It’s been 65 years since The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort brought the original Mai Tai Bar to the world. Now, the resort is once again making a culinary splash with the introduction of The Bar at Azure featuring an all-new cocktail menu that pays homage to the hotel’s exceptional history.
Guests can enjoy craft cocktails and private-label spirits in the newly renovated bar, not to mention an expanded seating area. The bar also features three veteran mixologists – Robert ‘Sully’ Sullivan, Ryan Tanji and Alicia Yamachika – who can create signature Daiquiri made from Azure’s own rum from Ko Hana Rum near the north shore of Oahu.
In addition to The Bar at Azure’s grand opening, Shingo Katsura has returned home to Hawaii as chef de cuisine at Azure Restaurant. Katsura was most recently at Roots & Rye in San Jose, California as executive chef, and later helped that group open a second restaurant, The Province.
The Bar at Azure is a complement to its older sibling, the Mai Tai Bar, which opened at the Pink Palace of the Pacific in 1953. Victor Bergeron, who is credited with inventing the Mai Tai in 1944, created a recipe for The Royal Hawaiian’s Mai Tai Bar using pineapple juice instead of the original lime juice.
Azure diners can have their meals at the Bar, or enjoy a nightcap in the bar area nightly through 10:30 p.m.
To learn more, visit royal-hawaiian.com.