Oahu 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.
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 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 in and near Ward Centers, a mere 15 minutes outside of Waikiki. At the Ala Moana Center, the Mai Tai Bar is the "pau hana" (after work) hang out for happy hour specials and local music. For a festive night of live music, food and drink, look for the Honolulu Museum of Art's monthly art party, ARTafterDARK on the last Friday of every month from January through October. And once a month, people converge from around the island for urban art, pop-up boutiques and new music at Honolulu Night Market in the revitalized neighborhood of Kakaako.
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.