Top Ten Bars/Lounges in Waikiki

The following is by no means the most comprehensive list of excellent locations in Waikiki, Hawaii. However, it does represent places that you should not miss. In order to enjoy your stay in your vacation rental, you can best save money enjoying the view and mixing a few cocktails of your own. Adult beverages are available at most ABC stores located on almost every block in Waikiki. Surprisingly, their prices for bottled beverages are competitive with most grocery stores.

Nevertheless, here are our recommendations:

  1. Mai Tai Bar. Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2259 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815. This is classic Hawaii where you can enjoy a cocktail at a sunken bar just off the beach. Though, contrary to as the name might indicate, this is not necessarily the best bar for a mai tai. It does have great views of the pink lady, the beach, and Diamondhead.
  2. The Barefoot Bar. Hale Koa Hotel, 2055 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815. Though the Hale Koa is for military members and their families. The beach bar is open to the public, but offers discounts to the military.
  3. Duke’s Canoe Club. Outrigger Hotel, 2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815. For you that have never been to Waikiki Beach. Duke’s is a bare foot bar on one side and a formal sit down on the other and it is literally right smack dab in the middle of all the famous hotels in Waikiki area and steps from the beach. The set up of this restaurant/bar is indoor and outdoor, with no walls blocking your view of the beach. Every table has a pretty decent view.
  4. Rum Fire. Sheraton Waikiki, 2255 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815. Amazing view of Waikiki Beach & a pretty chill & relaxing place to hang out and grab a drink. Yes, the service is “Island Style”! You kind of just sit there & wonder if anyone is coming, but the ambiance makes up for it. Try their lilikoi martini and their sea salt fries.
  5. Tropics Bar. Hilton Hawaiian Village, 2005 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815. Located across the street from Canterbury Place. Come to relax and bring your “Aloha Spirit”. “Island Style” service here too! However, this is the beach so sit back and enjoy! Food is delicious. Try the pork nachos and add jalapeños to make it hot! BIG KAHUNA BURGER, topped pork belly. Drinks are cold and music was great! Go early on Tuesday and Friday to get good patio seats for Hawaiian village fireworks show. There’s a Hawaii Five-O drink menu and there are specials during airings of the TV show.
  6. Roy’s Waikiki. 226 Lewers St., Honolulu, HI 96815. Roy’s Hawaiian Martini.
    Wow! Two sips of this pineapple infusion will get you drunk or at least tipsy! Beware of that succulent wedge of pineapple floating innocently inside, it’s infused with vodka. Complimentary spicy edamame is served. Great place to people watch. It’s not on the beach, but outdoors so you can people watch.
  7. House Without a Key. Halekulani, 2199 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815. Immortalized in a 1925 Charlie Chan novel, House Without A Key is Halekulani’s popular indoor/outdoor gathering spot . One of the favored traditions of the original Halekulani – cocktails and Hawaiian music under the century-old Kiawe tree – is faithfully preserved here. Halekulani’s signature mai tai is a classic to be enjoyed any time of the day. “Maita’i” means good in Tahitian, but one sip of the Mai Tai at Halekulani, and you’ll know it means “great”!
  8. Tiki’s Grill and Bar. 2570 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815. While the view is pretty killer, you’ll love with this live music! The drink menu is huge and everything pretty much tastes great like a Mai Tai, but delicious, nonetheless, and there are Happy Hour specials. Try the Prime Rib Poke!
  9. Wailana Coffee House Bar. 1860 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96815. Across the street from Canterbury Place. This is one of the best kept secrets in Honolulu. Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials. Retro ambiance to take you back to Waikiki circa 1973. Unfortunately, the place would look 100% better if they got rid of the compact fluorescent lighting and bought a few flat screen TVs. Nevertheless, the price is right and the drinks and “pupus” are tasty!
  10. Five-O Bar and Lounge. Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 2233 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815. Don’t know if the bar has anything to do with Hawaii Five-O. Sit outside. Nice view into the royal Hawaiian shopping center park. Great if you want to watch the hula show there. Stage can be seen optimally.