Shaken Not Stirred
Bar Leather Apron – 745 Fort St #127A
Established in 2015 by co-owners Tom Park and Justin Park, Bar Leather Apron provides an intimate bar experience in downtown Honolulu, offering finely crafted cocktails, spirits, beer and wine. Inspired by their international travels, Tom and Justin sought to bring home, under one roof, the aspects they admired most from some of the best bars in the world. Every element of the Bar Leather Apron experience has been carefully considered. They believe that a good cocktail is a wonderful thing, but the moments that surround each sip are what make it truly memorable.
Justin Park, Bar Leather Apron’s head bartender and ambassador, has over a decade of experience behind the bar. Justin has long fostered a dream of operating a bar dedicated to the highest level of customer service, superior cocktails and surprising details. His approach to cocktail creation sees the drink as merely one component of the entire bar experience – presentation, service and setting are equally as important as what is in the glass.
Competing on national and international levels, Justin has had the opportunity to experience some of the best bars around the globe and learn techniques from the world’s top bartenders.
Justin is now recognized as one of the world’s greatest mixologists, with a list of accolades behind him. A two-time winner of the Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival “World’s Best Mai Tai” competition (2012 and 2015); Bombay Sapphire/GQ’s “Most Inspired Bartender” (2012); Technical Champion of the Campari & United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) Apertivo Competition (2013); Best Technical (2014, 2015) and Overall First Place winner (2014) of the “Shake It Up!” Cocktail Competition, just to name a few.