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 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 Mai Tai Bar

Oahu Nightlife - Honolulu

Best 5 Honolulu Bars

  1. Mai Tai Bar – Rockin’ open-air bar on top of the Ala Moana Mall – very lively and popular with the locals!
  2. Gordon Biersch Brewery – open-air bar and restaurant at the Aloha Tower Market, that comes with live music and award winning micro beer.
  3. Dukes Canoe Club – the only bar that comes with sand…check your sandals at the bar!
  4. Bar 35 – Fun vibe Downtown bar with enough beers being represented to keep you busy all night
  5.  Eleven44 (formally Bambu Two Cafe & Martini Bar) – Hip lounge in Chinatown that serves $3.50 martini’s all day long!

Aloha Tower Marketplace 

Honolulu Nightlife - Aloha Tower Marketplace

The Aloha Tower Marketplace is alive and packed on most nights.  There are a a handful of Honolulu bars, restaurants, and different venues for entertainment. 

There are about a dozen restaurants within the 60 surrounding shops.  And while the retailers close up for the night, a few popular Honolulu bars/restaurants start to come alive to entertain tourists and locals and add to the bustling Oahu nightlife!

Oahu Bars Chai Island Bistro


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!
  • The Villa - 2nd level spacious night club open Fri & Sat nights from 10pm to 2am.  $10 cover will get you in to dance the night away.
  • 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.
  • The Waterfront and The Aloha Lounge  - Special events and entertainment spaces.


    Most Popular Honolulu Nightclubs

    Honolulu Nightclubs Oceans 808

    • 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.
    • The Republic – Nightly concert venue on Kapiolani Blvd.  A nice way to change up the DJ club scene once in awhile!
    • Lewers Lounge – Classy Waikiki spot to enjoy a cocktail, located in the beautiful Halekulani Hotel.
    • Zanzibar – Jamming Waikiki nightclub that’s open all night.
    • 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.


    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 10 square blocks.

    Noteworthy Bars and Nightclubs in Oahu's Chinatown area: 

    Oahu Bars - Bambu Two Cafe

    •  Manifest – hip artsy coffee shop by day, jumping bar by night
    •  Hanks & Dragon Upstairs – old school flavor with a sense of mystery.  Good spot to catch some live entertainment.
    • Eleven44 (formally Bambu two Cafe & Martini Bar) – $3.50 martini’s & my favorite spot for cocktails…need I say more!
    • Brasserie Du Vin – best happy hour!  Half off drinks and delicious small plates.  Great bang for your buck.  For a European cafe feel, try to get seating in the outdoor garden patio. 
    • Thirtynine Hotel – Indoor meets out with good vib & spinning music!  Modern enviro w/ rotating art work on display.
    • Bar 35 – voted best bar, 150 beers, gourmet pizza, and a DJ spinning lively tunes.
    • SoHo BarClosed March 2013 -FIX Sportbars Lounge & Nightclub in place!

    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!

    • Oahu Nightlife - Kahala Hotel

      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.
    • 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 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

    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.
    • Lewers lounge - Looking for an upscale bar with a beautiful Interior and a fun space to lounge and enjoy a Mai Tai...let the Halekulani Hotel set the bar!

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