There are several versions as to how the Mai Tai drink was developed but admittedly it seems to be a token Polynesian drink that all visitors to Hawaii will enjoy. A concoction of rum, fresh lime juice, and orange Curacao liqueur, the Mai Tai (meaning ‘good’) dates back to the 1930’s and 40’s.
Finding a classic place to enjoy one has become somewhat of a struggle between fast-paced tourism and keeping a handful of thatched-hut beach bars that serve up a consumer version of the Mai Tai which can be extremely sweet and extremely strong. Consider these locations around Oahu where you can indulge in a more authentic tasting Mai Tai sure to refresh on a warm afternoon on the island.
The beautiful Royal Hawaiian has been a Waikiki Beach icon since it was built back in 1927. The bright pink coloring, architectural style, service and amenities, have kept travelers to Oahu coming back year after year. The Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai Bar is known for both their authentic Mai Tai’s (rumoured to be the best on the island) and the stunning views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head provided by their oceanfront setting; consider checking out these amazing views (and photo ops) at sunset.
The Halekulani resort has been a staple for tourists to Waikiki Beach for almost 100 years. One of the resorts most sought out features is the House Without A Key bar which was mentioned in a Charlie Chan novel back in 1925. Ever since, visitors have flocked to House Without A Key in order to try one of the islands most delicious Mai Tai drinks which are accompanied by a delightful Hawaiian orchid garnish. Providing both an indoor and outdoor seating area, House Without A Key offers up picturesque sunset views and nightly evening entertainment.
New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
Located on the lobby level of the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel is the Sunset Lanai Lounge where you’ll find great Mai Tai’s and live music every Friday and Saturday evenings, plus those lovely Hawaiian sunset views.
Jameson’s By The Sea
Located on the north shore of Oahu is Jameson’s By The Sea where you’ll find tiki torches, fresh Hawaiian flowers on every table, and those adorable little umbrellas in every tropical drink including their famous Mai Tai’s. Enjoy the sunset views or a delicious seafood dinner as you relax and soak in the breathtaking waves that only Oahu’s north shore can provide.