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 Any guidebook that tells you Honolulu isn’t for the night owl is outdated.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

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...

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...

Hula's Bar and Lei Stand

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Hawaii's oldest and best-known gay-friendly nightspot offers panoramic views of Diamond Head by day and high-energy club music by night.

Lewers Lounge

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A great spot for predinner drinks or postsunset cocktails, Lewers Lounge offers a relaxed but chic atmosphere in the middle of Waikiki.

Lulu's Waikiki

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Even if you're not a surfer, you'll love this place's retro vibe and the unobstructed second-floor view of Waikiki Beach. The open-air...

Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian

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The bartenders here sure know how to mix up a killer mai tai. This is, after all, the establishment that first concocted the famous drink.

Moana Terrace

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Three floors up from Waikiki Beach, this casual, open-air terrace where the Keawe Ohana, a family comprised of some of Hawaii's finest...

Moose McGillycuddy's Pub and Cafe

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Loud bands play for the beach-and-beer gang in a blue jeans-and-T-shirt setting. Live bands play hits from the 1980s and '90s, and happy...

Nashville Waikiki

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Country music in the tropics? You bet! Dress up like a paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) and mosey on out to the giant dance floor at Nashville...