5 hottest bars in Oahu
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Clever lovebirds know where to go
Places don’t come much more romantic than Hawaii. Waves, jungles and beaches are the backdrop to woo the one you love. At nightfall, another special place is the Genius Lounge, for the ultimate in intimate and memorable evenings. With a full name of Genius Lounge Sake Bar & Grill, the emphasis is on Japan here, and couples can enjoy over 50 varieties of sake and nibbles like crispy pork katsu. Grab a seat on the lānai, with its twinkling lights and mosaic tabletops.
346 Lewers St, Honolulu
Tel: +1 808 626 5362 www.geniusloungehawaii.com
Mai Tai Bar
Get your cocktails on
Oahu is Hawaii’s nightlife central – and the epicentre of that is Honolulu. Mai Tar is one of its most heaving party spots, overflowing with people, particularly on the weekends, when the work crowd and the tourists get down together. Set on top of a mall, the bar is renowned for its cocktails, notably its eponymous shave-ice-style Mai Tai and lots of beer on tap. Cosy chairs, laid back people, live music and an air of celebration mean a great night for everyone.
1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu
Tel: +1 808 947 2900 www.maitaibar.com
Tel: +1 808 531-0422 www.murphyshawaii.com
Murphy’s Bar & Grill
Neighbourhood pub in the tropics
Sometimes you just want the bartender to pour you a drink and for you to pour out your soul. Murphy’s is the place to do that, an authentic down-home bar in downtown Honolulu, run by its long-time barman. Murphy’s is also home to the largest St. Patrick Day celebration in the Pacific, so if you like a little Irish with your tropics, this is the place to go. There is also great food, good company and an extensive bar with 16 unique beers on tap. Sláinte!
2 Merchant St, Honolulu
Tel: +1 808-599-2552 www.thirtyninehotel.com
Bar at thirtyninehotel
House party in the tropics
Chinatown offers many outdoor spots to sink a few, but thirtyninehotel’s patio area is something special. An atmosphere that is, at once both exclusive and secretive as well as being warm and welcoming, has made it a hit with the crowds. Wooden benches and umbrellas mean it’s not at all pretentious but its hip, artful spirit gives it a serious trendiness factor. There’s also an intimate dance floor, a performance area and, best of all, $5signature cocktails!
39 N. Hotel St, Honolulu
Tel: +1 808 923 2311 www.halekulani.com/living/dining/house_without_a_key
House Without a Key
Waikiki in your wildest dreams
Fall under a spell of enchantment at one of Oahu’s most romantic and scenic bars. House Without A Key, at the Halekulani, is everything every postcard of Hawaii has ever promised, with ravishing former beauty queens dancing hula to the strums of steel pedal guitar under century-old trees. Add in a dream boat backdrop of sunset and ocean and you’ll think you’re in paradise. Taste their world renowned Mai Tai’s, and you’ll know you are!
Halekulani Hotel, Kalia Road, Honolulu