Oahu has the most nightlife of the Hawaiian islands. Whether you're looking for a relaxed atmosphere, listening to an expert, or wanting to dance wildly, you can do it on Oahu. Get ready for a night out on the island.
Luckily for us on Oahu, each part of the island has its own unique type of places to party. Out on the North Shore - where the lifestyle is surf, surf, surf - the latest place for nightlife is Surfer, the Bar. Named after Surfer Magazine, which has been covering the surf world for decades, the bar is a place where professional surfers and fans alike can head out to socialize and have drinks and food. But unlike most bars, Surfer also has film premiers, private parties, "Talk Story" sessions where people from the industry speak in front of the crowd and answer questions, and live music. Located inside the upscale Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore, Surfer is an ideal hangout for locals and visitors alike. I shouldn't forget to mention that the mai tai here is Surfer's strongest drink.
In addition to its amazing selection of good beer, the Yardhouse in Waikiki also has a late-night happy hour, making it an even better place to knock back a few beers, have some really good bar food, and watch sports or surfing. From Sunday thorough Wednesday from 10:30 p.m. to closing the large bar offers happy hour discounts on beer, wine and mixed drinks. You can also find half price pizzas and a few other appetizers. The Yardhouse is fun, with loud music, a clean atmosphere and pretty casual but you can always go in dressed up and not feel out of place.
At Haleiwa Joe's, out in (you guessed it) Haleiwa, they've recently introduced a late night happy hour menu with a special martini menu and discounted appetizers. This is one of those places where the servers and bartenders really do know everyone's name, among locals. If you're from out of town, however, they're just as friendly and very welcoming. Bartenders are happy to chat, and servers always deliver with aloha. Known simply as Joe's, the bar and restaurant always has a pretty even mix of locals and visitors hanging out. And if you're looking for some late night dancing, inquire with your server about their next music night when they have live music around 10 p.m.
Had eough of mellow bars? Zanzabar Nightclub in Waikiki is a very popular, regularly packed club where the music is loud and the people are wild. Its central location allows folks from all walks of life to come in and have a good time. Here you'll find locals, military, visitors, and more types of people than you'd think were in Hawaii, all partying in this Egyptian-themed club.