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Kona Brewing Co. - Koko Marina Pub
Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy
phone: (808) 394-5662
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This place is located in a nice, uncrowded marina about 6 miles away from Waikiki beach. It is not overly crowded by tourists, which is plesent for a tourist that dosent like crowds. It is located less than a mile away from Hanauma Bay, which is an amazing park for snorkeling.
It has a nice view of the marina. A bar is located in the middle, with tables on all sides. The kitchen is visible near the entrance.
One of the menus we recieved has a bunch of dirty food inside that never got cleaned off.
The waiter was friendly, and knowledgable. the beers came out fast, and he made sure that we always had a glass. The food, on the other hand, took a really long time to arive. There were not too many people in the place during lunch time when we went, but it took almost 45 minutes to recieve our food. It wasnt to bud, but slightly annoying.
The beer selection was good. They had about 10 Kona beers on tap. Unfortunately, they didnt have the IPA, but the had the Koko Brown with coconut, and that was nice.
The food was good. Pizza, some sandwiches, and a few pasta dishes mostly. They could have had more fish, since it was located in a marina in Hawaii.
The price was just a little steep, but for hawaii, it was probably ok. $5.25 a pint.
Overall: This might be the best beer bar I have been to in Hawaii. I have not been to any other island other than Oahu, but this place is pretty good. I was worried at first since it was Kona, but I learned my lesson. If you are near here, stop by.
03-15-2011 18:46:57 |
More by OStrungT
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Hawaii can be a tough place to be a beer fan. If you put this pub in certain areas on the mainland it might rate average, but in Hawaii it's a welcome addition. I like many KBC styles and they have many that are difficult to find or unavailable elsewhere. I like Pipeline Porter, Black Sand Porter and Castaway IPA. They also have rotating specials that a frequently quite good.
The food is okay. The pizzas are tasty and I enjoy the mac nut cheese bread, hummus and roasted garlic pupus. I find all their salad dressings too garlicky and the aftertaste hangs around for hours. Food prices are a bit high but beer prices are reasonable, plus they have a good happy hour.
The lanai looks out over the marina and is quite pleasant. When they have live music I find that it is really loud even far away from the band. The service has always been acceptable.
Also, this is not a brew pub so you cannot buy Growlers. Bummer. They do have a small store selling t-shirts, glassware, etc.
01-25-2011 05:36:46 |
More by mariner22
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
This was the perfect place to drink fresh beer in Hawai'i. It's right on the water of the Koko Head Marina, which even though is a little inland, is still blue, just like the ocean. There's plenty of wildlife to gawk at, including tons of birds and ducks. The birds were fearless, taking morsels of bread right out of our hands! I hit it right at happy hour, so they had 50% off certain pupus and beers. I had thier coconut porter and thier organic belgian pale. The beer prices during happy hour were $3, but the Belgian and the Barleywine were $6, I guess because they were special brews. All in all a cool little place to go. I only wish I had one here in Charleston.
07-30-2010 04:05:38 |
More by JISurfer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Tucked away around a corner of this winding shopping center, the Koko Marina Pub wasn't easy to find at first, but I was happy we kept searching until we found it. The atmosphere was more yacht-club-cafe than a typical brewpub, with rich koa-wood-walled decor and the waterside location, although the live music that was loudly playing during our dinner drowned out any thought that this was more upscale than any other beer-centered hangout. The menu is a blend of brewpub typical fare and Hawaiian favorites, with nachos and pizzas alongside Ahi Poke and kalua pork (thankfully no Spam). Although the food was certainly good, the local twist of the menu was a bit predictable, and so the food is not the big reason I would eat here.
Regarding the beer, the pub features all of their distributed beers on tap, along with a few regular draft-only varieties (e.g., IPA, Red Ale, Hefeweizen) and even a few rotating specials, which included a coconut brown ale and a barleywine on my visit. Since Kona primarily brews common styles that I would characterize as solid but unremarkable, those few specials dramatically increased my interest in the beer selection. Overall, I enjoyed my visit to the Koko Marina Pub and would think that anyone with even a modest appreciation for Kona's beers would likewise enjoy it.
07-29-2010 19:10:24 |
More by devilben02
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I went here after spending a week on the north shore. It's about 3 miles away from the main tourist area of Waikiki.
Walked up to a really nicely presented restaurant and sat on the patio over looking the perfectly aqua marina and beautiful mountains. Like a lot of Hawaii this is an incredible backdrop for a restaurant.
For beers they have the normal Kona lineup which i think is well below craft beer average, they have some tap beers that don't get distribution out of HI of which i had the Lavaman red and thought it was a quite tasty Amber ale. At the pub they also have exclusives that are only available here and at the brewery itself. I had the Barleywine and this is the only Kona brew that has ever wowed me, delicious.
For food our group decided to split the buffalo chicken pizza, the pizza was great but started to get a bit too rich with all of the blue cheese sauce and mozzarella i don't blame the restaurant for this, it's kind of what you should expect ordering a pizza like that.
Thanks Kona for offering me some beer relief after a week on the north shore without any good beer.
05-21-2010 21:53:04 |
More by tjensen3618
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
First off, it is Hawai'i and you have to look at beer with a different outlook. Drinking a Big Beer here in the middle of the day will make you want to yack from the heat and humidity. Since it is Kona Brewing Company's place, they obviously sling their own beers. So the selection is limited in that sense, but you wouldn't go to The Bruery and order a Chimay would you? I always order the heffe when I go. It tastes like banana-nut bread and is very drinkable. The patio has an amazing view of the harbor and the food is good. They have a good selection of pizza and have the obligatory Kalua Pork selections. I have never had a bad experience there and I recommend it to tourists consistently. I also take my girlfriend there on dates from time to time. If you visit O'ahu it is worth the visit, plus it will get you out of the tourist infested establishments in Waikiki.
05-02-2009 09:23:59 |
More by DrinkinSurfer
Nova Scotia (Canada)
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
I lived on Oahu for 6 years, and visited this place quite a few time. Come for the beer, stay for the view! It's right on the water - you could literally jump off of the porch into the water.
When you come in, you're funnelled past the gift kiosk where you can buy stuff like tshirts and glasses. The place is pretty open with a big kitchen on one half of the back wall, and all the taps along the other half of the back wall. The front wall is the view of the Marina, and there's a lanai (balcony) which is where you want to be on a nice day.
I'm a vegetarian, and there was not a wide variety of food available to me. They have a nice sampler option - 4 6oz glasses, and I liked the way I was able to choose which beers I wanted samples of. The hefeweizen is very banana-y - which everyone notices, regardless of whether you know anything about esters.
My wife always had the gingerade, which is so delicious it's tempting to not order beer. It's a great option because you can bring your tea-totalling friends and they'll have something to enjoy too!
01-11-2009 22:53:48 |
More by gruvn
Kona Brewing Co. - Koko Marina Pub in Honolulu, HI