix of bourbon, yellow Chartreuse and bitters. Beer lovers will appreciate the craft beer from Maui Brewing Co. every first Friday. And as no pau hana can be taken seriously without food, there are the island-style tapas that surely satisfy—like the local smoked Portuguese sausage ($14). Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, 875.4100

2. House Without a Key
Nightly live music under a century-old kiawe tree--this is gracious Hawaii living at its best, and it never gets old, even for longtime residents. The signature mai tai can’t be beat, but drink in the colors of that sunset, too. As you nibbled on coconut shrimp and ahi sashimi, enjoy the hula by notable performers, including five former Miss Hawaiis. Halekulani Hotel, 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, O‘ahu, 923.2311

3. Beach Tree
At the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, lounge on stylish sofas and chairs for languid conversations over drinks and succulent pūpū. Pau hana specialty cocktails ($16) include Tom’s Pink Shirt (guava liqueur, fresh Waimea strawberries, housemade sweet and sour). Must-try tantalizing pūpū are ocean-fresh ceviche, Beach Tree caprese and baba ganoush. 100 Ka‘upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawai ‘i Island, 325.8000

4. Lehua Lounge
The Andaz Maui at Wailea upped the ante on pau hana at this bar. Grown-up temptations abound at this infinity poolside hang where cascading falls lead to sun-kissed Mōkapu Beach. Treat yourself to exceptional bites like ulu arancini with preserved lemon and harissa midnight moon cheese. Cocktails are carefully crafted, of course—Holiday in Jalisco ($16) is a refreshing potion of blanco tequila, fresh lime, and pineapple and housemade jalapeno syrup. 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, 573.1234

5. The St. Regis Bar
The St. Regis Princeville Resort’s signature watering hole boasts unhindered views of Hanalei Bay. For this summer’s menu, Executive Chef Frederic Hoffmann has drawn inspiration from the bar’s Maxfield Parrish-inspired painting of the ancient firebrand ceremony. Think succulent and piquant piri piri octopus ($19). Pair it with the Ahi Le Le (Dancing Fire) ($16), a fiery mix of vodka infused with locally grown chile peppers, elderflower cordial, fresh lime juice and mint. 5520 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, Kaua‘i, 826.9644