Removed from the tourist traps along Kalakaua Avenue, the Genius Lounge is tucked away on the third floor of a former apartment building on Lewers Street. The extensive drink menu offers beer and wine, cocktails, house-made sangria and, of course, sake. Japanese-inspired dishes are also available. Though small, the space, furnished with dark woods and lit by candles, makes an intimate setting for small gatherings and Friday-night dates. The crowd is mostly Asian visitors
and transplants, but the daily happy hour from 6 to 8 pm lures the office workers and pre-club prowlers.