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...  Read More

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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...  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



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

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

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,...  Read More



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...  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



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



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


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