Truth from Dare: A well-lighted place to party

Jan. 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

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BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

There are few things I enjoy more than sipping on cocktails outdoors while the sun is still out. There’s just something about day drinking that puts a smile on my usually stoic mug. And there are only a few places in Honolulu that I consider for this pastime.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014ARTafterDARK returns to the Honolulu Museum of Art this week.


ARTafterDARK returns to the Honolulu Museum of Art this week.

Sadly one of my favorite downtown go-to’s is doing their final last call this Saturday. Brasserie Du Vin on Bethel Street will be closing its doors due to a disagreement with its landlord of nearly nine years. Du Vin provided a little taste of Paris in the heart of Honolulu and was one of the first eateries to bridge downtown with Chinatown. Hopefully we see a reincarnation somewhere nearby and that the landlords will either come to their senses or at the very least fill the space with a deserving establishment.

Luckily we have some other great venues to grab a bevy at before the sun sets. There are few more stimulating such places than the Honolulu Museum of Arts on the last Friday of the month. This Friday, the museum’s monthly party ARTafterDARK returns after a two-month hiatus. The theme is “Modern Love,” a nod to the installation of 20th century erotic art from Japan.

This is actually the first time that I’ve assisted in the production of the party so my fingers are crossed that things will go off without a hitch. Some of the highlights will include music from DJ Ross Jackson, eats from The Pig and The Lady and a variety of activities that go with the theme. Sadly, my Tinder projection screen was nixed due to budgeting but the night should be a blast none the less. And being that this is my first go-round, please save your critiques for someone more polished — and interested.

Of course one of the biggest day drinking events of the year also falls on this weekend when the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. I’m definitely not a football fan, by American standards anyway, but I do make it a point to tune into the Super Bowl. The commercials and production of the halftime show have developed so much that, for me, the game is background music. Though I could watch Tom Brady watch paint dry (and by the way the ball jokes are officially over).

I haven’t decided where I’m watching Sunday’s showdown. There’s always the debate between house party or sports bar. If I had been more on top of the game I would have coordinated a party at the Edge Bar at the Sheraton Waikiki. I can’t think of anything more fun than being able to dive into its pool whenever the game resumed, but alas a planner I am not. That being said, I’ll probably end up at a house gathering enjoying one of my favorite practices — cocktails before sunset.
When he’s not out and about at the hottest parties and other events in Honolulu, Derin “Dare” Derego works as an account executive at a local radio station group. Reach him via email at or follow him on Twitter.

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