Nightlife in Waikiki

Nightlife in Waikiki can be very exciting offering a myriad of options whether you want to chill out by the beach sipping a mai tai or dance your brains out at a club. Read through the list below to see if something suits you.

Live Music & Happy Hours

Tiki's -Casual beach bar vibe here. T-shirts, flip flops or a sundress would be fine.

Lulu's- Kind of a catch all depending on what time you go there. Normal restaurant by day, nightclub vibe at night. Open air design allows you to see down onto the streets of Waikiki.

Tropics and The Tapa Bar at The Hilton Hawaiian Village -More of a 35+ type of place, particularly at The Tapa Bar.

Rum Fire -Loungy, trendy place but more on the "adult" side. The under 30 crowd wouldn't dig it. Live music with cover tunes, very mellow, inside but open air on the water. Watch the sunset here and eat appetizers or "pupus".

Hard Rock Cafe- Great food, great open-air setting that is perfect for listening to live music. Appropriate for all ages but depends on who's playing there as that will determine the crowd.

Top of Waikiki -Revolving restaurant with 360 degree views of Waikiki, downtown, Diamond Head and the mountains. Great views, good dollar value for the happy hour food. This is a good way to experience the restaurant without investing over $100 for dinner. The decor is kind of dated in some ways but the views make you forget.

Embassy Suites Manager's Reception-open to the public with basically chips & veggies for food. Not the place to eat "real food" but the music is usually good. The crowd will probably be families, businesspeople and middle aged people staying here. Take the escalator on Lewers St beside Yardhouse restaurant to get to it on the 4th floor by the pool.

Doraku Sushi-Regualr happy hour happening here and good for the under 45 crowd. It has a trendy, hip vibe. DJs Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 9 pm; located at The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. Read Yelp reviews here.


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Hotel & Beach Bars

Rum Fire at The Sheraton Waikiki has a loungy vibe. Indoors but open air at this direct open air bar/restaurant. Good place to have a drink, watch the sunset & listen to mellow cover tunes. It doesn't have a stuffy grandma feel to it as it's modern & hip in decor.

Mai Tai at The Royal Hawaiian hotel

Moana Terrace-Pool bar on the 3rd floor of the Marriott with great ocean views and good bar food appetizers for the money.

Lobby Bar at The Modern-has a very LA or Miami South Beach vibe to it. It's usually not crowded. I like to watch the fireworks from here on Friday nights because it has a very comfortable, uncrowded vantage point. Grab an oversized sofa lounger to hang out on with your friends.

Lewers Lounge-Live jazz music, dress code, sophicated, upscale vibe at the Halekulani Hotel. Drinks are pricey but at a 5 star hotel this isn't surprising. Lots of ambiance. Dress code means no tshirts, shorts or beachwear.

 

 

General Entertainment & Shows

Legends in Concert -Celebrity impersonators performing Hawaiian themed musical numbers. THE best Michael Jackson outside of the man himself I have ever seen. I really enjoyed myself even though there's a huge cheese factor to it.

Magic of Polynesia- Magic show with illusionist John Hirokawa. It's very good and has a lot of Hawaiian dancing and a fire dancer intertwined in it.


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Nightlife in Waikiki-Bars

Mai Tai- Open air bar on the 4th level of Ala Moana shopping center. Lots of locals and tourists alike. Live music, good happy hour and very casual.

Moose McGillycuddy's-Sports bar with football on the tv screens, bikini contests, bucket beer, tacos, etc...you get the drift.

Hula's-Gay bar across from the zoo on the 2nd floor offering great views for people watching of those walking by below and of the ocean. Open air design.

Nashville Waikiki-Your basic bar but with country music and lots of young, single military guys.

Lewers Lounge-Live jazz music, dress code, sophicated, upscale vibe at the Halekulani Hotel. Drinks are pricey but at a 5 star hotel this isn't surprising. Lots of ambiance. Dress code means no tshirts, shorts or beachwear.

 

 

Nightlife in Waikiki-Restaurant Bars

Yardhouse- Really good food and it's a nice balanced blend between being a real restaurant with quality food and good service and sports bar. It's nice and not dive like at all. Large booths make it real comfortable for hanging out. Lewers St by Embassy Suites.

Giovanni Pastrami-Nicely decorated restaurant with large booths and portion sizes and lots of large screen tvs to watch football games.

Lulu's-More popular for breakfast as this corner, 2nd floor location across the street from the zoo and the ocean makes for great people watching. It's night time vibe is a little schizophrenic though. Sometimes there's loud DJ music pumping, sometimes it's crowded with "industry" people (waiters & hotel workers) on Monday nights and other times it's just a half empty bar. Read Yelp reviews here.

Hard Rock Cafe-New location on the corner of Beachwalk & Kalakaua with a fabulous new open air design on the 2nd floor looking out to the streets of Waikiki below. The food is really good & it doesn't have that kitchy, memorabilia look to it. Great acoustics & a simple, modern design make listening to music or catching a drink enjoyable here.

 

 

Nightlife in Waikiki-Lounges

Pearl-Located at Ala Moana Shopping Center near Morton's Steakhouse. Very upscale looking lounge type of club with beautiful decor. Mostly Asian locals who belong to the "beautiful people" trendy set go here. It seems like a good place to go for drinks before or after where you mostly plan to hang out.

 

 

Nightlife in Waikiki-Nightclubs

Addiction at The Modern Honolulu Hotel is a very small nightclub with a VIP section and DJ music. The look is ultra-modern and hip complete with bouncers and people who look models. It's very small and looks like something out of LA or South Beach not Honolulu.

Rumors at The Ala Moana Hotel has multiple personalities depending on which night you go. Dated in its decor the demographic is a mixture of locals and ethnic military. The crowd can tend toward the over 35 side.


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