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When the Sun Sets On Oahu, The Nightlife Heats Up

Information about nightlife on the island of Oau in Hawaii. Includes live shows, luaus, bars, and nightclubs.

Several hundred restaurants and nightspots on Oahu can cause one of the biggest vacation dilemmas for visitors: "Where do we go tonight?" As the sun sets on Oahu, the night heats up and revelers begin planning their evening’s festivities. Oahu’s nightlife scene can best be described as a non-stop mix of entertainment and parties ... all under one sky.

To enjoy the soothing sounds of Hawaiian music, to dance the night away at a dance club, or to sing at a karaoke bar, there’s something for everyone. For a little drama, the Hawaii Opera Theatre, the Honolulu Symphony and a number of Broadway-style productions may fit the bill. But no matter what age, fun and excitement won’t be hard to find among the spectrum of technicolor venues.


Located near the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Anna Bannanas has been a popular hangout for students since 1969. With a unique decor of black lights, day-glow posters, long boards and old Hawaii license plates, Anna Bannanas is a perfect setting for a casual evening out. Local bands play weekly, turning this tavern into a dance club.
Address: 2440 South Beretania Street
Phone: 808-946-5190

The Brew Moon Restaurant & Microbrewery is the only microbrewery in Hawaii that makes its own light beer, "Moonlight," on site. Guests can enjoy the Microbrewery’s patented "Rocket Root Beer" while watching the brewing and fermenting process through large picture windows. The restaurant features unique island cuisine including fresh fish, seafood, vegetables and a medley of pasta dishes and desserts.
Address: 1200 Ala Moana Boulevard
Phone: 808-593-0088

For diversity under one roof, Dave & Buster’s has created a unique experience that offers something for everyone. Enjoy multiple levels of fun with delicious food, three full service bars and state-of-the-art games in the Million-Dollar Midway.
Address: 1030 Auahi Street
Phone: 808-589-2215

Winner of the Ilima Award for "Favorite Spot for ‘Pau Hana’ Drinks and Pupu" for years running, Ryan’s Grill is the casual yet sophisticated spot to be at any day of the week. Ryan’s attracts an eclectic crowd with its wide selection of micro/macro brews on tap, and an unsurpassed selection of tequilas and single malt Scotches visitors won’t find elsewhere in Honolulu.
Address: 1200 Ala Moana Boulevard
Phone: 808-591-9132

Describing Duke’s Canoe Club Waikiki Restaurant & Bar as beachfront is almost too simplistic. With a no-shoes-required policy, sand, sun and tropical winds are popular company to guests walking in right out of the ocean. Guests can enjoy its lively bar scene from early afternoon into the evening. Local bands play Hawaiian music nightly.
Address: 2335 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 116
Phone: 808-922-2268

With views of ships arriving and departing Honolulu Harbor, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant provides great scenery with good beer, food and music. Patrons can choose to dine in its restaurant with indoor, outdoor or harborside bar seating. Local bands play a variety of music nightly.
Address: 1 Aloha Tower Drive
Phone: 808-599-4877

Oahu visitors won’t want to leave without visiting the always popular Hard Rock Café. While days and early evenings are crowded with lunch and dinner patrons, late nights are filled with the pulsating music of live bands and an exciting dance floor.
Address: 1837 Kapiolani Boulevard
Phone: 808-955-7383

Shopping followed by drinks - the perfect combination at Ala Moana Shopping Center’s Mai Tai Bar. This lanai bar is the perfect retreat to relax after shopping. Sit back and relax in plush tropical furniture while enjoying the sweet sounds of live island music.
Address: 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Phone: 808-947-2900

The most popular drink in Hawaii is the Mai Tai, and what better place to enjoy it than where it originated. The Mai Tai Bar is located beachside at The Royal Hawaiian, the legendary "Pink Palace of the Pacific."
Address: 2259 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: 808-923-7311

Finding an Irish pub in a tropical paradise might seem difficult, but the locals have discovered Murphy’s Bar & Grill is where everyone feels a bit Irish. A historical landmark established in 1896, restauranteur Don Murphy combines a tropical atmosphere with Irish tradition. Sports fans know that this is the place to to cheer onf avorite teams for televised games.
Address: 2 Merchant Street
Phone: 808-531-0422

Located in Restaurant Row, a business and shopping complex, The Row Bar is a popular place to enjoy a drink and light snack after work or before, before a movie or dining in one of the many restaurants nearby.
Address: 500 Ala Moana Boulevard
Phone: 808-528-2345


Venture out to the west shore of Oahu to Germaine’s Luau. The party features a canoe arrival by a Hawaiian court; removal of a roasted pig from an imu (underground oven); dinner buffet including mahi mahi, lomi salmon, chicken long rice, lau lau, poi, haupia (coconut) pudding and, of course, kalua pig; and an explosive Polynesian show.
Phone: 808-941-3338

Paradise Cove Luau offers an authentic Hawaiian luau set on 12-beachfront acres on the west side of the island. Before the Polynesian revue and Dance of Fire show begins, visitors are invited to walk through a small thatched village, try their luck at Hawaiian games and participate in craft demonstrations.
Phone: 808-842-5911

Waikiki has only one beachfront luau, and guests won’t be disappointed with The Royal Luau. Located on the grassy lawn of The Royal Hawaiian, the dinner show is offered on Monday and Thursday. Guests will enjoy spectacular dance, song and food. The big finale includes a breathtaking fire knife dance performance. Address: 2259 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: 808-923-7311

At the Polynesian Cultural Center, not only will guests be able to visit the Polynesian villages, they’ll also experience an authentic Hawaiian luau including a sneak peak at some Polynesian entertainment that will follow at the "Horizons" night show. A full day of island fun awaits at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Hawaiian/Local Music

At the Sheraton Moana Surfrider’s Banyan Veranda, unwind under the shade of a Banyan tree while listening to a potpourri of Hawaiian entertainment over a sunset dinner – the perfect retreat from a long day under the sun.
Address: 2365 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: 808-922-3111

Located in Aloha Tower Marketplace, Chai’s Bistro features fine dining in a relaxing local atmosphere with top local entertainers performing seven days a week. The sweet sounds of some of Hawaii’s most popular entertainers can be heard, complementing the creative and innovative menu of Chef Chai Chaowasaree.
Address: One Aloha Tower Drive
Phone: 808-585-0011

The name says it all, Cheeseburger in Paradise in Waikiki is the place to be on any given night. With a motto of "Cheeseburgers, Mai Tais & Rock 'N Roll," Cheeseburger in Paradise meets visitor expectations with a friendly welcome, fantastic food, generous portions, great value and cheerful, attentive service in a central location with views of Waikiki Beach.
Address: 2500 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: 808-923-3731

Hula performances and Hawaiian music are elegantly presented by former Miss Hawaii Kanoelehua Miller, at House Without A Key, Halekulani’s popular gathering spot for guests and locals alike. One of the favored traditions of the original Halekulani – sunset cocktails and Hawaiian music under the century-old Kiawe tree – has been preserved here.
Address: 2199 Kalia Road
Ph: 808-923-2311

On weekends, the sounds of Olomana can be heard at Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Paradise Lounge. The living room setting is perfect for the harmonies of this trio, comprised of three of the island’s classic musicians. The Tapa Bar is a great place for people watching, enjoying tropical smoothies and experiencing Hawaiian music at its best.
Address: 2005 Kalia Road
Phone: 808-949-4321

Nightclubs Blue Tropix is the home of Hawaii’s only live monkey bar. Watch the monkeys play in their pen while enjoying a drink and dancing the night away. With DJ dancing, a large VIP karaoke room, and special live performances, there’s something for everyone at Blue Tropix.
Address: 1700 Kapiolani Boulevard
Phone: 808-944-0001

The Esprit Lounge is a powerhouse oceanfront disco with live entertainment and dancing. Popular with visitors and locals, guests can enjoy a wide range of music nightly. Located within the Sheraton Waikiki.
Address: 2255 Kalakaua Avenue
Ph: 808-922-4422

After 25 years, Hula’s Beach Bar & Disco is in a new location across from the Honolulu Zoo, but still houses one of the most popular dance floors on the island. This landmark gay nightclub plays music for all persuasions.
Address: 134 Kapahulu Avenue
Phone: 808-923-0669

A recent addition to the Honolulu nightlife is the Maze, in the Waikiki Trade Center on the second floor . The nightclub has three different rooms featuring music from hip-hop to alternative. Relax, have a drink from one of three bars and dance to your taste of music with a mix of visitors and locals.
Address: 2255 Kuhio Avenue
Phone: 808-921-5800

A moderate dress code and a minimum entrance age of 23 keeps Ocean Club packed with professionals in their late 20s and 30s. This high-energy nightclub plays music of all types and is one of the island’s hottest nightclubs. Patrons can people-watch inside or catch their breath relaxing at the outside tables. The trendy bar with wood paneling and chrome accents has a light appetizer menu and three bars.
Address: 500 Ala Moana Boulevard
Phone: 808-526-9888

The Pipeline Café is a warehouse-turned-nightclub, perfect for surfing enthusiasts. The casual club features two floors of fun; the main floor for dancing, and a sports bar on the 2nd floor with pool tables, dart boards, VIP karaoke room, and a giant TV. Enjoy theme nights such as Soljah nights, and nightly drink specials at this surfer’s oasis.
Address: 805 Pohukaina Street
Phone: 808-589-1999

Reign is the newest hotspot on the Honolulu nightclub circuit. Located amid a row of lounges on Kona Street, the club welcomes wall-to-wall crowds on the weekends, but still has enough room to allow for relaxation or dancing.
Address: 1220 Kona Street
Phone: 808-597-1996

Return to the 80s at Rumours Night Club at the Ala Moana Hotel. Playing your favorite tunes several nights a week, Rumours Night Club offers a perfect alternative to the disco scene. A state-of-the-art electronic disco system and a cage are just a few of the features.
Address: 410 Atkinson Drive
Phone: 808-955-4811

Scruples Beach Club is Waikiki’s main casual nightclub in the middle of Kuhio Avenue. The decor is a simple Hawaiian motif where tourists and locals fit in dressed in casual resort attire. Patrons can dance till dawn or relax in their oversized chairs.
Address: 2310 Kuhio Avenue
Phone: 808-923-9530

For more than 18 years, Wave Waikiki has stood on the edge of Waikiki, drawing large crowds of locals and visitors looking for alternative dance venues. This club is virtually unchanged since it opened, playing a wide range of music, everything from Nine Inch Nails to Marilyn Manson. Party-seekers will enjoy its second floor glass-walled lounge with views of the dance floor below, mini-TV monitors in the upstairs booths and big-screen TVs over the dance floor.
Address: 1877 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: 808-941-0424

W Diamond Head Grill’s popular Friday night Wonder Lounge provides a lively night of drinks and dancing in a modern lounge atmosphere, complete with the W’s signature "bed in the bar." For the quieter crowd, try Saturday night at the Wonder Lounge.
Address: 2885 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: 808-922-1700

Zanzabar is Waikiki’s largest and most luxurious nightclub, with two separate dance floors, a state-of-the-art light/sound show, an Egyptian art collection, an oxygen bar, and VIP Room. With a different music style nightly, the nightclub is open nightly for anyone over 21, and those 18 and over on Sundays and Thursdays.
Address: 2155 Kuhio Avenue
Phone: 808-924-3939

Shows More than the traditional luau dance performance, "Creation - A Polynesian Journey" incorporates special effects and illusions in its storytelling. The story explains how the islands of the South Pacific were created and shows the birth of the first man and woman from the earth as told by ancient legends. Guests will enjoy stories about a Polynesian voyage of love, battles of Fijian and New Zealand warriors and the coming of Hawaii’s statehood.
Address: 120 Kaiulani Avenue
Phone: 808-922-5811

The Don Ho Show featuring Hawaii’s living legend Don Ho is heart-warming family entertainment with a cast of young Hawaii talent performing everything from familiar Hawaiian music to romantic ballads, country and pop. Catch him perform his popular hit songs "Tiny Bubbles" and "Pearly Shells" three times a week at the Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel.
Address: 2300 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: (677) 693-6646

Island favorite comedian Frank DeLima delights audience members of all ages with his delivery of local humor that everyone can appreciate. His trademark wit is never better showcased than in his current stint at the Palace Showroom at the Ohana Reef Towers.
Address: 227 Lowers Street
Phone: 808-923-7469

The Laugh Factory is Hawaii’s new home for comedy. Already host to stars such as Jim Carrey, Damon and Keenan Ivory Wayans and Adam Sandler, the comedy clubs invites Hollywood comedians and local comedians alike who are guaranteed to give audience members their dose of laughter.
Address: 150 Kapahulu Avenue
Phone: 808-931-4490

John Hirokawa, internationally acclaimed Hawaii illusionist, stars in Magic of Polynesia, a spellbinding stage production that features Waikiki’s largest cast of Polynesian dancers, spectacular magic illusions, music and state-of-the-art sound and lighting. Shows are daily in the Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel.
Address: 2300 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: 808-971-4321

Society of Seven has headlined at the Outrigger Waikiki Main Showroom over 30 years and has the distinction of being the longest-running nightclub act in Waikiki. This dazzling group performs Broadway and Las Vegas-style numbers, dishing out steamy hot music and tropical humor.
Address: 2335 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: 808-923-4450

Article provided courtesy of the Oahu Visitor's Bureau

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