Thursday, August 11, 2011

RHC welcomes Five-0 Bar & Lounge

Nadine Kam photos
Five-O Bar & Lounge owner Ted Davenport, with general manager Al Souza. Just don't go adding "Hawaii" in front of the name. That's a different creation.

The new Five-O Bar & Lounge at Royal Hawaiian Center hosted a grand opening event Aug. 6, and continues the celebration throughout the month with happy hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and $5
Five-O drink specials including the Five-O Mai Tai, Five-O Martini and Five-O Bloody Mary, house wine for $4; and select draft beer (16 ounces) for $3.

A portion of grand opening sales will benefit the Waikiki Community Center.

The new bar owned by Ted Davenport replaces the more generic former Grove Bar, bringing in a more lively, local vibe, including the addition of a stage for hosting live music performances.

The open-air patio also overlooks the center's ground-floor Royal Grove, offering a bird's-eye view of performances there as well.

The bar and lounge is open from 1 a.m. to midnight Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The center is offering one hour of free parking with validation and $1 per hour for the next three hours. No minimum purchase is required for validation.

'Ohia partitions separate the bar and lounge from the rest of the Paina Lanai area, with see-through spacing between posts to connect it to the food court.

A large Beer Tower holds 100 ounces for $27.

Seating at the bar.

Ted greets guests, from left, Maria Finazzo, Russell Shimooka and Christy Vicari-Coito.

Sharon Neiber came up with drinks like "The 5-Oh!" she's holding, which is a cranberry-ginger cosmo, and "The White Hawaiian" (haole) version of a White Russian, with Kona coffee liqueur and Stoli.

On the patio.

Blogger Minami Ozaki, with Taka Abe, shows her approval.

Superb Sushi was called in to provide made-to-order nigiri and handrolls for the grand opening. Bar patrons in need of sustenance can purchase food from Paina Lanai food court vendors and bring it into the lounge, where there's more ambience.

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