10 Best Places in Honolulu for After-Dark Fun

From small local bars to classy lounges and wild dance clubs, the island of Oahu has it all when it comes to nightlife. Honolulu and it's surrounding areas stake a claim to having the best and broadest array of nightlife of all the islands, so visitors in search of a party need look no further. The busy streets of Waikiki are lined with late night clubs, while rural areas like the North Shore harbor smaller, local style bars. What's important is that each side of the island offers something fun to do when the sun goes down.

Out of all the clubs and bars on the island, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations, and that's thanks to having an on island local expert. Visitors can choose from a carefully vetted selection to find the best of Honolulu nightlife. Any night of the week the island has plenty of action, so a dull night is never an option.

From locals jamming at open mic at Surfer, the Bar on the North Shore, to Addiction in Waikiki requiring a dress code to enter, the options are broad and endless. A laid back option for nightlife is Haleiwa's Banzai Sushi Bar, offering live music on weekends. To really get wild, Waikiki's Zanzabar is a true testament to club life.

Enjoy the best nightlife Honolulu has to offer, and get to know nightlife local style.



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

Banzai Sushi Bar
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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

Hula's Bar and Lei Stand


A longtime favorite with Hawaii's gay community, this relaxed bar has welcomed folks for more than a generation. Granting views of Kapiolani Park and the ocean beyond, the comfortable club also offers a terrific bar scene, and patrons frequently...  Read More



Always bustling, this fabulous, ocean front 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...  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

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

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This glittering club, adorned with Egyptian accents and jewel-tone colors, spared no expense with decor and technology. As a result, it pulls in an upscale crowd, who come to be immersed in light, color, and energy. Music runs the gamut from...  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

Fusion Waikiki
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For a wild, exciting night in Hawaii, head to Fusion Waikiki, the only gay bar in Waikiki. Open seven days a week, the party never stops with karaoke on the week nights and live DJs and shows on the weekends. This club attracts many of the...  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