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10 Best Bars and Restaurants in Honolulu for Happy Hour



Happy hour and vacation go hand in hand, so we've decided to compile a list of the best happy hour spots on Oahu to hip up for specials on cocktails and food. Each side of the island has its go to places for the best happy hour, and there's a variety of drinks and cuisines and styles and atmospheres.  Some are at mellow restaurants and some are in rowdy bars, so no matter what you're looking for in a happy hour we can guide you to it.

Out on the North Shore Surfer, the Bar is a classy bar offering music, shows and a thorough happy hour meal and drinks every evening with an ocean view. Another restaurant slash bar with great food, beer and happy hour is the Kona Brewing Company. With amazing pizzas and locally brewed beer, this is a must stop for happy hour.

In the heart of Honolulu are great happy hours at popular spots like the Mai Tai Bar in Ala Moana Shopping Center and Rumfire. Then there's Luibueno's and Haleiwa Joes which both offer two happy hours a day. These tried and true Honolulu staples draw crowds each day and offer amazing appetizers and exotic cocktails, each with signature dishes and drinks.

So look no further than our list for the best happy hour places on the island, and we even listed the hours and days for each place.


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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 Happy Hour because: Although it's a bar, Bar 35 serves amazing food in private rooms, till the wee hours.

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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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 Happy Hour because: Banzai Sushi Bar has a great sake and beer menu during happy hour.

Jade's expert tip: Happy hour is 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and they don't take reservations on Friday and Saturday.

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Take in the North Shore's relaxed lifestyle at this fantastic eatery. Kick back on the lanai, take in the incredible island scenery, and revel in the moment. While you do, make sure to sample terrific seafood and steak entrees. Prime rib is always popular, and coconut shrimp maintain a faithful following as well. You'll also find grilled fish, fresh soups and salads, and tempting desserts. In the bar, a wonderful selection of appetizers makes for great nibbling. There's another location in Kaneohe called Haleiwa Joe's Haiku, but it's this North Shore location that really draws crowds and loyal local customers.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Haleiwa Joe's is a local staple, and they have two happy hours each day. How awesome is that?

Jade's expert tip: Haleiwa Joe's has dubbed happy hour "Aloha Hour" and offers two, Monday through Friday from 4:30�6:30 p.m. and a late night Aloha Hour Friday through Saturday 10 p.m. to midnight.

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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 Happy Hour because: This local brewery has a wonderful happy hour and serves great food and beer in a lively atmosphere with entertainment.

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

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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 Happy Hour because: Duke's is a Waikiki staple, offers great food and drinks with a local twist on the ocean.

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

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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 Happy Hour because: Offering up delicious pub fare and brews on tap, this brewery is a delightful waterfront location.

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

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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 open air bar. Its beach locale, terrific panorama of Diamond Head, and relaxed clientele all contribute to an ideal experience, and the fantastic tropical drinks – especially the lush mai tai's – ensure that your mood remains upbeat. A host of other beverages can also be found, along with food offerings and local entertainment in the evenings. Late night happy is a fun new take on the classic discount menu, and this place really gets going for that when it goes into the wee hours of the morning.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Mai Tai's (as it's been dubbed by the locals) is one of those places to catch live music or kick back and just talk story.

Jade's expert tip: Late night happy hour is from 8 to 11 p.m.

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Luibueno's
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Luibueno's Mexican and Latin Cuisine serves delicious food and drinks on the North Shore of Oahu. Located in historic Haleiwa town, Luibueno's is the go-to spot for great Mexican food in a fun, modern Mexican inspired atmosphere. Lunch and dinner is served, and while it's usually easy to grab a table earlier in the day, the restaurant really starts to get busy in the evening. Reservations are a good idea. The menu utilizes fresh local fish, for dishes like the beer battered burrito, blackened ahi tapas, and ceviche. Vegetarians will find options at Luibuenos too, with the mashed potato taco being the stand out meat free option. The drink menu is quite extensive and so is the on tap beer selection, featuring several locally brews beers. Luibueno's consistently offers a lively bar scene later in the night.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Luibueno's offers affordable and delicious food and drinks during their two daily happy hours.

Jade's expert tip: Happy hour food and drinks are available Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and daily from 9:30 to 10:30 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 Happy Hour because: Surfer the Bar offers entertainment, food and drinks, all related to surf culture.

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

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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 Happy Hour because: RumFire offers delicious food and cocktails in a modern and hip atmosphere.

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

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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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