Truth from Dare: Making Mother’s Day plans

May. 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

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BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

As I’ve frequented various watering holes around town over the past few years, it’s dawned on me that a bar’s vibe is dictated for the most part by its bartenders’ attitudes.

Much like a business whose corporate culture comes from the CEO, a bartender is hugely responsible for the personality of the establishment — sometimes more so than the owner.

When I think about my favorite haunts and why I frequent them it’s more about feeling comfortable than anything else. I’m not a fan of the handcrafted cocktail, so just about anybody can make my go-to drink, a Stoli and water, so it really comes down to the experience for me.

This leads me to my next realization. I recently had a conversation about the lack of nightclubs in Honolulu. When I was in my 20’s not so long ago, there were an abundance of places to get your dance on. That number has dwindled to just a handful in 2015. Thankfully the District, which recently opened in the old Bar Seven space, will add to the mix.

My point is that there doesn’t seem to be a huge market for nightclubs among locals because most people head to their favorite bars these days, and they do so because of the vibe they enjoy there cultivated mainly by bartenders. I look at places my friends always want to meet at and they’re usually spots like Bevy, Pint and Jigger, Proof Public House, or Bar 35. It might be that we’re getting older, so the blaring music at a nightclub isn’t as appealing, but a big part of me just enjoys the atmosphere at my favorite bar.

Since Cinco de Mayo happened earlier this week there’s not a ton of stuff going on this weekend. All I can really think about is Mother’s Day. In that respect I decided to take my mom to the Hawaii Pops show at the Sheraton Waikiki on Saturday. They’re celebrating the 80s with a live performance by Taylor Dayne. As a child of the 80s, I’m stoked to finally see Ms. Dayne live and it works out because my mom is a fan as well.

As far as Mother’s Day brunch goes, my favorite spot is the Halekulani, but it’s booked a year in advance. So we opted to change it up this year and head to the Prince Court at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. Michel’s is also a great place to take mom on this special day and since they don’t do brunch every Sunday it gets forgotten sometimes, so you might try your luck there.

Whatever you decide, make sure to do something special for the mom in your life. And if your mom likes to get her drink on, introduce her to your favorite bartender. Sunday mimosas never go out of style.
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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