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Oahu Nightlife

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Oahu is the epicentre 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.

You'll discover live music at hotels and resorts throughout Waikiki. Club and bar venues like The Yard House in the Waikiki Beach Walk and RumFire in the Sheraton Waikiki are popular spots for locals and visitors alike. With so many bars, restaurants and venues 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, Bar 35, and thirtyninehotel just up the stairs. Nearby on Nuuanu Avenue, martinis are the drink of choice at Indigo restaurant. 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 vicinity 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 and the chic Pearl Ultralounge in nearby Ala Moana Center also give visitors a good reason to travel just five to fifteen minutes beyond Waikiki.

When the night is over, Waikiki's 24-hour restaurants and cafes are a great place for a late-night snack or an early breakfast. Bring your appetite to MAC 24-7 in the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio to take on their colossal, 14-inch pancakes. Eat up — you’ll definitely need your strength for another exciting 24 hours. Just know that on Oahu, some of your most memorable days may actually begin at night.

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