Honolulu and Oahu Nightlife

Gone are the days when there was nothing to do in Honolulu at night. Any guidebook that tells you Honolulu isn’t for the night owl is outdated. Most nights, it’s hard to pick which DJ to see at which nightclub, or which art show opening to attend. In fact, many people who arrive in Oahu expecting to find white-sand beaches and nothing else are surprised at such a vibrant nightlife. Bask

in the shade of the swaying palm trees, watch the sunset over Waikiki, and put on your nice clothes because more and more clubs in Honolulu enforce a dress code.

Posh bars are found in many of the larger hotels, but venture outside of the strip and into places such as Chinatown (which virtually explodes with events on the first Friday of each month) and surrounding neighborhoods, and you’ll discover comfortable local watering holes. Every night of the week you can find musicians in venues from Kailua to Ko Olina—and everywhere in between. Or you can simply walk down Kalakaua Avenue to be entertained by Waikiki’s street performers.

And if all-night dancing isn’t for you, Oahu also has a thriving arts and culture scene, with community-theater productions, stand-up comedy, outdoor concerts, film festivals, and chamber-music performances. Major Broadway shows, dance companies, rock stars, and comedians come through the Islands, too. Check local newspapers—the Honolulu Star-Advertiser or Midweek—for the latest events. Websites like www.nonstophonolulu.com, www.honolulupulse.com, and www.theoffsetter.com also have great information.

Whether you stay out all night or get up early to catch the morning surf, there’s something for everyone on Oahu.

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It may not be the hippest club in town, but Rumours prides itself on its theme events and its retro vibe, spinning hits from the 1970s...

Surfer: The Bar

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The Dragon Upstairs

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In the heart of Chinatown, this cool club—formerly a tattoo parlor, hence the dragon mural—serves up classic cocktails along with...

The Shack

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This sports bar and restaurant is one of the only late-night spots you can find in Southeast Oahu. After a day of snorkeling at Hanauma...

The Study

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It's tricky to find the Study at the Modern Honolulu—it's behind a huge, revolving bookcase in the lobby behind the registration desk.

The Veranda

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The Veranda at the Moana Surfrider—Waikiki's first hotel—has its own interesting history. From this location, the radio program ...

Tiki's Grill & Bar

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Tiki torches light the way to this restaurant and bar overlooking Kuhio Beach. A mix of locals and visitors head here on the weekend...

Waikiki Starlight Luau

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Waikiki's only luau is done spectacularly on the rooftop of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. There isn't an imu ceremony (roasting of the...

Waiolu Ocean View Lounge

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Hawaiian bars should have two things: stellar views of the sunset over the ocean and equally awesome mai tais. Both are on offer at the...

Wang Chung's Karaoke Bar

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Dubbed the "Friendliest Bar in Waikiki," this charming (read: small) karaoke bar is a must-see on any trip to the island. The positive...