It’s Hawaiian tradition to follow their days
at the beach with evenings of dancing at nightclubs.
As soon as the sun goes down, the fun heats up. There’s
plenty in Waikiki to fill a menu of offerings to fill
anyone’s appetite for nightlife - from crowd-pleasing
dinner shows and nightclubs to symphony performances
and sporting events.
Most nightclubs are located a few blocks inland from
the beach. The most popular is The Wave, which has
become as much of a local ritual as tanning. It's
been here seemingly forever, entertaining locals for
years. It’s a non-pretentious dance club with
a large gathering spot in front of a dance floor and
a stage with live bands on weekends. The Wave is as
wild as it can get. Girls who feel they have attractive
bodies are invited to prove it on the stage (much
to the delight of the crowd).
The most casual dance club in town is the friendly
Red Lion. If it weren't for the dancing, this would
be a great dive pub. Instead, it's a great dive dance
club. Its unique feature is the giant glass wall behind
the bar that looks into the adjacent hotel's pool.
Whether it’s in the afternoon or early evening,
you can see people diving into the pool or even watch
them swim up to the glass. Locals love the place because
it always has drink specials, live bands and good
Scruples Beach Club is another popular casual Waikiki
dance club commonly referred to by tourists as Discoteque
International. Don't be surprised if you see your
favorite celebrity at Scruples dressed in shorts and
T-shirts. It’s a very safe and conveniently
If it’s something extravagant that you are looking
for, then Zanzabar is the place. Decked out like a
high-tech Egyptian pharaoh's tomb, it’s a lavish
place that features state-of-the-art lighting and
sound. If you are in the mood for an elegant yet lively
dance club, then Esprit Lounge is the best place to
go. It has steadily maintained a reputation for having
great entertainment and drinks.
There are also plenty of places for those looking
for something with local flavor. Society of Seven
is one such popular place. This tight-knit ensemble
of talented local performers has been entertaining
visitors for years. Their show is a fast-paced, high-energy
show that's guaranteed to keep you entertained. Another
place where the sound is "Contemporary Hawaiian"
is Duke's Restaurant and Canoe Club. The biggest reason
everyone gathers at this beachfront restaurant is
the music and the patio sunsets. One of the few that
are left which offer all-Hawaiian shows in Waikiki,
is Keith and Carmen who have been entertaining visitors
for more than 20 years.
Besides the nightclubs, there are plenty of “fun”
places like bars, discos, lounges, brew pubs, sports
bars, gentlemen’s clubs, strip bars, hostess
clubs, and much more offering all types of music.
The strip clubs in Honolulu are so good, even women
frequent them. Local favorites are Rock Za, Feme Nu,
Club Sundance because of what they have to offer.
The most popular gentlemen’s club is Déjà
Vu. Another such popular place is the Japanese style
hostess club Club Nakase. You can sit here at the
bar and enjoy a drink alone or enjoy the company of
a friendly and cute Japanese girl who will sit with
you at the bar.
Besides the many more nightclubs available, there
are the elegant ones in all the hotels that line Waikiki
Beach. For those looking for other forms of entertainment,
there are theaters - some with local ethnic performers,
musical shows and concerts, sunset cruises, dinner
shows, as well as Lu'au and Polynesian Revues. A great
concert venue is the Waikiki Shell, a unique outdoor
concert venue near Kapiolani Park. The Shell seats
up to 2,400 people, and the expansive lawn area has
enough capacity for an additional 6,000 spectators.
Oahu definitely has it all when it comes to nightlife!