The 5 Best Venues For Live Music In Honolulu

Photo of Prema Chablani
11 December 2015

After a long day at a beach, it’s beautiful to kick back and relax with a cocktail and some soothing live music whilst watching the waves gently roll in. Whether you are looking for a seaside luau or a hearty Irish pub, we have you covered. Check out our list of the top five places to catch a live gig in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Luau | © sharkhats/Flickr

Kelley O’Neil’s

Pub, Pub Grub
St. Patricks Day
St. Patricks Day | © Daniel Ramirez/Flickr
A slice of Ireland in Honolulu Bringing an Irish atmosphere to Honolulu, Kelley O’Neil’s is a lively traditional pub and music venue encourages fun, dancing and kicking back and relaxing with a beer. Here, you can drink a pint of Guinness while taking in the wild Celtic music, rock and acoustic tunes that reverberate around the walls of this small pub. Live music is on most nights of the week so head along and enjoy a basket of fish and chips and a night of dancing, getting to know both the friendly regulars and tourists. Price: mid-range Opening hours: daily 11am-4am Watch out for: the night of dancing 311 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI,

Banyan Court

Beachside hula dancing

Sitting on Waikiki Beach, this wonderful open-air bar has the best of what Hawaii has to offer. Here, you can relax with views of Diamond Head whilst enjoying the gentle sea breeze. This magical venue is close to the beach as well as the resort’s pool and hot tub. As the sun begins to set, the live piano and guitar performances begin. Banyan Court also boasts authentic hula dancing. The food is absolutely delicious and with such a great view, you are bound to have a beautiful, memorable time.

Price: fine-dining

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-2am

Watch out for: the magical atmosphere

2363 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI, +1 808 922 3111


Hotel nightclub on Waikiki Beach

This hugely popular hotel nightclub is famous for its music, and the superb views of Waikiki Beach are sure to be a hit for any night you go. If you aren’t looking for a nightclub, you can stop by for a few cocktails before heading on to the next place. RumFire serves up terrific fresh food, including tapas and island fish. The bar is stocked with vintage rums and the atmosphere is classy, yet fun and friendly.

Price: mid-range

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30am-12am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1:30am

Watch out for: the daily happy hour

2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI, +1 808 922 4422

Surfer, The Bar

Part restaurant, part nightclub

Located on the other side of Oahu at Turtle Bay, Surfer is always a good bet for popular nightlife. The bar belongs to the Turtle Bay Resort and offers great happy hour cocktails, a full bar and classic Hawaiian cocktails too. Try their incredibly strong Mai Tai. A life performance is always on whether it’s in the form of karaoke on Sundays or a Talk Story on Wednesdays, where people in the surf industry are interviewed live to give people a glimpse into what it’s like to live the life of a surfer.

Price: mid-range

Opening hours: Mon 4:30pm-12pm, Tue 4:30pm-2am, Wed 4:30pm-12pm, Thurs-Sat 4:30pm-2am, Sun 4:30pm-12pm

Watch out for: the strength of the cocktails

57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, Oahu, HI, +1 808 293 6000

Lewer's Lounge

Cocktail Bar, Bar, Cocktails, $$$
Lewers Lounge
Lewers Lounge | ©Alan Light/Flickr
A classy jazz bar Located in the Halekuani Resort, Lewers Lounge is known as one of the classiest, most professional jazz bars in the area. If you’re looking for a memorable date night, this is the place to go. The bar does have a dress code but don’t worry if you show up underdressed, as guests will be offered a mahalo shirt, provided by the bar. The talented performers create a relaxing, sophisticated atmosphere, allowing you to enjoy your drinks in style. Price: mid-range to fine-dining Opening hours: 7:30pm-1am Watch out for: the dress code 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI|-2311

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