Best Places on Oahu to Listen and Dance to Live Music



The power of live music is undeniable. It makes folks feel good, it helps people relax, and it's the most fun type of music to dance to. Luckily for those in search of joy of sound, live music is on full display at a host of Honolulu nightclubs, bars and restaurants. From raging bars with rowdy live bands to upscale ocean side lounges with mellow music, Honolulu has it all when it comes to music venues. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Waikiki area, terrific places to hear live music are also found on the North Shore.

Out on the North Shore Surfer, the Bar has live music is offered on a regular basis and karaoke happens every Sunday night. Opening at 6 p.m. daily, Surfer is part bar, part restaurant and part night club. Great happy hour cocktails are offers along with the full bar and classic Hawaiian cocktails.

In historic Haleiwa town is Banzai Sushi Bar. Delicious locally sourced sushi, a full sake bar, and hip crowd can be found all nights of the week at this small eatery. Live music happens on the lanai on weekends backed by surf videos on a large screen.

In Honolulu Duke's Canoe Club draws those in search of fun to great drinks, food and live music overlooking Waikiki Beach. The best places for live music on Oahu are as varied as the island's subcultures.




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,...  Read More




Hugely popular thanks to great music and incredible views of Waikiki Beach, this hotel nightclub is a sure bet any night of the year. Yet it's more than just a night club, you can also stop in for a few great cocktails before moving down the...  Read More




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...  Read More




Set right along Waikiki Beach inside of the gorgeous Moana Surfrider Resort, this open-air bar offers the best of Hawaii, from balmy temperatures and gentle sea breezes to views of Diamond Head in the distance and terrific people-watching as...  Read More




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...  Read More




In tribute to Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaii's renowned swimmer, surfer, and Olympic athlete, this casual bar and restaurant in the Outrigger Waikiki offers patrons a wealth of island culture. Memorabilia, live Hawaiian music, fruity cocktails, and...  Read More


The Veranda


Surrounded by stately palm trees and manicured grounds and looking towards the ocean in the distance, this upscale establishment offers a perfect bridge between daytime leisure and nighttime pleasures. Ideal from the afternoon onwards, the place...  Read More


Surfer, the Bar
Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt


Always a good bet for nightlife, Surfer, the Bar is Turtle Bay Resorts new endeavor into nighttime entertainment. Opening at 6 p.m. daily, Surfer is part bar, part restaurant and part night club. Great happy hour cocktails are offers along with...  Read More


Banzai Sushi Bar
Photo courtesy of Tristan Kenney


Sushi, sushi, and more sushi - all made from locally caught fresh fish and seafood can be found at the North Shore's Banzai Sushi Bar. And yes, there's definitely a full bar boasting a varies amount of beers, wine and specialty cocktails. Live...  Read More




Located right on the edge of both the ocean and pool at Turtle Bay Resort, The Point is the place you'll want to hang at to get your night started with cocktails or to wrap up the day with an ocean side dinner. With amazingly strong mai tais...  Read More


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Meet 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...  More About Jade

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