What to do after the sun sets in Honolulu
After sitting on the beach watching a breathtaking Hawaiian sunset, what is one to do – go out of course! Oahu, Honolulu in particular, boasts some of the best nightlife of all the Hawaiian islands. Whatever the preference, there is something for every taste from cheeky Tiki Bars, to live music at chic lounges to music thumping night clubs. There’s no lack of options to get your drink on and take in the local nightlife scene, the hardest part is deciding where. Here are some suggestions to help narrow the field and get the party started sooner.
Tiki Bars are the stereotypical image one might conjure when thinking of a Hawaiian bar – a casual environment filled with tiki torches, “Hawaiian” décor and no shortage of tropical drinks with umbrellas.
La Mariana Sailing Club
Tiki Bars do not get more classic than La Mariana Sailing Club which is located in a shipyard on Sand Island off the coast of Honolulu. Built in 1957, La Mariana has not changed a bit since its grand opening over 5 decades ago. Filled with tiki décor, rattan chairs, fishnets and glass balls, the nostalgic ambiance will not disappoint. The club features a retro sailing bar that beckons one to cozy up to it and grab a tropical drink topped with an umbrella.
50 Sand Island Access Rd, Honolulu, HI 96819 - Hours: 11 am-9 pm Daily
Arnolds Beach Bar
Hailed as the last “real” tiki bar, Arnolds is where one goes for a true Hawaiian vibe. Built on the foundations of the tiki culture with affordable drinks for the average customer, there’s no menu here – only classic drinks are served such as Mai Tai’s and Blue Hawaiians. Surrounded by tiki totems, vintage photos, glass balls and stringed lights hanging from the ceiling, it’s difficult not to relax in this uber chill bar oozing with aloha character.
339 Saratoga Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815 – Hours: 11 am – 2 am Daily
Bars & Lounges
Hidden behind a bookshelf that spins to reveal the chic lounge tucked inside The Modern Honolulu hotel, The STUDY offers a relaxed atmosphere in the spirit of the speakeasies of days past. With live music daily and drinks named after famous novels such as West Thai Story or Dante’s Inferno, the literary-themed bar transports visitors to another time and place where they can escape for a few hours – just like a good book. This literal hidden gem has captured the attention of visitors and locals alike, so come early to get a good spot to sit.
1775 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815 – Hours 6 pm – 12am M-W; 6 pm – 2 am TH-SU
Mai Tai Bar
Situated atop the Ala Moana mall in Waikiki, the open-air Mai Tai Bar is the go-to spot for locals and visitors alike. Known as the best pua hana (time after work) bar, it’s known for its lively local's music and happy hour specials, including a late-night happy hour from 8-11 pm daily. Relax with friends or after a long day shopping or sightseeing and soak in the atmosphere while sea breezes wash away the busy day.
1450 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 3247, Honolulu, HI 96814 – Hours 11 am – 1 am Daily
One of the islands hottest nightclubs, Addiction is known for showcasing Oahu’s top DJ talent. This upscale nightclub is located within the hip Modern Honolulu hotel on the northern end of Wakiki and boasts 40,000 visually stimulating lights that set the stage for an exhilarating night dancing to the latest music. Don’t be surprised if you spot an A-list celeb here, as this club can be addictive (just like the name indicates) even for the rich and famous.
1775 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815 – Hours 10:30 pm – 3 am TH-SA
The District is one of the islands newer nightclubs with over 3400 SF of space to accommodate partygoers well into the night. Known for its large dance floor, clubbers can dance to tunes spun by the DJ’s in the impressive 23’ long sound booth. Look behind the bar area to see it lined with speakers so that no one misses a beat or watch Go-Go girls while you drink the latest concoction from one of the Districts’ 3 bars.
1349 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814 – Hours W 11pm-4am; TH 8pm-1am; F-SA 10pm-4am