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Honolulu Eats: Maui Brewing Company for Happy Hour

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For one of the best happy hours in downtown Waikiki, head over to Maui brewing Company for great beer and cheap eats! With over 36 specialty and craft beer selections on tap, there are endless options for you to try at the rooftop bar. Happy hour starts at 3:30 - 5:30 pm every day and it is first come first serve with no reservation options. Located at the Waikiki Beachcomber, you can actually take the escalators on the side to bypass the line from the main entry point under their sign. Check-in with the staff at the bottom then walk up about 2 -3 flights to reach the top. Maui Brewing Company has their happy hour every day so make sure to check them out when you are around the area. I would consider this a pretty good happy hour since you can get a good amount of food and beer for a fraction of the price of the bars on Waikiki Beach plus you get a gorgeous view of downtown when you are up there. It is open seating so feel free to grab a table and place your number on top so the servers can locate you when the food is ready. After visiting Maui Brewing Company several times, I got a few recommendations if you plan on checking them out!

Their happy hour menu is:

  • $2 off all beers
  • $3 off cocktails
  • 50% off selected appetizers on the top row
  • $10 pizzas

With one of the best beer selections in the area, you’ll find lagers, IPA, wheat, pale ale, and pilsner on tap. Go for their beer flight if you are interested in trying multiple flavors and it only costs $12 for 4 choices. Of course, go during happy hour and it is even cheaper and under $10. My favorite was the Bikini Blonde which is part of their year-round beers for a crisp and refreshing lager. If you’re more interested in a limited beer, go for the pineapple chi chi which is a nitro beer for pineapple and coconut pale ale. You can taste the pineapple flavoring and in a way, it reminded me of a hard seltzer with the light coconut aftertaste. Maui Brewing Company also has craft cocktails or cans along with a small selection of hard seltzer.

Try their food items and you will not be disappointed. With large portions, you can order 2-3 appetizers and it will be enough to fill you up on carbs for a large group. My personal favorite was the Harvester which is one of their craft pizzas and uses locally grown kale, onions, roasted garlic on a thin crust topped with white sauce. Something about the way the kale was cooked is absolutely delicious and my party ended up ordered another one since it was devoured so quickly. For the 50% appetizers, go for the sriracha salt and aioli crispy French fries. Thank me later when you try this. Another option is the MBC nachos which is ginormous. With crispy corn chips, guacamole, cheese, sour cream, jalapeno, black beans, pico de Gallo, and cilantro, this appetizer was good but I wish the cheese was more melted. Once it got to the table, you can see that the cheese has already hardened and there were some sparse areas where it lacked flavor. Nonetheless, the nachos are still a great option if you are looking for bar food.

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Maui Brewing Company is among my top 3 happy hours to check out if you are in downtown Waikiki. While they don't have a live band, they have a great ambiance on the rooftop and you definitely cannot beat the prices. Let me know if you have tried MBC in the comments below. I would love to hear your recommendations on the best happy hour in Waikiki as well.

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