10 Best Bars in Honolulu for Drinks, Dancing and Live Music

Certain elements must come together perfectly to make a great bar. Great drinks, a generous happy hour, good food, and live music and entertainment are the ingredients that make a fun bar, and lucky for late nighters Honolulu has a bunch of them. From off beat Chinatown in Honolulu bars to ocean side hotel bars on the North Shore, fun bars with delicious drinks can be found island wide.

Looking to sip cocktails while watching the sunset? How about a bar with a fire knife show and some hula? If so, then The Point at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore will surely satisfy. This newly renovated bar is nestled between the pool and ocean, and is a wonderful place to take in entertainment while sipping drinks.

Then in Waikiki there's long-lived mainstays like Duke's Canoe Club. This beach front bar is known for both their dinner and bar scene, and is hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. Bring in a big group or enjoy music on date night, either way Duke's is a bar that shouldn't be missed.

Out on the North Shore Surfer, the Bar serves up a diverse menu of entertainment in an ambiance that's fueled by all things surfing. From karaoke on Sunday nights to late night DJ weekends and live bands, Surfer, the Bar always has something to offer.

So whatever you're looking for bar wise, just remember that 10 Best has you covered for all your watering hole needs!

Mai Tai's
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If you're longing for authentic Hawaiian ambiance, 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...  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



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

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Luibueno's Mexican and Latin Cuisine serves delicious food and drinks on the North Shore of Oahu. Located in historic Haleiwa town, Luibueno's is the go-to spot for great Mexican food in a fun, modern Mexican inspired atmosphere. Lunch and...  Read More

Kona Brewing Co.
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The second location of this popular bar and restaurant (the other is on the Big Island) makes its home on Oahu. Over a dozen ales and lagers are hand-crafted on the premises, including popular Wailua Wheat, Big Wave Golden Ale, and Longboard...  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 amazingly strong mai tais with a special Turtle Bay mix, an array of local beers on tap, and...  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



Following a clever do-it-yourself pattern, Amuse Wine Bar allows young 20 to 30 somethings to test their taste buds on 80 different wines in a very modern, trendy atmosphere. You take the role of server, pouring your desired portion from a...  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

Surfer, the Bar
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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


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