Hawaii West

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Hawaii West
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Oh Hawaii West, where to begin? Upon ordering a blended cocktail at this North Beach dive on a recent visit, the bartender realized to her apparent surprise that they didn’t have a blender. It turned out they also didn’t have ingredients for most of the mixed drinks on the list. What they do have is the “best Mai Tai in North Beach”, a syrupy, strong concoction served in a pint glass; as well as something called a Hawaiian Vacation, a mix of tropical juice, Malibu, crème de menthe and 151 that tastes a little bit like drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth. But then, as we were preparing to leave, the bartender came around from behind the bar and gave us a big hug. After a send off like that, you just can’t help but love Hawaii West.

By: Charley Lanyon


Venue name: Hawaii West
Address: 729 Vallejo St
San Francisco

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 2pm-2am; Sat, Sun Noon-2am
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