Best Places on Oahu to Listen and Dance to Live Music

Jade Eckardt

By , Local Expert, Honolulu
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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.

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    Banzai Sushi Bar

    Banzai Sushi serves amazing sushi, a wide array of sake, and has lives music on Friday and Saturday nights.

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy hour is 5 to 6 p.m. daily and they don't take reservations on Friday and Saturday. "

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    Surfer, the Bar

    Surfer, the Bar has live music most nights of the week and showcases a variety of genres.

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy hour is from 6 to 7 daily for appetizers and drinks."

  • 3

    Hang Ten Bar & Grill

    Resting alongside the ocean, Hang Ten Bar & Grill has live music twice a week along with hula dancing.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go on a Wednesday or Saturday for the fire knife dance show."

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    The Veranda

    Shaded by a banyan tree and overlooking the ocean, The Veranda is a lovely venue to enjoy live music.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani offers free validated valet parking. "

  • 5

    Duke's Canoe Club

    Duke's is a Waikiki staple, offers great food, drinks and live Hawaiian music by the ocean.

    Local Expert Tip: "They've dubbed happy hour "aloha hour.""

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    Bar 35

    Bar 35 is unique. This dimly lit Chinatown bar provides live music, as well as private rooms to party in.

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy hour is 4 p.m. till closing on Mondays, 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 6 to 10 on Saturday."

  • 7

    Banyan Court

    This beautiful beach side bar offers delicious drinks with spectacular views of the ocean and Diamond Head and relaxing live music.

    Local Expert Tip: "Arrive in time for sunset, the view is unbeatable. "

  • 8

    Kelley O'Neil's

    Kelley O'Neil's provides live music most nights of the week.

    Local Expert Tip: "Kelley O'Neil's offers whiskeys of the month, meaning special deals on certain ones for the month. "

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    RumFire offers delicious food and cocktails in a modern and hip atmosphere accented by live music.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you drive to RumFire, ask for parking validation."

  • 10

    Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

    This ocean side brewery provides a fun atmosphere in Honolulu and live music on weekends.

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy hour is Monday through Wednesday form 4 to 6:30 p.m."



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