All That Jazz

From cable-knit cardigans to bold blazers, update your fall wardrobe with these urbane essentials.

Photo courtesy of Halekulani

Joie de Cocktail

Most unfortunately for those of us who prefer to tip our libations in a low-back swivel chair, bedecked in collared shirts and (gasp!) even a light blazer, while fine linens absorb the dew off our highballs, the offerings are rather slim. In different times, fine eateries would happily devote a darkened corner to lounging with canapes and cocktails, whether or not you had the intention of staying for dinner. These days of rock star chefs and number crunching backers lean more towards cramming as many two-tops into every edible space—and those of us simply looking to imbibe are left mixing and stirring in the comfortable confines of our homes.

Leave it to the Halekulani to open L’Aperitif, a Belle Epoque-inspired lounge found within the highly awarded La Mer restaurant, on the resort’s near reclusive second floor.

Management swayed legendary Ritz Paris barman Colin Field to craft a simple cocktail menu—and you won’t need an MFA in the culinary arts and sciences to navigate it. Spectacular brandy mingles with cut-on-the-bar ice cubes, while macerated raspberries dance with champagne and vodka. Drinks make use of bitters, island-grown cucumber (when called for) and so on.

Finally, executive chef Vikram Garg has masterfully paired the tiniest of morsels with each of L’Aperitif’s half-dozen signature cocktails, the lengths of which he’s gone to capture the most ideal balances in flavor are truly unparalleled in these climes. (The “Sumak Shrimp with Chili Aioli” is eyeflutteringly delightful.)

Bon vivants rejoice! – Brian Berusch

About the Setting

The garments worn by the gentleman in HILuxury‘s October/November men’s fashion feature seemed as if they were made to be modeled among the rich decor of Lewers Lounge at Halekulani. The intimate cocktail venue is the perfect locale to cozy up with club-style bar service, featuring contemporary and classic cocktails, thanks to Dale DeGroff (formerly of NYC’s Rainbow Room), the “King of Cocktails.” High style— paired with nightly live jazz performances—make this a winning ensemble.

Fashion Editor & Writer: NADINE KAM
Photographer: LEAH FRIEL

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