On the Rocks or Neat?

It's October! HONOLULU PRIDE month! We're gearing up for spectacular events at Bacchus this month. Check back on our events page for updates. Today, enjoy $6 Jack Daniels cocktails (see below on how to order). Tonight, DJ Kuya will bring the crowds and make you wanna shake.


With complicated cocktails that include a splash of this and a splash of that, it's difficult to know how to order at any bar these days. Do you want ice? No ice?

At Bacchus we keep it simple. We'll stir, shake and mix up your favorite cocktail to the best of our abilities. But for new drinkers…

…knowing the rules and the proper terminology can make you seem like a cocktail expert even if you aren’t.

Before approaching the bar, always know exactly what you want and give your order to the bartender with confidence, or risk looking like you just turned 21 five minutes ago.

Rule number one: Never order a "cranberry vodka." At least not like that. You'll end up looking naïve.

Don't know how to order? No worries, we won't shame you. We'll guide you through the steps.

And we'll guide you through it, no judgment. When ordering a cocktail, name the alcohol, then the chaser, or you’ll look like a freshman in college who didn’t know what else to order. If you want a specific type of liquor, say so. And to make it fancy, add “with a twist.”

Here’s how you’d order it: “I’d like a Stoli-cranberry with a twist, please.” You just ordered a cocktail with Stoli vodka, cranberry juice and a lemon peel, also known as a Cape Cod.

When ordering, though, be careful not to throw around cocktail terms like “neat,” “straight up,” and “on the rocks” without knowing what they mean. If you do, you might end up with a drink you didn’t want and an unamused bartender.

For a drink made without ice or mixer, you’d order it “neat,” and it would be served to you in an Old Fashioned cocktail glass. So, you might say, “I’d like a bourbon, neat.” To order a martini “up” or “straight up,” means you’d like it chilled. A cocktail that is poured over ice is “on the rocks.”

Now you know how to your drinks with or without ice and not wind up wet like the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Come to Bacchus today and enjoy the cool a/c and our delicious cocktails. Come to Bacchus tonight to enjoy delicious cocktails, beer and DJ Kuya at 10PM.