Waikiki, HI – Reported by Coleman Bentley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Any bar can make a cocktail. The process is generally simple: Shake, stir, pour and, of course, drink. It is the style that truly counts and Waikiki’s premier beach hotel, Halekulani, understands this, harnessing the cocktail genius of France’s Belle Époque with their lavish new bar concept, L’Aperitif.
A result of Halekulani’s “Renewal” movement, L’Aperitif is nestled amongst the gourmet opulence of La Mer, Hawaii’s longest consecutively ranked AAA Five Diamond Restaurant, paying tribute to, as Chief Operating Officer of Halekulani Corporation Peter Shaindlin puts it, “the classical French tradition and cultural pastime” of cocktails. Conceived by Halekulani and brought to warmly imbibed fruition by Ritz Pierce and Colin Field (recognized by media outlets like Forbes as “The Best Barman in the World,”) L’Aperitif celebrates the fine spirits and social camaraderie of France’s greatest age.
Those reveling in L’Aperitif’s contagious joie de vivre needn’t do so on any empty stomach, however, as L’Aperitif features a full, Chef Vikram Garg-curated appetizer menu. Chase one of the bar’s many signature cocktails—such as the literary-leaning Hemingway Old Fashioned—with luxe vittles including Big Island goat cheese with cinnamon tuile and pickled beetroot and sumak shrimp with sweet chili aioli. Remember not to fill up though, because La Mer’s renowned neo-classical cuisine waits just the other side of happy hour.
At L’Aperitif, the spirits come from both bottle and culture. Find yours at Halekulani.