Honolulu Nightlife

Honolulu nightlife has many options for those willing to explore beyond the tourist mecca of Waikiki. There is restaurant row, Chinatown, downtown and neighborhoods beyond. Nightlife in Waikiki deserves its own section so I'll be concentrating on areas outside of there on this page. Check out some of these options below...


Chinatown, Downtown & Aloha Tower

First Fridays

The Dragon Upstairs -Small, cozy jazz & blues lounge "upstairs" that also features live bands and indie hip hop groups. Another popular stopover during First Fridays with a very chill & laid back vibe.

Bar 3- Known for its beer tastings and good pizza. Popular spot during First Fridays with DJ music and people just chilling and hanging out with a hipster vibe.

Nextdoor- Another basic hipster bar in Chinatown that alternates between having live bands and DJs.

Murphy's Bar & Grill-Irish pub located downtown with lots of beer & typical fare such as potato skins & roast beef with cabbage. Popular after work drinking spot.

Gordon Biersch-Waterfront restaurant at The Aloha Tower serving up comfort food mainland style

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Restaurant Row

The M-Nightclub that has a similar vibe to that which you would find in Vegas, LA or Miami but parking & cover charges are cheaper than Waikiki. Men wear a collared shirt.

Nocturna-Karaoke, bar, food place which seems to be good for groups or a more chill night with friends that doesn't involve a "scene". It's sort of a local Dave & Buster's.


Ward & Ala Moana Area

Dave & Buster's-Located adjacent to the Ward 16 movie theater this venue is a unique blend suitable for all ages & backgrounds. While there is a restaurant, games and a video arcade to amuse oneself they do have a couple of bars & tv screens to catch sports on.

Ryan's Grill-Really good restaurant with generous portions but is most popular for happy hour and appetizers. Local after work professional crowd.

Pearl-Popular happy hour and into the late night on Fridays and Saturdays. Nightclub with 30 somethings (& 20 somethings) who are dressed to impress. It's more on the upscale side with "beautiful" people everywhere.


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University of Hawaii Area & Beyond

Anna O'Brien's -Typical dive bar/pub located near the University of Hawaii with cheap drinks and indoor smoking allowed. Food not served but you can bring food in and live bands are on the 2nd floor.

Formaggio Wine & Cheese Bar- Tucked away in Market City not far from Waikiki and the university area. Great food & pupus (appetizers) with live music the atmosphere is cozy and kind of romantic.

The Kahala Hotel-The Veranda bar decorated in plantation style where you can listen to live jazz & cover tunes on Tuesday-Saturday from 7:30-11:30 pm. There's a dance floor near the piano too for dancing. I've boogied with a wedding party there and didn't know any of them. It was great.

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