Fodor's Expert Review Genius Lounge Sake Bar & Grill
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. Locally 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 a daily happy hour (6–8 pm) lures office workers and pre-club prowlers.