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10 Best Places in Honolulu to Shake, Shake, Shake Your Booty



Honolulu may be decorated with swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches, but that doesn't mean the city is lacking in dance clubs. Numerous dance clubs line the streets of Honolulu, most making a home in Waikiki, and range from dance hall, to artsy hip places, gay bars, and even a western cowboy inspired place for some while nightlife. There's something here for anyone who's looking for a wild night on the town, and the great news is that with how close it all is together you can catch a taxi or walk, not drink and drive.

The two hottest spots in Honolulu for nightlife and dancing are Addiction Nightclub and M Nightclub. Both venues offer classy and hip drinks, live acts, and fellow party goers. M is open till 4 a.m. and Addiction till 3:30 a.m., so you can't beat the hours anywhere else in town.

If you're looking for a cowboy themed place drop into Nashville Waikiki wearing your finest cowboy or cowgirl hat. If you're looking to let loose and dance wildly in a dark huge venue with laser lights, head over to Zanzabar. For an impressive drag show loaded with glam and glitter, drop into Fusion Waikiki.

Meanwhile on the funky streets of Chinatown, Bar 35 serves an array of martinis and also offers a dance floor fueled by live music and DJs.


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M Nightclub
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M Nightclub is a restaurant and nightclub that offers VIP bottle service and a place to dance till 4 a.m. M also does private parties and events, but otherwise offers live entertainment and dancing Friday and Saturday nights. DJs are a common thing to enjoy at M, but the club does a great job of bringing in unique and popular out of town DJs who have reputations for really getting the party going. Other live acts such as rappers and rock bands also visit M. The line to get in averages 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the act. The club has a dress code that they call "fashionable, upscale and classy," so dress accordingly.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: M Nightclub offers dancing and good music till 4 a.m.

Jade's expert tip: Happy hour is 4:30 to 8 p.m. and management recommends getting there by 11 p.m. to avoid a long wait.

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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 will suit every taste. Also, sake and a creative list of classic and house specialty cocktails are available. If you are daring, try their signature Cherry Bloom Princess or Red Lantern. Local DJs and live music keep the atmosphere upbeat and animated while catering to a mixed crowd. Happy is awesome here with exotic cocktails for just a few dollars, and the happy hour is actually hours.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Bar 35 is a hot Chinatown bar offering dancing and delicious drinks.

Jade's expert tip: Happy hour is 4 p.m. till closing on Mondays, 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 6 to 10 on Saturday.

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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 hang out, just enjoying the ambiance and the company. Other attractions include drink specials, a pool table, dancing, volleyball competitions, go-go dancers, and regularly scheduled special events. It's a fun place to go for live entertainment, and there's usually a fair blend of locals and visitors alike. Hula's is unique from any other venue in Honolulu, and is a very welcoming place.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Hula's is a Honolulu staple for dancing and late night fun.

Jade's expert tip: Call ahead for special events.

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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 music happens throughout the week and it's best to check beforehand what's going on that night. In addition to the delicious menu and casual Hawaiian ambiance, Banzai Sushi is also a hot spot for nightlife. From a mellow bar scene to wild dance parties boasting unique and fun themes, Banzai Sushi is an all around fun place.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Banzai Sushi Bar is known for perfect music at their weekend parties for dancing.

Jade's expert tip: Happy hour is 5 to 6 p.m. daily and they don't take reservations on Friday and Saturday.

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Rumours


If college is more memory than experience for you, this nightclub may be just what you're looking for for a fun night of dancing. Its slightly older clientele appreciates good times but not to the point of blacking out. Rather, they enjoy mixing and dancing, especially to favorite tunes from the '60s, '70s, and '80s, as well as to more recent recordings. The club's open space also plays host to a variety of videos playing on multiple screens, and special nights are devoted to such activities as karaoke and ballroom dancing. Groups are welcomed, and good times are paramount.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Rumours has a reputation for playing perfect dance music.

Jade's expert tip: On Saturdays they play 70s, 80s, and 90s music.

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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 island's hottest young people, plus there are drink specials every single night as well as plenty of pool tables to get your game on. Food is served here late in the night and the drinks are strong. Fusion isn't only for dancing. Really great drag shows happen a few nights a week, as well as other male reviews and singing.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Fusion is a great place to dance the night away.

Jade's expert tip: Check ahead of time for the times the drag shows are on.

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Nashville Waikiki


If you can't imagine leisure hours without a bit of line-dancing and some honky-tonk fun, Nashville Waikiki is the perfect destination. Adorned with western memorabilia and full of fun-loving patrons, the place will keep you occupied till the wee hours (it doesn't close until 4am!). DJs play the latest dance tunes, and live bands perform frequently. Further distractions include dancing lessons, dart competitions, and pool tables. With great western ambiance and tropical hospitality, there's no shortage of good times! This is a great place to go with a crew of friends to let out energy dancing the night away together.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Nashville offers an environment for super fun dancing till 4 a.m.

Jade's expert tip: Pick up a cowboy or cow girl hat to wear in!

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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 Dance Clubs because: Surfer offers live music and DJs that gets their dance floor going strong.

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

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Zanzabar
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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! This is one of the largest clubs in Honolulu.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Zanzabar is a huge Waikiki club with a large dance floor and great sound system.

Jade's expert tip: You can walk to Zanzabar from most Waikiki hotels and check out other bars too.

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Simply put, Addiction is the hottest nightclub in Honolulu. Bringing a true nightclub atmosphere and service to Waikiki, Addiction offers several bars, bottle service, serious dancing till 3 a.m., and an exquisite sound system all under 40,000 light bulbs. Located in the city's most chic hotel, The Modern, Addiction draws Honolulu's hippest crowds. Addiction takes partying seriously, so seriously that it requires a dress code. Button up shirts, long pants, and covered shoes for guys, and for women "upscale casual dress is required." The club is open Thursday through Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., and opens on Sunday as the Addiction Beach Club. Live music and DJs keep people going all night long.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Addiction is the newest addition to the Waikiki club scene and is the hottest place for dancing.

Jade's expert tip: Make sure to abide by the rules of "upscale casual dress."

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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

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