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Top of Waikiki (Waikiki Shopping Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu)

Located on the 21st floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza, this is a rotating restaurant & bar known for its 360-degree island views (offering both cocktails and Pacific Rim cuisine).  This alone makes “Top of Waikiki” a “must do” destination for visitors. This place has “Happy Hour” twice daily: from 5pm – 7pm and again […]

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The Republik (1349 Kapiolani Blvd. Honolulu)

This 10,000 square foot rock club has a regular roster of local and mainland acts booked there (mostly rock groups, but sometimes other genres, too).   Hip Hop legend Nas, and dance music DJs such as Nervo, Morgan Page, and Cosmic Gate have appeared there, as well as 80s New Wave acts Adam Ant, and The […]

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Amuse Wine Bar (Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu)

This is a mellow lounge for wine lovers 30 and above.  There is also an automated machine that (with use of a gift card), dispenses various vintages of wine in one shot (prices, depending on the vintage, runs from $1.50 to over $14 per ounce).  

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Mai Tai Bar

This is a open-air bar located atop the Ala Moana Mall.  Incredibly, it offers a “late night happy hour” (8 pm – 11 pm daily), and live local entertainment twice daily (4 pm – 7 pm; 9:30 pm – 12:30 am).  

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M Nightclub (Waterfront Plaza, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu)

This venue, which has an expansive dance floor, books a variety of DJs and pop personalities as guest entertainment, such as electronic dance music (EDM) DJs Diplo, EC Twins and DJ Vice, along with pop acts Far East Movement, Havana Brown, and Boys II Men, among others.  The steady stream of college-age female patrons that […]

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Addiction Nightclub (Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu)

This is a trendy, upscale club located within the Modern Honolulu Hotel that attracts a well-dressed A-list types that order bottle service.  Crowds vary from early 20s to those 30 and above (both locals and tourists).

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Banzai Sushi Bar

Those who find themselves on the other side of Oahu island are drawn in to this bar for Happy Hour (5 pm – 6 pm) and tapas. The outdoor portion of this bar draws in groups of friends during the early evenings and weekends.