Colorful fireworks on the night sky near Stay Hotel Waikiki

After Dark

Waikiki Gets Hotter After Sunset​

Honolulu's expansive area encompasses attractions like the Arts District and Downtown Honolulu. Daytime sizzles in Oahu, but when the sun sets, Waikiki's nightlife takes center stage. This district is Oahu's main party hub, offering everything from cozy bars to extravagant clubs, ensuring nightly excitement. But if you're with family, don't worry—Waikiki has family-friendly activities to enjoy at night too. Explore Honolulu's dynamic essence both day and night.

Heavenly Island Lifestyle

For healthy Hawaiian food with fresh ingredients, visit Heavenly Island Lifestyle. Located at the Shoreline Hotel, it caters to health-conscious diners and offers vegan options.

Maui Brewing Co. Waikiki

Indulge in home-brewed beer at Maui Brewing Company. With a diverse menu for drinks and food, live performances, and sports screening, it's perfect for friends on vacation.


Orchids offers a beautiful setting, Hawaiian cuisine, and adorable desserts. Buffets are available daily, making it a must-try experience in Honolulu. Ideal for dates and wine lovers.

Marukame Udon

Sample authentic Japanese Udon noodles at Marukame Udon. This beloved restaurant serves affordable and tasty dishes, making it a must-visit in Honolulu.

Bar Leather Apron

Enjoy unique cocktails and drinks at Bar Leather Apron. Despite its funky name, the drinks are the star here. It's a top-rated spot in Honolulu for a reason.

Bar 35

If you're looking for drinks and great food, Bar 35 is a perfect choice. It offers an extensive menu for both drinks and food. The ambiance is cozy and suitable for lounge lovers.

Ginza Night Club

Dance the night away at Ginza Night Club, known for its fantastic music selection. It's the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights, with the party going until 4 AM.

House Without a Key

Located in the Halekulani hotel, this classic bar and seafood restaurant offer spectacular sunset views, live music, and exceptional food. Ideal for a romantic date night.

Nextdoor Lounge

Unwind at Nextdoor Lounge in Downtown Honolulu, featuring a pleasant ambiance, music, dancing area, and an extensive bar. Fridays and Saturdays are the best nights to visit.

Roy's Waikiki

Enjoy Hawaiian, seafood, and Asian fusion cuisine at Roy's Waikiki. While it's on the high-end side, the quality of food, live music, and drinks are worth the experience.

Mai Tai Bar

Sip on refreshing drinks while enjoying ocean views at the Mai Tai Bar. Their extensive drink and food menus, classic atmosphere, quick service, and hospitality make it a must-visit.


Experience Rumfire's ambiance, quality food, and drinks. The bar offers a spectacular view, Asian Fusion cuisine, and a vibrant dance floor, perfect for Hawaiian party nights.

Duke's Waikiki

Duke's is a top nightlife spot in Honolulu, offering beachfront dining, live music, and Hawaiian vibes. Families will appreciate their kid-friendly menu.

Blue Note Hawaii

Enjoy live music, including jazz, blues, and Hawaiian specials, at Blue Note Hawaii. Renowned artists from around the world perform here. Check their website for current artists.

Karaoke at Wang Chung’s

Wang Chung's provides a lively ambiance for karaoke enthusiasts. Enjoy cocktails, drinks, and a diverse food menu in a LGBTQ-friendly atmosphere.

Waikiki Fireworks

Every Friday, the Hilton Hawaiian Village hosts breathtaking fireworks on Waikiki Beach. Enjoy this spectacular show for free while relaxing on the beach.

Luau Experience

Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture with a traditional luau. Waikiki offers both high-end and affordable options, like the Waikiki Starlight Luau, featuring live music, hula dancing, fire knife tricks, and a beach setting.

Waikiki Beach Picnic

Waikiki comes alive at night, making it a fantastic place for a beach picnic. Local food stands offer a variety of options. Enjoy a romantic date night or a family gathering with the ocean breeze and music.

Night at the Honolulu Zoo

Experience the Honolulu Zoo in a unique way with twilight tours on Friday and Saturday nights.

Diamond Head Sunset Tour

Discover Diamond Head at night with Segway of Hawaii's sunset tours. Enjoy a unique perspective of this iconic landmark as you ride. Tours are available until 6 PM.

Landscape view of the beach at night near Stay Hotel Waikiki

Things to Do In Oahu at Night

Experience the enchantment of Oahu after dark, starting with the legendary green flash at sunset. Oahu offers a plethora of nighttime delights, from luau feasts to hula under torchlight, pulsating nightclub scenes, soul-soothing jazz, and melodic slack-key guitar performances. With OahuToday as your guide, you'll uncover a world of nocturnal fun.

The evening begins even before the nightfall. Outstanding luaus outside Waikiki often include entertaining bus rides with singing drivers, ukulele strumming, jokes, and genuine aloha spirit. A sunset catamaran cruise, whether off Waikiki or Ko Olina, provides unparalleled views of Oahu from the sea and the mesmerizing transformation as city lights illuminate the night. You might even catch the elusive green flash.

Waikiki comes alive with street parties, torchlight ceremonies, and free hula performances at Kuhio Beach hula mound three nights a week. Numerous hotel bars and lounges feature Hawaiian entertainment, while Halekulani's House Without a Key and The Royal Hawaiian's Mai Tai Bar offer traditional music in a captivating setting. The arrival of Blue Note Hawaii on Kalakaua Avenue introduces jazz and island tunes by international stars and local legends.

For millennials seeking nightlife, downtown Honolulu offers top clubs and trendy restaurants within a safe taxi ride. Bar 35, The Dragon Upstairs, and Manifest are among the highlights. Don't miss the weekly fireworks display above the Hilton Hawaiian Village every Friday night, setting the stage for a magical weekend.

Cityscape view of Waikiki near Stay Hotel Waikiki

Hidden Waikiki Spots

Hawaii’s biggest, most-visited resort destination reveals a whole lot more for people in the mood to explore—from groovy eateries and night spots tucked away on its backstreets to tiny noodle shops and eclectic local retail stores hiding in plain sight off the main drags, Kalakaua Avenue and Kuhio Avenue. 

Kelly O'Neil's and the Irish Rose Saloon

Two Irish pubs in Waikiki. Kelly O'Neil's in central Waikiki offers live bands and bar food at 339 Saratoga Road. The Irish Rose Saloon on Waikiki's outskirts has rowdier live bands and a whiskey selection. Smoking allowed at both.

Arnold’s Beach Bar

A laid-back dive bar near the beach with cold beer, a tiki bar vibe, and a friendly atmosphere.

Genius Lounge Sake Bar & Grill

A serene Japanese-inspired lounge away from the Waikiki crowds, offering cocktails and eats.

L’Aperitif at La Mer

Enjoy Parisian-style cocktails and eats at this Halekulani hotel bar. Crafted by Colin Field, it's a palate-awakening experience.

Karaoke GS Studio

A hidden Japanese karaoke bar inside a side-street hotel offering Asian and English tunes, private rooms, and room service.

Wang Chung’s

A welcoming karaoke bar in Waikiki with a massive song list and talented bartenders.