The Music Scene In Honolulu: Nightclubs & Bars


With swanky designer cocktails, microbrews, themed dance clubs, splashy interiors and art after dark events, Hawaiian music nightclubs prove there is more fun than just sun in Hawaii.

From hip gathering spots in Chinatown, modern urban venues in well known hotels, upscale national chains and overboard faux tiki bars, a revival is going on in Honolulu nightlife.

Endless Variety & Culture

There is a certain appeal to a brewpub with more than 100 beers on tap piped through five miles of icy-cold metal pipes. The hour long wait on weekends at brew chain Yard’s House in Waikiki Beachwalk is evidence of that.

Taste sampler six packs of beer, or sip one of over 40 specialty martinis along with the 20 to 30 something crowd while you nosh on tasty appetizers. Nominated the best among Honolulu nightclubs, urban-hip Pearl at the Ala Moana Shopping Center has bar areas, private tables and a cocktail menu designed by a Las Vegas master mixologist. If you stay late enough, it changes to a clubbing hotspot until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.

While its not really considered part of the Honolulu nightclub music scene, ArtafterDark is a world class art and food event that shouldn’t be missed. Hosted by the Honolulu Arts Academy on most final Fridays of the month, recent events have included Tibetan sand painting, miniature Indian paintings, and Bhutanese monk paintings on surfboards!

Don’t be concerned about the early closing time; you’ll never be at a loss for somewhere to go with such a thriving night life. High end wine bars are quickly becoming a popular attraction in Honolulu nightclubs.

The Amuse Wine Bar has over 80 distinct wines to try, and an innovative delivery system to boot. Guests purchase and swipe wine “credit cards” at high tech carousels that automatically dispense the wines you choose. Sunday nights offer a great deal, when you can nab double the amount in vintage blends for only $25.

Chinatown First Fridays

hawaiisinger2A must is First Fridays in Chinatown where cutting edge art galleries throw open their doors for a street party for art lovers. Clubbers continue onto Bar 35 where they nosh on gourmet pizzas in between sips of designer cocktails, beers from around the world and champagne in its indoor and roof top bars. Live bands and great DJs create music to keep everyone happy till wee hours.

Another option among popular Honolulu nightclubs in Chinatown is Next Door, a converted warehouse with brick walls and high ceilings resembling a New York loft. Nationally recognized DJs spin hip hop, techno, and house grooves, while visitors enjoy art film screenings during the week.

If you’ve still got energy left over after a day of soaking up the sun, try heading over to Zanzabar to hear the latest and greatest in house, hip hop, trance, techno, and top 40. Styled in Egyptian decor, the club hosts salsa dancing classes and improv comedy, and accommodates up to 800 people. With world class sophistication and plenty of variety, Honolulu nightclubs are the real deal.

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