Moose McGillycuddy’s has been getting people drunk in Waikiki since my parents were young. In fact, it’s my dad’s favorite place to get a drink, and every year on my mom’s birthday, we have a Hawaiian Punch in her memory. My dad still talks about a legendary night he had in this bar.
The food is fine, but a bit over priced. It’s the drink specials that make Moose’s worth checking out. They have happy hour seven days a week from 4:00 to 7:00. Beers are $3 to $5, and cocktails are $3 or $4. My huge Hawaiian Punch in the photo has four different kinds of liquor, and it cost $4. It’s almost too good to be true.
They have an upstairs that I think has a more nightclub, young kids, cheap shots, puke on your shoes kind of atmosphere. I’ve never been up there. They have ridiculous late night drink specials, if that’s your thing.
The downstairs is geared toward an older crowd. They definitely played a lot of music that reminded me of my parents. But the cheap drinks go really far in making up for any atmospheric shortfalls. They have a long list of cocktails and shots. I want to try most of them. Don’t take me here when I’m thirsty.
We were hungry, so we took advantage of burger night. It’s a good pub burger, and on Wednesdays, most burgers are $8. If you know how to work the system, you can get out of here for pretty cheap.
When you find yourself in need of a cheap cocktail in Waikiki, definitely check out Moose’s. They’re always there for you.