The nightlife in Honolulu is lively and sprawling! When you plan your visit to Honolulu and are looking for the best bars and cocktails, check out these favorites.
Wang Chung’s Karaoke Bar
If you’re looking for a compact spot for a nice group session of drinks and a long night of karaoke, then Wang Chung’s Karaoke Bar is just the right fit. With wide open working hours of 5:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. you can easily make happy hour last all evening, Monday through Saturday. They’re even open on Sunday from 10:00 A.M. for those looking to catch the breakfast specials in the later part of the morning. Popular with both tourists and locals, you’re sure to have an inexpensive good time, even if you’re not there to prove your singing chops.
If you’re from the western or southern parts of the U.S. and want a taste of home away from home or you’re from a land much farther and would like to try some old fashioned country cooking, then Nashville Waikiki is your go-to place for nighttime eats and drinks. Not only is the music live and authentic and the pool tables aplenty, you’ll be greeted with friendly staff in a truly western styled bar and grill setting. If a heaping mug of beer and some freshly barbecued pork ribs are your idea of a good time with friends, then a location like Nashville Waikiki would definitely be your cup of tea.
Meanwhile, if a less western setting is more to your liking, Amnesia Waikiki might appeal to the younger crowd due to its glow-in-the dark environment filled with pool tables and lit up graffiti scribbled along every corner of the bar. Amnesia Sound Lounge graces its guests with fantastic music, low cost drinks, delicious and easy to prepare foods such as pizza, and an exciting “glowing” experience that will give you the impression of having fun on another planet or another time.
Blue Note Hawaii
Live music might be something that you hold near and dear, as a traveler from either near or far. If you are a connoisseur of local musicians and love to seek new experiences during your stay, Blue Note Hawaii has some of Honolulu’s most authentic musical experiences. With a stage that allows performers an up-front position among those eating and drinking in the venue, you can enjoy live entertainment while you visit with friends and family. It is truly a unique experience and nice way to break away from the typical bar hopping experience due to its one-of-a-kind layout. Checkout who will be performing there next and ask around from locals just what kind of performance you can expect to get from Blue Note Hawaii before going.
For a more modern experience and a less homely or tight-knit location, Nocturna Lounge is your go-to nightclub for those seeking an exciting nightlife experience like no other. At this lounge, the party is limited to your own imagination as the limits are up to you and your friends. It is perfect for those seeking private rooms where your own group of friends can experience a night of drinking fancy drinks, singing fun karaoke and gaming til the night is old, like no other. Each room is stocked with top-notch gaming consoles and comfortable furniture, not to mention a slick bar where you can get professionally mixed drinks to take to your rented rooms with you.
Wild times and live DJ’s are more your flavor, when it comes to the nightlife experience? Try stopping by Nextdoor, where the dance floor is always filled and alive with people from all over the world. It is a total hot spot for live DJ events, specialty live concerts, and it’s naturally set up with a full bar. The sheer size of the dance hall is due to the warehouse style of the overall building, where the crowd fills the walls up fast. Be sure to get there early to secure you and your own some leg room!
A good old fashioned cocktail bar with some delicious drinks and friendly staff, Gaslamp sticks to the classic private experience. Their drinks are some of the most well prepared in the area and you’re sure to be given a high quality experience due to the overall mellow mood of their bar. The overall environment calms you, with is low, warm lighting. Don’t get lost, since it is part of the Kailua Pub and Grill. This is one place that is perfect for those seeking a late one-on-one date or a more intimate setting to hang out.