Waikiki drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Waikiki

Beach Bar

Waikiki's best beach bar is right on an especially lovely stretch of beach. The atmosphere comes from the historic Moana Surfrider hotel and its vast banyan tree. The people-watching of passersby, sunbathers and sur…
Top Choice Lounge in Waikiki

Cuckoo Coconuts

Mismatched wobbly tables under a canopy of canvas and ragged umbrellas plus a menagerie of aging potted tropical plants give this bar a carefree, unpretentious vibe. Every night there's a great lineup of musicians w…
Top Choice Gay in Waikiki

Hula's Bar & Lei Stand

This friendly, open-air bar is Waikiki’s legendary gay venue and a great place to make new friends, boogie and have a few drinks. Hunker down at the pool table, or gaze at the spectacular vista of Diamond Head. The …
Top Choice Cafe in Waikiki

Gorilla in the Cafe

Owned by Korean TV star Bae Yong Joon, this artisan coffee bar brews Waikiki's biggest selection of 100% Hawaii-grown beans from independent farms all around the islands. Handmade pourovers are worth the extra wait,…
Cocktail Bar in Waikiki

Lulu’s Waikiki

Brush off your sandy feet at Kuhio Beach, then step across Kalakaua Ave to this surf-themed bar and grill with 2nd-story lanai (balcony) views of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head. Lap up sunset happy hours (3pm to…
Brewery in Waikiki

Maui Brewing Co

Hawaii's largest bar opened in 2017 and features over two dozen of the great microbrews from Maui Brewing. Under lights made from kegs, you can lounge back in the vast and airy space, enjoying classic beers like Bik…
Lounge in Waikiki

Lewers Lounge

The nostalgic dream of Waikiki as an aristocratic playground is kept alive at this Halekulani hotel bar. We're talking contemporary and classic cocktails, tempting appetizers and desserts, and smooth jazz combos tha…
Gay in Waikiki

In Between

A rubbah-slippah (flip-flops) neighborhood bar that attracts a merry local crowd with ‘the happiest of happy hours.’ The bartenders welcome tourists with cheap drinks and good fun. Find it down a covered alley.
Gay in Waikiki

Bacchus Waikiki

An intimate 2nd-floor wine bar and cocktail lounge, with happy-hour specials and a Sunday-afternoon beer bust. It's got a more upscale vibe than most. Great mix of locals and tourists.
Bar in Waikiki

Duke's Waikiki

It’s a raucous scene, especially when weekend concerts spill onto the beach. Taking its name from Duke Kahanamoku, the surfing theme prevails throughout this carousing landmark where selfies and holiday camaraderie …