Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Honolulu nightlife on your own. Honolulu has a range of nightlife from small bars to classy clubs to wild dance halls. Just about every night of the week in Honolulu has a good chance of having a lot of action, so you'll most likely be able to find busy nightlife any time.
If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Honolulu Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.
9 Bar 35
Beer connoisseurs can find haven in Honolulu when they visit Bar 35. Situated in downtown Chinatown, this casual, upscale bar presents over 150 brews from over 20 different countries. Belgian to American, lager to porter, there is something that will suit every taste. Also, sake and a creative list of classic and house specialty cocktails are available. If you are daring, try their signature Cherry Bloom Princess or Red Lantern. Local DJs and live music keep the atmosphere upbeat and animated while catering to a mixed crowd. (808-537-3535)
8 Duke's Canoe Club
In tribute to Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaii's renowned swimmer, surfer and Olympic athlete, this casual restaurant offers patrons a wealth of island culture. Memorabilia, live Hawaiian music, and fresh local seafood are among the attractions that have folks returning again and again. Food is served all day, and lunchtime brings fresh fish, steaks, burgers, pizza, and sandwiches. A midday buffet features kalua pork, teriyaki chicken, just-caught fish, and a salad bar. The hula pie, a house special, is not-to-be-missed. Dinner reservations are a must, and this is a perfect place for a fun group dinner or date night. Dress up a bit, but keep it island style. (808-922-2268)
7 Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Always bustling, this fabulous microbrewery is one of the area's top destinations for flavorful beers and incredible, pub-inspired fare. Views of the harbor greet patrons, who love the sociability of the place. Able to hold legions of folks, Gordon Biersch offers a couple of bars if you want to mix with friendly singles. Plus, the bartenders will let you sample the beers so that you can be sure of which one you want! Happy hour is popular with young professionals, but the party is pretty constant. On occasion, you'll find live music, but you're always guaranteed a good time! (808-599-4877)
6 The Green Room at Indigo
This stylish bar, found within Indigo restaurant, consistently pulls in a crew of beautiful patrons, who come to sip well-mixed martinis, enjoy live music, and shake their moneymakers. Special events, especially dinners that pair food and wine or beer, are also held regularly. While you drink and mingle, take advantage of the delicious bar menu, which includes seafood dumplings, crab cakes, and chicken brochettes.
Named after the green lights that illuminate the room, The Green Room is open to everyone, but is frequented by the hip business folk of Honolulu as well as the artsy types. It's located in Honolulu's China Town. DJs often spin to get everyone dancing. (808-521-2900)
5 Mai Tai Bar
If you're longing for authentic Hawaiian ambience, there's no better way to satisfy the craving than at this charming bar. Its beach locale, terrific panorama of Diamond Head, and relaxed clientele all contribute to an ideal experience, and the fantastic tropical drinks -- especially the lush mai tai's -- ensure that your mood remains upbeat. A host of other beverages can also be found, along with food offerings and local entertainment in the evenings. (808-923-7311)
This glittering club, adorned with Egyptian accents and jewel-tone colors, spared no expense with decor and technology. As a result, it pulls in an upscale crowd, who come to be immersed in light, color, and energy. Music runs the gamut from hip-hop and trance to house, techno, and top 40, so it's certain that all tastes will be met. The club also offers comedy shows, salsa dance lessons, and other special events. A VIP room is available, and with an 800-person capacity, you may want to book it as a private getaway! (808-924-3939)
3 Anna Bannana's
For more than a generation, this much-loved establishment has offered patrons an eclectic mix of terrific music. The decor isn't at all chic, and the clientele consists largely of college students and regulars who come to kick back and take in the soulful sounds of rock and blues. Bands are largely local, and performers aren't afraid to take chances with their style, so come and be part of the ambiance and get a taste of real Hawaii. Good happy hour deals too. (808-946-5190)
2 Kelley O'Neil's
Bringing the spirit of the Emerald Isle to the Aloha State, this lively pub and music venue provides all the trappings of the luck o' the Irish. Pints of Guinness are easy to come by; knock one back as you take in raucous performances of Celtic music, rock, and acoustic tunes that reverberate loudly through the small, square space. Music can be heard most nights of the week, so kick back with a beer and a beef cottage pie or a basket of fish and chips and enjoy the show. (808-926-1777)
1 Fusion Waikiki
For a wild, exciting night in Hawaii, head to Fusion Waikiki, the only gay bar in Waikiki. Open seven days a week, the party never stops with karaoke on the week nights and live DJs and shows on the weekends. This club attracts many of the island's hottest young people, plus there are drink specials every single night as well as plenty of pool tables to get your game on.
Food is served here late in the night and the drinks are strong. Fusion isn't only for dancing. Really great drag shows happen a few nights a week, as well as other male reviews and singing. (808-924-2422)
About Jade Eckardt
Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and exploring the island. A regular visitor to Kauai, Jade recently authored a full-length Kauai guide book. She is a writer and photographer, whose work has been published in numerous regional and national magazines. When she's not writing, Jade enjoys a good beer, a good surf, and time in her garden with her son.
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