Spanky’s Riptide is an open-air bar that marks the southern-most point on Front Street where you can knock a few back. It’s located at the 505 village and you can’t miss the ginormous mounted marlin that hangs over its outdoor seating. This end of Front Street is quieter than the northern end; here you’ll often run into locals getting a bite to eat before and after their shifts and sessions at Shark Pit or the harbor. The bright and colorful decor and sparkling aluminum seating is a 180-degree change from the Bamboo Bar and Grill that used to occupy the space a few years ago. Spanky’s owners gutted the old bar and added a bigger bar, more flat screens, more seating and a pool table. The long, blonde wood bar has plenty on tap and boasts itself as a bottle shoppe with 30 different bottled beers and flat screen views everywhere you turn. If you aren’t into TV, there’s plenty of fun stuff to look at on the brightly painted green walls–retro signage, more mounted fish, giant tikis, painted coconuts, Elvis surfing, much of it restored and collected by the owners Mike Kashube, Adam Clarke and Kawehi Clarke. The friendly, beachy bungalow vibe makes it a great place to booze it up in Lahaina Town.
What Else: There is a surprise for the ladies in the loo, involving a bear skin rug.
Who is Spanky? Nobody.
Happy Hour: All Day, 11am-2am.
Happy Hour drink specials: $3.75 Schooners (18oz draft beer), well drinks, Corona, Corona Light and Pacifico in bottles; $5 double Bloody Mary’s; Taco Tuesdays will have discounted Margaritas and dollar tacos.
Happy Hour food: No specials, but the menu is a tight list of bar favorites, fortified with fried food and topped off with Spaghetti Os straight outta the can. All great for supping up the happiest of hours. The hot dogs ($3.95) are mouthwatering Hormels, amazingly tasty with fresh baked buns and a deluxe condiment bar that features specialty flavored mayos, ketchup, mustard, cheese, jalapenos, tomatoes, onions, cucumber and anything else you might want slathered on your wiener. A customer next to me raved about the burgers ($4.95), saying the flavor in the beef patties keeps her coming back (though she does live just down the street). Other bar patrons were gnoshing breakfast burritos, which are served all day. The black and blue ahi is a fancy chunk of seared fish, seasoned with furikake and wasabi lilikoi sauce and served with sticky rice.
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505 Front St., Lahaina
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