It’s fair to say that, after experiencing Whole Foods Kahala and Kahului, we thought we knew what to expect from a Whole Foods store. But it’s probably equally fair to say that the Kailua store surprised us all by adding something unexpected of such an oh-so-PC place: A bar in the store. A bar with alcohol. And a happy hour.
These two hours every weekday contradict the notion that Whole Foods is expensive. A large slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza paired with a select pint of the day is only $5. The select pint by itself costs $3. With brews on tap ranging from Hawaii Nui’s Hapa Brown Ale to Chatoe Rogue’s pilsner, the deal doesn’t skimp on quality. In addition, the regular bar menu offers pupu such as freshly made chips and dip, chicken pot stickers and rainbow rolls in an affordable $2.99–$5.99 price range.
Spending extra time at a grocery store never seemed so … happy.Happy hour runs Mon. — Fri., 4pm-6pm, 629 Kailua Road, Ste. 100, [wholefoodsmarket.com], 263-6800