Of all the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is hands down the place you’ll find the liveliest nightlife scene. Whether you want to satisfy that late-night midnight sweet tooth craving or dance until the early morning hours, Oahu’s late night hangout spots have you covered. Most of the bustling Oahu nightlife scene can be found in Honolulu and Waikiki, although you’ll find an assortment of options in other areas of the island as well. Spend the days hitting world class white sand beaches and the evenings dancing or dining at these top five late night hangout spots on Oahu!
For a late-night meal, head to Yanagi Sushi, which stays open until 1am every evening with the exception of Sundays, when they close at 10pm. Yanagi offers traditional sushi using fresh, locally caught ahi tuna as well as other fresh local fish. This casual eatery is a great option for a late-night meal to avoid heading to a fast food chain. For orders placed after 9pm, they offer a late-night specials menu featuring a variety of appetizers, rolls, and combination plates. Their spicy tuna roll is a favorite, paired with a Kirin Ichiban draft beer. They also offer both hot and cold Japanese sake, as well as Korean soju.
Open until 10pm on most evenings, Liliha Bakery is a great place to go when the post-dinner sweet tooth craving hits. This Oahu mainstay has been serving sweet treats to island residents and visitors for over 70 years. All of their baked goods are made from scratch using the same time-honored methods and local ingredients. With over 100 baked goods to choose from, there’s something for every taste at Liliha. However, they are most known for their coco puffs, chocolate cream puffs covered in their famous homemade Chantilly frosting and sold by the single, half dozen, or dozen. Their bakery menu is packed full of options that include danishes, cupcakes, muffins, rolls, scones, donuts, cookies, mochi, bread, cakes, pies, and a plethora of other pastries. Grab a late-night dessert and some extras to go to be enjoyed for breakfast the following morning!
With over 100 beer options on tap, Yard House is a destination for all beer aficionados. Enjoy your brew from inside the dining room or at an outdoor table but be prepared for a wait at this popular Honolulu nightlife spot. In addition to the many beer options on tap, you’ll also find additional beverage options such as seltzers on tap, cocktails, margaritas, spirits, and wine, among others. Yard House also boasts a full dining menu featuring tacos, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, steaks, and seafood dishes. Try an order of poke nachos with your brew, a local favorite that consists of raw ahi tuna, crispy wontons, avocado, serranos, white truffle sauce, sweet soy ginger sauce, sriracha aïoli, cilantro, green onions, nori, and sesame seeds atop a bed of crunchy chips.
Moani Island Bistro & Bar
For a hot spot away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu, try Moani Island Bistro & Bar, located in the west side town of Kapolei. They offer live music every night until 8pm, though their hours extend beyond the last notes that are played until 11pm on weeknights and 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Moani offers a variety of cocktails, included those with a tropical flair such as the lilikoi mule, a twist on the traditional Moscow mule that includes lilikoi syrup. Keep the party going with one of their 51 oz cocktail bowls, or order beer by the pitcher, bucket, or glass. In addition to drinks, Moani Island Bistro & Bar offers a full dining menu with appetizers and local style plates with an Asian fusion theme.
Situated in the heart of Waikiki and open until 12am nightly, Buho Cantina offers a late-night spot with the ultimate view. Gather with friends or make some new ones in the chic lounge areas of this rooftop setting, backed by the twinkling lights of the city skyline. If you come early enough, you’ll catch a fabulous sunset from the rooftop, and on Friday’s the skyline lights up with a fireworks display over Waikiki. Buho Cantina puts on frequent special events that keep the atmosphere lively, such as the Cinco de Buho on the 5th of every month where there’s live music, dancing, and food and drink specials. In addition to signature margaritas and other great drinks, Buho Cantina offers a full menu featuring Mexican cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients. Feast on fresh seafood or Mexican plates as you dine and drink the evening away along the fabulous skyline of Waikiki!
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