Living in Downtown definitely has its perks. Spacing out the travel posts with some local places. Some of it will be food, and others will be coffee shops that we visit on “Work from Wherever Wednesday” – our team’s excuse to get out of the office and get our collaboration on.

Rain Honolulu

tl;dr: This place does happy hour and specials right. Come here early on Thursdays (make a reso as this place gets crowded quick) and take advantage of happy hour food + half off cocktails!

We’d been excited to come here after seeing the signage and peeking in windows when we walked by on lunch breaks. Hard to miss, it sits on the corner of Fort Street Mall and S. Pauahi, a block in from Hotel Street. If you’re driving, they offer 2 hours of validated parking at Mark’s Garage.

On a normal night (after happy hour), this place is pretty pricey. Drinks range from $10 – $12 for their cocktails and entrees are around $16 – $23. It’s definitely not an everyday place for us, but the interior has great ambiance with the lighting, music and decor.

You should either make reservations or plan to sneak out of the office and get there early. Both times, when we arrived at around 5p, it was fairly empty, but filled up quick as folks got off work in search of happy hour.

Happiest Hour

The happy hour food menu is an amazing deal. The portions were large enough to share as apps, and everything we ordered was tasty! The menu changed a few times in the beginning, but it seems like it’s pretty set now.

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As for the drinks, the classic and hand crafted martinis all come with a “sidecar”, basically another full drink in a tiny carafe in a fish bowl of ice. So you’re really getting two drinks for the price of one – hard to go wrong there.

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Last but not least, make sure you check out their specials:

Weekly Specials at Rain Honolulu

We’ll definitely be back for that Monday AYCE chicken. I can already think of a few people that would eat their $13 worth (and more) of fried chicken. If you live or work nearby, definitely check this place out. It’s a great happy hour spot to get the night started.

As of June 14th, they’re also open for lunch – haven’t been yet, but linked the menu at the bottom.

Rain Honolulu

1138 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI 96813
Yelp / Open Table (reservations) / Instagram / Facebook
MenusLunch Menu / Dinner Menu / Cocktail menu

Lunch: Monday – Friday (11am – 2pm)
Dinner: Monday – Friday (430pm – 11pm), Saturday – Sunday (5pm – 12am)