9 Best Bars in Oahu

Best Bars in Oahu

Hawaii is a hot tourist destination, with millions of tourists flocking to the island every year. Hawaii offers countless opportunities for relaxation and exploration. In addition to the tourists, there are plenty of great universities and the expat community is also large, so the drinking scene and nightlife here is buzzing and vibrant to say the least. The bars here have plenty to offer. You will find everything from dive bars, fancy bars to bars offering great views, ocean-front bars that serve the most delicious cocktails and pool bars. So once you are done exploring the lovely tourist destinations, stop by at one of these bars for refreshing yourself.

Staxx Sports Bar & Grill

Nothing can beat the excitement of watching the Big Game on TV in a Sports bar, with dozens of fans, all rooting for their favourite team. Staxx Sports Bar, the excitement can run to a feverish pitch as locals and tourists enjoy the game nights at this sports bar that houses 15 TV’s so you can enjoy the game with a good glass and bite.

So whether you want to watch football, soccer or if basketball is your thing, there’s no place better to watch it than at Staxx Sports Bar. Daily happy hours are available on cocktails, draft beer, wine and more. The house specialized cocktails are brilliant and the food is really good. The atmosphere is what you would expect of a sports bar- chilled and casual. When you’re not enjoying the game, you will love the live music here.

87-64 Farrington Hwy
Ste 202
Waianae, HI 96792
(808) 888-7829

Haleiwa Beach House

For the great views and fantastic cocktails

This bar is located across the street from Ali’i beach and offers a scenic view in a relaxed ambience. A great spot for a drink as you soak in the lovely view on offer. The sunsets are particularly mesmerizing.

The signature cocktails here are nothing short of fantastic. Whether it’s Mai Tai, Lilikoi Paniolo Smash, Kauwela, or the Thai Melon, they all pack a punch, and are super refreshing and delicious. You would probably visit this place again if you could, just for the cocktails alone!  But if that’s not your thing, there is an extensive wine list, some craft, local and bottled beer as well. The food menu is extensive and delicious.

With fantastic food, excellent drinks, lovely views and friendly service, this is one of the must-visit bars in Oahu.

62-540 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712
(808) 637-3435

Off The Wall Craft Beer & Wine

Delicious South American Fusion Menu with self-serve wall

You can enjoy delicious South American fare and wash it down with some great beer or wine. The place offers 24 local craft beers on rotation along with red and white wines and ciders as well, if that’s your thing. The best part? You can sample the drinks before you decide which one you want. You can also pour your own glass from the inventive self-serve drink wall.

The place has a trendy and hip vibe, and is great for hanging out as a group. There are a lot of vegetarian options as well, and they’re all great. The outdoor seating is great to enjoy the cool evening breeze. The place is clean and orderly, and the service, impeccable.

1170 Auahi St
Honolulu, HI 96814
Ala Moana
(808) 593-2337


A great place to work, and then unwind during the evening

As the name suggests, it is a great place to work all day as there’s free WiFi and then you can unwind towards the evening with some great drinks and good food. This is a hidden gem dang in the middle of the Industrial area.

The decor here is chic, trendy and modern. The outdoor patio is available and it is dog-friendly. There are also themed rooms available and they are cute and beautifully decorated, so if you want a bit of privacy as you hang out with your tribe, this is the place to be. So grab some interesting, signature craft cocktails or choose one from the extensive list of spirits that include wine, whiskey, gin, tequila and vodka. The service is attentive, friendly and personalised.

814 Ilaniwai St
Fl 1
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 457-1322

Moani Island Bistro & Bar

Solid drinks and great food

This is one of the more popular oahu bars and if you want to enjoy a good libation and listen to some lovely music, then head over to this place. The ambience is incredible and you will feel right at home here.

It is a great place to hang out as a group. The food portions are filling and delicious. The specialized cocktails are heavenly; try out the “Lilikoi Dutch Mule” or the “Twilight Spot” to realize what we mean. There are also 6 beers on draft, and a nice selection of bottled beer and wine.

The place places great emphasis on music and you will truly enjoy the talent of some of the top Hawaii artists who perform splendidly. Definitely some of the best music on the westside. The service is great and you cannot miss this place when in Oahu.

91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy
Ste 1001
Kapolei, HI 96707
(808) 670-2638

Hideout at the Laylow

One of the best kept secrets with delicious, artisan cocktails

If you love cocktails, this place will not disappoint. Artisan craft cocktails are refreshingly fresh and delicious. You could try out the classy cocktails or the cocktails with a new twist on traditional ones, like Mai Taime. The wine list is extensive and they have a nice, select array of draft and bottled beer. Not looking for alcohol? Well, there is a coffee shop for you caffeine lovers.

They have fire pits everywhere, so you can feel warm. Outdoor seating is available and you can even enjoy the service poolside, as you soak up the sun. The service is prompt and quick. The ambience is impressive and the art decor, chic. They have plants placed all over in the dining room, so you get a very aloha vibe. The music is good too.

2299 Kuhio Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 628-3060

The Beach House by 604

The best thing about this place is the breath-taking views!

The view from the bar and the patio is simply stunning and will take your breath away. Being at close proximity to the ocean, you can enjoy the view of the clear blue waters as you chill with a glass of one of their dozen hand-crafted cocktails. And who knows, if it’s your lucky day, you may catch sight of whales playing in the ocean!

Their signature “Bloody Mary” will be one of the best cocktails you would have ever had. Or you could savour on Chee-Huu Chi-Chi, which is a delightful mix of handmade vodka, coconut creme, pineapple juice, lime and slices of fresh pineapple.

The service is spot-on and the staff keep checking on you frequently to ensure you have everything you need and are having a good time. The hospitality is one of the highlights of the place. The place is good to bring along your kids too.

85-010 Army St
Waianae, HI 96792
(808) 725-2589


Great place to hang out with friends

Enjoy a piece of Koreatown in Hawaii at Chingu, which means friends in Korean. The vibes are fun and playful, and the art work outside, and inside, impressive. And just like the name, the staff is friendly and will serve with big smiles. Always a plus!

Their drink selections are mostly Korean with soju, and soju mixes, along with Hite beer which is popular. The ube soju is their signature dish and it is super creamy with a strong coconut flavour- you’ll love it! They have a small and select range of macro beers as well. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, and a little dark.

1035 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 592-1035


Speakeasy vibe with delicious craft cocktails

The place has set up the perfect prohibition vibe where you have to hand over your code to the hostess, who will then let you into the phone booth. You will walk into a cosy place, that is dimly lit and the library decor adds character to the speakeasy vibes the place evokes.

The place is known for the lovely jazz music that’s played above the bar. Imbibe the interesting cocktails and wonderful beer as you listen to some good jazz music. This is a classy, secluded oasis serving some interestingly named cocktails that has something for everyone, along with good food and wonderful service.

26 Ho’olai St
Kailua, HI 96734
(808) 483-0564