Many people say that when the sun sets in Oahu, the fun heats up. Oahu nightlife continues into the wee hours of the morning. Waikiki is the center of all of the action at night. Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues come to life with people looking for bars, nightclubs, restaurants and Waikiki dinner shows. There are usually free hula shows going on somewhere in town and the ever-popular sunset dinner cruises. Besides Waikiki, there are a couple of other spots where locals and visitors go for night time entertainment. They go to restaurant row in downtown Honolulu and The Aloha Tower Marketplace for great Oahu nightlife. The Hawaii theatre in Honolulu and the Neal Blaisdell center offer a number of concerts and special events. One really nice free event every evening around sunset at Kuhio beach, where Kalakaua intersects with Uluniu, is a torch lighting ceremony with authentic Hawaiian hula dancing. There is also usually something going on at the Waikiki Shell in Queen Kapiolani Park. This is the true Hawaiian way to enjoy Oahu nightlife.

One of the biggest parts of Oahu nightlife are the nightclubs. Here is a listing of nine of the most popular Waikiki nightclubs, all within walking distance of your hotel:


Oahu nightlife heats up as you dance the night away to the sounds of the hottest DJs on the island at Scruples Beach Club, a casual Waikiki Dance Club commonly referred to by tourists as Discothèque International. The club opens at 8:00 pm and stays open till 4:00am. Scruples also gets a lot of famous movie stars visiting when they are in town. Must be 19 years old to enter and 21 years old to buy alcoholic beverages. Located at 2310 Kuhio Avenue. Phone: (808) 923-9530


This is a Japanese style host club located inside the lobby of the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel, at 444 Niu Street, in Waikiki. You can sit and talk to a nice Japanese man or you can sing Karaoke.


Club Femme Nu is the most popular gentleman’s club on Oahu. It is located at 1673 Kapiolani Blvd. The entrance is at the back of the building where the parking lot is located on Kona Street. It is about a 3 minute walk from the Ala Moana Hotel and a 5 minute taxi ride from Waikiki. The club is mostly frequented by locals but there are a few tourists who find the place due to it’s popularity. There is a $10.00 cover charge which includes one drink. Phone: (808) 947-3444


déjà vu is a gentleman’s club located across the street from Scruples at 2301 Kuhio street in Waikiki. This is the most popular strip club in Waikiki. Phone: (808) 922-5566


Pipeline Café, located in the Ala Moana area near the Ward Warehouse at 805 Pohukaina Street, is a really happening place and does attract celebrities. It is a 5 minute taxi ride from Waikiki. It is a warehouse turned nightclub attracting surfing enthusiasts from around the world. The casual club features two floors of fun, the first floor for dancing and the second floor is a sports bar with pool tables, dart boards, VIP karaoke room and a giant TV. They offer nightly drink specials and you never know what famous actor or actress you may meet while out enjoying the Oahu nightlife. For more information call: (808)589-1999


A Japanese hostess style club conveniently located inside the lobby of the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel at 444 Nui Street, Honolulu, Hi. You can sit at the bar and enjoy a drink alone or enjoy the company of a cute Japanese girl at a table and sing Karaoke. Open 7 days per week from 9:00pm until 4:00am.


Enjoy Oahu nightlife at Rumours. While playing your favorite 80’s tunes several night a week, Rumors Night Club offers a great alternative to the disco scene. Located inside the Ala Moana Hotel, at 410 Atkinson Drive. This place gets pretty busy on Friday and Saturday nights. Rumors is a nice safe place and has a great sound system. For information, call: (808) 955-4811.


Zanzabar is located in Waikiki at 2255 Kuhio on the first floor of the Waikiki Trade Center building. It is a really large and luxurious nightclub with two separate dance floors, stat of the art light and sound shows, an Egyptian art collection, an oxygen bar and a VIP room. The nightclub is open seven nights a week playing different style music nightly. Phone: (808) 924-3939


The Ocean Club is located at 500 Ala Moana Blvd. It has a moderate dress code, a minimum entrance age of 23 years old and is visited primarily by professionals in their late 20’s and 30’s. This nightclub plays music of all types. Patrons can people watch inside or relax at the outside tables. Phone: (808) 526-9888

Oahu nightlife also includes an endless number of restaurants and bars from Waikiki to Chinatown.

Here is a listing of some of the nicer bars in Waikiki:


The Sand Bar is located on Waikiki Beach serving delicious pupus and exotic cocktails with live Hawaiian music.
The Sand Bar
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
2255 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, Hi 96815
(808) 922-4422


Enjoy the spectacular view of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head as you enjoy a tropical drink under the Hau Tree. Located beachfront next to the Rainbow tower. What a great way to enjoy Oahu nightlife.
Hau Tree Bar
Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel
2005 Kalia Road
Honolulu, Hi. 96815
(808) 735-1111


Tapa Bar is an open air poolside bar that serves Danishes and coffee in the morning and at night it serves cocktails and offers contemporary Hawaiian music. Located in the Tapa Tower.
Tapa Bar
Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel
2005 Kalia Road
Honolulu, Hi. 96815
(808) 735-1111

Other Honolulu Clubs and Bars include:


Oahu nightlife has found a perfect time-warped tavern for aging hippies and blues hounds. It offers dart games and upstairs weekend gigs. Located at 2440 s Beretania. Phone: (808) 946-5190


Some of Hawaii’s favorite entertainers including the Brothers Cazimero and Jerry Santos present the best contemporary Hawaiian music in a varied nightly schedule of performances. Located in the Aloha Tower Marketplace. Phone: (808) 585-0011


Named after surf legend Duke Kahanamoku and outfitted with his memorabilia, this lively bar frequented by a mixed age crowd offers food and live music.
Duke’s Waikiki
Outrigger Waikiki Hotel
2335 Kalakaua Ave.
Phone: (808) 922-2268


The pier side bar becomes a club on weekends. This is one of the few places left on Oahu where you can dance outdoors. There is live contemporary rock sometimes. Located in the Aloha Tower Marketplace. Phone: (808) 599-4877


This Hard Rock Café has plenty of surfing memorabilia and rock mementoes that cover the walls. There is a live DJ and dancing every Friday night.
Hard Rock Café
1837 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, Hi.
(808) 955-7383


Beautifully renovated Chinatown spot with an award winning Eurasian restaurant, crowded terrace bar, and the Opium Den (a hip champagne bar)
1121 Nu’unanu Ave.
Honolulu, Hi
Phone: (808) 521-2900


Singer guitarist Henry Kapono has made a great success of this pier front bar. Kapono is known for young spinning island style entertainment and partying into the night. Located at the Aloha Tower Marketplace. PhoneL808) 536-2161


This lovely cocktail lounge is home to jazz of the kind you can both sing and dance to. They have no cover charge, but the drinks are high priced.
Lewers Lounge
Halekulani Hotel
2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, Hi.
Phone: (808) 923-2311

Oahu nightlife also includes dinner shows or “revues”. Here are some of the best shows in Waikiki:


The sights and sounds of Polynesia surround you. Stars and waterfalls come to live. A Volcano erupts right on stage. fire knives dance. Chanter chant. And blasts, flares and lasers spontaneously appear. John Hirokiwa is a world class magician and this is a show that is mystical, romantic, majestic and exotic all at the same time. You will see expert hula, chanting and songs. This is one magic show that will leave you awestruck and mesmerized. Located in the 7.5 million dollar tiered seating magic of Polynesia showroom in the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber.
Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber
2300 Kalakaua Avenue, 2nd floor
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Price: Starting from $68.7


Cirque Hawaii is a multi million dollar state of the art theatrical entertainment and sensory delight showcasing world renowned and award winning talent that brings together over 40 performers, and 15 renowned acts from the world. Located in the Cirque Theatre.
Cirque Theatre
325 Seaside Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Phone: (808) 922-0017
Price: Starting at $50.00


The Society Of Seven has been headlining the outrigger showroom for over 30 years. The Society of Seven dazzles audiences with their outstanding choreography, costumes and music from Broadway show tunes to old and new pop hits.
Outrigger Waikiki Hotel
2335 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Phone: (808) 923-0711
Price: Starting at $68.75


You won’t believe your eyes and ears! These performers are so good, you will think that you are really watching Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston and Little Richard. This is the newest entertaining show to hit Waikiki. Located in the New Lau Yee Chai Showroom.
New Lau Yee Chai Showroom
Waikiki Shopping Plaza
5th floor
Price: Starting at $43.13


This show is dedicated to Polynesian music, dance and legend. Outstanding meles and hula. Discover Polynesian culture in this entertaining show.
Sheraton Princess Kai’ulani
‘Ainahau Showroom
120 Ka’iulani Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Phone: (808) 922-5811
Shows on Tuesday and Thursday thru Sunday


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