After the sun goes down and you’ve had a couple of mai tais, it’s fun to continue the party and to explore Hawaii’s Nightlife. Your options will be extremely varied from island to island.
Honolulu Nightlife is probably the closest thing to real “nightlife,” with some bars staying open til 2am or even 4am. However, you will find pockets of late night hangouts on each island, particularly in and around tourist areas. In general though, most of the outer islands will not have much in the way of nightclubs or swanky options for lounges or bars. Hole in the wall clubs or local brewpubs are probably your best best on the outer islands.
Another way to experience the “nightlife” in Hawaii is to do like the locals do and barbecue. Often times when local families are looking to celebrate, they will all gather at someone’s backyard, garage, or favorite beach park, fire up a grill, and kick back with some beers and a handful of pupus (appetizers) or pot luck dishes. Gatherings like this can go all night, if you’re lucky enough to snag an invitation.
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Earlier in the evening, a popular way to end the day is at “pau hana” time, which basically means the end of the work day and/or happy hour. Many bars have extensive happy hour menus with pupu and drink specials, and since this coincides with the sunset, it can be a particularly appealing time to visit a bar or restaurant with a beachfront view. See below for listings by island and feel free to leave a comment if your favorite pau hana spot is not listed.