Hop Waikiki After DarkO‘ahu
Waikiki’s hangouts are where lights, deejays and libations reign. Grab your travel mates, dial a DD (cab) and brace yourself for voltaic island fun.
If you’re after a great view, DUKE’S WAIKIKI, located at the Outrigger Waikiki, boasts good food and drinks for great pau hana (happy hour) drinking. RUMFIRE at the sheraton Waikiki offers a good cocktail menu and small plates paired to stunning panoramas of Diamond Head and the beach. Heads up: This place gets lively after dark!
If you prefer to gaze down on the seaside metropolis, SKY WAIKIKI—opened last year— rolls out the ultimate nightlife experience. Revel in panoramic views of the Waikiki skyline, an elevated cocktail program and unique social bites and dessert offerings from an award-winning chef. pegged as Hawai‘i’s highest lounge, a 5,000-square-foot wraparound outdoor lanai offers unobstructed views of Diamond Head. Find sKY Waikiki up on Waikiki Business plaza’s 19th floor.
Also seated several feet up, BUHO COCINA Y CANTINA fuses Latin and Mexican fare with local cuisine … not to mention killer margaritas! Take your tequila straight up on the weekends for a livelier experience! Music, parties and events take advantage of this open-air space often. Find the restaurant on level 5 of Waikiki shopping plaza.
ADDICTION NIGHTCLUB, housed in THE MODERN HONOLULU, entertains Hawai‘i’s A-list. Dress to the nines and follow the velvet rope to exclusive drinks and tunes. VIp tables are available. Open Thursday, Friday and saturday, 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Prefer stetsons to stilettos? The south meets the south pacific at NASHVILLE WAIKIKI, Honolulu’s lone Western tavern. This country-themed club offers toe-tapping fun, pool tables
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For a colorful evening, visit HULA’S BAR & LEI STAND. This nationally acclaimed LGBT gem at Waikiki Grand Hotel touts aloha for all. Live music, theme parties and deejays. Dancing not your style? sing along at WANG CHUNG’S KARAOKE BAR on Koa Avenue.
And for the sports fan, the Vegas-inspired RIVALS WAIKIKI is an upscale place to catch the game. Craft beers, signature cocktails and music are all found here.
Wander beyond the strip for live music, pupus and drinks at THE REPUBLIK. The Republik is a chic concert venue on Kapi‘olani Boulevard that hosts weekly music and comedy acts. THE SAFEHOUSE, Republik’s lounge, offers retreat from the booming concert locale. Be entertained Tuesday through saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Honolulu also has several IRISH BARS that boast beer, music, dancing and festive company.
IRISH ROSE SALOON, located on Ena Road in Waikiki, and O’TOOLE’S IRISH PUB, on Nu‘uanu street in downtown Honolulu, feature rock ‘n’ roll on most nights and Irish bands on occasion.
KELLEY O’NEIL’S, at on Lewers in Waikiki, is a lively pub with an affordable menu and a great Guinness pie. Guinness stout is served on tap. The pub stays open until the wee hours every night.
Safely cap off the night with taxi services. Transport companies include Charley’s, EcoCab, TheCAB, Uber, Lyft, V.I.p. Trans, Duke’s Limousine Inc., Honolulu pedicabs and On Cabs Honolulu.