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Hula's Bar & Lei Stand, Honolulu, HI

Hula's Bar & Lei Stand

4.7
4.7
266 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Ages 21 and over welcome.

Hula's Bar & Lei Stand is celebrating 48 years this year. We are proud to be the most iconic gay restaurant and bar in Waikiki with roots deep in our LGBTQ+ community. Offering amazing bar food, handcrafted cocktails, a spectacular view of Diamond Head and Waikiki beach, free Wi-Fi and high definition music videos. Hula's is known world-wide for our diversity and Aloha. Come, experience why we are the Gathering Place for Explorers.

We are open for Lunch/Dinner daily, and on Sunday's for brunch.

Full Bar from open till 2am nightly. Last call at 1:35pm

Reservations are accepted daily from Opening till 9pm (8pm - Fri thru Sun) Kitchen closes at 9pm nightly

All beverages must be collected by 1:57am

Make a reservation

2 people

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Asian, Tex-Mex

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 11:00 am–2:00 am Lunch Mon, Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue, Wed 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 923-0669

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ

  • Executive chef

    Michelle Nakaya

  • Catering

    Ginniberries has catering options available. Contact management for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us at https://hulas.com/private-parties/ to reserve a spot (after 9pm) for your special occasion.

  • Neighborhood

    Waikiki

  • Cross street

    Kapahulu Ave / Lemon Rd

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in the Honolulu Zoo Parking Lot right across the street for $1.50 / hr.Credit Card and Cash/Coin are accepted with the ability to add more time with your mobile number and a credit card payment.Do not let your time expire. This parking lot actively tows vehicles for expired parking 24/hrs a day

  • Public transit

    TheBus routes: E, 2, 8, 13, 14, 20, 23, 24, 42, W1, W2, W3

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Beach Bites by Ginniberries

  • Mezze Plate$16.00

    Hummus, Naan Bread, Lemon-Herb Olives, Balsamic Figs, Havarti Cheese

    • Reuben Slider Trio$13.00

      Sliced Pastrami, Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut, Mustard Aioli, Marble Rye

      • Chicken Pesto Sandwich$13.00

        Grilled Chicken, Smoked Provolone Cheese, Pesto, Tomato, Side Caesar Salad

        • Burger Sliders$13.00

          Three House-Seasoned Ground Beef Patties, Smoked Provolone, Ketchup, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion

          • The Works Nachos$15.00

            Cheddar Cheese, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Green Onions, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Black Olives, Jalapenos

            • Tropical Nachos$15.00

              Kalua Pork, Cheddar, Mango & Pineapple Salsa, Olives, Chipotle Cream

              • Five-Spice Duck Quesadilla$14.00

                Pepper Jack Cheese, Five-Spice Duck, Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, Green Onion

                • Kalua Pork Quesadilla$14.00

                  Pepper Jack Cheese, Pulled Pork, Lomi Salmon, Poi Drizzle

                  Salads

                  Add Ons: Grilled Chicken or Kalua Pork +$3, Mesquite Shrimp + $4

                  • Cobb Salad$14.00

                    Mix leaf greens, Grilled Chicken, Cucumber, Tomato, Onion, Blue Cheese, Black Olives, Hard Boiled Egg, Blue Cheese dressing

                    • Greek Salad$14.00

                      Mix Leaf Greens, Cucumber, Tomato, Onion, Feta, Kalmata Olives, Greek Dressing

                      • Caesar Salad$12.00

                        Romaine, Parmesan Shavings, Garlic Croutons, Caesar Dressing

                        The Happiest Happy Hour

                        Weekdays 3pm-6pm

                        • Well$5.50

                          • House Wine$5.50

                            • Mai Tai$8.00

                              • Bloody Mary$8.00

                                • Mojito$8.00

                                  • Miller Light Pitcher$9.00

                                    • Long Island$9.00

                                      Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                      What 266 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                      4.7
                                      4.7 based on recent ratings
                                      • 4.4Food
                                      • 4.5Service
                                      • 4.7Ambience
                                      • 4.5Value

                                      NoiseModerate

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                                      1. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Hawaii

                                        17 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        17 reviews

                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                        Open air full bar with food choices. Reuben sandwich & Cobb Salad were perfect to share. Happy hour drink prices until 6pm. Live music from 5pm.

                                      2. K

                                        Keera

                                        Edmonton

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 18, 2022

                                        overall1food1service2ambience4

                                        Not good drinks. Very gross

                                      3. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Hawaii

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on May 9, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The Kalua pork quesadilla was so good, definitely want that again.

                                      4. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Philadelphia

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall2food2service1ambience3

                                        My husband and i decided to go here on our 3rd night of our anniversary trip. When we got there, it was not busy at all. About half full at best. Most people were at the bar or on the other side of the restaurant. We were seated at a table near the stage. There were three tables occupied, 2 had food already, 1 had drinks. We sat and sat. For over 20 min, no one acknowledged us, said they would be right with us, nothing. We finally got up and went to the bar and ordered drinks & food. If it wasn’t 8:45 on a Saturday night, i would have just left. The bartender was so nice and obliged, even brought our food to us despite being busy. Our waitress caitlyn literally ignored us all night. Im talking no apology, and proceeded to wait on 2 tables that sat down after we got our food but walked past us many times. Deliberately not making eye contact. The Food was way below mediocre, bagged chicken in an undressed Caesar salad and tropical nachos that had a weird spaghetti sauce pineapple salsa. Very off putting! I am an easy going person but to be completely ignored by waitstaff is unacceptable! We are interracial couple and i would hate to think it had something to do with that. I do want to thank the bartender for picking up Caitlyn’s slack. He was the only redeeming thing there. We’ve had some amazing food and service all over the country and this is not even close to a 4.7 establishment. Save your money and go to a real Waikiki gem!

                                      5. CF

                                        ChrisF

                                        Hawaii

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on May 2, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        May Day Lei Day!

                                      6. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New York Area

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                        overall2food4service5ambience3

                                        When we arrived we were told our reservation for 7:45 PM has been seated at 3:44 PM ? Not us? They found us a table for the Rupaul Drag Race Viewing Party, but due to a large party we could not hear half of the time or see any screens (besides there we 4 screens around us). We were here a week earlier for the viewing party and everything for this reservation was amazing (our reservation was canceled when we were seated, therefore unable to give a high rating for that) First time outstanding experience Second time fair to poor experience

                                      7. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 27, 2022

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        Great atmosphere & reasonable prices for Hawaii, had a great night

                                      8. MR

                                        MauriceR

                                        New York Area

                                        49 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        49 reviews

                                        Dined on March 27, 2022

                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                        Beautiful place and food was awesome.

                                      9. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Diego

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on March 19, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        All great. Table was ready as requested and in the location I requested. Perfect. Thank you!

                                      10. TK

                                        TomK

                                        New England

                                        5 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on March 15, 2022

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        Great evening. Straightforward bar food and we’ll made. Drinks by the pitcher are the way to go.

                                      11. KY

                                        KaiY

                                        Hawaii

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 6, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Mahalo for a lovely Sunday funday The staff was amazing and the show was great ❤️

                                      12. CW

                                        CamilleW

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 23, 2022

                                        overall1food2service1ambience5

                                        We had a server then we didn't . I had to walk to the bar to get more drinks and he just closed my tab so we left. Heard great things about this place but didn't get it.

                                      13. d

                                        danstagram22

                                        Hawaii

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 19, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The servers and bartenders are amazing and know exactly what I want! Just overall an amazing place to be!

                                      14. TC

                                        TimothyC

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 6, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Adult beverages were excellent, carefully prepared by mixologist Matthew, who is kind and attentive. The entertainment was great, talented singer and guitarist

                                      15. BO

                                        BOB4FOOD

                                        New England

                                        64 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        64 reviews

                                        Dined on January 20, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great as always

                                      16. v

                                        vacation

                                        St. Louis

                                        84 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        84 reviews

                                        Dined on January 2, 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience5

                                        We did the stageside VIP experience and it was fun to do. The show was excellent. Service was a little slow at times, but not horrible. Food tasted good, but there was way too much of it.

                                      17. P

                                        Patrick

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 31, 2021

                                        overall1food1service2ambience3

                                        Nice venue, easy to find in downtown location. Good ambiance. Vibrant and energetic but not too noisy. Server was a bit skittish. Drinks were not good at all. They were of poor quality and too strong. Foodwise, we were served a plate of nachos that seemed to be half-made out of the crumbles at the bottom of an old bag. Would not recommend.

                                      18. A

                                        Athena

                                        Washington DC

                                        2 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on December 28, 2021

                                        overall4food4service4ambience5

                                        Great safety protocols in place, friendly staff. Dive bar feel, on the edge of Waikiki.

                                      19. SD

                                        SallyD

                                        New York Area

                                        31 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        31 reviews

                                        Dined on December 28, 2021

                                        overall3food3service5ambience4

                                        Server was great. Drinks amazing. This is a bar and should not advertise as a dinner place but we should have looked closer at the menu. Also, host was rude so not a good start but the server and drinks made up for it.

                                      20. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Hawaii

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 24, 2021

                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                        Hula’s chooses to discriminate against people based on vaccination for COVID. They choose not to accept negative test results for entry.

                                      21. MB

                                        MichaelB

                                        Portland

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 24, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        David was our bartender, and was amazing. Cocktails were priced right and pours were good. Friendly bar with a great atmosphere.

                                      22. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 22, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Loved the lights and view

                                      23. JC

                                        JeffC

                                        Hawaii

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 22, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Hula's is always a good time. Great food, great drinks and great people.

                                      24. DS

                                        DebbieS

                                        Houston

                                        6 reviews

                                        2.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on December 17, 2021

                                        overall2food3service3ambience2

                                        This is a gay bar and they were not very welcoming to my adult daughter and I being there for dinner. Seemed surprised we were there. Food was ok and server was good. Person at door not friendly or welcoming even though we had Open Table reservation. If they are in Open Table they should expect tourists including women.

                                      25. JH

                                        JamesH

                                        Hawaii

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 11, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I love hulas! Please make sure the place does not get too crowded.

                                      26. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Exclusive

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 5, 2021

                                        overall5food3service5ambience5

                                        Friends from the mainland came for a visit. This place is a must for ambience and catching up!

                                      27. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Hawaii

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 27, 2021

                                        overall2food5service2ambience3

                                        I’m in the bar business and don’t expect much except some pleasantries that help make a difference and set a place apart when I’m out for a night. I tend to be very nice and open for any type of quick or long conversation. However, tonight it wasn’t busy, and from the bartender I got the usual “scan the OR code for the menu”, “what can I get you to drink?”, “what would you like to eat?”, a fly by “is everything okay?”, another fly by “would you like another drink?”, then asked, “anything else?” and finally, “here’s the check”. That truly was the extent of our interactions. Tonight, there was nothing that put the service over the top nor drove me to want to come back the remainder of the week even with me staying in the same building where Hula’s is located. I visit yearly and love this place but tonight was not a service favorite for me. All I can suggest for the bartender is to find one thing with every customer, while providing service, where you can engage and connect for a few seconds. I get it, there are off nights for everyone. For those of you reading this review, I do suggest that go here as it is a local favorite and has a fun atmosphere. And yes, I’ll give it another try this week.

                                      28. K

                                        scottyK

                                        Chicago

                                        8 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        8 reviews

                                        Dined on November 22, 2021

                                        overall4food3service2ambience4

                                        Bummed that they no longer carry the basil colada! This was my go to drink visiting Hulas! Please bring it back!

                                      29. JC

                                        JohnnyChrist

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 18, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Always an amazing experience! Staff is awesome as are the drinks

                                      30. LA

                                        LeoA

                                        Minneapolis

                                        5 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on November 18, 2021

                                        overall3food3service5ambience4

                                        I understand that the Pandemic has negatively impacted the service industry, and wish Hula's a lot of business success. But, when the new, very limited menu is not current, and the items on it are not even available it is very disappointing..like beer not being available at a bar! I will go back after travel restrictions and social isolation mandates are lifted, and hopefully have the experience I have had in the past at Hula's.

                                      31. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 17, 2021

                                        overall5food4service5ambience3

                                        Lee was freaking amazing ! She was so informative and kind and helpful ! Such a beautiful soul ! Which made the experience so much better ! The food was good I have the world nachos I believe and had a Long Island tea for the first time ! As well as a mojito ! The mojito was much stronger then I’ve had before , but over all everything was great !

                                      32. PM

                                        PanchoM

                                        San Francisco

                                        2 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on November 13, 2021

                                        overall3food1service2ambience2

                                        When I got there they said they did not have a reservation for me for a table … was given a seat by the bar …. Person at the door didn’t care to see my reservation on my phone

                                      33. S

                                        Steve

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 8, 2021

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        They're doing a phenomenal job with managing social distancing in a bar setting and still making the experience enjoyable. Staff was friendly and attentive. Totally enjoyed my visit.

                                      34. Y

                                        Yumcentral

                                        Charlotte

                                        31 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        31 reviews

                                        Dined on November 1, 2021

                                        overall4food3service3ambience3

                                        A good location to have a drink or two, and some good food as well despite the limited menu. Reservations are an absolute must, and try to get a high top table with a view of the ocean to fully enjoy the ambiance.

                                      35. LS

                                        LuzS

                                        New York Area

                                        16 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        16 reviews

                                        Dined on October 30, 2021

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        Drinks were nice and strong, staff was very friendly and the view is stunning!

                                      36. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Los Angeles

                                        4 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on October 24, 2021

                                        overall3food4service3ambience2

                                        I would love to give this place 5 stars because the drinks were awesome, food as well, and our Server Jon was very polite and took good care of us. However, Luke at the front door was rude when we arrived and didn’t greet us, say please, but instead forcefully made us step outside while he pulled up our reservation. Then we got sat in the worst location way in the back far from the live music. It’s tough with the island restrictions, but there are certainly more polite hosts at other bars like Tapas. Overall a good chill place if you can get past the guy at the front!

                                      37. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Hawaii

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 23, 2021

                                        overall4food3service5ambience5

                                        Our server Jamie was fabulous and friendly! Thanks for the great service!

                                      38. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on October 21, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Love the staff and Jon and David are the best servers! Drinks are great priced and food is yummy.

                                      39. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 17, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great Sunday - been a long time great to be back.

                                      40. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on October 17, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Love this place

                                      Safety precautions

                                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                        • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                        • Contactless payment available
                                      • Screening

                                        • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                        • Staff is vaccinated

                                      FAQs

                                      You can order delivery directly from Hula's Bar & Lei Stand using the Order Online button. Hula's Bar & Lei Stand also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 923-0669.

                                      Hula's Bar & Lei Stand is rated 4.7 stars by 266 OpenTable diners.

                                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                      Google Map for Hula's Bar & Lei Stand

                                      134 Kapahulu Ave Honolulu, HI 96815

                                      Additional information

                                      • Cross street

                                        Kapahulu Ave / Lemon Rd

                                      • Neighborhood

                                        Waikiki

                                      • Hours of operation

                                        Brunch Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 11:00 am–2:00 am Lunch Mon, Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue, Wed 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                      • Cuisines

                                        American, Asian, Tex-Mex

                                      • Dining style

                                        Casual Dining

                                      • Dress code

                                        Casual Dress

                                      • Parking details

                                        Parking is available in the Honolulu Zoo Parking Lot right across the street for $1.50 / hr.Credit Card and Cash/Coin are accepted with the ability to add more time with your mobile number and a credit card payment.Do not let your time expire. This parking lot actively tows vehicles for expired parking 24/hrs a day

                                      • Public transit

                                        TheBus routes: E, 2, 8, 13, 14, 20, 23, 24, 42, W1, W2, W3

                                      • Payment options

                                        AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                                      • Owned/operated by

                                        LGBTQ

                                      • Executive chef

                                        Michelle Nakaya

                                      • Additional

                                        Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                      • Phone number

                                        (808) 923-0669

                                      • Catering

                                        Ginniberries has catering options available. Contact management for more information.

                                      • Private party facilities

                                        Please contact us at https://hulas.com/private-parties/ to reserve a spot (after 9pm) for your special occasion.

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