HONOLULU | If I’m on vacation and I return to a place that I’ve already visited on that trip, you know it’s got to be good. Well that’s exactly what happened with the reservations-only Brix and Stones. Hidden up a set of stairs behind an unmarked above an auto repair shop, I would have never know about it, if it wasn’t thanks to the brilliant heads up by Fabrice at Fete,
Brix and Stones is a venue in the making. At the moment, it’s a retail wine and cigar shop, awaiting it’s bar license, after which it’ll open both the current space, and the currently closed space downstairs, as a bar. For now, it’s not technically a bar, rather a retail store with a relaxing, atmospheric lounge. If you choose, you can purchase bottles of wines, bottled cocktails, and cigars at retail cost, and take a seat on the couches, and ask for your bottle to be opened and your cigar lit. TV screens on the walls show live sport on silent. So not a bar yet, but you get the drift. Such are the joys of liquor licensing no matter where you are in the world.
For wine, the focus is on interesting, minimal intervention drops from around the world. There’s more traditional styles of wine too if that’s more your jam. There’s a small selection of bottled classic cocktails, and a walk in humidor featuring an array of some of the world’s best cigars, except Cubans, because America.
As well as the main focus, owners Rick and Elaine also stock a small selection of things like pasta, olive oil, chocolate, and cheese, from suppliers they’ve met and built a relationship with over their combined 25 years of experience in the industry.
There’s no kitchen at the moment , but you can order food in from any one of the fantastic eateries in the area. The excellent Hana Koa Brewing is literally around the corner and their burgers are great.
It’s a great not bar that you definitely need to visit if you’re in Honolulu. Thanks for your brilliant hospitality Elaine. Hopefully that full liquor license comes through soon.
Brix and Stones
999 Waimanu Street
Telephone: 808 593 2749
Wed – Sat: 5:00pm to 9:00pm