Sport­ing Good Times

Find the per­fect place to catch the game.

Waikiki Magazine - - IDINE - By Matthew Wells

Buf­falo Wild Wings

The Vibe: There’s a rea­son why the BWW fran­chise is so pop­u­lar, it’s a ca­sual, fam­ily-friendly place that com­bines a restau­rant with a sports bar and serves both sides with an ex­tra help­ing of televisions. The mes­sage is sim­ple: we’re all fans, so let’s have some fun. Their menu feels like a pro­fes­sional tail­gate and, of course, they spe­cial­ize in chicken wings vary­ing in fla­vor and heat from an easy com­ple­ment to in­duc­ing a very mas­cu­line sob­bing (so I’ve been told). Good to Know: Throw on your team’s jersey, some slip­pers, and go with a group of friends, you’ll have the most fun that way. But be ready to wait for a ta­ble, be­cause ev­ery­one else is bring­ing their group of friends, too! Park­ing is lim­ited in the Dis­cov­ery Bay Cen­ter, but not too

bad and only costs a dol­lar with val­i­da­tion. 1778 Ala Moana Blvd. [C:3 Waikiki Map] (808) 983-3933 www.buf­falow­ild­wings.com

Ri­vals

The Vibe: A cool and unique take on the lo­cal wa­ter­ing hole due to its dual iden­tity as a sports bar by day and “ul­tra-lounge” by night. A solid drink menu branches into more ex­otic cock­tails, set to the back­drop of mel­low blue track light­ing and an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of sports mem­o­ra­bilia on the walls that’s on sale for the se­ri­ous col­lec­tor. De­pend­ing on what day or night you’re here, you could see your fa­vorite team on at least one of 12 TVs, live mu­sic, danc­ing, or have a re­laxed night with a few reg­u­lars.

Good to Know: The en­trance is on Kuhio Av­enue, but if you’re driv­ing, aim for Lew­ers Street and make sure to get val­i­dated—it’s just $1 per hour! No strict dress code here—ca­sual at­tire is fine for the day, but make an ef­fort when the sun goes down. If there’s an event, find out on their web­site and dress for that. 2211 Kuhio Ave. [B:7 Waikiki Map] (808) 923-0600 www.ri­val­slounge.com

Yard House

The Vibe: This is your sports bar/restau­rant with a higher-end feel. There’s an ex­ten­sive menu of food and drinks that keep both the din­ing area and the siz­able bar full. Plenty of TVs to catch the game on, but it’s more an ad­di­tion than the main fo­cus. This bar is built to so­cial­ize, so peak times can get loud enough to drown out the play-by-plays. It’s a fun and lively place to try a gourmet burger and you can come back time and time again with­out fill­ing up your beer pass­port. Good to Know: With­out hav­ing a strict dress code, there’s def­i­nitely a sense that a lit­tle ef­fort is ap­pre­ci­ated. When look­ing in your mir­ror, think “non-scrub.” If driv­ing, valet park at the Em­bassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk and get val­i­dated for $6. Waikiki Beach Walk, 226 Lew­ers St. [C:7 Waikiki Map] (808) 923-9273 www.yard­house.com

Round Ta­ble Pizza

The Vibe: Set up for the sports fan who wants to set­tle in com­fort­ably and watch five jumbo screens and the fan look­ing to belly up to the bar and commiserate about next sea­son, Round Ta­ble Pizza feels like if Cheers had fran­chised into your liv­ing room. There’s a wide drink se­lec­tion, but their food menu is pretty fo­cused—as it should be! Their pizza menu is com­fort food un­der melted cheese. Bring your ap­petite and your arm­chair league to call out plays! Good to Know: Dress code? Just get in here and en­joy, al­ready! It’s lo­cated in cen­tral Waikiki, which can make park­ing a has­sle, but park in the Outrig­ger East Ho­tel and get val­i­dated for a deal.

Da Big Kahuna Restau­rant and Tiki Lounge

The Vibe: Keep­ing the kitschy tiki bar alive in Waikiki, you’ll feel wildly ap­pro­pri­ate or­der­ing a Lava Flow un­der the spin­ning disco ball and the watch­ful gaze of mas­sive tiki idols. TVs dot the main din­ing area, with more in the sunken bar over­look­ing Kuhio Av­enue. The menu is stan­dard bar fare with the ad­di­tion of some lo­cal fa­vorites served plate-lunch style. Stick around af­ter the game and you may find DJs, live mu­sic or karaoke night. No frills, the at­mos­phere is what you make it. Good to Know: You’ll feel right in place whether dressed for a night­club or walking in straight off the beach. 150 Kai‘ulani Ave. [B:9 Waikiki Map] (808) 944-1199 www.roundtablepizza.com 2299 Kuhio Ave. [B:8 Waikiki Map] (808) 923-0033

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