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
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
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
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
Address: 1030 Auahi Street
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
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
Address: 2335 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 116
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
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
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
Address: 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Address: 2199 Kalia Road
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
Address: 2005 Kalia Road
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
Address: 1700 Kapiolani Boulevard
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
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
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
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
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
Address: 805 Pohukaina Street
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
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
Address: 410 Atkinson Drive
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
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
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
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
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
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
Address: 227 Lowers Street
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
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
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
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