Oahu Nightlife!

After the sun melts into the Pacific, the stars come out, and the Oahu nightlife comes to life!  It’s really all about the Honolulu nightlife & Waikiki for the most part.  Whether you are seeking the Best 2015 Honolulu nightclubs & Honolulu bars, or maybe something a little more special, it’s hard not to find good entertainment somewhere in this island's nightlife!

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Oahu Nightlife - Honolulu

Best 5 Honolulu Bars

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  1. Mai Tai Bar – Rockin’ open-air bar on top of the Ala Moana Mall – very lively and popular with the locals!
  2. Buho Cantina – One of Waikiki's latest roof top restaurant & bar with great views of Waikiki action!  It's the hip bar and lounging area that makes this spot so inviting!
  3. Bar 35 – Fun vibe downtown bar with enough beers being represented to keep you busy all night.  The DJ keeps the dance floor busy!
  4. Lewers Lounge - Looking for an upscale bar with a beautiful Interior?  Located in the Halekulani Hotel, Lewers Lounge is a perect setting to "lounge" and enjoy a special Mai Tai.
  5. Gordon Biersch Brewery – open-air bar and restaurant at the Aloha Tower Market, that comes with live music and award winning micro beer.

Most Popular Honolulu Nightclubs

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  • District - NEWEST Club!  Just opened below The Republic.  A clean new loungy look, with some cool features, such as a lined wall with speakers behind the bar!  23+ is the new age to get in...  Go-go girls and bottle service awaits you!

  • M Honolulu – Formally the long standing Oceans 808 club, and now "M" has taking the helm in what still remains to be a very popular spot.
  • Addiction – Waikiki’s new hip spot to see and be seen at the Modern Hotel! There is an amazing collection of 40,000 luminous lights that creates a magical visually stimulating atmosphere.
  • The Republic – Nightly concert venue on Kapiolani Blvd (Across from Ala Moana Shopping Center).  A nice way to change up the DJ club scene once in awhile!
  • Zanzibar – Jamming Waikiki nightclub that’s open all night.
  • Manifest – located in Chinatown, amongst young hip artsy pub crawl, is one of Honolulu's jumping club scenes that's worth the experience!


Oahu Nightlife  - Chinatown Honolulu


Oahu Nightlife Chinatown

Chinatown is hip, it’s raw, and is a lively part of the Honolulu nightlife!

Blending into the red light district are some of Hawaii’s top art galleries, new upcoming culinary delights, the Hawaiian flower lei community, and a good handful of old & new Honolulu Bars.

Visiting this downtown area during the daytime is one thing, but I recommend jumping in the lively action at nightBetter yet, show up for a fun relaxing happy hour and take it right into dinner and the night!

Most of the action can be found from Bethel to Mauakea St, between King and Beretania St, or about 8 square blocks.

Noteworthy Bars and Nightclubs in Oahu's Chinatown area: 

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  • Manifest – hip artsy coffee shop by day, jumping bar/club by night!  Manifest is easly one of the most poptular venues in the downtown arena.
  • Bar 35 – voted best bar with 150 beers, gourmet pizza.  Their DJ spins lively tunes into the night, and steps up this bar to be one of the best dancing clubs as well!
  • Nextdoor – anchoring the downtown strip, this Honolulu club is large enough to hold concert venues, or simply spin with a DJ all night long.  Dance to their supersized show screen on the wall.
  • Scarlet Bar & Dance Club - chinatowns newest bar & dance club just opened its doors with a spacious dance floor and suductive doll house theme.  Scarlet Bar is the first gay dance club launched in Hawaii.
  •  Hanks & Dragon Upstairs – old school flavor with a sense of mystery.  Good spot to catch some live entertainment.

TIP:  1st Friday of each month is a big night in Chinatown Honolulu.  Most of the Galleries stay open late, and host with music, free drinks and pupus (appetizers).  It’s a really fun time, and worth checking out if you’re around!


More Oahu Nightlife fun!

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  • Live Jazz at the Kahala Hotel and Resort – I might not be able to afford staying at this elegant resort, but we love dropping by for a few hours in the evening, ordering some drinks and enjoy listening to the live jazz music that takes place in their beautiful open-air atrium.

    Oahu Nightlife - Boat Cruise



  • Sunset Boat Cruises – breathtaking views of Waikiki and Diamond Head, a sunset on the water, dinner, Polynesian dancers, and boogieing into the night with the DJ – that should be enough fun for one night!

      Reserve ahead for a Sunset Dinner Cruise!



  • Hawaiian Luau – it seems like a touristy thing to do, but a fun experience at that!  I don’t think I’ve heard any complaints or regrets about going to any one of the three outfits that put on the whole production here on Oahu.   It’s a night of continuous entertainment, with torch lighting, hula dancer performances, Hawaiian rituals, flowing tropical drinks and of-coarse a huge luau spread including the Poi!  
    • The Paradise Cove Luau & Germaines Luau, are the 2 most popular luaus on the island.

      See pricing and details on the Best Luaus on Oahu.

  • Hawaiian Music Performances – it’s a special treat if you can catch a local performance during your stay. 
    • During the day, you can catch some free performances at the Ala Moana Mall stage and Kapiolani Park Bandstand.  But the Oahu nightlife steps it up with local live music that can be found at select Honolulu bars, restaurants and hotels mentioned above. 
    • I would also advise checking out mele.com and staradvertiser.com for scheduled upcoming concerts and entertainment venues.

    Queens Beach Waikiki


  • Sunset on the Beach, Movie Night – take part in some Waikiki nightlife, burying your feet in the sand and watching a movie on the beach for free on a 30 ft movie screen



Sunset on the Beach, is all part of a big production, that includes live entertainment beforehand, and ono food kiosk stations cooking up dinner and selling all types of snacks.  They used to show movies every weekend, but unfortunately are now shown more infrequently.  So take advantage if you’re around for one.


Oahu Nightlife - Waikiki

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Waikiki is always the last city to go to sleep on the island, with its own share of Oahu nightlife.  Hawaiian bars, clubs and lively entertainment keep the Waikiki nightlife rolling on.

Some of the Better Anchors to the Wild Waikiki Nightlife

  • Duke's Canoe Club - This popular beachfront restaurant and club located in the Outrigger Waikik was recently renovated.  There's always a lively crowd at Duke's where the tropical drinks are liberally consumed to keep the fun and action going.
  • Zanzibar -  Jamming Waikiki nightclub that’s open all night.  If you're up for club hopping all night, you can hit this nightspot afterhours.
  • Addiction at Modern Honolulu -  Waikiki’s newest and not to be missed nightclub...that is if you’re looking for something different, memorable and addictive!  No shortcuts were taken while designing this marvel!
  • Five-O Bar - the newest of many Waikiki nightclubs, perched at the top of the Royal Hawaiian Center.
  • Rumfire - located oceanside at the top of the Sheraton Waikiki is one big party every night!  Wild atmoshpere, spinning DJ's, and good drinks!

    Aloha Tower Marketplace 

    While the Aloha Tower Marketplace is currently under renovation, there are still some fun and alive Oahu nightlife to be found.  There are a a handful of Honolulu bars, restaurants, and different venues for entertainment.

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    Aloha Tower Market place Live Entertainment:

    • Gordon Biersch Brewery - another great spot that anchors the Aloha Tower Marketplace at the end of the pier with harbor views.  I love their inviting open-air environment, and variety of entertainment from Hawaiian to Reggae to Jazz – all which are fitting for the setting!
    • Hooters  - Known for their spicy chicken wings and eye candy service...'nuff said!  Hooters usually has a few "challenges" and events scheduled through out the week.

      Aloha & Have Fun!!

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