Alcohol Professor: La Mariana Sailing Club
On Alcohol Professor, I’m writing about mai tais and La Mariana Sailing Club, Honolulu’s last remaining old school tiki bar.
The bar is bathed in the red and blue glow of glass lights and illuminated puffer fish. Behind the counter, along with the booze, is a cabinet full of vintage tiki mugs. It has the look of a place with a jumble that has grown organically over the years, rather than having been planned or expertly decorated. The bartender is a guy named Uncle Wayne, and he’s mixing up a couple of Mai Tais beneath a screen tuned to the University of Hawaii football team’s season opener. The drinks are good—strong but balanced. Sitting on the stool to my right is a guy with a hook for a hand.