Sake, a Japanese rice wine, turned out much better than earlier versions made by silk worms out of bamboo and raw fish. Sip on classic sake and other intoxicating beverages with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of wines, sake, and more at SWAM, located in the Waimalu Plaza Shopping Center.
Jill Shiroma founded her distinctive libation shop because of her love of wines and spirits and her desire to fulfill the lifestyle needs of the modern generation. SWAM offers customers an eclectic variety of vino and spirits, with an emphasis on friendly and personal service. The shop's walls are lined with cherry shelves that are fully stocked with rare and unique drinkables, including hard-to-find wines and spirits, such as Hello Kitty wines (available in the pinot nero white and the pinot nero red)—a beverage brand far superior to Flintstones chewable champagne.
The shop also stocks a variety of party-pleasing products, including craft beers, fine cigars, and bar accessories (prices range from under $1.50 to $4,000). Impress your boss, clients, or cult leader with an elegant customized gift basket or party centerpiece filled with their favorite firewater. Be sure to check the store's website for a taste of what's in store at the next Thursday tasting, when the public can taste unfamiliar and exciting wines from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Yelpers give SWAM an average of five stars:
- The staff is friendly and the selection is excellent. – Anthony G.