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 Any guidebook that tells you Honolulu isn’t for the night owl is outdated.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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Addiction Nightclub

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Traditional banquettes offer intimate seating for VIP tables, and bottle service lends a New York City nightclub feel at The Modern Honolulu...

Anna O'Brien's

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Generations of Hawaii college students have spent more than an evening or two at this legendary two-story, smoky dive near the University...

Boardrider's Bar & Grill

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Tucked away in Kailua Town, Boardrider's has long been the place for local bands to strut their stuff. Look for live music—reggae to...

Breaker's Restaurant

  • Bars/Pubs

Just about every surf competition postparty is celebrated at this family-owned establishment. (The owner's son, Benji Weatherly, is a...

Dave & Buster's

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This restaurant features a fully stocked bar and lots of amusements ranging from classic billiards to shuffleboard and the latest in...

Duke's Waikiki

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Making the most of its spot on Waikiki Beach, Duke's presents live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Contemporary Hawaiian musicians...

Fia Fia Luau

  • Themed Entertainment

Just after sunset at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club, the charismatic Chief Sielu Avea leads the Samoan-based Fia Fia, an entertaining...

Genius Lounge Sake Bar & Grill

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Removed from the tourist traps along Kalakaua Avenue, the Genius Lounge is tucked away on the third floor of a former apartment building...

Germaine's Luau

  • Themed Entertainment

More than 3 million visitors have come to this luau, held about 45 minutes west of Waikiki in light traffic. Widely considered one of...

Gordon Biersch

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This outdoor bar flanks Honolulu Harbor. Live bands serenade patrons with everything from funk to jazz to rock and roll. Those who feel...