David Paul’s Island Grill Sky Lounge
900 Front St., Lahaina, 662-3000
Location: David Paul’s is the northern-most restaurant that’s still in town, right across from a short rock-made seawall.
Decor: Choose from three atmospheres of cool: the ocean-and-sunset al fresco lanai right on Front Street; the inner circle, including elegant tables and chairs, bar seating, booths that overlook the inside of the kitchen and the ‘luxe couches; and finally the back patio, where the DJ plays next to the satellite bar and you can drink on cushy outdoor couches under the stars (hence the name Sky Lounge).
Prettiest drink: The New Moon margarita, served in handblown glass rimmed with li hing mui and featuring 1800 silver tequila and Eristoff black, plus blackberries. Dark and mysterious as midnight, the drink is slightly viscous and sweet. And Sky Lounge has more than pretty drinks: guys and dolls mingle over lounge music spun by DJ CIA, and chat each other up over fetching tapas. The specialty cocktail menu reads like a chef designed it, with top-shelf spirits and fresh garnishes and juices. Ring your bell with a Front Street Flip with egg yolk and Hennessy, or the aptly named Lahaina Relief, a champagne cocktail with St. Germain.
Entertainment: Music starts on the backside lounge at 7pm and goes ‘til close.
Grinds: A tapas menu that changes weekly: slider dogs ($3), Kobe beef or crab sliders ($6), popcorn shrimp ($8) and pommes frites ($8), just to name a few.
Happy Hour: Happy hour has two Friday shifts: from 5-7pm, when the specialty cocktail menu is half price ($7); and 7pm-close, when you can get the Sky Lounge cocktail menu featuring two hand-crafted drinks designed for the evening for $8, plus red and a white wine ($10 and under) and sparkling wine ($5) by the glass chosen for the evening.
Parking: The Lahaina Center has parking that can be validated at the restaurant.
From the lips of Chef David Paul: “The inspiration for Sky Lounge came when I went out for a drink one night and found I wanted to expand the options in Lahaina. It seemed like appropriate timing to launch something new and exciting.”