Comedy Clubs

When work proves trying and the world seems bleak, counter the dreariness with a visit to one of Honolulu's best comedy clubs. These entertainment havens provide evenings of laughter and escape, ensuring that patrons walk away with a cheerier outlook and a lighter spirit. Shows can include improv, stand-up, or group comedy, and as seen at venues like Hanks Cafe Honolulu, they highlight Honolulu's nightlife scene and the lightning-quick wits of local and national comics.


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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 hip-hop and trance to house, techno, and top 40, so it's certain that all tastes will be met. The club also offers comedy shows, salsa dance lessons, and other special events. A VIP room is available, and with an 800-person capacity, you may want to book it as a private getaway!

Local Expert tip: You can walk to Zanzabar from most Waikiki hotels and check out other bars too.

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Music and art are the soul of this postage stamp-sized piano bar in Chinatown. Take in the paintings by owner Hank Taufaasau while you enjoy live music or comedy nightly.

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Pipeline Café

A younger crowd frequents this off-the-main-drag nightclub, which carves out space in a former warehouse. Drinking and dancing are favored pastimes, and music includes hip-hop and R&B, spun by talented DJs. Big-screen TVs display sports competitions and other attractions, and the club regularly sponsors special events and theme nights. Drinks are inexpensive, the dance floor is spacious, and several VIP rooms allow for smaller groups. Fun, vivacious, and a favorite with college students.

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