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 for the most part. Whether you are seeking
the 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!
Oahu Nightlife - Honolulu
Best 5 Honolulu Bars
- Mai Tai Bar – Rockin’
open-air bar on
top of the Ala Moana Mall – very lively and popular with the locals!
- Dukes Canoe Club – the
only bar that
comes with sand…check your sandals at the bar!
- Bar 35 – Fun vibe
downtown bar with enough beers
being represented to keep you busy all night. The DJ keeps the
dance floor busy!
- Eleven44 (formally
Bambu Two Cafe & Martini Bar)
Hip lounge in Chinatown that serves $3.50 martini’s all day long!
- Gordon Biersch Brewery –
and restaurant at the Aloha Tower Market, that comes with live music
and award winning micro beer.
Most Popular Honolulu Nightclubs
- 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.
– 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. 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
Oahu Nightlife - Chinatown Honolulu
Chinatown is hip, it’s raw, and is a lively part of the Honolulu
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 night. Better yet,
show up for a fun relaxing happy hour and take it right into dinner and
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:
- 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.
- Eleven44 (formally
Bambu two Cafe & Martini
$3.50 martini’s & my favorite spot for cocktails…need I say
more! Also turns into a livley sceen later into the night!
- Hanks & Dragon
Upstairs – old
school flavor with a sense of mystery. Good spot to catch
some live entertainment.
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!
- Live Jazz at the Kahala Hotel
and Resort – I might not be able
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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
on a 30 ft movie screen!
Sunset on the Beach, is all part of a big production, that
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
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
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
the tropical drinks are liberally consumed to keep the fun and action
- Zanzibar -
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
- 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.
Aloha Tower Marketplace
While the Aloha Tower Marketplace is currently under
are still some fun and alive Oahu
nightlife to be found. There are a a handful of Honolulu
different venues for entertainment.
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
fitting for the setting!