Located in the North Shore's Turtle Bay Resort is Surfer, the Bar, opened in early November of 2011. Named after Surfer Magazine, which backs the place, Surfer has a full bar as well as a pretty thorough menu with appetizers (called pupus locally) with a Pacific Rim twist. They also offer more traditional food such as pizzas and a pulled pork sandwich, but it's all darn good bar food.
Surfer has made a home in what was a long standing bar called the Bay Club, which most locals were familiar with. But the venue has been fully revamped, and has stepped up quite a few levels to a classy lounge-style place with a huge television for surf movie premiers and contests, as well as a stage for music, presentations, and frequent talks by professionals in the industry.
Matt Costa performs at Surfer — Photo courtesy of aloha update
On any given night you may find a live interview with a surf legend like Clyde Aikau, a live performance from artists like Matt Costa or a local musician, all while in the company of a professional surfer like Kelly Slater, Bruce Irons, or local pros like Kalani Chapman.
Although the place is officially a bar, opening at 6 p.m. each night, children are allowed inside until food stops being served at 10 p.m, so it's a family place too. The nights when it gets action packed and wild, that doesn't start till at least 10 so for those staying at the resort or passing through the North Shore, it's a generally mellow place to enjoy food and drinks while watching surf videos.
Check out www.surferthebar.com for current listings of events at the bar. And if you go, try the ceviche, poke, pulled pork sandwich, or the Hawaiian pizza. For adults, the mai tai is tasty and is the bar's strongest drink.