From Our Editors
The Three Faces of Hula Hula
Local, Sustainable Menu
Hula Hula claims its got the world’s best karaoke food, and with one look at the menu, you’d be hard-pressed to argue. Most of its items are shareable and easy to nosh on between songs, from plates of spanish steamed clams to flatbread pizzas or red-bean quesadillas. A small menu of sandwiches includes a hamburger and grilled chicken, and every Wednesday night, the special is fried chicken. Best of all, the kitchen uses sustainable meats, seafood, and produce from small local farms.
There’s a theme here, and it’s tropical. The cocktail menu spotlights fruit juices and traditional tropical liqueurs in cocktails that are sure to inspire a few beach-vacation daydreams, from classics like the Mai Tai to signature drinks like the Hina Hula, which mixes Finlandia vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord. Bartenders whip up more liquid karaoke courage in the form of Zombie Bowls and shots, such as the Fire Dancer, made with Fire Eater whiskey and fresh apple juice.
Every night at 9 p.m., customers give back by becoming the bar’s entertainment. Against the tiki-style backdrop of bamboo and images of hula girls, anyone is invited up to the stage to croon. The staff even helpfully provides performance tips.