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Hawaii's Monday Night Football ports bar round up #2

by Katie Pebely, People & Places editor


Ready to watch some Monday Night Football? Drink beer? Eat half-priced appetizers? Whatever you’re ready for, this island has a sports bar that offers it. Now it’s just a matter of finding where the best deals are located. Last issue, we took you on a tour of Players, Murphy’s, The Shack, and Hooters.

This time, we’re going to take a look at Ground Level, Spinners, Moose McGillycuddy’s, and Ryan’s Bar and Grill to see what kind of specials we can find for next Monday night.


The closest sports bar for students is around the corner less than 10 yards away from the computer center. For location and student specials, Ground Level is unbeatable. Doors open at 4 p.m. and HPU students can enjoy $1.50 Bud Light and $5, 48 oz. Bud pitchers until 7 p.m. After that, pitcher prices jump both in size and price to 60 oz. for $7 and Bud Light drafts stay on special all night for $2. Ground Level is loaded with extras, including a jukebox, pool table, and video games, but the most important reason why Ground Level is a great place to catch football is the way the customers are treated. Sheri, part owner and manager, explained: “We treat everyone like ohana (family) – come in and find out for yourself.” On Mondays, Sheri will be serving her famous beef stew bowls for $3 for the football game, which is delayed at Ground Level until 7 p.m. Whether you’re done for the day or on break from night class, check out Ground Level.


Spinners, often a late-night hangout for HPU students, is located at 2463 Kuhio in the heart of Waikiki. It’s tucked behind a rental car lot, so make sure you keep your eyes open for it. This sports bar has two large rooms with television sets catching the game live at 3 o’clock. The majority of the customers are working adults getting off from work in order to catch the game. Spinners offers $5 pitchers of Coors, Budweiser, and Michelob from the start of the game until 8 o’clock. There is also $2.50 Coors Light and Bud Light bottles, as well as $3 well drinks. Darts and arcade games are available for commercials and half time, as well as a tropical patio for those who want to relax outdoors. For just $5, you can get your choice of chicken strips, popcorn shrimp, or mozzarella sticks, all served with fries. Spinners is a great location for Monday Night Football, and with minimal crowds, it’s just waiting to be discovered by a group of rowdy HPU students.


Right down the road on Lewers St. is the well-known Moose McGillycuddy’s. This restaurant and bar is a popular hangout for locals and tourists alike. Take the staircase to the second floor to find the Monday Night Football crowd enjoying $1.75 Bud, Miller, and Coors bottles. The popcorn is free and all other appetizers and drinks are half-price from the start of the game until 8 p.m. The crowd at Moose’s is a good variety of sport-loving, beer drinking fans. The guy to girl ratio is surprisingly equal, and ages range from barely 21 to barely breathing. The bartender explained that Monday always brings in a crowd, but the more anticipated games fill the place up a bit earlier. With more than 10 TVs positioned around two different bars and seating areas, Moose’s is a great place to catch the game.


For many professionals and students whose day does not end at 3 o’clock, the best place on the island to catch the game delayed is Ryan’s Bar and Grill, located at the Ward Center. The fun begins here at 6 o’clock, when Ryan’s rolls down a huge screen from the ceiling for the delayed game. Banners from every football team are draped along the bar, and the drink selection Ryan’s offers is unreal. Also, Ryan’s menu offers a wide variety of dinner options, and the food has a reputation of being delicious. The KCCN radio crew is at Ryan’s every Monday night, giving away CD’s, movie tickets, and doing other promotions. Each week, one lucky KCCN radio station listener wins the honor of sitting in “The Chair,” a leather massage chair elevated above everything else to give you the best view of the screen. While the crowd and atmosphere at Ryan’s Bar and Grill is exciting, the drink specials are certainly not. The only deal Ryan’s offers is $3 Coors, which really isn’t a deal at all. Still, Ryan’s can be a great place to catch the game, especially if you don’t plan on drinking very much. Next issue…wrapping it up with some downtown favorite hotspots.

All Photos by Katie Pebley.


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