Best Hotel Bars in Honolulu

10 Best Hotel Bars in Honolulu Offer Sunset Cocktails, All-Night Partying

Honolulu's bars are some of the hottest places for drinks on the island. Although Honolulu hotels have always housed the classic resort lounge, but in recent times many have evolved to make a home for clubs that rage all night long. So in Honolulu hotels you have plenty of options from places for romantic sunset cocktails to places to dance and drink until the wee hours of the morning.

Whether you're staying on the North Shore or just spending a day at the beach, drop by Turtle Bay Resort for North Shore action and head into the resort's Surfer, the Bar for late night live music and DJs.

For a mix of gourmet cuisine along with drinks and a classy bar atmosphere, RumFire in the Sheraton Waikiki is one of the most popular bars on the island. Another tried and true bar renowned for blending good food and drinks in a fun atmosphere is Duke's Canoe Club in the Outrigger Hotel. This is a Hawaiian staple, popular with locals and visitors alike. You can just enjoy a mellow dinner, or hang late and dance. Those in search of a modern sleek atmosphere will enjoy Mac 24/7 in the Hilton Waikiki, where a unique blend of 24 hour comfort food is offered along with great drinks.

So enjoy the convenience of a great bar in you're own hotel, and put our list to use.


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. Located in the Ohana West hotel, it's 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! It's a great place to experience a different culture than that of the island life style, and just really let loose with some fun dancing.

Recommended for Hotel Bars because: Nashville Waikiki is an off beat, unique bar that is different from any other in Honolulu.

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

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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 the sun begins to set, folks gather for live music – both guitar and piano – and for hula dancing in the authentic manner. The combination of delights is a real sensory feast and an experience you won't soon forget. A very mellow place for a drink, unlike many of the wild bars and clubs in the area, the Banyan Court is a classic Waikiki stop.

Recommended for Hotel Bars because: This beautiful beach side bar offers delicious drinks with spectacular views of the ocean and Diamond Head.

Jade's expert tip: Arrive in time for sunset.

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No matter what time of day or night it is, MAC 24-7 in the Hilton Waikiki is open and ready to satisfy your hunger cravings. This 24-hour joint has an all day menu of hearty pancakes, soups, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, appetizers...and the list goes on. The MAC bar is open from 6 a.m. to 4 a.m. daily where you can indulge in one of their exotic signature martinis like the "Lilikoi" made with Finlandia mango, Aliz� Gold, and lilikoi juice. To top off all of these enticing elements, MAC's can also add TV stardom to the list. Their pancake challenge was featured on an episode of the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food" in 2009.

Recommended for Hotel Bars because: MAC 24/7 is a trendy 24-hour place to satisfy and needs for good food or great drinks.

Jade's expert tip: Try the lilikoi (passion fruit) martini.

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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 abundance of signature flowers, this celebrated restaurant does everything right. Breakfast each day is an event, whether you opt for a Continental, American, or Japanese morning meal. Sunday brunch, however, is an absolute extravaganza known the island over. Its legion of stations features breakfast favorites and adds in pastries, fruit, hot entrees, soups, salads, fresh fish, and desserts aplenty. Live music adds another layer of sensation, and the entire affair is not-to-be-missed.

Recommended for Hotel Bars because: Orchids is an elegant hotel bar in an exquisite location overlooking the ocean.

Jade's expert tip: The Pink Elephant is a must.

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Located inside of the luxurious Halekulani Hotel, Lewer's Lounge is a hidden gem. Offering jazz piano nightly and top shelf, custom cocktails in a classy lounge make this place different than any other in Honolulu. Dale DeGroff, universally acknowledged as the "King of Cocktails" and formerly from New York City's Rainbow Room, has created a menu of unique signature cocktails exclusively for Halekulani. Guests are treated to live jazz music every night of the week. Tuesdays through Saturdays, Maggie Herron and Rockford "Rocky" Holmes entertain guests, while Sundays and Mondays, Noly Pa'a tickles the ivories with classical and light jazz renditions.

Recommended for Hotel Bars because: Lewer's Lounge deviates from the Honolulu lounge norm, offering evening of class and high end entertainment.

Jade's expert tip: Evening attire for the ladies. No t-shirts, shorts or beachwear. Dress shirt, slacks and covered shoes for gentlemen.

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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, smoothies, beer, wine, and handcrafted cocktails like the Pupukea lychee and the skinny lilikoi chi chi. Signature dishes include citrus ponzu calamari, grilled Kahuku honey and mango glazed chicken. Find a seat on the comfy couches or exotic wooded tables and look out the full glass wall at a panoramic view of the ocean. They feature live music and hula on weekends.

Recommended for Hotel Bars because: Lobby Lounge offers cocktails unique to the rest in the hotel, served on comfy seats overlooking the ocean.

Jade's expert tip: They feature live music and hula on weekends.

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If college is more memory than experience for you, this nightclub may be just what you're looking for. Located in the Ala Moana Hotel, 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. Centrally located in Waikiki in the

Recommended for Hotel Bars because: Rumors is a true nightclub with flashing lights and loud music, one of the few in Honolulu.

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

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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 Hotel Bars 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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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 Hotel Bars 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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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 Hotel Bars 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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