10 Best Beach Bars to Feel the Aloha with Sunset Cocktails

When it comes to drinks and dinner, there's nothing better than enjoying tropical vices at a beach bar. Because Honolulu is blessed with a coastline dotted with long white sand beaches and world class surf breaks, those in search of beach side cocktails have plenty of options. For those in search of ocean side cocktails, live music and dancing by the ocean, look no further than our list of the ten best beach bars in Honolulu.

Out on the notorious North Shore, Hang Ten Bar & Grill at Turtle Bay Resort takes the cake when it comes to Honolulu beach bars. Situated right on the ocean and overlooking a beautiful surf break, Hang Ten offers delicious drinks and local food by the pool. Samoan fire knife dances and live music take place several nights a week, and because of the resort's open-to-everyone policy, there's always a mix of locals and visitors.

In the heart of Honolulu is Duke's Canoe Club. Named after the famed Hawaiian Olympic swimmer, Duke's is the local go to spot for dinner and drinks right on the water, overlooking popular surf breaks. A great place for group fun or couples only time, reservations are a must.

Also in Waikiki is RumFire. Also a resort bar, RumFire is the place to find live music on the ocean regularly, with a liberal happy hour and lively scene. Located at the Sheraton Waikiki, RumFire is another favorite for locals and visitors alike.


Set right along Waikiki Beach in the Moana Surfrider, 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 well. In the evenings, as the sun begins to set, folks gather for live music – both guitar and piano – and for hula dancing in the authentic manner. The combination of delights is a real sensory feast and an experience you won't soon forget. A very mellow place for a drink, unlike many of the wild bars and clubs in the area, the Banyan Court is a classic Waikiki stop.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: This beautiful beach side bar offers delicious drinks with spectacular views of the ocean and Diamond Head.

Jade's expert tip: Arrive in time for sunset.

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Part exquisite gourmet restaurant, part exquisite place to enjoy a couple of lovely drinks before the night goes on, Orchids is a solid bet no matter what. Located in the Hilton Waikiki Beach, this bar boasts lovely views of Diamond Head and an abundance of signature flowers, this celebrated restaurant does everything right. Breakfast each day is an event, whether you opt for a Continental, American, or Japanese morning meal. Sunday brunch, however, is an absolute extravaganza known the island over. Its legion of stations features breakfast favorites and adds in pastries, fruit, hot entrees, soups, salads, fresh fish, and desserts aplenty. Live music adds another layer of sensation, and the entire affair is not-to-be-missed.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: This elegant beach side restaurant and bar provides a wonderful atmosphere for sunset drinks.

Jade's expert tip: The Pink Elephant is a must.

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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 Island Lager. Many of the beers make their way into the food as well, including delicious pizzas and entrees like Garden Isle Grilled Chicken with a red ale glaze and beer-braised ribs in a Black Sand Porter sauce. The open-air dining room allows for pleasant breezes and mild temps – in short, the perfect setting in which to knock back a few brews.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: Located near the ocean in Hawaii Kai, the Kona Brewing Co. offers views of the coast and the sunset.

Jade's expert tip: Try the beer sampler to get a taste of all the brews.

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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 here!

Recommended for Beach Bars because: Located right on the water in Honolulu, the brewery is a hot spot for drinks and socializing on the ocean.

Jade's expert tip: Happy hour is Monday through Wednesday form 4 to 6:30 p.m.

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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 the full bar and classic Hawaiian cocktails such as the lava flow and the mai tai - their strongest drink. Live music is offered on a regular basis and karaoke happens every Sunday night. Other forms of entertainment like "Talk Story" on Wednesdays offer guests an inside look at the life of people in the surf industry via live interview. Call ahead of time or check the website for nightly happenings.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: Nestled along the coast at an upscale resort, diners can gaze through a complete glass wall overlooking the beach.

Jade's expert tip: Happy hour is from 6 to 7 daily for appetizers and drinks.

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Lobby Lounge at Turtle Bay
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Sitting inside of the luxurious Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore, the Lobby Lounge is open from 6 a.m. to p.m. daily and turns from cafe to bar and lounge at 2 p.m. Enjoy freshly brewed coffees, latt�s, cappuccinos, espresso drinks, smoothies, beer, wine, and handcrafted cocktails like the Pupukea lychee and the skinny lilikoi chi chi. Signature dishes include citrus ponzu calamari, grilled Kahuku honey and mango glazed chicken. Find a seat on the comfy couches or exotic wooded tables and look out the full glass wall at a panoramic view of the ocean. They feature live music and hula on weekends.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: At the Lobby Lounge, guests can grab a drink and appetizers while overlooking the beach.

Jade's expert tip: They feature live music and hula on weekends.

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If you can drag yourself away from the pounding surf of the North Shore, reserve a table at this this newly revamped and renamed upscale restaurant, which prepares local cuisine with fresh ingredients. Aim for a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows for a magnificent view while you dine. Based on the theme of going "locovore," the menu changes often according to what's in season, guaranteeing new pleasures with each visit. They also use as much locally raised and grown food as possible. Innovative entrees include Thai chili-braised fish with cucumber gazpacho, and seared scallops in "faux" polenta (sweet creamed corn). A five-course tasting menu is also available.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: Overlooking the ocean and a surf break, Pa'akai offers an upscale martini bar.

Jade's expert tip: Try the Chai Peach Martini.

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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 road. RumFire serves terrific European-Pacific cuisine, from fresh island fish and a grilled filet mignon to a wealth of flavor-packed tapas. Terrific cocktails and vintage rums add to the appeal, as does the daily happy hour, which often features DJ mixes and live bands. The atmosphere is upscale but friendly, and people often come with a group of friends for the most fun.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: This resort bar is nestled right on the ocean and offers live music nightly.

Jade's expert tip: If you drive to RumFire, ask for parking validation.

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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 fresh local seafood are among the attractions that have folks returning again and again. Food is served all day, and the bar scene is constantly hopping, populated by lively barkeeps and folks from all walks of life. Celebrities occasionally make an appearance too, and the ocean side setting just seems to make mingling that much easier. This is a great place to feel the Hawaiian vibes and dance, eat and drink.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: Located right on Waikiki Beach, Duke's is a Hawaiian staple offering amazing local food and tropical drinks.

Jade's expert tip: They've dubbed happy hour "aloha hour."

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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 a huge selection of signature tropical drinks, The Point is the best place on the North Shore for a sunset drink. You can hang out of a couple hours after dark enjoying the big screen TV with sports and chatting with the friendly bartenders. Entertainment at dark varies on different nights of the week, including live music, fire knife dancing, hula dancing and other shows. You can watch surfers catch waves right there and go for a stroll along the waters edge.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: The Point is located right along the ocean in a beautiful resort, and serves great food and drinks.

Jade's expert tip: Hula and a fire dance show are offered on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

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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