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The Manual | February 2, 2022


At the Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club in Honolulu, Christian Taibi is the bar manager at resident watering hole Mahina & Sun’s. He believes we’ll all be craving togetherness again, especially as the pandemic subsides. “How you connect with your guests will be just as important as what’s in their glass,” he says. “The desire to be around people and to mix and mingle will take priority. The art of conversation will take precedent over the art of mixology.”

Of course, there will be drinks. Taibi thinks what’s old will be new again. “We’ll see a continued resurgence, and even improvement, on retro classics like the cosmopolitan and the crowd-pleasing rusty nails,” he says. “People want nostalgia and yearn for ‘the ways things were,’ but want a light twist on them. Retro cocktails will definitely become even more incredibly relevant.”

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