The wounds left by the sudden departure of buzzy cava bar Bom Bolla last year are still a little raw, but at least its Wicker Park space no longer sits empty. Now it's occupied by Mahalo (1501 N. Milwaukee Ave.), a Hawaiian-inspired spot that's already managing to attract quite the crowd.
There's plenty of Instagrammable decor to snap a selfie or two in front of (hanging chairs, neon, surfboards) as you down super-fruity drinks in one of two bar areas. Coming soon is a rooftop deck (expect it any day now), but in the interim, you can still get some outside vibes as you split a cocktail-filled pineapple husk via some slide-open windows.
Here's what all we saw when we stopped by.