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  • 1. Bar Leather Apron

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    The bar at this intimate cocktail spot on the mezzanine of a downtown Honolulu office building seats only six, so you'll want to make reservations...Read More

  • 2. Bevy

    Kakaako | Bars/Pubs

    Tucked at the end of a row of new boutiques in Kakaako, Bevy is urban, modern, and furnished with up-cycled materials; its benches are upholstered...Read More

  • 3. J.J. Dolan's

    Chinatown | Bars/Pubs

    This place bills itself as an “Irish pub with New York pizza from two guys in Chinatown.” Those two guys are J.J. and Dolan, respectively, the...Read More

  • 4. Lewers Lounge

    Waikiki | Bars/Pubs

    A great spot for predinner drinks or post-sunset cocktails, Lewers Lounge offers a relaxed but chic atmosphere in the middle of Waikiki. There...Read More

  • 5. Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian

    Waikiki | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 6. Pint + Jigger

    Moiliili | Bars/Pubs

    This spot has cultivated a regular following with nearby college students and thirtysomethings since its opening by doing two simple, but essential...Read More

  • 7. Anna O'Brien's

    Moiliili | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 8. Boardrider's Bar & Grill


    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 rock and...Read More

  • 9. Downbeat Lounge

    Chinatown | Bars/Pubs

    This dimly lit but welcoming lounge is the soulful little sister of the trendy all-night Downbeat Diner next door, and owned by the same people...Read More

  • 10. Duke's Waikiki

    Waikiki | Bars/Pubs

    Making the most of its spot on Waikiki Beach, Duke's presents live music everyday. Contemporary Hawaiian musicians like Henry Kapono and Maunalua...Read More

  • 11. Encore Saloon

    Chinatown | Bars/Pubs

    Hawaii isn’t a hotbed for quality Mexican cuisine, so when Encore opened in 2016, it was a welcome addition to Chinatown’s already buzzing bar...Read More

  • 12. Genius Lounge Sake Bar & Grill

    Waikiki | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 13. Gordon Biersch

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 14. Hideout

    Waikiki | Bars/Pubs

    The Hideout is a mini-oasis on the outdoor lobby level of the Laylow Hotel, one of Waikiki’s newer hotels. Technically, it’s not a rooftop bar...Read More

  • 15. Kona Brewing Co.


    This massive restaurant and bar on the docks of Koko Marina has long been a hot spot in east Honolulu. In addition to serving the company's...Read More

  • 16. Lulu's Waikiki

    Waikiki | Bars/Pubs

    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 setting...Read More

  • 17. Mai Tai Bar

    Ala Moana | Bars/Pubs

    After a long day of shopping at Ala Moana Center, the fourth-floor Mai Tai Bar is a perfect spot to relax. There's live entertainment and happy...Read More

  • 18. Manifest

    Chinatown | Bars/Pubs

    With exposed red brick, big skylights, and rotating exhibitions every three months from local photographers and painters, Manifest Hawaii has...Read More

  • 19. Moana Terrace

    Waikiki | Bars/Pubs

    Three floors up from Waikiki Beach, this is a casual, open-air terrace where some of Hawaii's finest musicians play every evening. Order a drink...Read More

  • 20. Murphy's Bar & Grill

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    On the edge of Chinatown, this bar has served drinks to such locals and visitors as King Kalakaua and Robert Louis Stevenson since the late...Read More

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