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Honolulu Nightlife

Honolulu is the epicenter of nightlife in Hawaii. On every night of the week you can find good local food, live music and dancing in a variety of restaurants, bars and lounges from Waikiki to Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown.

Waikiki, which is on the southeastern coast of Honolulu, offers live music at hotels and resorts as well as club and bar venues like The Yard House in the Waikiki Beach Walk and RumFire in the Sheraton Waikiki. With so many bars and restaurants to choose from in Waikiki, it’s best to check with your concierge or with local weekly guides to see what's happening during your stay.

There are also a variety of nightlife venues in the urban streets of Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown — if you know where to look. An influx of distinctive bars and nightclubs are breathing new life into the weathered lofts of Chinatown after dark. Whether you’re looking for a wine bar or a jazz club, Chinatown’s underground venues reward the adventurous bar-hopper. On Hotel Street between Smith and Nuuanu you’ll find DJs spinning and live music playing at Next Door and Bar 35. Across from the historic Hawaii Theatre you’ll find even more nightlife options. This cluster of cool brings a splash of New York style to Honolulu. To experience the best of Chinatown nightlife, visit during the First Friday art celebration.  You’ll see why the downtown streets literally buzz with activity on the first Friday of every month.

You'll also find bars and restaurants popular with the locals in and around the Ward Centers in Honolulu. The Honolulu Museum of Art features a clever party theme each month at ARTafterDARK, a festive night of live music, food, drink and art every final Friday of the month. Venues like the Mai Tai Bar in nearby Ala Moana Center and monthly events such as Honolulu Night Market in up-and-coming Kakaako make it worth your while to venture outside.