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Empty seats: a rarity at RumFire.
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Seared But Still Raw

I like playing there from a musician’s standpoint,” says acoustic R&B performer Jeremy Cheng of RumFire Waikiki. “The ambiance is really nice, it’s very open, having the fire pits lit at night … it kind of suits the music more [because] the venue is a little more modern, a little bit more hip.”

Cheng is a regular at RumFire, the Sheraton’s distinctly luxurious, ocean-side venue for wining and dining. Every Monday night, local fans catch him performing from 7:30–11:30pm as the host of their new Hot & Horny Service Industry Night, where cardholders get 50 percent off Hornitos drinks and food. And if that wasn’t already enough to create a smooth weekend-worthy buzz, RumFire’s “social comfort food” includes culinary influences from the Pacific Rim and around the globe. Seared Hamachi sashimi ($18) and grilled rib steak, pupu style ($28) just to name a few (dinner from 4–9:30pm).

In addition to industry night, club nights Fridays and Saturdays and Phoenix Night (the last Sunday of the month, an LGBT-friendly shindig), RumFire is also hosting Sound Lounge this Saturday (8pm–close). The Artist Movement, known for their star-studded bashes around the world, is brining in DJ Ira from Gleam Records to transform the island atmosphere into a place where dancing shoes (and sexy cocktail attire) are required ($10 cover charge, validated parking).

RumFire, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, 2255 Kalakaua Ave., open Sun.–Thu. 11am–midnight, Fri.–Sat. 11am–12:30am, live music nightly 5–8pm, [rumfirewaikiki.com], 922-4422